Sandakan (The Little HongKong)

November 12, 2009

Sandakan’s Attractions – Further from Sandakan Town

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong — Cedric @ 2:15 pm

Hi readers,

Besides the interesting places near from Sandakan town, what about a little further from Sandakan town?????  

1.) Batu Tulug

Located at Batu Putih village and 41km from the Kota Kinabatangan township, Agop Batu Tulug is a steep limestone cliff that stands 39 meters high and is part of the 20-25 million-year old Labang limestone formation.

2.) Gomantong Cave

Described by WWF as “the best-managed edible birds’ nest cave in the world”, Gomantong Caves in the heartland of the Gomantong Rainforest Reserve have been the focus for birds’ nests for centuries.

3.) Sukau / Kinabatangan River

Stretching 560km from the Crocker Range in the southwest of Sabah to the Sulu Sea in the east, the Kinabatangan River sustains one of the world’s richest ecosystems. The surrounding areas along the river consist of five distinct habitats – dipterocrap or dry, waterlogged and limestone forests, and freshwater and saline swamps. The lower basin of the river itself is the largest forest covered floodplain in Malaysia and has the largest concentration of wildlife in the South East Asian region.

4.) Lankayan Island

A tiny jewel-shaped island located on the northeastern coast of Sabah, is part of the Sugud Island Marine Conversation Area (SIMCA) and is surrounded blue-green waters and carol reefs. It is also one of Sabah’s top diving spots.

5.) Libaran Island

In the northeast coast of Sandakan lies the island of Libaran. This small island is ideal for those searching for some quiet time and in need of a relaxing trip. Many agree that the charm of this island lies in its simplicity: a long stretch of beach, crystal blue waters and beautiful sunsets. In the evening, you can enjoy a river cruise in the mangrove forest or have the  unique experience of night fishing. A great place to get away from it all!

6.) Turtle Island Park (Selingan Island)

The Turtle Island Park (gazetted 1977) lies 40km north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea and consists of Selingan, Bakungan Kecil and Gulisan island. The park is a safe haven for the endangered green and hawksbill turtles and gives you the rare opportunity to watch turtle landings. Selingan, the largest of the islands, houses the park’s headquarters, a turtle hatchery, tourist accomodation and basic facilities. The other two islands are move for conservation activities.


November 10, 2009

More Sandakan Photos

Filed under: "SANDAKAN" aka The Little Hong Kong,Sandakan Food — Cedric @ 12:09 pm

I personally like this Hotel very much! The scence, the designed and the environment. Very relax and good feel.

The Sabah Hotel, Sandakan.

You like this too??? This is majority of Sandakanities’s favarote tart! We call it ”Ngau Si Tart” in old days, and now people call it ”UFO”.


St Mary church. This place is very nice and very peace!  The first school, St Mary’s was formed in Aug 1887.


Wisma Warisan which now houses the Tourist Information Centre. Wisma Warisan used to be the main government building during the British Administration. The former Residency office was on the first floor and the present Tourist Information Centre was the post office for many years. Now, the Sandakan Heritage Museum which was declared opened on the 5th December, 2003, is situated on the first floor of the Wisma Warisan. The first museum in Sandakan was believed to be set up in 1898 but later discontinued.

Have you ever see bird nest in Airport? Here you go, the bird and nest at Sandakan airport at night.


The Pitcher Plant and Nepenthes Ampularia. In malay, we call it Periuk Kera. In Hakka we call it “Ma Liu Ang”. You can no longer see this plant everywhere and now only available in certain places. It is protective plant now in Sabah 🙂  

The Sunday Tamu Market in Sandakan town. It’s crowded and lot’s of things to see 🙂 check out every sunday at Sandakan town around 7am till 1pm-2pm.

This is the first sports field (padang) in Sandakan. Any of the mega event will be held in this field 🙂


The foreign Bank in Sandakan. They came in to Sandakan even before they rename. Standard Chartered Bank, came in to Sandakan as The Chartered Bank while, HSBC came in to Sandakan as The Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank.

The Sung Siew School. This is my formal school from Kindergarden till Secondary graduated 🙂 Spent 11 years in Sung Siew School.


The English Tea House and thier peacock! I like this place very much! Again, very easy and relax. Recommended!

The Rotary Observation Pavilion built by the Rotary Club of Sandakan in 1970.

The Turtle Island Park Lodge, this is the lodge where you transfer from Sandakan to Turtle Island Park.

The Menara Majlis Perbandaran Sandakan (MPS) and The first Sandakan Fountain.

An American author Agnes Newton Keith ‘s house. She wrote the famous book “The Land Below The Wind” which was published in 1939, her second book “Three Came Home” was turned into a Hollywood movie in 1950 and parts of the movie was shot in Sandakan.

She also wrote “White Men Return” published in 1950 at the time she and her husband returned to Sandakan following the war to serve under the British government in 1946 taking over from the Chartered Company. The Keiths left North Borneo in January, 1952 never to return again. She died on 30th March 1982 but her legacy will be forever remembered in Sandakan.


Our Sandakan town view with the blue harbour! Caption from Trig Hill Rotary Tower.

What is this??? This is our famous Sandakan kids toy and chocolate back to year 90s. The kids at those days can be very happy for the whole day if they got a pack from their parent!  

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