10 days in Sabah Itinerary
10 days in Sabah Itinerary
Start: Kuala Lumpur
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night
— 4 nights
End: Kuala Lumpur
Thu, Mar 3 - Sat, Mar 12
Semporna — 2 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.On the 4th (Fri), kick back and relax at Tun Sakaran Marine Park and then stroll through Bohey Dulang Island. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then step off the mainland to explore Mataking Island.
To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Semporna vacation tool.
Kuala Lumpur to Semporna is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. March in Semporna sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Kota Kinabalu.
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Kota Kinabalu — 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.Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and then cruise along Kokol Hill. On the next day, head off the coast to Manukan Island and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.
To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kota Kinabalu planner.
Getting from Semporna to Kota Kinabalu by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kota Kinabalu can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kundasang.
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Kundasang — 1 night
Offering access to a lush national park, tea plantations, and dairy farms, Kundasang serves as a popular leisure destination.Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kinabalu Park.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kundasang trip itinerary planner.
You can drive from Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kudat.
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Highlights from your trip
Kudat — 4 nights
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.Step off the beaten path and head to Bak-Bak Beach and Gombizau Honey Bee Farm. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Kelambu Beach and Kampung Gong Matunggong. There's more to do: make a trip to Tip of Borneo and relax in the rural setting at Borneo Honeybee Centre.
To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kudat trip planning tool.
Getting from Kundasang to Kudat by car takes about 3.5 hours. In March in Kudat, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sandakan.
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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.Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): stroll through Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sandakan route planning site.
Explore your travel options from Kudat to Sandakan with the Route module. In March, daily temperatures in Sandakan can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Sabah travel guide
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.
Sandakan Division travel guide
Protected areas of rainforest are the highlight of Sandakan Division. Proboscis monkey, orangutans, turtles, and Bornean sun bears call the region home, with nature reserves and other conservation projects offering some of the best chances to study these animals in their natural habitat. With a history of colonialism and immigration, the towns and surrounding areas offer religious sites that indicate the multicultural heritage of the region, as well as touching memorials to the difficult events experienced during Japanese occupation during World War II. Small coastal settlements still operate as fishing villages here, with raised wooden homes on stilts above the water, although most of the economic activity in the region is now geared toward tourism.