If you are a Green Panther looking for a place to explore the nature in Borneo, consider Sandakan as your next destination. It is the second largest town in Sabah after the state capital, Kota Kinabalu. It was seized by a band of Scottish weapon smugglers led by William Clarke Cowie who named it Sandakan, “the seized place” in the Suluk Language. Soon enough, the place was renamed Kampung German (German Village) because a German army established its base there. When it was taken over by the British resident, William Pryer, it was renamed Elopura which means Beautiful City. In 1881, when the North Borneo Chartered Company took control of North Borneo, this town was renamed Sandakan again as it became the administrative centre of the region.

Attractions in Sandakan:
1. Agnes Keith House
2. Agop Batu Tulug
3. Gomantong Cave
Agnes Keith House , Sandakan Agop Batu Tulug , Sandakan Gomantong Cave , Sandakan
4. Kinabatangan River
5. Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
6. Rainforest Discovery Centre
Kinabatangan River , Sandakan Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary , Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) , Sandakan
7. Sandakan Crocodile Farm
8. Sandakan Heritage Trail
9. Sandakan Memorial Park
Sandakan Crocodile Farm , Sandakan Sandakan Heritage Trail , Sandakan Sandakan Memorial Park , Sandakan
10. Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary
11. St. Michael’s and All Angels Church
12. Turtle Island Park
Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary , Sandakan St. Michael's and All Angels Church, Sandakan , Sandakan Turtle Island Park , Sandakan
Recommended Hotels in Sandakan, Sabah:
1. Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan
Located in the city centre, one of the few hotels who offer comfortable stay.
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2. Sabah Hotel
Located in a middle of a rainforest, perfect for nature lover who loves serenity.
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3. ibis Styles Sandakan Waterfront
Good location and value for money.
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4. Nak Hotel
A hotel in the city centre with nice hotel design and wonderful seaview.
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How to get there:

Taking a flight seems to be the only option to get to Sandakan. From Kuala Lumpur, there are four flights per day, with the latest one departing KL at 5.25pm.

To avoid disappointment, be sure to arrange your transport and lodging earlier because moving around is rather inconvenient by public transportation.

Taxis here do not use meter so make sure you agree on a price with the taxi driver before asking him to start a journey.