Hung Wing Hotel

Lot 4, Blok 13, 3rd Avenue, P.O. Box 1168, Sandakan, Sabah, 90008, Malaysia
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sandakan to tawau

by lesleylodge

We plan to have 12 days in Borneo next April basing ourselves in Sandakan so that we can visit Sepilok orangutan santuary, do a cave and river tour and visit both Lankayan island and turtle island. Would we be pushing it to visit Sepidan island as well and if not how long should we go for and is the best way to get there to fly to Tawau?

Re: sandakan to tawau

by cgf

no flights, there were once... not all days scheduled.
Anyway there is a bus service from Sandakan to Tawau or get a flight to KotaKinabalu and then Tawau.. time for flight, time for connection, you're already in Tawau and saved money.

Re: sandakan to tawau

by cgf

the flights are still on...
if you want to try

Re: sandakan to tawau

by cgf

I realized now, you want to do also cave and river tour.
When I did it I left Sandakan in the morning to Kinabatangan River stopping on the way at Gomantong Cave.... but I did not go back
I suggest you, once you've been to river, from there you'd better go to Tawau (why not Semporna for going Sipadan?), is not far, maybe closer then Semporna.

Re: sandakan to tawau

by cgf

pardon.. maybe closer then Sandak..

Re: sandakan to tawau

by Dreamgirl1


You can either fly or catch a bus from Sandakan to Tawau. If you book with a Resort near Sipadan / Mabul then they will transfer you from Tawau to their Resort. If you go and book a dive trip independantly via the dive operators in Semporna then you'll need to get to Semporna yourself.

If you are a diver I'd recommend minimum a 5D4N diver package if you stay at a Resort and go at a quiet time of year in Sabah to increase your chances of getting a permit to dive at Sipadan.

Hope this helps.

Re: sandakan to tawau

by cgarces

i dont know how long u will be staying at the islands or whether u plan to stay overnight by the river but 12 days should be more than enough to cover those activities + sipadan

Travel Tips for Sandakan


by coolride

Just like any major city in the world, Sandakan too, do have a Tourist Information Centre(look at the picture and see for yourself). If you happened to be in the city, take the opportunity to visit this place maybe you can learn a thing or two about the touristic place surrounding Sandakan.

In the Bristist colonial era, this building used to be the District Office where all administrative official works were done then later it was turn into a Post office and currently Tourist Information Centre.

Subject of the "hand or feet" tip

by zrim

My closeup was of this fellow's feet.

I recall this male orangutan as being a loner. He is a male who was not dependent on the food, but he came down in the afternoons to visit one female and her infant. Presumably he was the father of the infant. Most full grown male orangutans are solitary creatures and keep to themselves. They are not nearly as social as you might think.

binoculars, camera and dry clothes

by zrim

Dry clothes! This is the jungle and its on the equator. About as humid as possible. 10 minutes in the jungle and your clothes will be completely wet--you will definitely want to change clothes when you get back to your lodging. don't forget to take your malaria pills, but I didn't see more than a handful of mosquitos you wont want to miss the opportunity to photograph the orangutans binoculars to see the wildlife that is at the uppermost canopy of the jungle--especially to see the hornbills

Uncle Tan's Wildlife Adventures Tour

by Willettsworld

My friend actually managed to book us on this 3 day/2 night tour whilst we were in Sandakan. The idea of the tour is to provide a way for those wanting to see jungle wildlife on a budget and to raise awareness against the relentless logging. By all accounts Uncle Tan was a local legend in his fight for the conservation of the rainforest until his recent passing away and this centre is by far the most popular of the wildlife centres available in Sabah.

The camp is on a piece of Native Land near the Lokan River, a tributary of the Lower Kinabatangan River, located near a small village called Bukit Garam. The location of the camp gives it a definite remoteness so you can really appreciate the wildlife that lives in the rainforest and you'll definitely won't be disappointed if you're a nature lover. We really enjoyed seeing all the different species such as rare wild orang-utans, proboscis monkeys, Borneo gibbons, kingfishers, storks, hornbills and various creepy-crawlies. I've put all the names of what we were meant to have seen in a General tip as the guys at the camp wrote them all down on a whiteboard. The camp itself is verybasic - just huts with mattresses on the floor and the bathroom facilities feature WC's but you 'shower' using brown river water. You can find more about the camp accommodation on my Bukit Garam page below. The food was good and plentiful plus there are drinks including beer which you buy on top of the tour price. We paid RM320 back in March 2009 and this includes transportation, food, accommodation, guides, tea/coffee. I've included our itinerary from our tour with all the things we did and saw in some of my tips also on the following page:


by balhannah

The Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre was set up as a means of housing injured or orphaned Orang-Utans, caring for them and nursing them back to health before they can be released into the forest.

Many Orang-Utans that end up here have strayed into logging camps or been rescued from captivity. Many are orphaned babies that cannot survive in the forest alone.

1ST STOP......The Visitor Reception Centre where you register and pay the entrance fee. Collect a 'Walking Guide' which show the location of trails and points of interest (available at minimum charge). You may have to leave some personal items here.

Ticketing counter is opened from 9.00am-11.00am and 2.00pm-3.30pm. daily.

2nd......Go to the Video presentation room to watch a short video on the plight of the Orangutan..... you can do this either before or after.

3rd.........Next, a walk along a raised wooden walkway to the observation deck where Orangutans would hopefully be. On the way, our guide pointed out Orangutan nests in the Trees. We arrived, to find three Orangutans.

The biggest Male Orangutan was there, and a couple of younger ones. Our guide said the all the other Orangutans were afraid of this male, so that is why there weren't more.

The keeper came with Banana's and milk, and all of them seemed to enjoy the free meal! After having the feed, they disappeared back into the Jungle, and we made our way back to the entrance.

As we were there in off season, hardly anybody was watching, our guide said in peak periods, it is packed with people

FEEDING TIMES ARE AT.....10.00am and 3.00pm.

OPEN......... Morning : 9.00 am - 11.00 am
Afternoon: 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm

ADMISSION to the park is RM30/RM15 (adult/child) as well as a RM10 camera fee

Although there is a high possibility of seeing Orang Utans during the feeding time, wildlife sightings can not guaranteed as the Orang Utans roam freely in the jungle.


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