18 days in Malaysia, Ubud & Denpasar Itinerary

18 days in Malaysia, Ubud & Denpasar Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly:  19 h
1
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Taxi + Ferry:  5 h 30 min
2
Pulau Perhentian Besar, Malaysia
— 1 day
Ferry:  2 h 45 min
3
Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 45 min
4
Kundasang, Malaysia
— 1 night
Travel:  4 h 15 min
5
Pulau Gaya, Malaysia
— 1 day
Travel:  2 h 30 min
6
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
Sandakan, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
8
Ubud, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
9
Denpasar, Indonesia
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Lisbon, Portugal


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1
night
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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.
On the 4th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Putra Mosque, then get curious at Petrosains Science Discovery Centre, then explore the world behind art at Galeri Petronas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thean Hou Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at National Mosque (Masjid Negara), scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, then get all the information you need at Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, and finally head outdoors with Dark Cave Malaysia.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Kuala Lumpur day trip planning tool.

Lisbon, Portugal to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 20- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is 8 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in August, Kuala Lumpur is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pulau Perhentian Besar.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Putra Mosque, Dark Cave Malaysia
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Dark Cave Malaysia ©
Dark Cave Malaysia
Putra Mosque ©
Putra Mosque

1
day
Pulau Perhentian Besar, Malaysia

Pulau Perhentian Besar ©
Pulau Perhentian Besar looks almost otherworldly with its blue waters, lush jungles, and white-sand beaches.
On the 6th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Perhentian Island Resort Turtle Hatchery, enjoy the sand and surf at Turtle Sanctuary Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Teluk Keke.

Planning Pulau Perhentian Besar trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Kuala Lumpur to Pulau Perhentian Besar in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. August in Pulau Perhentian Besar sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Pulau Perhentian Kecil.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Besar

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Turtle Sanctuary Beach ©
Turtle Sanctuary Beach
Teluk Keke ©
Teluk Keke
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia

The smaller of the two coral-tinged Perhentian Islands, Pulau Perhentian Kecil remains more popular with the younger backpacker crowd due to more affordable living costs.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Perhentian Island Mosque, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Long Beach, and finally take some stellar pictures from Pulau Perhentian Kincir Angin.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Pulau Perhentian Kecil online trip itinerary maker.

You can ride a ferry from Pulau Perhentian Besar to Pulau Perhentian Kecil in 3 hours. In August in Pulau Perhentian Kecil, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 8th (Thu), you'll travel to Kundasang.

Things to do in Pulau Perhentian Kecil

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Long Beach ©
Long Beach
Perhentian Island Mosque ©
Perhentian Island Mosque

1
night
Kundasang, Malaysia

Kundasang ©
Offering access to a lush national park, tea plantations, and dairy farms, Kundasang serves as a popular leisure destination.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mount Kinabalu. Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kinabalu, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sosodikon Hill, then pause for some photo ops at Kundasang War Memorial, then contemplate the long history of Last POW Camp Memorial, and finally don't miss a visit to Kundasang Market.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kundasang online attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pulau Perhentian Kecil to Kundasang. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Pulau Gaya.

Things to do in Kundasang

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mount Kinabalu, Last POW Camp Memorial
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Mount Kinabalu ©
Mount Kinabalu
Last POW Camp Memorial ©
Last POW Camp Memorial
Kundasang War Memorial ©
Kundasang War Memorial

1
day
Pulau Gaya, Malaysia

Pulau Gaya ©
On the 10th (Sat), head outdoors with Coral Flyer.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Pulau Gaya tour builder website.

Explore your travel options from Kundasang to Pulau Gaya with the Route module. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sat) before leaving for Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Pulau Gaya

Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Coral Flyer ©
Coral Flyer

2
nights
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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.
On the 11th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pu Toh Tze Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pasupathinath Alayam, then contemplate the long history of Monsopiad Cultural Village, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Tanjung Aru Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Kota Kinabalu Japanese Cemetery, head outdoors with Mantanani Paradise, then get outside with Kokol Hill, and finally tee off at Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kota Kinabalu visit planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pulau Gaya to Kota Kinabalu. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Sandakan.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club
Highlights from your plan
Tanjung Aru Beach ©
Tanjung Aru Beach
Kokol Hill ©
Kokol Hill
Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club ©
Dalit Bay Golf & Country Club

2
nights
Sandakan, Malaysia

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), contemplate the long history of Agnes Newton Keith Home, head outdoors with Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St.Mary's Cathedral. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sandakan Heritage Trail and then walk around Sandakan Rainforest Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sandakan itinerary planner.

Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Sandakan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Ubud.

Things to do in Sandakan

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sandakan Heritage Trail ©
Sandakan Heritage Trail
St.Mary's Cathedral ©
St.Mary's Cathedral
Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple ©
Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple

2
nights
Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud ©
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
On the 15th (Thu), explore the landscape on two wheels at Toekad Rafting, relax in the rural setting at Bali Pulina Coffee Plantation, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cucukan Beach. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ubud online road trip planner.

Getting from Sandakan to Ubud by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, ferry, and flight. While traveling from Sandakan, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ubud, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Denpasar.

Things to do in Ubud

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple, Cucukan Beach, Bali Pulina Coffee Plantation
Highlights from your plan
Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple ©
Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Toekad Rafting ©
Toekad Rafting

3
nights
Denpasar, Indonesia

Denpasar ©
A trip to Denpasar takes visitors to the capital of Bali and the gateway to the island.
You'll get in some beach time at Balangan Beach and Blue Point Beach. Visiting Melasti Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. When in Denpasar, make a side trip to see Pura Ulun Siwi Kayangan Jagat in Jimbaran, approximately Jimbaran away. Make the 19th (Mon) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's still lots to do: get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours and see the interesting displays at Upside Down World.

Discover how to plan a Denpasar trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Ubud to Denpasar by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Denpasar can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denpasar

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Ungasan, Climbing Tours, River Rafting & Tubing, Pura Ulun Siwi Kayangan Jagat, Balangan Beach
Highlights from your plan
Blue Point Beach ©
Blue Point Beach
Melasti Beach ©
Melasti Beach
Balangan Beach ©
Balangan Beach

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