3 Weeks in Malaysia, Brunei & Indonesia

Stories, photos, travel tips & itinerary from Marcos' three-week trip in the islands of Borneo, Java & Penang

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Trip Itinerary

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Destinations Activities
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 rides a night train to Malang and journeys to Mount Bromo through the western entrance via Tumpang & Ngadas.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos finds himself in Ngadas Village, on his off-beat journey to the summit crater of Mount Bromo volcano. He goes on a walk around this traditional Javanese village and enjoys a refreshing view of the hillside slope farms.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos journeys to Borobudur Temple, an ancient Buddhist monument & UNESCO World Heritage Site in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
IN PHOTOS: An excursion from Yogyakarta, takes Marcos to the ancient Prambanan Temple & Sewa Temple Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Central Java, Indonesia.
IN PHOTOS: On his walk around Yogyakarta city center, Marcos explores Malioboro Street, Dutch-colonial heritage sites & bizzare public art sculptures.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos visits the Water Castle & Kraton (Royal Palace) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He discovers royal bathing pools, underground tunnels & a unique mosque hidden in the old city.
IN PHOTOS: On a journey to Borobudur & Prambanan Temples, Marcos arrives in Yogyakarta-Adisucipto International Airport & stays at Jalan Sosrowijayan, the city’s backpacker district.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos explores Jakarta’s Dutch-colonial heritage sites, in Kota Tua (Old Batavia) & Sunda Kelapa harbour.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos makes a stopover in Jakarta, Indonesia. He transits through Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jalan Jaksa & Jalan Thamrin in Jakarta Central Business District (CDB).
IN PHOTOS: Marcos enjoys a trip to ancient temples & heritage sites in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He visits the Temples of Borobudur & Prambanan, and gets lost in the Water Castle in Old Jogja.