18 days in Kuala Lumpur & Kota Kinabalu Itinerary

18 days in Kuala Lumpur & Kota Kinabalu Itinerary

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Kuala Lumpur
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Kuala Lumpur

Garden City of Lights

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.
To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur day trip website.

London, UK to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Kuala Lumpur. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in September: high temperatures in Kuala Lumpur hover around 38°C and lows are around 28°C. On the 18th (Fri), you'll travel to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:

Kota Kinabalu

— 11 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tanjung Aru Beach and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of the city life by going to Kinabalu Park and Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Kota Kinabalu: Kundasang (Kundasang War Memorial, Desa Dairy Farm, &more), Tuaran (Tuaran Crocodile Farm, Rasa Ria Reserve by Shangri-La, &more) and Tamparuli (Rumah Terbalik, Zip Borneo, &more). There's lots more to do: see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, tee off at Mount Kinabalu Golf Club, tour the pleasant surroundings at Klias Wetlands, and get outside with Mantanani Paradise.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kota Kinabalu online itinerary planner.

Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu in 4.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 30:

Kuala Lumpur

— 3 nights

Garden City of Lights

Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bagan Lalang Beach and Pantai Remis. Visit Pantai Kelanang Beach and Blue Lagoon Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Kuala Lumpur's surroundings by going to Sepang International Circuit (in Sepang), Port Dickson (Tanjung Gemok Beach, Bagan Pinang Beach, &more) and Morib Beach (in Banting). See even more of Kuala Lumpur: kick back and relax at Pantai Redang, admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, stroll through Pantai Tanjung Piai, and head outdoors with Sekinchan Paddy Fields.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuala Lumpur attractions site.

Traveling by flight from Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:

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.