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Sandakan Harbour

Sandakan is the second largest town in the state of Sabah, East Malaysia, on the north-eastern of island of Borneo.

"Sandakan" derived from the Suluk word "sanda" meaning, to pawn and "kan" being the suffix. So "Sandakan" means the place that was pawned.


Must see places in Sandakan:

1. Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
2. Gomontong Caves, Sabah
3. Kinabatangan & Sukau River
4. Turtle Island(we did not get to see this but if you do come here do book early for the tour to this island)
5. Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple
6. Agnes Keith house
7. Water village in Kampung Buli Sim Sim
8. City tour of Sandakan -many churches, mosque and temples.

Last but not least

9. Seafood! This is the place to eat all the lobster, prawn and crayfish. Its cheap too. My Korean girl friend was like when I visit Malaysia again you have to take me to Sandakan for the seafood. She just love it.

Air Asia

We flew back to Kuala Lumpur using Air Asia. (www.airasia.com).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wildlife, wonderful seafood
  • In a nutshell:Wild and beautiful!! Glorious Seafood!!
  • Last visit to Sandakan: Jul 2005
  • Intro Updated Feb 6, 2009
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2009 at 4:25 AM

    You saw a few more things than we did. Lucky you seeing the Elephants, we missed them by a day, but we did see an Orangutan in the wild on our Kinabatangan River trip.

  • MichaelFalk1969's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:42 AM

    Hi Mary thanks for the birthday wishes ! Interesting page and good tips on Sandakan you have here (I`d really like to go and visit some of Malaysia`s National Parks). Best regards - Michael

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2007 at 4:17 AM

    Wow, what interesting tips and so informative ;-)

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2007 at 12:50 AM

    i would really lioke to visit that part of the world. being both an explorer and a monkey i should feel right at homme there :O)

  • imran8852's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2007 at 7:04 PM

    Thanks For The Tip Mary...Haven't Been To Sandakan Though ^_^

  • Apr 3, 2007 at 5:04 AM

    you are sooooo right about this lousy place. the owner just waste his money with this staff and stuff

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2007 at 6:57 PM

    Thank you for visiting my Carlisle page. The way you use your knife, I wish we could prepare Nasi Ulam together. Happy cooking + happy travels.

  • OH_DK's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2007 at 11:51 PM

    I would really like to see this Orang Utan centre - have only seen it on TV. Nice page Mary - did you try to touch them?

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2007 at 2:38 AM

    Nice page of Sandakan. Bring back memories. I enjoyed the seafood "Bak Kut Teh" there. Cheers, SL

  • DanielF's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2006 at 4:59 AM

    I would love to come back to Borneo one day, to Sabah in particular.


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