18 days in Kuala Lumpur & Kota Kinabalu Itinerary

18 days in Kuala Lumpur & Kota Kinabalu Itinerary

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18 days in Kuala Lumpur & Kota Kinabalu Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Kuala Lumpur
— Few hours
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Kota Kinabalu
— 11 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Kuala Lumpur
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: London

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Sekinchan Paddy Fields. Get outdoors at Dark Cave Malaysia and Batu Caves. Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Royal Selangor Club, admire the striking features of Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and walk around KL Bird Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuala Lumpur tour builder website .

London, UK to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from London to Kuala Lumpur due to the time zone difference. In September, Kuala Lumpur is much hotter than London - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sukau.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Tours Parks

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Tanjung Aru Beach and Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kinabalu Park and Klias Wetlands. You'll find plenty of places to visit near 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). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take a peaceful walk through Bukit Bongol, take in the natural beauty of Poring Hot Springs, and head outdoors with Raja Laut Kota Kinabalu Cruise.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kota Kinabalu day trip planning site .

You can 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 up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Sabah, Kundasang, Tuaran, Tamparuli, Kota Belud
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Tanjung Aru Beach ©
Tanjung Aru Beach
Kinabalu Park ©
Kinabalu Park
River Rafting & Tubing

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Kuala Lumpur

Discover out-of-the-way places like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Pantai Redang. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bagan Lalang Beach and Sasaran Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Kuala Lumpur: Sepang International Circuit (in Sepang), Banting (Morib Beach & Pantai Kelanang Beach) and Port Dickson (Tanjung Gemok Beach, Bagan Pinang Beach, &more). See even more of Kuala Lumpur: enjoy the sand and surf at Pantai Remis, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get outside with Sekinchan Paddy Fields, and take in the spiritual surroundings of National Mosque (Masjid Negara).

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kuala Lumpur trip planner.

You can fly from Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Port Dickson, Banting, Sekinchan, Batu Caves, Sepang International Circuit
Highlights from your plan
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Dark Cave Malaysia ©
Dark Cave Malaysia

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