22 days in Sabah, Saitama Prefecture & Seoul Itinerary

22 days in Sabah, Saitama Prefecture & Seoul Itinerary

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Sandakan, Malaysia
— 1 night
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
— 3 nights
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Kundasang, Malaysia
— 3 nights
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Drive to Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Fly to Tokyo Haneda International Airport, Drive to Chichibu
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Chichibu, Japan
— 3 nights
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Saitama, Japan
— 4 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
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Sandakan, Malaysia

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): learn more about the world around you at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) and then look for all kinds of wild species at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), look for all kinds of wild species at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, and then identify plant and animal life at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sandakan attractions planner.

Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan is an approximately 6-hour flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in January, expect nights in Sandakan to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Sandakan

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

— 3 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.
Spend the 24th (Mon) exploring nature at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Next up on the itinerary: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, get up close to creatures of the deep with Glass Bottom Boat Tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pasupathinath Alayam, and step off the mainland to explore Manukan Island.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kota Kinabalu trip planner.

Getting from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kota Kinabalu can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kundasang.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Kundasang, Malaysia

— 3 nights
Offering access to a lush national park, tea plantations, and dairy farms, Kundasang serves as a popular leisure destination.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Arnab Village, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kinabalu, and then relax in the rural setting at Desa Dairy Farm. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Kundasang War Memorial, then explore the striking landscape of Kinabalu Park, and then take in the awesome beauty at Sosodikon Hill.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kundasang travel route builder app.

You can drive from Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chichibu.

Things to do in Kundasang

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Chichibu, Japan

— 3 nights
A little rural reprieve not far from the capital, the city of Chichibu draws visitors with its vibrant landscape and pleasant, low-key urban attractions.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chichibu: Yamaki Brewery (in Kamikawa-machi), Honjo (Tyosenji Temple & Kyoshinsha Mohan Sanshitsu) and Okumiya (in Nagatoro-machi). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Misotsuchi Icicles (Misotsuchinotsurara) and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kannon-in Temple.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Chichibu trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Kundasang to Chichibu with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kundasang to Chichibu. In January, daily temperatures in Chichibu can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saitama.

Things to do in Chichibu

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Saitama, Japan

— 4 nights
Though a fairly large city in its own right, Saitama has become known primarily for its proximity to the capital, Tokyo.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saitama: Spas (in Kuki), Shōrin-ji Temple (in Yorii-machi) and Tokorozawa (Horiguchi Tenman Shrine, Yamaguchi Kannon - Konjoin Temple, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Musashi Ichinomiya Hikawa Shrine, meet the residents at Omiya Park Zoo, and don't miss a visit to Previously Tanaka Family House.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, go to the Saitama trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Chichibu to Saitama by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Chichibu in January since evenings lows in Saitama dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Saitama

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Spas

Side Trips

Seoul, South Korea

— 7 nights
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Pack the 5th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Lotte World. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Gyeongbokgung Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at Namsan Park, shop like a local with Myeongdong Shopping Street, and get great views at N Seoul Tower.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Seoul trip maker site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Saitama to Seoul. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Saitama in February; daily highs in Seoul reach 5°C and lows reach -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Theme Parks

Sabah travel guide

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Wildlife Areas · 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.

Saitama Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Parks · Landmarks
Saitama Prefecture is a landlocked prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region of the island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Saitama.This prefecture is part of the Greater Tokyo Area, and most of Saitama's cities can be described as suburbs of Tokyo, to which a large number of residents commute each day.HistoryAccording to Sendai Kuji Hongi, Chichibu was one of 137 provinces during the reign of Emperor Sujin. Chichibu Province was in western Saitama.Saitama Prefecture was formerly part of the old Musashi Province.In the fifth year of the Keiun era, deposits of copper were reported to have been found in the Chichibu District of what is now Saitama Prefecture.The Saitama area was historically known as a fertile agricultural region which produced much of the food for the Kantō region. During the Edo period, many fudai daimyōs ruled small domains within the Saitama area.After World War II, as Tokyo expanded rapidly and modern transportation allowed longer commutes, the lack of available land in Tokyo led to the rapid development of Saitama Prefecture, where the population has nearly tripled since 1960. Most of the cities in the prefecture are closely connected to downtown Tokyo by metropolitan rail, and operate largely as residential and commercial suburbs of Tokyo.

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