17 days in Kuala Lumpur & Kota Kinabalu Itinerary

17 days in Kuala Lumpur & Kota Kinabalu Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Kuala Lumpur
— 9 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Kota Kinabalu
— 6 nights
Fly + Train:  17 h 45 min
End: London

9
nights
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.
Head to Central Market Kuala Lumpur and Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mallfor some retail therapy. We've included these beaches for you: Sky Mirror and Pantai Kelanang Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Kuala Lumpur: Nasyrul Quran (in Putrajaya), Kuala Selangor Nature Park (Taman Alam Kuala Selangor) (in Kuala Selangor) and The VOID (in Genting Highlands). There's lots more to do: walk around KL Bird Park, play a few rounds at K's Island Golf Academy Malaysia, make a trip to KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, and browse the different shops at Suria KLCC Mall.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kuala Lumpur road trip planning site.

London, UK to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 16- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Malaysia Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. In March, Kuala Lumpur is much warmer than London - with highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Petaling Jaya, Kuala Selangor, Pantai Kelanang Beach, Saga Hill Trial, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
KL Bird Park ©
KL Bird Park

6
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Borneo Trading Post and Sri Pasupathinath Alayam. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kadaiku and Wisma Sabah. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kota Kinabalu: Tuaran (Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club & Rasa Ria Reserve by Shangri-La). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kinabalu Park, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, browse the exhibits of Sabah Art Gallery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kota Kinabalu trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu takes 4.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Tuaran, Sabah
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kinabalu Park ©
Kinabalu Park
Mount Kinabalu ©
Mount Kinabalu

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