Updated on : Sunday, September 24, 2017 09:40:46 PM



Places of interest in

Airports of Sabah and distance from town center:
1- Kota Kinabalu International Airport - 8.5km
2- Labuan Domestic Airport - 3.5km
3- Lahad Datu Domestic Airport - 1km
4- Sandakan Domestic Airport - 13km
5- Tawau Domestic Airport - 31km

The family of Sarawakian Bernard Then Ted Fen, who was kidnapped from Sandakan, Sabah and later beheaded in the Philippines , want the repatriation process from the Philippines to be sped up, The Star reports today. -

See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/bernard-thens-family-appeals-to-najib-to-expedite-process#sthash.HS0aPbwS.dpuf

Then, 39, was kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants at a seafood restaurant in Sandakan, Sabah on May 15, together with the restaurant manager, Thein Nyuk Fun, 50. Thien was released on November 8, but Then was beheaded on November 17. -

Sandakan Division
1- Beluran
2- Kinabatangan
3- Sandakan
4- Tongod

2,239 kilometer-long
Pan-Borneo Highway

The Pan-Borneo Highway was built in 1986 to link the two East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak.

It begins in the district of Sematan in Sarawak, and passes through Kuching, Serian, Sri Aman, Sarikei, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri, Limbang, Lawas, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau.

Sri Aman Town is off the Pan Borneo Highway

Between Sabah and Sarawak, the highway passed through two halves of  Brunei.

As of today, the Pan-Borneo Highway is 93 percent completed, with a remainder of a 50-kilometre missing link from Kalabakan to Serudong.

Places of interest in
Sukau Village
by the lower Kinabatangan River
the longest river in Sanah

Sukau - a village by the Kinabatangan River

Sukau is located beside the lower Kinabatangan River, the longest  river of Borneo. The main reason for tourist to Sukau is to go cruising Kinabatangan river to watch wildlife.


Attraction around Sandakan :


Agnes Keith House
Batu Tulug
Gomantong Cave
Kinabatangan River
Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
Lankayan Island
Libaran Island
Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC)
Sandakan Crocodile Farm
Sandakan Golf & Country Club
Sandakan Memorial Park
Sandakan Town
Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary
St. Michael's and All Angels Church, Sandakan
Turtle Island Park


Sandakan Heritage Trail

St Michael's & All Angels Church

Situated at Eiton Hill, this beautiful granite church was built in 1893 and took 20 years to complete. The church was constructed with granite found at Sim Sim.

1 Masjid Jamek
2 Willian Pryer Mounment
3 Stairs with Hundred Steps
4 Agnes Keith's House
5 Remain of Ole Staircase
6 Goddess of Mercy Chinese Temple
7 St. Michael's and All Angels Church
8 Sam Sing Kung Chinese Temple
9 Malaysia Fountain
10 Tourist Information Centre
11 Sandakan Heritage Museum

 Rainforest Discovery Center
Sepilok, Sandakan, Sabah

20 miles away from Sandakan Airport
24 km (14 miles) from Sandakan town

The Rainforest Discovery Center (RDC) situated in Sepilok, Sandakan is a part of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. Located in Sabah, the RDC is an environmental education (EE) centre in Sabah.

The RDC is a centre for environmental education situated within the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, home of the orang-utans of the Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre.

Its primary function is to create public awareness and appreciation of the importance of conserving forests, as well as the sustainable use of forest resources.

Take a walk through the park, or a stroll on the suspension bridge at the 950 meters canopy walk and view countless of exotic wildlife.

Night walks along the trail also offer a chance to catch a glimpse of wildlife such as the cunning mouse deer, wily civet cats, cute tarsiers and various insects and birds.

There are also many magnificent flowering shrubs a the Plant Discovery Garden, with about 250 species of native orchids. The orchid family, is known to be the largest flowering plants with about 25,000 wild species throughout the world.

Enthusiasts, naturalists, budding scientists and nature lovers from all walks of life will get to know more of the wonders of the rainforests through this unique Rainforest Discovery Centre.

The RDC helps to raise public awareness and appreciation of the importance of conserving forests, as well as the sustainable use of forest resources.



Lot 23A, Blok C, Tingkat Bawah-2,  Utama Place Batu 6, Jalan Utara,

Single Standard Room Rm 68.00
Double Standard Room Rm 78.00
Deluxe Room Rm 88.00
Suite Room Rm 98.00
Family Room Rm 108.00


Abai Jungle Lodge
Lot 1002-1003, 10th Floor, Wisma Khoo Siak Chiew, Sandakan, Sabah TEL: 089-213502/3 FAX: 089-217807
EMAIL: sales@sitoursborneo.com

Bilit Adventure Lodge
Kampung Bilit, Jalan Sukau, Kinabatangan, Sabah TEL: 089-271077/88 FAX: 089-271066

Hotel Central
Lot 5A-B & 6A-B, Block 24, Jalan Lebuh Dua Sandakan, Sabah.
TEL: 089-238005 FAX: 089-237005 EMAIL: rooms@centrslhotelsandakan.com

Hotel Doitright
Tingkat Bawah, Lot 5-8 Block N, Batu 8, JIn Lintas, Bandar Sibuga Jaya, Sandakan. TEL: 089-672666 FAX: 089-674666

Hotel Lagenda
Block 24, Lot 11, Tkt 1.2 &3, JIn. 2, PPJU Bt 1 1/2 , JIn. Utara, Sandakan, Sabah TEL: 089-228699 FAX: 089-221399

Hotel Lutana
Lot 1, Block J, Bandar Ramai-Ramai, Sandakan. TEL: 089-272111 FAX: 089-272999

Hotel New Sabah (Sandakan)
Block 42, Lot 1, Jalan Elopura, Bandar Sandakan, Sabah
TEL: 089-218711 FAX: 089-273725 EMAIL: htlnewsabah@yahoo.com

Hotel Ramai
Leila Road, Town Centre, Sandakan, Sabah. TEL: 089-273222 FAX: 089-271884 EMAIL: stgramai@tm.net.my

Hotel Selingan
Lot 4, Block 14, Tingkat 2 & 3, Jalan 2, Sandakan, Sabah. TEL: 089-227733 FAX: 089-272270

Hotel Tulip
Lot 1-2, Block 44, Singapore Road, Sandakan, Sabah. TEL: 089-221722 FAX: 289-221922

Hung Wing Hotel
Lot 4, 3rd Avenue, Block 13, Sandakan, Sabah
TEL: 089-218855 FAX: 089-271240 EMAIL: zungzang1168@gmail.com

Jockey Lodge Hotel
Block B, Bandar  Tong Huat, Batu 3, JIn Utara, Sandakan, Sabah TEL: 089-221988 FAX: 089-224682

Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge
Lot 1002-1003, 10th Floor, Wisma Khoo Siak Chiew. Sandakan, Sabah
TEL: 089-213502/3 FAX: 089-217807 EMAIL: info@sitoursborneo.com

Sepilok Jungle Resort
KM 22, Labuk Road, Sandakan, Sabah. TEL: 089-533031/051 FAX: 089-533029 EMAIL: johnny@sepilokjungleresort.com

Sepilok Bed and Breakfast
109,Lorong Megah, No 6 Taman Megah, Sandakan, Sabah
TEL: 089-534050 EMAIL: sepilok_bnb@yahoo.com

Pulau Selinggan Chalet
Sabah Parks Jetty, JIn Bull Sim Sim, Sandakan, Sabah
TEL: 089-212711 FAX: 089-212712 EMAIL: cqI996@streamyx.com

Taman Sepilok
Batu 14, Jalan Sepilok Off Jalan Labuk, Sandakan, Sabah TEL: 089-272522 FAX: 089-271719

Zaharah Hotel Apartments Sdn Bhd
Lot 1,Tingkat 1 Wisma Harbour View, Sandakan, Sabah.
TEL: 089-212162 FAX: 089-212521 EMAIL: zaharahhotelkk@hotmail.com

 Central Market Sandakan

A destination for weekly shopping of all kind of vegetables, seafood & fruits here..

On the 2nd floor are a lot of stalls selling shirts, shoes, bags & Sabah craft like crystal & pearl accessories.

Sandakan Central Market has most amazing variety of seafood in Sabah, along with vegetables, spices and oils, cheap clothing and Indonesian sarongs.

The busiest time is on Sunday, when it is tamu in Sandakan!

In the harbor behind the market are the wooden vessels of Suluk fishermen, and those of barter traders from the Philippines.

From Sukau-LD-Sandakan Junction :

To Sukay B&B is 43 Km

To Lahad Datu is 86 Km

To Kunak is 162 Km

To Tawau is 237 Km

Operation Base Bed & Meals

Fax/Tel: 089-535784,  H/P: 016 824 4749


- Sepilok Nature Resort, Borneo, Malaysia, near the Orangutan Wildlife ...
Sepilok Jungle Resort Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

SEPILOK ORANG UTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE is managed by a UK organization to preserve orang utans in Borneo.

Feeding time at 10am and 3pm daily.

Rm10 for camera fees. 25pounds per year to adopt an orang utan. Entry fee RN30 for adults.

If u missed the feeding time, u may risk not seeing any orang utan at all as the place is just like a natural forest and the orang utans may be deep in the forest.

The reserves take care of the young Orang Utan, teach them survival skills and release them in the reserve. Some of them go back to feeding platform occasionally, some all the time, some never go back as they are able to find all the food they need in the wild.

For those adult orang utans who can survive in the wild, they are transported by helicopter into another forest which is twice the size of Singapore.

Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre

Orang utans have long fascinated mankind. Known scientifically as Pongo Pygmaeus, they have been found to be 96.4% similar to our human genes!

Gentle and shy by nature, sightings of orang utan in the wild are rare. However, one place you are guaranteed of seeing them is at the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. The world's largest orang utan (Man of the Forest) sanctuary is just 40 minutes away from downtown Sandakan. To visit, take a taxi or ' Sepilok' buses from the station near Central Market in Sandakan.

The Sanctuary started in 1964 for rehabilitation of orphaned baby orang utans from logging-sites, plantations and illegal hunting, returning them to the wilds as soon as they're ready. More than 4,500 hectares of virgin jungle were designated as forest reserve and sanctuary for these charming creatures.

Touching these creatures is discouraged to prevent the spread of human diseases to the creatures. There are some who have grown so fond of human company that they refuse to return to the wilds. Other semi-wild orang utans come to the Sanctuary twice daily from the forest for feedings of milk and bananas.

There is a minimal Conservation/Entrance fee payable at the Registration Centre. Feeding Time: 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.

If you would like to stay overnight to observe these creatures further, accommodation is available outside the sanctuary.


"Sandakan" is derived from the Suluk word "sanda" meaning, to pawn and "kan" being the suffix. So "Sandakan" means the place that was pawned. Who pawned it, and to whom, remains a mystery.

As the story goes, in the early 1870s, William Clarke Cowie, a Scottish adventurer and engineer, delivered guns and ammunitions to the Sultan of Sulu, then protecting his territory from Spanish conquerors. (HASHEMITE SULTANATE OF SULU). In return, Cowie was granted permission by the Sultan to set up base on Pulau Timbang, in Sandakan Bay, where a small Suluk village existed. Cowie called his base "Sandakan" but it soon became known as "Kampong German" due to the number of German traders who visited Cowie.

The settlement was re-located to Bull Sim Sim in 1879. It was an uninhabited jungle and mangrove area but with one of the most beautiful natural harbors in the world. He named the new settlement, "Elopura" meaning 'The Beautiful City" but the name reverted to "Sandakan".

In 1883, the British North Borneo Chartered Company moved its capital from Kudat to Sandakan. A "building mania" started and Sandakan became a bustling modern town though Allied bombings to liberate it towards the end of World War 2 nearly flattened the town.

In retaliation, the Japanese burnt whatever remained and Sandakan as a town, ceased to exist in June 1945. In 1946, the capital was moved to Jesselton (subsequently, renamed Kota Kinabalu).

Sandakan was first and foremost a port for the export of logs and timber. In fact, it was said that Sandakan timber went into the building of Peking's Temple of Heaven. In its heyday, Sandakan used to boast of having the greatest concentration of millionaires in the world! Today, it is known more as the gateway to nature's most prolific treasures in Borneo.


Sandakan's prosperity led to an influx of people. Chinese, Europeans, Malays, Dayaks, Dusuns, Sikhs, Pathans, Arabs, Filipinos, Suluks, Javanese and even Japanese. One of the earliest Chinese immigrants was Kwan Woon Kwong, a general merchant, who established the oldest company of Sandakan, the Man Woo Loong Company in 1882.

Tham Kung Temple

Situated at Mile 1.5 Jalan Utara, this century-old temple was built around 1894. Its uniqueness lies in its "preservation of a temple within a temple" as conservation efforts had literally lifted the old temple and transferred it to within the new temple, a first in Malaysia.

Sam Sing Kung Chinese Temple

Situated at the edge of the town padang. The Three Saint's Temple is the oldest building in Sandakan. The three saints are Kwan Woon Cheung - saint of righteousness; the goddess of Tin Hou, worshipped by fishermen and seamen for protection, and the Min Cheong Emperor, worshipped by those who seek success in examinations (even to this day!). Four Chinese communities got together and started the temple: the Cantonese, Teochew, Hakkas and the Hainanese. In the temple is a plate inscribed with the names of all those who gave more than RM2. The bell donated by the first Kapitan Cina of Sandakan, Fung Ming Shan can still be seen in the Temple today.

Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple

Situated on the hilltop above Tanah Merah, south of Sandakan town centre, the temple was built in 1987 at a cost of about RM7 million. From here, you can catch a breathtaking view of Sandakan Bay. The extravagantly ornate temple is a blaze of red and gold, with writhing dragons, gold-gilded Buddhas, hundreds of gleaming lamps and the fragrance of burning incense. It is said that the temple protects and brings good-health and wealth to Sandakan and its people.

The Australian Memorial

Located at Mile 8, Jalan Labuk Utara, this RM750.000 Memorial is dedicated to some 2,700 Australian prisoners of war (POWs) and others who died at the Sandakan POW camp and death marches in North Borneo during World War 2. The Memorial comprises three Memorial Caims within the Park, a Commemorative Pavilion and the Sandakan Memorial.

Agnes Keith's House

Another link with the past can be found in Agnes Keith's house. Situated on a hill at Jalan Istana overlooking Sandakan Bay, it was the home of Conservator of Forests, Harry Keith and his American wife, Agnes Keith, a writer, from the 1930s until 1942. Agnes' book on life in pre-war Sandakan popularized the old seafarer's name for Sabah in its title, "Land Below the Wind" (referring to Sabah's location just below the typhoon belt). Her second book. Three Came Home, about their war experiences was made into a movie. Their two-storied wooden bungalow, built on a ridge overlooking the town, was destroyed during WW2 but reconstructed when the Keiths returned in 1946. Conservation and rebuilding of the house is in progress.

Masjid Jamek

This mosque sits on the hilltop overlooking the town centre. Its quaint architecture was designed based on a harmony of Islamic elements.


Berhala Island

Situated in Sandakan Bay, this beautiful forested island has striking, prominent cliffs at its northern end and also had a small leper settlement colony. During WW2, Berhala became the camps for civilian internees and POWs. A story was told of an escape, when eight prisoners being taken to the mainland made their break at Berhala via the leper colony. They swam to the sheer walls of the Berhala cliffs and with help from natives, escaped to freedom. Each year, some families of the Australian POWs make their pilgrimage to this seemingly peaceful island to retrace that dramatic journey.

Japanese Cemetery

The Cemetery at Jalan Istana has a monument and the remains of Japanese soldiers who died during World War 2, plus some Japanese women who worked, lived and died in Sandakan.

The Central Market is where locals come to buy fresh produce, fruits, delicacies and crafts, sarongs and seashells. The fish market here is perhaps the biggest in Sabah and offers a stunning array of fresh seafood.

Other places of interest include the Crocodile Farm and Forestry Headquarters at Labuk Road and the Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary, situated on a 400-acre mangrove forest inside the Yet Hing Oil Palm Plantation.

Sabah's third Marine Park

Three hours' by boat and 40 km. north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea, lies Sabah's third Marine Park, one of the most important turtle breeding spots in South East Asia. Designated as a Marine Park, the islands of Selingan, Bakungan Kecil and Gulisan are safe haven for the endangered Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles. Strangely, these turtles only lay their eggs in their original birthplace. So after over 30 years of turtle conservation, the success is now clearly evident as more turtles make their pilgrimage every year.

Dive into these waters and marvel at how the turtles are like ballerinas floating amidst the corals, foraging for food before their next breath of air. At night, crouch quietly as park rangers point out the turtle laying their eggs. It's a slow sand digging, laying and burying ritual that they go through before making their way back into the waters. Park rangers then carefully transfer 100 over odd eggs into safe haven for monitoring, before hatching and subsequent release into the sea.

An overnight stay on Selingan Island is recommended for a rare glimpse of these turtles laying eggs. Arrangements can be made with local tour agents, while independent travelers may contact the number below.

Managing Director (Mr George Tseu)
Crystal Quest Sdn Bhd

Wisma Khoo Siak Chiew, 12th Floor, Room 848
90709 Sandakan

Tel: (089)212711 Fax:(089)21271.-
E-mail: cquest@tm.net.my


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