Weekend Trip: 5 reasons to visit Kota Kinabalu

There is a laid-back charm to the small city that makes it a good gateway to the rest of Borneo. ST PHOTOS: ONG SOR FERN
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I tend to pick bright lights and big cities for my holiday destinations. So the island of Borneo did not register on my radar as a potential go-to. But I headed for Kota Kinabalu in the east Malaysian state of Sabah recently for a long weekend getaway.

Relatively cheap airfares on Scoot and a memory of delicious Dayak cuisine drove the impulse booking. 

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