Sandwiched between the sea and cliffs on the northern lip of Sandakan Bay, Sandakan is another major tourist destination in the state of Sabah in Malaysia. Sandakan is the second largest city in Sabah and the former capital of the state as well.
Sandakan is the gateway to many eco-tourism destinations in the state of Sabah including the Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, Turtle Islands National Park & Gomantong Caves. The heart of the town is the colorful market along the harbor’s edge: here stalls sell baskets, fruits, scaly fish, cloth and much else besides. A fifteen-minute walk east of the town center, along Jalan Buli Sim-Sim, brings you to Sandakan’s modern mosque. Beyond this is Kampung Buli Sim-Sim, the water village around which Sandakan expanded in the nineteenth century, its countless photogenic shacks spread like lilies out into the bay.
There are plenty of accommodation options available for tourists in Sandakan. Some of the recommended hotels to stay in Sanadan includes Sepilok Forest Edge Resort, Nature Lodge Sepilok, Sepilok Jungle Resort & Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat. These Sandakan hotels provide all the facilities to the customers to make their stay comfortable. You can book one of these hotels from Traveloka, the local hotel booking website in Malaysia. They charge no booking fees and provides plenty of payment options to the travelers. You can also compare hotels to make a more informed decision about your stay in Sandakan.
Sandakan is also easily accessible from Kuala Lumpur & Kota Kinabalu as there are direct flights available. If you’re in Kota Kinabalu, it is also recommended to travel to Sandakan by bus or car to see the magnificent scenery along the way. The total ride will take 5 to 6 hours and you can make various stops on the way as well, especially if you’re in a car.
If you want to get close to the nature, a trip to Sandakan is highly recommended. You can stay in one of the recommended hotels and explore the city and surroundings. Make sure to book a hotel in advance, especially during the school holidays and major festive occasions, such as Hari Raya. This is when, majority of Malaysian travel with their families to spend holidays. If you’re in Kota Kinabalu, you can learn more about the local activities by visiting top 10 things to do in Kota Kinabalu.