Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), Sandakan

4.3
#1 of 10 in Museums in Sabah
Visit a center of environmental education at Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC). Starting off as an environmental school, the center opened its doors to the public in 2007, maintaining its focus on conservation and education while broadening its appeal to younger and amateur visitors. Enjoy a stroll through the plant identification garden to learn about the vegetation that thrives in the surrounding nature reserve. Take a trip up to the 25 m (82) ft high canopy walkway to gain a new perspective on an area of thick rainforest--great for photographs and bird-spotting, and secure enough for kindergarten-age children. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Sandakan holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Get here early to view the Birdlife and avoid the worst of the heat. Sturdy sky platforms let you walk high above the forest for views of birdlife. Other walks take you on the floor of the forest. The...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    With nothing to do before our plane left we headed to the rainforest discovery centre for the afternoon. The high rope walk and various observation towers were lovely and we spent s great afternoon re...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Came here for the canopy walkway in the rain forest. However, the visit was made by an adolescent Orang Utan (apparently named Pugel according to our guide) who, as casually as you like, sauntered dow...  more »
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  • June 24, 2017
    Brilliantly laid out to let the natural beauty of this place come through. Helpful stuff too. We went twice in a week to make sure we did everything because that's how much there is to explore.
  • August 28, 2017
    Great place to see wildlife, especially birds and flying squirrels. The 'hornbill tower' is a great place to see hornbills as well as eagles and other birds
  • June 2, 2017
    Some good information boards and some nice walks around the forest. The canopy walk was great, we saw 2 orangutans and a giant squirrel. Nice place.
  • July 30, 2017
    Lovely place! Every tree has name & the scientific name. There is canopy walk & suspemsion briged. Be notice they handle for the night walk cost 30MYR per head, trully experience. You need ask for availability at the counter first before 5 pm.
  • July 26, 2017
    Great canopy walk. Amazing views. Highly recommended.

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On the main road leading into Sandakan simple hotels offer comfortable rooms, providing easy access to the area's natural attractions. In the town itself, the most popular accommodations cluster around the harbor and surrounding districts. Close to the water, you can find everything from backpacker hostels to popular chain hotels. Have a look at Jalan Leila, running west of the harbor--here, well-placed hotels ensure ease of travel to surrounding areas.
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