Thriving Putatan

An original Sabahan satellite town of Kota Kinabalu

Just a few kilometers south of Kota Kinabalu International Airport, you will find the lively satellite town of Putatan.

It's origin stems from being the first stop of the Sabah State Railway (Jabatan Kereta Api Negeri Sabah) train service that began in 1896. From there, the settlement has blossomed over the past few decades, becoming home to over a thousand residents.

Enroute from Kota Kinabalu to Putatan via Sabah State Railway train

Enroute from Kota Kinabalu to Putatan via Sabah State Railway train

In the mid 1990s, the growth of the coastal town accelerated once the road between Kota Kinabalu and Papar was widened. Suddenly, Putatan became much more accessible and the number of housing estates and condominiums shot up.

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While you can still find traditional-type markets selling fish and other farmed produce, retail in the area has matured with a spur of commercial activities.

Dozens of hotels, shops, supermarkets and a mall have sprouted over the last 10 years.

What you can find in Putatan:


  • Putatan Platinum Hotel
  • Pan Borneo Hotel KK


  • Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
  • Petagas War Memorial
  • Tanjung Dumpil

Tanjung Dumpil. Source: workatehome -

Tanjung Dumpil. Source: workatehome -


  • INTI College Sabah Campus
  • RichGrads Business School
  • SMK Putatan
  • SK Pekan Putatan
  • SJK (c) Hwa Shiong


  • One Place Mall
  • Servay Hypermarket
  • Bataras Superstore
  • Golden Dragon City Supermarket


  • Kingfisher Putatan
  • Putatan Platinum Apartment