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Sandakan, Malaysia

Sandakan is the second-largest city in Sabah, East Malaysia, on the north-eastern coast of Borneo. It is located on the east coast of the island. Sandakan is known as the gateway for ecotourism destinations in Sabah, such as the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, the Rainforest Discovery Centre, Turtle Islands Park, Kinabatangan River and Gomantong Caves.

As Sandakan was almost totally destroyed in World War II, there are few surviving buildings of any age. However some of the main sights today include Agnes Keith House, Sandakan War Memoiral Park, Sam Sing Kung Temple, Kampung Buli Sim Sim Village, Crocodile farm and the Sandakan market.

Things to See & Do

* Sandakan Memorial Park
* Puu Gih Jih – Chinese temple
* Buli Sim Sim – water village on stilts
* Agnes Keith House and Museum
* Kinabatangan River cruise

General information

Cruise Season – Jan – Dec
Currency – Ringgit (RM) (MYR)
Language – Bahasa Malaysia, English
Population – 490,000 approx
Land Area – 2,266 km2
Electricity – 2 vertical square pins and one perpendicular below British style
Time – GMT plus eight hours
International Country Telephone Code – +6o

Travel Links – Sandakan Airport is connected directly daily with Kuala Lumpur amd Kota Kinabalu by AirAsia, and to Kota Kinabalu by Malaysia Airlines and its subsidiary MASWings.

Weesam Express runs 2 ferry per week between Sandakan and Zamboanga, Mindanao (Philippines).

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