Kota Kinabalu, formerly known as Jesselton, is the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah. Not much is left of the former colonial architecture because Kota Kinabalu was largely destroyed during World War II. Kota Kinabalu (KK) is a small, pleasant town which can serve as a basis to explore the region. The main attractions near Kota Kibabalu are the islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman national park
, with their white coral sand beaches and crystal clear waters, the town of Kota Belud
with its colourful Sunday market and the Mt Kinabalu national park
where the highest peak of SE Asia is located.