13 days in Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan & Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

13 days in Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan & Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

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13 days in Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan & Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Kota Kinabalu
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Sandakan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Kuala Lumpur
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Dubai

5
nights
Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tanjung Aru Beach and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of the city life by going to Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club and Rasa Ria Reserve by Shangri-La. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Suria Sabah, take a memorable drive along Kokol Hill, look for gifts at Desa Dairy Farm, and take in the exciting artwork at Sabah Art Gallery.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kota Kinabalu day trip app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kota Kinabalu is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Dubai to Kota Kinabalu. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Dubai in August: high temperatures in Kota Kinabalu hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sandakan.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors Shopping Parks

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Tanjung Aru Beach ©
Tanjung Aru Beach
River Rafting & Tubing
Rasa Ria Reserve by Shangri-La ©
Rasa Ria Reserve by Shangri-La

2
nights
Sandakan

Sandakan ©
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.
On the 13th (Tue), get outside with Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure and then wander the streets of Kg Pukat Fisherman Village. On the next day, walk around Sandakan Rainforest Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sandakan attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August in Sandakan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Sandakan

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Sandakan Rainforest Park ©
Sandakan Rainforest Park
Kg Pukat Fisherman Village ©
Kg Pukat Fisherman Village
Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple ©
Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple

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Kuala Lumpur

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and K's Island Golf Academy Malaysia will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Suria KLCC Mall and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. And it doesn't end there: engage your brain at Petrosains Science Discovery Centre, wander the streets of Kampong Bharu, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and shop like a local with Little India Brickfields.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kuala Lumpur trip planner .

You can fly from Sandakan to Kuala Lumpur in 5.5 hours. In August in Kuala Lumpur, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

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Petrosains Science Discovery Centre ©
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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