31 days in Sabah Itinerary

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Kota Kinabalu
— 11 nights
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Tuaran
— 4 nights
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Kundasang
— 3 nights
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Penampang
— 4 nights
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Semporna
— 3 nights
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Sandakan
— 5 nights
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Kota Kinabalu — 11 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.
You've now added Dinawan Island to your itinerary. Spend the 3rd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. There's lots more to do: shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the waterfront activity at Jesselton Point, and step off the mainland to explore Sapi Island.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kota Kinabalu trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Kota Kinabalu is an approximately 6-hour flight. May in Kota Kinabalu sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tuaran.
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Tuaran — 4 nights

Filled with tree-lined streets, Tuaran is a lively little town and an important center of commerce.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Gunung Alab as well as Chanteek Borneo Indigenous Museum. Explore Tuaran's surroundings by going to Kota Belud (Bigfin Divers & Bukit Bongol). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Rasa Ria Reserve by Shangri-La, make a trip to Tamparuli Suspension Bridge, have fun and explore at 3D Wonders Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kiulu River.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tuaran trip maker tool.

Getting from Kota Kinabalu to Tuaran by car takes about an hour. In May, daily temperatures in Tuaran can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kundasang: Poring (Adenna Rafflesia Garden & Langanan Waterfall) and Mahua Waterfall (in Tambunan). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Kinabalu, indulge in some personalized pampering at Tagal Sg. Moroli Fish Spa, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Arnab Village, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kinabalu Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kundasang road trip planner.

Drive from Tuaran to Kundasang in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Penampang.
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Penampang — 4 nights

Your day by day itinerary now includes Tagal Tinopikon Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Penampang: Keningau (Mount Trusmadi, Orou Sapulot, &more) and Kipandi Butterfly Park (in Tambunan).

To see maps and other tourist information, go to the Penampang attractions tool.

You can drive from Kundasang to Penampang in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight 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.
Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Sipadan National Park. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head off the coast to Mataking Island, stroll through Bohey Dulang Island, and make a trip to Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill).

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Semporna day trip website.

Getting from Penampang to Semporna by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Semporna sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sandakan.
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Sandakan — 5 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.
Explore Sandakan's surroundings by going to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (in Sepilok) and Kinabatangan Jungle Camp (in Sukau). Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Turtle Island Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), pause for some serene contemplation at St.Mary's Cathedral, explore the fascinating underground world of Gomantong Cave Sandakan, and get a dose of the wild on Sepilok Tropical Wildlife Adventure.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sandakan trip itinerary builder tool.

Explore your travel options from Semporna to Sandakan with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (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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