25 days in Sabah & Singapore Itinerary

25 days in Sabah & Singapore Itinerary

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
— 4 nights
Semporna, Malaysia
— 4 nights
Sandakan, Malaysia
— 4 nights
Kundasang, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Drive to Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Fly to Singapore
Singapore, Singapore
— 8 nights


Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia — 4 nights

A holiday in Kota Kinabalu, the state capital and main gateway town, offers access to urban areas boasting a diverse and rapidly evolving set of malls, bars, and quality restaurants serving locally caught seafood.
Spend the 5th (Sat) exploring nature at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Spend the 6th (Sun) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's much more to do: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, appreciate the history behind Marlin Statue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kota Kinabalu City Mosque, and step off the mainland to explore Manukan Island.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kota Kinabalu travel planning site.

Manchester, UK to Kota Kinabalu is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Manchester to Kota Kinabalu. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in October; daily highs in Kota Kinabalu reach 37°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to fly to Semporna.
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Semporna, Malaysia — 4 nights

A largely residential city of around 135,000, Semporna has gained popularity in recent years due to its archipelago's good connection to the surrounding islands, including very popular diving or snorkeling destinations such as Sipadan.
Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring nature at Sipadan National Park. Spend the 10th (Thu) among aquatic life with Tropical Research And Conservation Centre. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill), head off the coast to Mataking Island, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Semporna trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Kota Kinabalu to Semporna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Semporna can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sandakan.
Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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Sandakan, Malaysia — 4 nights

Taking a trip to Sandakan remains one of the best ways to enjoy eco-friendly and culturally rewarding adventures in one of Borneo's largest cities.
Spend the 13th (Sun) exploring nature at Turtle Island Park. There's much more to do: learn more about the world around you at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), head outdoors with Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure, tour the pleasant surroundings at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, and deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Kinabatangan River.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sandakan online route planner.

Explore your travel options from Semporna to Sandakan with the Route module. In October in Sandakan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 16th (Wed), you'll travel to Kundasang.
Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Kundasang, Malaysia — 2 nights

Offering access to a lush national park, tea plantations, and dairy farms, Kundasang serves as a popular leisure destination.
On the 16th (Wed), get to know the resident critters at Arnab Village. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kinabalu Park and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kinabalu.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kundasang tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sandakan to Kundasang. On the 18th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Singapore.
Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
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Singapore, Singapore — 8 nights

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Pack the 21st (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Studios Singapore. And it doesn't end there: stroll around Singapore Botanic Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, wander the streets of Chinatown, and shop like a local with Orchard Road.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Singapore route builder app.

Explore your travel options from Kundasang to Singapore with the Route module. In October, daily temperatures in Singapore can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Shopping
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Sabah travel guide

Nature & Parks · Islands · Scuba & Snorkeling
Land Below the Wind
One of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo, Sabah sits as the easternmost state in the country. The state's many natural attractions, nature reserves, and national parks, are home to an overwhelming range of animal and plant life, including the famed proboscis monkey. Off the coast, dive spots beckon many tourists, who come to explore the rich marine environment in protected areas. Historically a very culturally diverse part of the country, the towns and villages offer heritage museums, vibrant architecture, and cuisine that takes inspiration from the wider region.