Located at the west end of Borneo, this Malaysian city is a growing tourist destination due to its proximity to tropical islands, lush rainforests and Mount Kinabalu.Things to doIsland hoppingIf you’re a beach bum, you’re going to love Kota Kinabalu. There are four islands off the coast of Kota Kinabalu that are easily accessible with a 20-minute boat ride. Head to the Jesselton Ferry Terminal to buy ferry tickets and to rent snorkeling gear. A few of the islands also have hidden hiking trails in case you get bored of basking on the beach.Night MarketEvery backpacker must stroll through the lively night market in Kota Kinabalu. This market offers a unique insight into Borneo’s vibrant culture and people. You will also find reasonably priced clothes and local crafts at the night market. This market is also famous for its fresh seafood and fruits.