31 days in Sabah Itinerary

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Semporna
— 3 nights
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Lahad Datu
— 2 nights
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Sandakan
— 6 nights
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Kota Kinabalu
— 8 nights
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Kota Belud
— 2 nights
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Kundasang
— 4 nights
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Keningau
— 1 night
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Labuan Island
— 4 nights
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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.
Spend the 26th (Tue) exploring nature at Sipadan National Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, contemplate the long history of Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill), head off the coast to Mataking Island, and stroll through Bohey Dulang Island.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Semporna planning website.

Kuala Lumpur to Semporna is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lahad Datu.
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Lahad Datu — 2 nights

Lahad Datu is a town and district located in Tawau Division, in the east of Sabah, Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Start off your visit on the 29th (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: stroll through Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lahad Datu journey builder.

Traveling by car from Semporna to Lahad Datu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Lahad Datu, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sandakan.
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Sandakan — 6 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.
Spend the 3rd (Tue) exploring nature at Turtle Island Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), look for all kinds of wild species at Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure, pause for some serene contemplation at St.Mary's Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sandakan itinerary website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lahad Datu to Sandakan. In April, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to fly to Kota Kinabalu.
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Kota Kinabalu — 8 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.
Step out of Kota Kinabalu to go to Tuaran and see Rasa Ria Reserve by Shangri-La, which is approximately 52 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Mon) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 11th (Wed) exploring nature at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. The adventure continues: get outside with Outdoor Activities, meet the residents at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, step off the mainland to explore Mamutik Island, and go for a stroll along the water at Jesselton Point.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kota Kinabalu road trip planning website.

You can fly from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Kota Kinabalu sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kota Belud.
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Kota Belud — 2 nights

Kota Belud is a town in West Coast Division, Sabah, Malaysia. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Bukit Bongol and then discover the deep blue sea with Bigfin Divers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Eko Pelancongan Kg Melangkap Tiong and then examine the collection at Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kota Belud travel tool.

Getting from Kota Kinabalu to Kota Belud by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Kota Belud are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kundasang.
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Kundasang — 4 nights

Offering access to a lush national park, tea plantations, and dairy farms, Kundasang serves as a popular leisure destination.
Step out of Kundasang with an excursion to Langanan Waterfall in Poring--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Kinabalu, indulge in some personalized pampering at Tagal Sg. Moroli Fish Spa, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kinabalu Park, and relax in the rural setting at Desa Dairy Farm.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kundasang road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kota Belud to Kundasang takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Keningau.
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Keningau — 1 night

Keningau is a district and town in Interior Division, Sabah, Malaysia. On the 21st (Sat), don't miss a visit to Keningau Oath Stone and then look for all kinds of wild species at Orou Sapulot.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Keningau online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kundasang to Keningau in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Keningau can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Labuan Island.
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Labuan Island — 4 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: explore the different monuments and memorials at Labuan War Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Jamek An-nur, head off the coast to Pulau Rusukan Besar, and stroll through Layang-layang Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Labuan Island online itinerary planner.

Getting from Keningau to Labuan Island by car takes about 4 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Labuan Island can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to fly 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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