18 days in Kuala Lumpur & Bali Itinerary

18 days in Kuala Lumpur & Bali Itinerary

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18 days in Kuala Lumpur & Bali Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  15​h
1
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Kuta, Indonesia
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Karangasem, Indonesia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

8
nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Do your shopping at Chinatown - Kuala Lumpur and Mercato @ Pavilion KL. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Church of The Visitation and Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman. Take a break from Kuala Lumpur with a short trip to Putrajaya Bridge in Putrajaya, about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: hunt for treasures at Central Market, look for gifts at 1 Utama Shopping Centre, wander the streets of KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, and admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kuala Lumpur travel planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Malaysia Time (MYT) is minus 4 hours. While traveling from Auckland, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Kuala Lumpur, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Kuta.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Petaling Jaya, Batu Caves, Putrajaya Bridge, Church of The Visitation
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Chinatown ©
Chinatown
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Central Market Kuala Lumpur ©
Central Market Kuala Lumpur

7
nights
Kuta, Indonesia

Kuta ©
Formerly a sleepy fishing village, the beach resort town of Kuta now represents one of Indonesia's most popular tourist destinations.
Do your shopping at Beachwalk Shopping Center and Supermarket Bintang Seminyak. You'll get in some beach time at Jimbaran Bay and Kuta Beach - Bali. Venture out of the city with trips to Sanur Beach (in Sanur) and Ubud (Spas & Wellness, Threads of Life, & more). Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Bali Collection, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nusa Dua Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jimbaran Fish Market, and pause for some photo ops at Ground Zero Monument.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kuta itinerary maker.

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Kuta by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March: highs in Kuta hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Karangasem.

Things to do in Kuta

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ubud, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Pantai Sanur
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Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary ©
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Pantai Sanur ©
Pantai Sanur
Kuta Beach - Bali ©
Kuta Beach - Bali

1
night
Karangasem, Indonesia

Karangasem ©
Karangasem remains best known for its mountainous landscape, isolated beaches, and small villages preserving age-old local traditions.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): look for gifts at Mendira House, look for gifts at Alam Zempol Natural Bath and Aroma Product, then contemplate the long history of Tenganan Aga Village, then admire the natural beauty at Tirta Gangga, and finally steep yourself in history at Ujung Water Palace. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Pura Lempuyang, then savor the flavors at Two Eka Waroeng, then head outdoors with Apneista Freediving & Yoga, and finally contemplate the long history of USS Liberty Shipwreck.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Karangasem trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Kuta to Karangasem in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of ferry and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Karangasem

Historic Sites Spas Parks

Side Trips

Manggis, USS Liberty Shipwreck
Highlights from your plan
USS Liberty Shipwreck ©
USS Liberty Shipwreck
Apneista ©
Apneista
Taman Tirtagangga ©
Taman Tirtagangga

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