Signal Hill Observatory Platform, Kota Kinabalu

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Observatory Museum
From the top of Signal Hill Observatory Platform you can see Kota Kinabalu from above. Reach the summit by car or by climbing the 250 or so steps, and then see if you can make out the bay just beyond the high rises. If you choose to climb the steps, you will be thankful for the refreshments sold by the viewing platform's resident kiosk. Add Signal Hill Observatory Platform and other attractions to your Kota Kinabalu trip itinerary using our Kota Kinabalu vacation route planner.
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  • Had hoped to see the coastline and islands but way too many buildings in the way. Maybe at one time you could get an amazing coastal view from this observatory, but not worth climbing the steps to see...  more »
  • You can walk the wooden stairs from downtown (Jalan Dewan) but be aware that you will still need to walk along a busy curving road for about 100m. The view is mostly of the city, with some view of isl...  more »
  • went there after dinner but nothing much to see. Night scenery of Kota Kinabalu is not that attractive  more »
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  • No view because of ugly modern buildings. The steps down through the forest was the best bit. But everyone drives there. No one stays longer than a pointless 90 seconds. Utterly underwhelming.
  • Very spectacular view which shows the whole city of Kota Kinabalu. Reaching here by foot requires around 15 minutes of climbing through wooden and bamboo walkways from hill base. Small canteen available here, providing drinks and food.
  • Not really that high. You get decent views here if the city. It might be more worth it to take a ride via grab/uber to the top of the mountain
  • We went here obviously during the night,and the view was great, you can really see the city of Kota Kinabalu but i think it will be better if you will visit this place in the afternoon.
  • Good place to view Kota Kinabalu City but the food offer there not very good

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Where to stay in Kota Kinabalu

In the area of Sepanggar you'll find the main set of hotels, ranging from simple and mid-priced, to the more luxurious with good sea views. Move away from the coast for more space and privacy in resort-style hotels, which offer a range of facilities and comfortable, sometimes quirky rooms and apartments. Farther out still, you'll find backpacker motels, giving easy access to the surrounding natural attractions that, after all, are the primary reason for being here.
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