Labuan has its own postage stamp starting 1876 showing Queen Victoria. Labuan was ceded to the British by the Sultan of Brunei in 1846,
In fact, Labuan Town was once called "Victoria Town"
Starting 1894, North Borneo (present Sabah) stamps overprinted with "Labuan" was used as Labuan was incorporated into North Borneo.
In 1906, Labuan was administered together with Straits Settlements (with Penang, Malacca and Singapore).
During World War II, when occupied by Japanese forces, "Japanese Characters" were overprinted on Straits Settlement stamps were used as Labuan. The Japanese renamed Labuan as "Maeda-shima".
After the war, Labuan rejoined North Borneo and became independent as part of Sabah State in Malaysia. In 1984, Labuan was made into a Federal Territory and used Wilayah Persekutuan stamps like Kuala Lumpur and later Putrajaya.
Recently completed, the Financial Park at Jalan Merdeka houses international offshore banks, and insurance and trust companies. A 1,500 sitting capacity convention hall and large shopping mall is also available for visitors. This modern complex is reputed to be the only one of its kind in any International Offshore Financial Centre throughout the world.
The Chimney is an archeological mystery. It is believed to belong to the coal mining days in Labuan. It is built out of bricks brought out from England, 23,000 of them used to construct the 106 foot high Chimney.
Next to it is a display about Coal Mining, which started in 1847 and finished in 1911 because of a lot of accidents.
There's nothing much u can do here. It's a place where the Japanese surrended to the Australian Imperial Forces on the 9th September 1945 which led to the end of WW II in Borneo. Nearby is the Peace Park.
It's a nice place to visit though. It's well kept. It has this Japanese style garden.
Pearl of Borneo
"A little background"
Labuan island is located off the northwest coast of Borneo, north of Brunei Bay and faces the South China Sea. It comprises of the main island of Pulau Labuan and six smaller islands namely Pulau Kuraman, Pulau Daat, Pulau Rusukan Besar, Pulau Rusukan Kecil, Pulau Papan and Pulau Burung. It is located at 05 latitude North and 115 longitude East, and lies approximately 10 km southeast off the coast of the East Malaysian state of Sabah.
Labuan is only 8km or twenty minute boat ride from Menumbok, a small fishing town in Sabah. High speed air-conditioned ferries ply daily to Labuan from Sabah, Sarawak and Negara Brunei Darussalam. The trip from Kota Kinabalu, capital of Sabah takes about 3 hours and about an hour from Negara Brunei Darussalam. It is roughly equidistant from Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Manila and Singapore. There are direct flights from Kuala Lumpur as well as from Brunei.
More than 70 percent of the island is still under vegetation. Due to the fact that land utility is geared more towards property and industrial use, there is less agricultural activity in the area. Most of the island's prime land, waterfront and suburbs are utilised for residential and tourism development. A sizeable area on the south western side of the island is utilised by shipbuilding, manufacturing and oil and gas industries.
Labuan has a tropical climate with two annual monsoon seasons - the South West monsoon from April to June and the North East monsoon from September to December. It is free from hurricanes and typhoons and enjoys good climate all year round. Daily temperatures average between 28 to 32 degrees celsius.
"More on Labuan"
Labuan, a Federal Territory of Malaysia, is a 92 sq km tropical island located off the northwest coast of Borneo Island, at the mouth of the Brunei Bay. It is a picturesque island endowed with natural splendours.
It has many notable accomplishments like its duty free port status, the International Offshore Financial Centre (IOFC), a world-class fishing destination, exciting wreck dive sites, World War 11 historial importance and also the potential of becoming Asia's most desirable address.
Hotel accommodation ranges from the basic budgets to 5-star luxury. Grand Dorsett is the only star rating hotel there...I think. Dining is always a pleasure. With fresh seafood, mouth-watering local dishes and international cuisine served, one is spoilt for choice. Same goes for ales and wines.
It is also the perfect holiday destination for those yearning something different. Yup...definitely different...very laid back...
Night and day views of many ships at the ports were great. U can go to Labuan Financial Park...somewhere on the 13 floor...or just enjoy the view from Grand Dorsett.