Sandakan Things to Do

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    Hong Son Tze Kong Teck Chun Ong Temple

    by stevemt Written May 24, 2015

    The Hong Son Tze Kong Teck Chun Ong temple is a lovely place to visit, quiet, tranquil, clean & very welcoming.

    The temple is home to Kong Teck Chun Ong (aka Sin Kung), a Hockien deity, and the temple was opened on the 15th August 2010.

    Lovely to walk around, visit, and get refreshed in the clean air of the hill side.

    Address: Jalan Leila

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    Sepilok Orang Utan rehab centre

    by stevemt Written May 23, 2015

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    This Orang Utan rehabilitation centre established in 1964, is world renown for it's work.

    A visit here is a must when you are in Sandakan, or even Borneo for that matter.

    It is a priceless experience, one for the entire family.

    Most accommodation places would be able to arrange a tour for you.

    Address: Borneo

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Eco-Tourism

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    Visit the central market

    by stevemt Written May 23, 2015

    This central market, appears to be better laid out, more airy, and nicer to be in than most I have visited.

    The ground floor (which is the market) is large, high ceiling'd and very airy. You can see why most locals and food type businesses would come here for produce.

    Worth a visit.

    Directions: Easy to find, right next to Sandakan Harbour mall, on the waterfront.

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    SEPILOK ORANGUTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE

    by balhannah Updated Oct 22, 2014

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    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 and found three Orangutans there.

    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.

    Directions: Sepilok can be reached from Sandakan town by public bus (8 daily services from the central mini-bus terminal in front of NAK HOTEL. Inquire for the Sepilok 'Batu 14 line').

    Phone: 6089-531180

    Website: http://www.orangutan-appeal.org.uk/about-us/sepilok-rehabilitation-centre

    The big Male Orangutan
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    Swastikas

    by balhannah Updated Oct 22, 2014

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    If you visit the Puu Jih Shih Temple in Sandakan, you will notice that the gates have a Swastika design embedded in them. Also, in the lovely well kept gardens, there are more Swastikas.

    This is because the Swastika signifies "GOOD FORTUNE' and it is said to contain the whole mind of the Buddha.

    It has often been used to mark the start of Buddhist texts and you will often find the design imprinted on different parts of the Buddha, so next time, have a look to see if you can find one.

    The Buddhist Swastika faces left, whilst the Nazi Swastika faces right.

    Swastika Gate Swastika in the garden
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    SANDAKAN CITY TOUR

    by balhannah Updated Oct 22, 2014

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    We did a city tour arranged by our accommodation "Sepilok Nature Resort"
    Our guide was a man named "Hardy" a very nice and informative person, a pleasure to be with!

    We were the only ones on the tour, this was a bonus for us!
    The tour included a visit to the water village, then onto the big indoor Central markets. Here he explained the different foods we were looking at, we learnt so much more by being with a guide, it was all very interesting and we got to sample some food as well!

    Our next stop was the Puu Jih Shih buddhist temple which is on a hill with good views over Sandakan, where he explained the Buddhist religion to us and what we were seeing inside the Temple.

    There is not a lot to see in Sandakan, and you can easily do it on your own.

    We couldn't complain about the tour, and we enjoyed it very much.

    Sandakan school girls
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    Puu Jih Shih Temple

    by balhannah Updated Oct 22, 2014

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    This Buddhist Temple, which was built in 1987 at a cost of 7milliion rm, is located on a hill approx 5kms from Sandakan City.

    From here there are good views of Sandakan Bay and Town. The gardens around the Temple are nice.
    The Temple itself, is a blaze of red and gold, with writhing dragons, gold-gilded Buddhas, hundreds of gleaming lamps, gold and more gold!!!!!
    It is said that the temple protects and brings good-health and wealth to Sandakan and its people

    It can be reached by Taxi, fare approx 6rm (2008) or you can catch a Bus which will drop you off at the bottom of the hill, and you will have to walk 1km.

    Directions: Tanah Merah, south of Sandakan town centre

    Website: http://www.malaysiasite.nl/sandakaneng.htm

    Temple Lovely views Views over Sandakan
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    ABAI JUNGLE LODGE

    by balhannah Updated Oct 22, 2014

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    We visited this lodge twice on our trip on the Kinabatangan River. (S.I. Tours)

    On the way up, we reached the lodge which is located at 47 km from the river mouth of Kinabatangan River just in time for lunch. It takes about 1 hours boat ride from Sandakan jetty or from Sukau to reach the restaurant/lodge.
    Our meal included local foods such as fresh water prawn & fresh water fish and was verynice.

    Abai Village just in front of Abai Jungle Restaurant, both places have no water and electric supply, no road but Government provide water tank and solar to the villagers.

    On the return trip, I had time to check out the lodge and thought it was very nice.
    I then went for a walk, hoping to see some wildlife, as they have a notice board with what wildlife has been spotted on previous days, and one of them was a Clouded leopard.
    I didn't see anything, (it was in the middle of the day, and not the best time for wildlife spotting) but the trail was nice on a boardwalk through the Jungle to a Bird Tower.

    WHAT YOU MAY SEE ARE.....
    Birds, monkeys such as Silvered Langur, Maroon Langur, Hose Langur, Wild Orang Utan , clouded Leopard AND Sun Bear.

    I think you may have to stay overnight to be able to see some of these Animals.

    Address: Abai Jungle Lodge

    Website: http://sitoursborneo.com/borneo/abai-jungle-lodges/

    Abai Jungle Lodge
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    Sandakan Lower Kinabatangan River cruise tour

    by balhannah Updated Oct 22, 2014

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    THIS IS AN EXCELLENT TOUR TO DO WHILE IN SANDAKAN.

    I had booked this before leaving home, so we were completely looked after.
    It was with S.I.Tours and was custom made for us, including accomodation and all transport, we didn't have to worry about anything.

    At the Port of Sandakan, we boarded our small boat to begin out journey to Sukau River Lodge where we would overnight, and return to Sandakan the next morning.

    We crossed a huge expanse of ocean before entering the Kinabatangan river. It wasn't long before our "spotter" (they have a boat driver & wildlife spotter) saw a big male Proboscis Monkey. The Boat was glided in quite close to the Monkey,and everybody has a good look with ample time for photos. We did not leave until everybody was satisfied, and the Monkey didn't move either!

    Further along, we saw Macaque monkeys on the river's edge, they were hunting for crabs.

    We were very lucky to see an Orangutan in the wild, a fairly rare sight.

    On the way, we stopped for a nice morning tea was at the Abai Jungle resort.
    We arrived at the river lodge where we had a short rest, then late afternoon, a boat cruise up the tranquil Menanggul river.

    Dinner was at the Sukau River lodge, then an early night to bed, as it is an isolated area.

    This was a journey, one that I will remember with fond memories for ever!

    Directions: Departs from Sandakan

    Website: http://www.sitoursborneo.com/tours/

    1st sighting of a large Proboscis Male Monkey So quiet and peaceful Kinabatangan river
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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Adventure Travel
    • Sailing and Boating

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    Menanggul River cruise

    by balhannah Updated Oct 22, 2014

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    This is a cruise that we did from our accommodation at Sukau River Lodge.

    It departed late afternoon, and we quietly cruised into the Menanggul River. There were lots of other boats here, but that didn't matter as everybody was quiet as we were all looking for wildlife. The Boats work together too, so if somebody spots something, then every other boat captain is told about it, nobody misses out!

    It was so nice in the cooler part of the day, and once again we saw harems of Proboscis monkeys, a large gathering of Macaques, Hornbills, and Snakes.

    A very pleasant way to spend the early evening before heading back for a late Dinner.

    Address: S.I.Tours

    Snake we saw Macaques we saw
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    • Birdwatching
    • Sailing and Boating

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    SANDAKAN CENTRAL MARKETS

    by balhannah Updated Oct 22, 2014

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    This is a large and very busy wet market in a double story building Sandakan city centre.
    THIS MARKET HAS EVERYTHING!

    We were with a guide, so wandered around with him having a look, asking questions, and getting to sample some of the unusual fruits (to us)

    There was a huge selection of all types of Meats and Seafoods. In the Fish section, even though I didn't want to buy, the people were so friendly and wanted to have their photo's taking holding their "prize" fish!

    On the2nd floor of the building, it is clothing and accessories, shoes, bags and Crafts for sale.

    A great market to go and have a look at!

    Address: Sandakan city

    Meat for sale Fish Heads
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    SANDAKAN WATER VILLAGE

    by balhannah Updated Oct 22, 2014

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    Buli Sim Sim is the name of the Water Village which is located 3kms from the city centre.

    This is where we came on our city tour, and I think by the look of it, one area may be set up for the Tourist, as the houses here were much better kept than all the others in the village.

    We were taken inside one of the homes by our guide, where we met the lovely woman who lived in the house. She had a huge quantity of Cats living with her, (she looked after the strays of what there was an abundance!)
    We were shown through her House, and I was surprised at how nice it was. The furniture is really beautiful (see photo)
    Of course, I was shown some Jewellery, but there was NO PUSHING TO BUY, so it was quite ok.

    What is awful, is when the tide is out, it is mud flat full of rubbish as they tend to throw it in the water, not a very appealing sight!

    Address: Sandakan

    The Owner inside her water village home Beautiful furniture
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  • www.TurtleIslandBorneo.com

    by mbjbif Updated Jun 7, 2013

    I know some might say that Turtle Island Parks is to much tourist and not good for the turtles. And that was also my assumption before going. But i must say I was surprised. The facilities, accommodation, food etc. is nothing to write home about but that is not why you are there so that doesn't matter.

    The experience to see turtles laying eggs is amazing and in my opinion the rangers do a good job in protecting the turtle having people stay come forward in smaller groups, pointing out that people shouldn't use flash (which nobody did) etc.

    You will always meet people who think this i terrible or have seen a turtle laying eggs when they where the only one around, and that's nice. Good for you. But Turtle Island Borneo is a good place to spot this fantastic animal especially is you are not on an on-going-around-the-world-trip-with-all-the-time-in-the-world.

    I can only recommend a trip to Turtle Island Borneo. The only thing that is difficult on this trip is to find information before you go. Therefor I've made a small site giving you some information about the trip. Besides this read reviews on
    the Internet and you are good to go.

    Mads, Denmark.

    Address: Sandakan, Malaysia

    Directions: Sabah Parks Jetty

    Website: http://www.turtleislandborneo.com

    Turtle laying eggs at Turtle Island Borneo.
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    Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

    by Daihappydai Written Sep 28, 2012

    The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre does a great job in trying to educate people about the plight of orangutans and caring for orphaned, injured or displaced orangutans.
    The Centre provides several time spots for viewing videos of the work being done, and twice a day tourists can venture to a viewing platform to watch orangutans arrive for feeding.
    Be aware that it can get very hot waiting for the feeding sessions so bring a hat, sunscreen and something to drink. Beware also of the 'creepy crawlies' that inhabit the jungle!

    Directions: Sepilok is about 25km north of Sandakan and can easily be reached by bus or taxi, although most visitors come on guided tours.

    Orangutan mother and baby nearing the feeding site A mother holding baby at the feeding platform A mother holding baby at the feeding platform Spotted in the trees at Sepilok Spider on the railing of path at Sepilok
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    Fat Cat cakes or be tempted by Sweet Corn icecream

    by Daihappydai Written Sep 28, 2012

    There are several Fat Cat restaurants and cake shops around the city centre. The cake shops sell a variety of rich cakes - perfect for after dinner indulgence.
    And if you want to try something a little different, stalls in the centrepoint precinct sell sweet corn icecream.

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