Spend your holiday getting up close and personal with nature when you visit Sandakan, also known as the Nature City. You and your family will definitely find Sabah’s second largest city exciting, educational and memorable because it offers the chance to discover to witness Borneo’s flora and fauna in real life!
You and your family are highly recommended to stay at the award-winning and ecologically-friendly Sukau Rainforest Lodge, ranked as one of the Unique Lodges of the World by National Geographic. Nestled on the bank of the Kinabatangan River, you and your family can immerse in the tranquillity of the tropical rainforest while enjoying the exotic Borneo experience during your stay, including witnessing wildlife that can be found along Kinabatangan River during the day and night.
Witness the extraordinary orangutans in less than an hour’s drive from Sandakan city at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, which serves as a natural classroom and treatment sanctuary for this species that can only be found in Borneo and Sumatra! To see these creatures more clearly, be sure to catch them during the feeding sessions at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. You need to remember that you are not allowed to bring bags, food, drinks and insect repellent when entering the sanctuary, and instead leave the mentioned items in the lockers provided at the entrance. Also, please refrain from using flash when photographing these animals.
Located just next to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, SBCC is a sun bear rescue and rehabilitation facility that allows nature lovers to witness the Malayan sun bear, which is the world’s smallest bear species that is under threat due to massive deforestation and poaching. You and your family will be able to learn about these adorable creatures while observing them in their natural habitat. Also, please refrain from using flash when photographing these animals.
A visit to Sandakan is not complete without admiring the beauty of indigenous flora and fauna at RDC. Located 23 kilometres away from the centre of Sandakan, travellers get to view wildlife more closely from a 28-metre high canopy walk. There are 250 species of birds that can be spotted throughout the year like Borneo Bristlehead, Hornbills, and Kingfishers. RDC is also the venue for Borneo Bird Festival every year.
This is the place where you and your family get the chance to get close to the iconic proboscis monkey, including other animals like oriental pied hornbills and adorable silver leaf monkeys. Travellers should come during feeding sessions at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (at platform A) and 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (platform B). Remember, please refrain from using flash when photographing these animals.
This spacious colonial style double-storey house was where Agnes Keith, the writer of ‘Land Below the Wind’, used to live. The house has now been turned into a museum since 2004 and open for the public to see the interior and a gallery about Agnes and her family. This is also where you and your family can learn the story about Sandakan during 1930’s.
Sim Sim Market
Located only 15 minutes’ drive from Sandakan city centre, this is where local and tourists go in search for fresh seafood. This market is well known for its mouth-watering ikan bakar (grilled fish) with various selections of local side dishes. The market opens daily from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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