"THE FORGOTTEN CITY HARBOUR" Top 5 Page for this destination Sandakan by daryll
Sandakan Travel Guide: 228 reviews and 600 photos
Sandakan formerly known Elopura during the British occupation, was actually known as Little Hongkong when the town was boomed during mid 60-70s. Even now, it is a twin city of Zamboanga in the PhilipPines.
The town was known as "Elopura", which means 'the beautiful place", for more than 200 years before it was given the name Sandakan.
Developed by the British Chartered Company about a hundred years ago, it developed and grew quickly as one of the largest settlements in North Borneo (Sabah). The reason for its rapid growth was due to the many - in fact as many as 43 - commodities that could be exported in the late 19th Century. Sandakan was once the capital because of its bright prospects and the need for an administrative centre on the East coast.
The port was important for the lucrative tobacco, cocoa, coffee, manila hemp and sago exports. Even before the advent of the tractors and chain saws the timber industry boomed as early as 1890s. In the mid 1930s, Sandakan's timber export reached the record figure of 180,000 cu m, making it the largest timber exporting port of tropical wood in the world.
Besides the town itself, you wouldnt wanna miss great places around Sandakan! Sepilok, Sukau, Selingan Island and Gomantong Caves are some off beaten track you don't want to miss out.
This little town is where I was born and grew up until the age of 19 and after given a green light, I left and moved on till where I am today.
Seafood, most famous perishable goods, in fact well known for the whole region as far as Singapore. Most major export of fishes and crutaceans is sent to Singapore at major hotels and restaurants.
So next time if you do find some huge promfret or snapper swimming in the restaurant fish tank in Singapore, you sure know it where its origin.
Sandakan has nature and wildlife to depend on to keep tourism going as part as the city major revenue. Though, most of nature and wildlife in Sandakan has heavyly restricted to avoid exploitation on the wildlife especially Orang-Utan the endangered species. Sepilok probably main itinerary for some travellers or tourist from far to see the rehabilitation centre of this primate. However off the beaten track, Travellers can actually discover more wildlife withing the region if you know where to track them.
- Pros:VERY CHEAP SEAFOOD
- Cons:TOO MANY ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
- In a nutshell:MY HOMETOWN THAT IS!
YEAH!! We all call it as Hollywood market, above selling local dishes. Try one more travel advice
This market may not be appealing to most westerners!!! But who ever fancy salted fish, this is your haven shopping area.... more travel advice
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