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Top Attractions in Sandakan

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  • Dave H
    Bristol, UK2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited early April, Apx 25min from Sepilok/ 45min from airport. RM60 adult, 30 child, 10 camera.
    Went for the 9am session at platform A, nice and quie with a handful of other tourists. No coaches. About 30 Proboscis of different ages. Many Monkeys were there before feeding time. We stayed for 30mins but could have been there longer. Also saw mud skippers and crabs on the walkway between car park and platform.

    Mr Azrien was our driver +60 13797018 , we agreed a good price for sipelok, labuk bay and back to airport. Nice modern SUV car with lots of room. Aircon etc. good English. Pointed out wildlife that we missed. Family man.
    Written 5 April 2024
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  • Yonathan Mathia... P
    Frankfurt, Germany1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This night walk is literally worth every Ringgit. I had it twice but didn‘t see any animals in the first night. Luckily I had a second chance just today. I saw a flying squirrel, a flying lemur, a small green viper, many spiders and insects. The highlight was definitely to be able to see a baby slow Loris with its mother and a western tasir. I would highly recommend Mr. Rosli and Mr. Dom as your night walk guides since they are very professional and ethical and put a lot of effort to spot the animals in the dark. Don‘t forget to book the night walk in advance because the demand is really high. Once it‘s full they won‘t take you spontaneously into the group. Take some insect repellent and wear your hiking shoes. It can be really itchy.
    Written 13 April 2024
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  • MinaLim_KUL
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia562 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wasn’t expecting much but turned out to be mind blowing! The lives of POWs loss was just so unnecessary. The 265km forced-march started from this camp (now a park), and ended in Ranau. Which is literally our next stop (literally the next day!)

    Got my hands on a copy of the book where the historians documented as much of the POWs personal accounts (the surviving 6 of the 2,500) as well as accounts from interrogations of the Japanese war criminals.

    MUST visit!! If you’re in a rush like us, we simply had a quick 45mins stop over on our way to Sandakan Airport.
    Written 17 October 2023
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  • Kim
    Edinburgh, UK3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely spot.

    Take your time and enjoy watching the Sun Bears play, chill time, comminicae with each other and bathe...!
    Written 14 April 2024
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  • Seaside51660488256
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very basic accommodations. If you expect to be pampered, don't. Shower in the bathroom sprays water everywhere--on the sink, on the toilet, on the floor. Uncomfortable bedding.
    That being said, awesome to see a Turtle laying her eggs. Seeing the hatchery and understanding the work they are doing was educational and interesting.
    Written 21 March 2024
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  • sunsetdreamer7
    Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a fantastic experience! The reserve itself is beautiful and we saw so much! A total of 19 different species on this trip! Amazing! We had wonderful views of a male flanged orang utan, the rare black flying squirrel and even rarer rough necked moniter (we saw TWO of these on the same tree!) a leopard cat, slow loris, Colugo, green broadbill, civets and much more!

    The spotting truck was extremely comfortable, even on very rough roads, by far the most comfortable safari vehicle im ever been in!

    Hamid, our guide was excellent and gave us so much information as well as being incredible and finding wildlife.

    We really can't thank Adventures Alternative Borneo enough for organizing such an amazing experience! Staff were lovely, accomadation simple but clean & comfortable and food was delicious with no issues for our veggie/vegan friends! We will be back!

    Top tips:
    It was SO worth it but the drive from Sandakan to the reserve is long, windy and bumpy. If you're prone to motion sickness take tablets and wear the ear patches, they help! Those in our group who are not prone to suffering from it were fine however! Also take plwnty of tissues and take advantage of ALL the loo stops! They can be few and far between!

    All in all, 5 stars! Highly recommend!
    Written 22 February 2024
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  • Lankylee
    Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia1,129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The whole experience is fantastic. Cabins are large and very comfortable with air conditioning. Water crystal clear. All waste taken off island. Food is excellent without being overcomplicated. Diving would satisfy all but the most demanding or finicky. Staff always smiling and helpful. Turtle hatching and release also part of activities.
    Written 28 June 2022
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  • Itravel0ne
    Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia1,912 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    While in Sandakan, we dropped in to visit this historical house which the famous author Agnes Keith had stayed. It is interesting to see the house and be able to get a glimpse of life in Sandakan in the early days of Borneo. The English Tea House is just next door and perfect for an afternoon tea and scone after the visit.
    Written 19 June 2023
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  • Andy F
    Devizes, UK1,260 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This temple sits atop a hill, giving great views all around. The temple itself is quite large, with many statues of Buddha and a very colourful interior. Well worth a visit.
    Written 6 February 2024
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  • sanmame
    51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing rainforest and designated are for pitcher plants. We saw a few water monitors in the park. A huge one climbing a tree and a smaller one on the boardwalk. Definitely recommend this quiet park for a peaceful walk in the nature. Two hours is enough for going around the whole walking path. Did not go to the forest paths. Remember to bring your bug spray, sunhat, sunscreen and plenty of water.
    Written 4 October 2023
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  • rumi00
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went to Sandakan in December 2023. We live in Redondo Beach in Southern California and this was a wonderful trip to visit KL, Singapore, Langhawi and Borneo. We initially had planned just to stay in Kota Kinabalu but then our son really wanted to see the Orangutan Rehabilitation in Center. As such we made a spur of the moment decision to fly off to Sandakan on Air Asia.

    Not having planned this part of our trip in advance I looked to trip advisor and found a few reviews of Tour Guide Chris Tan Wee Tong. I literally called him from the airport in Kota Kinabalu and asked him if he would be willing to give us a guided tour/transportation while in Sandakan. Fortunately, he was available on the day we were arriving.

    As promised Chris was waiting for us at the airport in his brand new car and already had our day completely planned out for us. He took us to see the Proboscis monkeys, Sun Bears and Orangutan exhibit. He also took us to the local mosque of the area so that we could participate in our Friday prayers.

    The Orangutan centre was truly amazing. You have to plan your journey as to the feeding times. I believe we went for the 2 pm one. The orangutans are highly intelligent and started to show up at about 1:45 pm even though the food had not been put out for them as yet. The rainforest was beautiful as were the animals. As a former Biology major it was a blessing to see these majestic animals in their native environment.

    Chris was the ultimate professional and responsible guide. He really went out of his way to give us his unique view of his beloved Sandakan and its people and culture. Being a former police office we felt completely safe with him as he imparted his knowledge and love of his land. He even went so far as to arrange our transportation back in Kota Kinabalu and arranged for a wonderful driver there as well.

    We most definitely plan to return to Sandakan and highly recommend Chris to all travelers. He can be reached on WhatsApp at +60168376629
    Written 4 February 2024
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  • Budakampung
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia199 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The church was initiated by Rev. W.H. Elton in 1888 and the construction was completed in 1906. It is the oldest stone church in Sabah. It was designed by New Zealander Mr. B.W. Mountfort who designed the church based on Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand, which was badly damaged in the 2011 earthquake. The church was built with stone, with mix of ironwood timber and quite rare to see stone church in Malaysia. The building is well kept and very calm and peaceful when sitting inside the church.
    Written 2 October 2022
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