25 days in Sabah & Singapore Itinerary

25 days in Sabah & Singapore Itinerary

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
— 2 nights
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Kudat, Malaysia
— 1 night
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Kundasang, Malaysia
— 2 nights
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Tuaran, Malaysia
— 1 night
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Sandakan, Malaysia
— 8 nights
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Semporna, Malaysia
— 6 nights
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
— 1 night
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Singapore, Singapore
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Tanjung Aru Beach, see the sky in a new way at Signal Hill Observatory Platform, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kota Kinabalu City Mosque. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kota Kinabalu trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Kota Kinabalu is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is 8 hours. 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 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kudat.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Beaches
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Kudat, Malaysia — 1 night

Close to the northernmost part of Borneo, Kudat has proved popular among tourists for its range of things to do and see, as well as its leafy landscapes and white sandy beaches.
On the 5th (Sat), visit Kampung Gong Matunggong.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kudat road trip app.

You can drive from Kota Kinabalu to Kudat in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Kudat can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Kundasang.
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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 6th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kinabalu and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kinabalu Park. On the next day, relax in the rural setting at Desa Dairy Farm, then get to know the resident critters at Arnab Village, then admire the sheer force of Langanan Waterfall, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Sosodikon Hill.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kundasang trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Kudat to Kundasang takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Tuaran.
Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
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Tuaran, Malaysia — 1 night

Filled with tree-lined streets, Tuaran is a lively little town and an important center of commerce.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the views from Tamparuli Suspension Bridge, play a few rounds at Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rasa Ria Reserve by Shangri-La. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun and explore at 3D Wonders Museum, then don't miss a visit to Rumah Terbalik, and then examine the collection at Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tuaran route builder website.

You can drive from Kundasang to Tuaran in 1.5 hours. In October in Tuaran, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Sandakan.
Outdoors · Golf · Museums · Wildlife
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Sandakan, Malaysia — 8 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) and Agnes Newton Keith Home. Visiting Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) and Kinabatangan Jungle Camp will get you outdoors. Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring nature at Turtle Island Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary, capture your vacation like a pro with Kinabatangan River, take a stroll through Kg Pukat Fisherman Village, and explore the fascinating underground world of Gomantong Cave Sandakan.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sandakan road trip planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Tuaran to Sandakan with the Route module. In October in Sandakan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Semporna.
Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Semporna, Malaysia — 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tropical Research And Conservation Centre and Scuba & Snorkeling. Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at Sipadan National Park. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Bohey Dulang Island, make a trip to Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Semporna driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Sandakan to Semporna. October in Semporna sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 23rd (Wed), you're off to Kota Kinabalu.
Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Outdoors
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): look and learn at Signal Hill Observatory Platform, then step off the mainland to explore Mamutik Island, and then stroll through Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kota Kinabalu attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Semporna to Kota Kinabalu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Singapore.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Childrens Museums
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Singapore, Singapore — 1 night

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): walk around Singapore Botanic Gardens and then get to know the resident critters at Singapore Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Tanjong Beach, then kick back and relax at Siloso Beach, and then kick back and relax at Palawan Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Singapore online route planner.

Getting from Kota Kinabalu to Singapore by flight takes about 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
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Sabah travel guide

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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.