History of Sandakan



             The historical city of Sandakan is the second largest city in Sabah. It is located in the east coast of Borneo Island and is the administrative centre of the Sandakan Division. It had served as the capital of the British North Borneo during the British colonial time. It is located on the east coast of the island. Sandakan is known as the gateway for ecotourism destinations in Sabah such as:

  • Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
  • Rainforest Discovery Centre
  • Turtle Islands Park
  • Kinabatangan River
  • Gomantong Caves
  • Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary
  • Sandakan Crocodile Farm
  • Sukau Kinabatangan
  • Lankayan Island
  • Berhala Island
  • Bornean Bear Conservation Centre
  • Sandakan Harbour Square & Mall
  • Batu Sapi
  • St. Michael and All Angels Church
  • Agnes Keith's House
  • Sandakan Memorial Park
  • Sandakan Town


          Sandakan is shaped by the hinterland that embodies Sabah’s rich and diverse biodiversity in all its glory. It has a mixture of people, lifestyles, cultures, and faiths. The area is also infamous as the site of a World War II Japanese Airfield, now known as Sandakan Airport which was built by the forced labour of 6,000 Javanese civilians and Allied prisoners of War. In 1945, the surviving Australian prisoners were sent on the Sandakan Death Marches; only 6 of them survived the war.


           Offshore from the city are the famous Turtle Islands where visitors are able to view rare endangered marine turtles, or scuba dive to indulge in the beauty of the underwater world. Just nearby, visitors can explore the fascinating jungle-clad limestone outcrops with numerous caves from which birds’ nests have been collected for centuries.

Foods and Beverages that you must have a try at Sandakan.
  • Seafood
  • Seafood Bah Kut Teh
  • UFO tart
  • Sandakan Hotel Dim Sum
  • Sim Sim Pei Dan Gau (Century Egg Dumpling)
  • Central Market Kon Lo Mee
  • Central Market Za Yuk Tai Fun Soup
  • Equator Coffee
  • 7 Heaven Ice Cream
  • Mile 4 Central Market Fried You Tiao with Kaya
  • QQ Ice Bubble Tea
  • Tanah Merah Central Market Duck Rice
  • Mile 8 Yong Seng Chicken Rice
  • Mile 9 Mei Ngar Bread
  • Mile 4 Novelty Bread & Restaurant
  • Balin Rooftop Cafe
  • Taman Mawar Central Market Wo Tie
  • Jesselton
  • English Tea House
  • Mile 4 Central Market BBQ Chicken Wing
  • SS2
  • Mile 1.5 Kon Loo Mee
  • Hawaii Restaurant
  • Moo Cow
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