36 days in Sabah Itinerary

36 days in Sabah Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Semporna
— 3 nights
2
Lahad Datu
— 2 nights
3
Sandakan
— 5 nights
4
Kudat
— 2 nights
5
Kota Belud
— 1 night
6
Kundasang
— 3 nights
7
Keningau
— 2 nights
8
Kota Kinabalu
— 13 nights
9
Labuan Island
— 4 nights

3
nights
Semporna

Semporna ©
A largely residential city of around 135,000, Semporna has gained popularity in recent years due to its archipelago's good connection to the surrounding islands, including very popular diving or snorkeling destinations such as Sipadan.
Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring nature at Sipadan National Park. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head off the coast to Mataking Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Bohey Dulang Island, and steep yourself in history at Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill).

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Semporna travel route builder site.

Langkawi to Semporna is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. In December in Semporna, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lahad Datu.

Things to do in Semporna

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Mataking Island
Highlights from your plan
Sipadan National Park ©
Sipadan National Park
Tun Sakaran Marine Park ©
Tun Sakaran Marine Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Lahad Datu

Lahad Datu ©
Lahad Datu is a town and district located in Tawau Division, in the east of Sabah, Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Sungai Kapur and then don't miss a visit to Tower of Heaven. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lahad Datu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Semporna to Lahad Datu takes 2.5 hours. In December in Lahad Datu, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sandakan.

Things to do in Lahad Datu

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sungai Kapur ©
Sungai Kapur
Tabin Wildlife Reserve ©
Tabin Wildlife Reserve

5
nights
Sandakan

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.
Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring nature at Turtle Island Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), take in the spiritual surroundings of Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, make a trip to The Parish of St Michael and All Angels, and contemplate the long history of Agnes Newton Keith Home.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Sandakan trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Lahad Datu to Sandakan with the Route module. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kudat.

Things to do in Sandakan

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Kudat

Kudat ©
Close to the northernmost part of Borneo, Kudat has proved popular among tourists for its range of things to do and see, as well as its leafy landscapes and white sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Gombizau Honey Bee Farm, stop by Kampung Gong Matunggong, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Tropical Research and Conservation Centre, and finally stroll through Tindakon Dazang Beach. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Borneo Honeybee Centre, don't miss a visit to Tip of Borneo, and then stroll through Bak-Bak Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kudat trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Sandakan to Kudat with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Kudat can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kota Belud.

Things to do in Kudat

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Tindakon Dazang Beach ©
Tindakon Dazang Beach
Tip of Borneo ©
Tip of Borneo
Borneo Honeybee Centre ©
Borneo Honeybee Centre

1
night
Kota Belud

Kota Belud ©
Kota Belud is a town in West Coast Division, Sabah, Malaysia. On the 10th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Nopungguk, take a peaceful walk through Bukit Bongol, and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Eko Pelancongan Kg Melangkap Tiong.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kota Belud trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Kudat to Kota Belud takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Kota Belud are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Kundasang.

Things to do in Kota Belud

Nature Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Bukit Bongol ©
Bukit Bongol

3
nights
Kundasang

Kundasang ©
Offering access to a lush national park, tea plantations, and dairy farms, Kundasang serves as a popular leisure destination.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kundasang: Poring (Adenna Rafflesia Garden & Langanan Waterfall). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kinabalu, steep yourself in history at Last POW Camp Memorial, explore the striking landscape of Kinabalu Park, and relax in the rural setting at Desa Dairy Farm.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Kundasang driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kota Belud to Kundasang takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Keningau.

Things to do in Kundasang

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sabah, Poring, Last POW Camp Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Mount Kinabalu ©
Mount Kinabalu
Kinabalu Park ©
Kinabalu Park
Desa Dairy Farm ©
Desa Dairy Farm

2
nights
Keningau

Keningau ©
Keningau is a district and town in Interior Division, Sabah, Malaysia. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mount Trusmadi and then head outdoors with Orou Sapulot. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Keningau Oath Stone, stroll through Bukit Trig, and then play a few rounds at Borneo Golf & Country Club.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Keningau travel planning tool.

Getting from Kundasang to Keningau by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Keningau are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Keningau

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Borneo Golf & Country Club
Highlights from your plan
Bukit Trig ©
Bukit Trig
Mount Trusmadi ©
Mount Trusmadi
Keningau Oath Stone ©
Keningau Oath Stone

13
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.
Visit Tanjung Aru Beach and Taman Awam Teluk Likas for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Kota Kinabalu: Tuaran (Borneo Ant House, Rasa Ria Reserve by Shangri-La, &more) and Tagal Tinopikon Park (in Penampang). Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Spend the 20th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Poring Hot Springs, step off the mainland to explore Mamutik Island, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Plan a trip to Kota Kinabalu easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Keningau to Kota Kinabalu in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Labuan Island.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tuaran, Penampang, Kiansom Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Climbing Tours
Tanjung Aru Beach ©
Tanjung Aru Beach
Sapi Island ©
Sapi Island

4
nights
Labuan Island

Labuan Island ©
Striking a balance between financial hub and tourist attraction, Labuan Island offers much of the appeal of Penang without the hordes of tourists.
Labuan Island is known for historic sites, parks, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Layang-layang Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at World War II Memorial, admire the striking features of MChimney, and step off the mainland to explore Pulau Papan.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Labuan Island journey planner.

Getting from Kota Kinabalu to Labuan Island by taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. January in Labuan Island sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Labuan Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Layang-layang Beach ©
Layang-layang Beach
Labuan War Cemetery ©
Labuan War Cemetery
Masjid Jamek An-nur ©
Masjid Jamek An-nur

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