Sandakan (The Little HongKong)

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!  



  1. waw! more place added! sunday morning that is not ‘pasar tamu’ lah…is gaya street… 🙂

    Comment by suisan — November 12, 2009 @ 6:01 am | Reply

  2. Hve a drink at English Tea House at night is the best place for couple! romantic ! oh ya, cedric, why didn’t upload photo for Balin, Hotel Nak??

    Comment by suisan — November 12, 2009 @ 6:14 am | Reply

  3. wow!! My dear, you really very very give face! visit my blog every now and then! Thank you!

    Ops.. not pasar tamu ma?? I thot KK one is gaya street geh.. kekeke

    Comment by cedricchai — November 12, 2009 @ 11:36 am | Reply

  4. I stay in Sabah Hotel 🙂 Maybe a good choice?
    I considered Swiss Hotel on the seafront, but Sabah Hotel looks more like “Borneo” 🙂

    Comment by loeffle — November 12, 2009 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

    • Both also not bad actually. Sabah Hotel is our Sandakan landmark, where else, Swiss Hotel is the new and first hotel with harbour view in Sandakan, not only harbour view and also witness the sun set/raise in one of the best harbour 🙂

      Comment by cedricchai — November 17, 2009 @ 11:30 am | Reply

  5. Thanks for sharing all the pics.

    Comment by kadazanman — July 8, 2010 @ 1:59 am | Reply

  6. wah, your name strikes me when i visited sandakan web, good ideal, not bad. continue to update some more……… i don need to search elsewhere….hhaha

    Comment by Jo Lim — July 11, 2010 @ 8:00 am | Reply

    • yupe! i have few draft waiting to publish.. stay tune! And, please get more peoples/friends visit my blog and more important come to Sandakan and witness the real nature land below the wind~ Thanks Jo

      Comment by Cedric Chai — July 11, 2010 @ 9:59 am | Reply

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  8. Wow, the ufos look like the original ones from years ago. Where can I get these ones today?

    Comment by Loi — January 11, 2011 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

  9. I love the “Ngau Si Tart” my fav too. In Chinese is Ngau Si Tui, so what is it call in english “cow dang” or others? any name for it in english? TQ

    Comment by Hadassah — March 15, 2011 @ 11:59 am | Reply

  10. is there a better name to call this delicious tart, my american friends laughed when they learnt from the translation is “cow dang” haha

    Comment by Hadassah — March 15, 2011 @ 12:15 pm | Reply

  11. Nice Blog. Me and My ‘Whole’ family (Including aunties, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces) are planing to go to sandakan somewhere this May. But, we haven’t plan where to go in sandakan or what to do..but after reading your simple yet fun blog, i think i got it. Hope to see more photos from you. Why not covering other places too? afterall, I think Sabah have lots of exciting things and unique places.:)

    Comment by ron — February 15, 2013 @ 1:04 pm | Reply

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