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Malaysia: Borneo, Sabah – Kokol Hill Vista and the Best Vista over the Town

Published: 14.4.2018
Would you like to enjoy viewing sunset while enjoying the best vista over Mount Kinabalu? Go up Kokol Hill. The hill is situated mere hour by car ride from Kota Kinabalu town. On your way, you may see different plant species which look like overhanging green carpets.

Kokol Hill is a compound of several high-altitude resorts near Kota Kinabalu. You can find it between Menggatel and Inanam 25 kilometers north from the town. This 800-meter hill offers vista over the town, sea, islands, Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Sepanggar bay and other parts of the western coastline.

Kokol Hill – a road leading to the vantage point   going uphill to the famous Kokol Hill vantage point

Among activities available here one should mention paragliding and activities in nature including bird observation in their natural habitat. The are has increasingly been becoming a tourist destination. However, now there are only couple of hotels offering cheap accommodation. Prices in Kokol Hill start at 100 RM (530 CZK) for a double room. Some rooms offer amazing vista over Kota Kinabalu when looking from window. Kasih Sayang Resort is the most popular place in Kokol Hill. Room prices start at 153 RM on work days, and over 200 RM on weekends. A perfect chill-out evening with the vista over setting sun is worth the money. Cloud 9 restaurant, which offers Western cuisine too, is the main attraction in this resort.

 Kinabalu national park, Mount Kinabalu hidden in the clouds

Kokol Hill is a great place for a day-trip. The potential of this place as tourist resort is amazing. Kokol hill is known for known for great view. It is featured in every book guide. After dusk it lights up toether with the entire town. This is a great time for any romantic soul.

vyhlídka na ostrovy

night view   vista over the mountains

Visitors may get there by access road near Kiansom waterfall (a short yet steep road) or from the town of Menggatal. Set out to the Kokol mountains. Enjoy an amazing vista over Mount Kinabalu to the east and Kota Kinabalu to the west. Paragliding is a very popular activity here. We saw hundred of chutes gliding in the sky. 

GPS: 5°58'38.6"N 116°12'32.3"E

 

Text and photos: Monika Fuchsová



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