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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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 journeys around the countrysides of East Java, Indonesia. He find himself in the small city of Bondowoso on a failed trip to Ijen Volcano, among wildlife in Baluran National Park, and the busy streets of old Surabaya.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos spends 4 days in Mount Bromo, Indonesia, on a quest to see an active volcano up close. On the way, he spends a night in remote Ngadas Village and treks his way to the edge of the summit crater.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos explores the old and new faces of Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital city. He discovers Dutch-colonial heritage sites in Kota (Old Batavia) and a growing modern metropolis around the area of Thamrin Street.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos finds himself in Java Island, Indonesia. The call of adventure takes him around heritages sites in Jakarta & Yogyakarta, and natural landscapes in Mount Bromo & East Java.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos on a quick trip to Borneo Island. He visits Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia, and crosses the border to Bandar Seri Bigawan in Brunei.
IN PHOTOS: Marcos enjoys the fascinating old-world district and delicious street food of Georgetown in Penang Island, Malaysia.
IN PHOTOS: On a trip across the Malay Archipelago, Marcos visits Sabah & Brunei in Borneo Island, Java Island in Indonesia & Penang Island in Peninsular Malaysia.

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