34 days in Sabah Itinerary

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Kota Kinabalu
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Pulau Gaya
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Kota Belud
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Kundasang
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Keningau
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Labuan Island
— 6 nights
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Tawau
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Semporna
— 3 nights
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Sandakan
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Kota Kinabalu — 9 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tagal Tinopikon Park (in Penampang), Tamparuli (Murug-Turug Waterfall & 3D Wonders Museum) and Tuaran (Rasa Ria Reserve by Shangri-La & Tuaran Crocodile Farm). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Manukan Island, take an in-depth tour of Sabah State Museum, take in the natural beauty of Poring Hot Springs, and explore the striking landscape of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kota Kinabalu trip maker website.

Kuantan to Kota Kinabalu is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kota Kinabalu are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pulau Gaya.
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Pulau Gaya — 1 day

On the 7th (Sat), take a tour by water with Downbelow Marine & Wildlife Adventures and then stroll through Marine Ecology Research Centre.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pulau Gaya holiday builder site.

Explore your travel options from Kota Kinabalu to Pulau Gaya with the Route module. In January, daytime highs in Pulau Gaya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kota Belud.
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Kota Belud — 1 night

Kota Belud is a town in West Coast Division, Sabah, Malaysia. On the 8th (Sun), pick up some local products at Tamu Market of Kota Belud, then head outdoors with Bigfin Divers, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Bukit Bongol.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Pulau Gaya to Kota Belud. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kundasang.
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Kundasang — 3 nights

Offering access to a lush national park, tea plantations, and dairy farms, Kundasang serves as a popular leisure destination.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kundasang: Mahua Waterfall (in Tambunan) and Poring (Langanan Waterfall & Adenna Rafflesia Garden). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kinabalu, appreciate the history behind Kundasang War Memorial, relax and rejuvenate at Tagal Sg. Moroli Fish Spa, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kinabalu Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kundasang trip maker app.

You can drive from Kota Belud to Kundasang in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Keningau.
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Keningau — 1 night

Keningau is a district and town in Interior Division, Sabah, Malaysia. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on Orou Sapulot, make a trip to Keningau Oath Stone, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Trusmadi.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Keningau trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Kundasang to Keningau in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Labuan Island.
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Labuan Island — 6 nights

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 sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll the grounds of Labuan War Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Jamek An-nur, head off the coast to Pulau Papan, and appreciate the history behind Surrender Point.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Labuan Island road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Keningau to Labuan Island takes 4 hours. January in Labuan Island sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 29°C at night. You will leave for Tawau on the 18th (Wed).
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Tawau — 1 night

Tawau formerly known as Tawao, is a town and administrative centre of Tawau Division, Sabah, Malaysia. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): stroll through Maliau Basin Conservation Area, take in the dramatic scenery at Table Waterfall, then stop by Pasar Tanjung Tawau, and finally stroll around Tawau Hills Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tawau journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Labuan Island to Tawau takes 10 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Semporna.
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Semporna — 3 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Semporna to Pulau Mabul to see Billabong Scuba about 3 hours away. Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring nature at Sipadan National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bohey Dulang Island, relax and rejuvenate at Little Village Spa, and step off the mainland to explore Mataking Island.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Semporna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tawau to Semporna takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Semporna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Sandakan.
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Sandakan — 9 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sandakan: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (in Sepilok) and Kinabatangan Jungle Camp (in Sukau). Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring nature at Turtle Island Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), get engrossed in the history at Sandakan Memorial Park, contemplate the long history of Agnes Newton Keith Home, and stroll around Sandakan Rainforest Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sandakan trip itinerary builder tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Semporna to Sandakan. In January, daily temperatures in Sandakan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Sabah travel guide

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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.
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