Sandakan, Malaysia

Sandakan, Malaysia

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A land of historic, cultural & ecological sights

Located on the northeastern coast of Borneo in East Malaysia, the city of Sandakan was nearly destroyed during the World War II, but today, it’s home to numerous historic, cultural, and ecological sights.

The Sandakan War Memorial Park commemorates the death of Australian and British prisoners held at the Taman Rimba prisoner-of-war camp, while St. Michael’s & All Angels Church, built in 1897, is one of the few surviving pre-war buildings. Perched on the hilltop above nearby Tanah Merah, the Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple provides a commanding view of the town and harbor below, as does Sam Sing Kung Temple, the oldest building in the city.

For a truly authentic experience, make your way to Kampung Buli Sim Sim, a water village on stilts, and enjoy fresh seafood at a floating restaurant, or take a day trip to such ecotourism destinations as the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, and the Kinabatangan River.

KAMPONG BULI SIM SIM

KAMPONG BULI SIM SIM

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KAMPONG BULI SIM SIM

KAMPONG BULI SIM SIM

Head to this traditional stilt village for a glimpse into an entirely different way of life from your own. Remembering that you are as much an oddity to the residents as their village is to you, a friendly smile is universally understood when language barriers arise. 

SAM SING KUNG TEMPLE

SAM SING KUNG TEMPLE

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SAM SING KUNG TEMPLE

SAM SING KUNG TEMPLE

Perched high above Sandakan, this large Buddhist temple offers sweeping views of the city below. Built in a traditional style, the exterior is a blaze of reds and golds, writhing dragons, golden Buddhas, and hundreds of lanterns. Explore the peaceful gardens before heading back down to the city.

Primates of Borneo

Primates of Borneo

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Primates of Borneo

Primates of Borneo

Visit Sepilok Forest Reserve to learn about the rehabilitation efforts for Borneo’s orphaned and injured orangutans. With more than 450 species of trees and plants and 300 species of animals, the reserve remains a living gene bank of resources.

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Sandakan, Malaysia At a glance

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Current Time:
5:54:53 am2015/09/01 05:54:53 am
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Tuesday, September 01
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Currency:
Malaysian Ringgit
Exchange Rates:
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  • 15.81
  • 0.86
  • 3.98
Local Details:
GPS: 5°50'44.2"N 118°3'25.4"E
Size: 2,266.00 KM2 (874.91 MI2)
Population: 479,121
Density: 211 Pop/KM2 (82 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +60

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