22 days in Cambodia, Sarawak & Sabah Itinerary

22 days in Cambodia, Sarawak & Sabah Itinerary

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22 days in Cambodia, Sarawak & Sabah Itinerary

Start: Melbourne, Australia
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Siem Reap, Cambodia
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
2
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Sihanoukville, Cambodia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Kuching, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Labuan Island, Malaysia
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 45​min
6
Semporna, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Sandakan, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
8
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Melbourne, Australia

6
nights
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap ©
Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cambodia Landmine Museum and Ta Prohm. Explore hidden gems such as Angkor National Museum and Kandal Village. Spend the 4th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, learn about all things military at War Museum Cambodia, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pre Rup.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Siem Reap driving holiday planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Siem Reap is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Siem Reap is minus 3 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Melbourne in June: high temperatures in Siem Reap hover around 39°C and lows are around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Phnom Penh.

Things to do in Siem Reap

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Angkor Wat ©
Angkor Wat
Ta Prohm ©
Ta Prohm
Preah Khan ©
Preah Khan

few
hours
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh ©
On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
On the 5th (Thu), see the interesting displays at National Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Phnom Penh tour itinerary planning website .

You can fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or ride a ferry. In July in Phnom Penh, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Sihanoukville.

Things to do in Phnom Penh

Museums
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum ©
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
National Museum ©
National Museum

3
nights
Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Sihanoukville ©
Sihanoukville, a relatively new city built around the country's first deepwater port, has been developing into a tourist destination in recent years.
On the 6th (Fri), kick back and relax at Serendipity Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ochheuteal Beach, and then kick back and relax at Independence Beach. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then kick back and relax at Otres Beach, then stop by Tapang's, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sihanoukville trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Kuching.

Things to do in Sihanoukville

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Otres Beach ©
Otres Beach
Serendipity Beach ©
Serendipity Beach
Ochheuteal Beach ©
Ochheuteal Beach

3
nights
Kuching, Malaysia

Kuching ©
A state capital, Kuching offers access to the surrounding landscape on a range of ecotours through national parks and reserves.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at The Brooke Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Semenggoh Nature Reserve and then kick back and relax at Damai Beach.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Kuching road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Sihanoukville to Kuching takes 5.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sihanoukville to Kuching is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Labuan Island.

Things to do in Kuching

Parks Museums Outdoors
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Semenggoh Nature Reserve ©
Semenggoh Nature Reserve
Brooke Museums
Brooke Museums
Damai Beach ©
Damai Beach

1
night
Labuan Island, Malaysia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Jamek An-nur, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Labuan War Cemetery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Layang-layang Beach.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Labuan Island trip builder app .

You can fly from Kuching to Labuan Island in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Semporna.

Things to do in Labuan Island

Outdoors Golf Parks
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Layang-layang Beach ©
Layang-layang Beach
Labuan War Cemetery ©
Labuan War Cemetery
Masjid Jamek An-nur ©
Masjid Jamek An-nur

2
nights
Semporna, Malaysia

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Bohey Dulang Island and then step off the mainland to explore Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Semporna vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Labuan Island to Semporna by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sandakan.

Things to do in Semporna

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Tun Sakaran Marine Park ©
Tun Sakaran Marine Park
Bohey Dulang Island ©
Bohey Dulang Island

3
nights
Sandakan, Malaysia

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) and Sandakan Memorial Park. Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Turtle Island Park. There's more to do: learn more about the world around you at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) and look for all kinds of wild species at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sandakan road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Semporna to Sandakan in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kota Kinabalu.

Things to do in Sandakan

Parks Wildlife Nature
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nights
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sabah State Museum and Sri Pasupathinath Alayam. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club. Make the 18th (Wed) a memorable day with a climbing tour. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kota Kinabalu City Mosque.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kota Kinabalu travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kota Kinabalu

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque ©
Kota Kinabalu City Mosque
Sabah State Museum
Sabah State Museum

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