15 days in Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan & Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

15 days in Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan & Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

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15 days in Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan & Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sabah Super Sightseeing Day Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Tanjung Aru Beach and Kokol Hill. Step out of the city life by going to Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club and Rasa Ria Reserve by Shangri-La.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kota Kinabalu trip planning 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. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Kota Kinabalu is 4 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Dubai in July: high temperatures in Kota Kinabalu hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sandakan.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

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Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club ©
Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club
Tanjung Aru Beach ©
Tanjung Aru Beach
Rasa Ria Reserve by Shangri-La ©
Rasa Ria Reserve by Shangri-La


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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Danum Valley Conservation Area and Kg Pukat Fisherman Village. Visiting Kinabatangan Jungle Camp and Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure will get you outdoors. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC).

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sandakan online tour itinerary planner .

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

Things to do in Sandakan

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kinabatangan Jungle Camp, Danum Valley Conservation Area
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Danum Valley Conservation Area ©
Danum Valley Conservation Area
Kinabatangan Jungle Camp ©
Kinabatangan Jungle Camp

Kuala Lumpur

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, We Go with Anuar and MUD Kuala Lumpur. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bagan Lalang Beach and Pantai Kelanang Beach. We've also included these beaches for you: Pantai Redang and Pantai Remis. Step out of Kuala Lumpur to go to Sekinchan and see Sekinchan Paddy Fields, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Dark Cave Malaysia, practice your aim at Stars Archery Sunway Pyramid, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuala Lumpur day trip planning website .

Getting from Sandakan to Kuala Lumpur by flight takes about 5.5 hours. In July in Kuala Lumpur, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sekinchan, Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre, Dialogue in the Dark, Malaysia, Bagan Lalang Beach, Pantai Kelanang Beach
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Sekinchan Paddy Fields ©
Sekinchan Paddy Fields
Dark Cave Malaysia ©
Dark Cave Malaysia
We Go with Anuar ©
We Go with Anuar

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