Updated on : Sunday, September 24, 2017 09:40:46 PM
PAN BORNEO > SABAH > SANDAKAN DIVISION > Sandakan District
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Places of interest in
SANDAKAN DISTRICT 山打根
Airports of Sabah and distance
from town center:
1- Kota Kinabalu International Airport - 8.5km
2- Labuan Domestic Airport - 3.5km
3- Lahad Datu Domestic Airport - 1km
4- Sandakan Domestic Airport - 13km
5- Tawau Domestic Airport - 31km
The family of Sarawakian Bernard Then Ted Fen, who was kidnapped from Sandakan, Sabah and later beheaded in the Philippines , want the repatriation process from the Philippines to be sped up, The Star reports today. -
Then, 39, was kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants at a seafood restaurant in Sandakan, Sabah on May 15, together with the restaurant manager, Thein Nyuk Fun, 50. Thien was released on November 8, but Then was beheaded on November 17. -
Sri Aman Town is off the Pan Borneo Highway
Between Sabah and Sarawak, the highway passed through two halves of Brunei.
As of today, the Pan-Borneo Highway is 93 percent completed, with a remainder of a 50-kilometre missing link from Kalabakan to Serudong.
Places of interest in
Sukau - a village by the Kinabatangan River
Sukau is located beside the lower Kinabatangan River, the longest river of Borneo. The main reason for tourist to Sukau is to go cruising Kinabatangan river to watch wildlife.
|Attraction around Sandakan :
St Michael's & All Angels Church
1 Masjid Jamek
20 miles away from Sandakan Airport
The Rainforest Discovery Center (RDC) situated in Sepilok, Sandakan is a part of the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve. Located in Sabah, the RDC is an environmental education (EE) centre in Sabah.
The RDC is a centre for environmental education situated within
the famous Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, home of the orang-utans of
the Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre.
Take a walk through the park, or a stroll on the suspension bridge
at the 950 meters canopy walk and view countless of exotic wildlife.
Abai Jungle Lodge
Zaharah Hotel Apartments Sdn Bhd
Central Market Sandakan
A destination for weekly shopping of all kind of vegetables, seafood & fruits here..
On the 2nd floor are a lot of stalls selling shirts, shoes, bags & Sabah craft like crystal & pearl accessories.
Sandakan Central Market has most amazing variety of seafood in Sabah, along with vegetables, spices and oils, cheap clothing and Indonesian sarongs.
The busiest time is on Sunday, when it is tamu in Sandakan!
In the harbor behind the market are the wooden vessels of Suluk fishermen, and those of barter traders from the Philippines.
|From Sukau-LD-Sandakan Junction :
To Sukay B&B is 43 Km
To Lahad Datu is 86 Km
To Kunak is 162 Km
To Tawau is 237 Km
UNCLE TAN WILDLIFE
ADVENTURES SDN. BHD.
Operation Base Bed & Meals
Fax/Tel: 089-535784, H/P: 016 824 4749
Nature Resort, Borneo, Malaysia, near the Orangutan Wildlife
Sepilok Jungle Resort Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
SEPILOK ORANG UTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE is managed by a UK organization to preserve orang utans in Borneo.
Feeding time at 10am and 3pm daily.
Rm10 for camera fees. 25pounds per year to adopt an orang utan. Entry fee RN30 for adults.
If u missed the feeding time, u may risk not seeing any orang utan at all as the place is just like a natural forest and the orang utans may be deep in the forest.
The reserves take care of the young Orang Utan, teach them survival skills and release them in the reserve. Some of them go back to feeding platform occasionally, some all the time, some never go back as they are able to find all the food they need in the wild.
For those adult orang utans who can survive in the wild, they are transported by helicopter into another forest which is twice the size of Singapore.
|Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre
Orang utans have long fascinated mankind. Known scientifically as Pongo
Pygmaeus, they have been found to be 96.4% similar to our human genes!
|"Sandakan" is derived from the Suluk word "sanda" meaning, to pawn and "kan"
being the suffix. So "Sandakan" means the place that was pawned. Who pawned it,
and to whom, remains a mystery.
As the story goes, in the early 1870s, William Clarke Cowie, a Scottish adventurer and engineer, delivered guns and ammunitions to the Sultan of Sulu, then protecting his territory from Spanish conquerors. (HASHEMITE SULTANATE OF SULU). In return, Cowie was granted permission by the Sultan to set up base on Pulau Timbang, in Sandakan Bay, where a small Suluk village existed. Cowie called his base "Sandakan" but it soon became known as "Kampong German" due to the number of German traders who visited Cowie.
The settlement was re-located to Bull Sim Sim in 1879. It was an uninhabited jungle and mangrove area but with one of the most beautiful natural harbors in the world. He named the new settlement, "Elopura" meaning 'The Beautiful City" but the name reverted to "Sandakan".
In 1883, the British North Borneo Chartered Company moved its capital from Kudat to Sandakan. A "building mania" started and Sandakan became a bustling modern town though Allied bombings to liberate it towards the end of World War 2 nearly flattened the town.
In retaliation, the Japanese burnt whatever remained and Sandakan as a town,
ceased to exist in June 1945. In 1946, the capital was moved to Jesselton
(subsequently, renamed Kota Kinabalu).
Sandakan's prosperity led to an influx of people. Chinese, Europeans, Malays,
Dayaks, Dusuns, Sikhs, Pathans, Arabs, Filipinos, Suluks, Javanese and even
Japanese. One of the earliest Chinese immigrants was Kwan Woon Kwong, a general
merchant, who established the oldest company of Sandakan, the Man Woo Loong
Company in 1882.
Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple
The Australian Memorial
Agnes Keith's House
Sabah's third Marine Park
Three hours' by boat and 40 km. north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea, lies
Sabah's third Marine Park, one of the most important turtle breeding spots in
South East Asia. Designated as a Marine Park, the islands of Selingan, Bakungan
Kecil and Gulisan are safe haven for the endangered Green Turtles and Hawksbill
Turtles. Strangely, these turtles only lay their eggs in their original
birthplace. So after over 30 years of turtle conservation, the success is now
clearly evident as more turtles make their pilgrimage every year.
INDEX : Kota Kinabalu September 24, 2017 09:40:46 PM