20 days in Kuala Lumpur, Balikpapan & Bali Itinerary

20 days in Kuala Lumpur, Balikpapan & Bali Itinerary

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20 days in Kuala Lumpur, Balikpapan & Bali Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  15 h
1
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 6 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
2
Balikpapan, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Ungasan, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Ubud, Indonesia
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Tenganan, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

6
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.
Head to KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway and Central Marketfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Chinatown - Kuala Lumpur and Istana Negara. Change things up with a short trip to Laman Seni 7 in Shah Alam (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Mercato @ Pavilion KL, stop by 1 Utama Shopping Centre, admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, and shop like a local with Bukit Bintang.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur itinerary builder.

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. Traveling from Auckland in March, expect nights in Kuala Lumpur to be somewhat warmer, around 28°C, while days are warmer, around 39°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Balikpapan.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Petaling Jaya, Laman Seni 7, Batu Caves
Highlights from your plan
KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway ©
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
Pavilion KL ©
Pavilion KL

2
nights
Balikpapan, Indonesia

Balikpapan ©
Used as a hub for international oil and mining companies, the small city of Balikpapan boasts a blend of cultures making a comfortable home in this clean and relaxed environment.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Japan-Lamaru Tomb and then enjoy the sand and surf at Benua Patra Beach. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mangrove Center Graha indah, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lamaru Beach, and then stroll through Kemala Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Balikpapan itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kuala Lumpur to Balikpapan. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ungasan.

Things to do in Balikpapan

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Kemala Beach ©
Kemala Beach
Lamaru Beach ©
Lamaru Beach
Mangrove Center Graha indah ©
Mangrove Center Graha indah

2
nights
Ungasan, Indonesia

Ungasan ©
Surrounded by the pristine blue waters of the Indian Ocean, the town of Ungasan is steadily developing into a popular yet exclusive seaside destination.
Relax by the water at Geger Beach Nusa Dua Bali and Jimbaran Bay. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blue Point Beach and Melasti Beach. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Jenggala, admire the landmark architecture of Puja Mandala, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nusa Dua Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ungasan custom trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Balikpapan to Ungasan. In March in Ungasan, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ubud.

Things to do in Ungasan

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, Poema Bali
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Blue Point Beach ©
Blue Point Beach
Melasti Beach ©
Melasti Beach
Nusa Dua Beach ©
Nusa Dua Beach

6
nights
Ubud, Indonesia

Ubud ©
Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Balangan Beach and Supermarket Bintang Seminyak. For shopping fun, head to Ubud Traditional Art Market or Nusa Surfshop. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ubud: Erlangga 2 (in Denpasar), Sanur Beach (in Sanur), Kuta (Kuta Beach - Bali & Waterbom Bali) and Maru Jewelry (in Seminyak). The adventure continues: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, identify plant and animal life at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, take in the exciting artwork at Horizon Glassworks, and stop by CV. Burat Wangi.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ubud itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ungasan to Ubud in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Tenganan.

Things to do in Ubud

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuta, Denpasar
Highlights from your plan
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary ©
Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary
Balangan Beach ©
Balangan Beach
Pantai Sanur ©
Pantai Sanur

2
nights
Tenganan, Indonesia

Tenganan ©
Tenganan is simultaneously one of the oldest and newest places to visit in Bali.
On the 31st (Fri), look for gifts at Alam Zempol Natural Bath and Aroma Product, then stop by Mendira House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at White Sand Beach, and finally look for gifts at Wayan's Book Store Padang Bai. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Apneista Freediving & Yoga, then indulge your taste buds at Two Eka Waroeng, then steep yourself in history at Ujung Water Palace, and finally steep yourself in history at Tenganan Aga Village.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tenganan travel planner.

Getting from Ubud to Tenganan by car takes about 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tenganan

Shopping Spas Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manggis, Amed, Karangasem
Highlights from your plan
Ujung Water Palace ©
Ujung Water Palace
White Sand Beach Yoga ©
White Sand Beach Yoga

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