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 some cultural sightseeing at Chinatown - Kuala Lumpur and Church of The Visitation. Do your shopping at Central Market and Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall. Change things up with a short trip to Putrajaya Bridge in Putrajaya (about 34 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, get a taste of the local shopping with Bukit Bintang, stop by 1 Utama Shopping Centre, and admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur travel itinerary planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Kuala Lumpur is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Malaysia Time (MYT), which is usually a -4 hour difference. While traveling from Auckland, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Kuala Lumpur, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kuta.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Petaling Jaya, Putrajaya Bridge, Church of The Visitation, Batu Caves
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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.
Head to Beachwalk Shopping Center and Discovery Shopping Mallfor plenty of shopping. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Jimbaran Bay and Nusa Dua Beach. Explore Kuta's surroundings by going to Sanur Beach (in Sanur) and Ubud (Spas & Wellness, Threads of Life, & more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Kuta Beach - Bali, browse the different shops at Bali Collection, cool off at Waterbom Bali, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Jimbaran Fish Market.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuta vacation builder.

Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Kuta in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in March, expect nights in Kuta to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are slightly colder, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Karangasem.

Things to do in Kuta

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ubud, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, 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.
On the 31st (Fri), stop by Mendira House, then enjoy the sand and surf at White Sand Beach, then stop by Alam Zempol Natural Bath and Aroma Product, and finally steep yourself in history at Ujung Water Palace. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your taste buds at Two Eka Waroeng, then enjoy the sand and surf at Apneista Freediving & Yoga, then contemplate the long history of USS Liberty Shipwreck, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Tirta Gangga.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Karangasem tour 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

Parks Historic Sites Spas

Side Trips

Manggis, USS Liberty Shipwreck
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USS Liberty Shipwreck ©
USS Liberty Shipwreck
White Sand Beach Yoga ©
White Sand Beach Yoga
Apneista ©
Apneista

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