Route Map

Trip Itinerary

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Leg 1 — Borneo Island
Day 1 to 3 — Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu

Manila to Kota Kinabalu flight via Clark

Kota Kinabalu city & island hopping tour

Day 4 to 5 — Brunei via Labuan & Lawas



Kota Kinabalu to Brunei via Menumbok & Labuan

Brunei city & river tour

Brunei to Kota Kinabalu via Lawas, Sarawak

Leg 2 — Java Island, Indonesia
Day 5 to 7 — Jakarta


Jakarta to Kota Kinabalu flight

Jakarta Central Business District

Jakarta old town (Kota/Old Batavia)

Day 7 to 10 — Yogyakarta


Jakarta to Yogyakarta flight

Yogyakarta city center — Taman Sari Water Castle, Malioboro St.

Borobudur temple

Prambanan temple

Day 11 to 14 — Mount Bromo & Ngadas


Cemoro Lawang

Mount Bromo

Yogyakarta to Malang night train

Malang to Ngadas commute via Arjosari & Tumpang (shared van / motorcycle taxi)

Ngadas, Mount Bromo & Cemoro Lawang

Day 15 to 18 — East Java



Bondowoso stopover on a failed trip to Mount Ijen

Baluran National Park

Surabaya city center

Leg 3 — Penang Island, Malaysia
Day 18 to 22 — Penang & Kuala Lumpur, Peninsular Malaysia

Georgetown, Penang

Kuala Lumpur

Surabaya to Kuala Lumpur flight

Kuala Lumpur to Georgetown bus

Georgetown city center & Penang Island

Kuala Lumpur stopover

This trip is part of Marcos’ 2012 Detours series.

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IN PHOTOS: Marcos explores Surabaya’s heritage sites, riverside district & historical monuments before catching a flight at Juanda International Airport.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos takes a detour in Baluran National Park. He enjoys close encounters with wildlife at Bekol Savannah & Bama Beach.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos takes a walk around the Alun-Alun Park in Bondowoso, East Java, Indonesia.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos hikes to the summit crater of Mount Bromo volcano and visits Madakaripura Waterfall near Cemoro Lawang village in East Java, Indonesia.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos enjoys the amazing views at Cemoro Lawang village. He follows the trail to the viewpoint at Mount Penanjakan that overlooks Mount Bromo volcano.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos enjoys an off-beat adventure in Mount Bromo. On his way to Cemoro Lawang from Ngadas village, he embarks on a long hike across the volcano’s savannah & sea of sand.

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