Sandakan Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), Sandakan

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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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Where to stay in Sandakan

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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  • Visited this centre as an aside when we stayed in sepilok to visit the orangutan and sun bear centres, but after visiting wished we allocated more time to the rainforest centre. There is a huge amount...  more »
  • We visited the rainforest Centre whilst staying in Sepilok and I have to say - I don't think I would visit again or even recommend. There's not a lot going on and feels like it needs a lot of work - e...  more »
  • We visited in different days orangutan, sun bears and rainforest. This one was absolutely the best. A walk insede the forest (alone if you want, like us). Be aware and do not get lost inside. Spectacu...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A solace discovery centre for those who love Nature so much and a lot of natural properties to explore here; if you are lucky enough, occasionally there will be some really happening events here throughout their annual calendar.
  • We spent a couple days here. Go in the morning or evening to see different wildlife and bring binoculars. We saw so many creatures. Do walk the trails, they are all pretty short, even if they look long on the maps.
  • Nice for easy hikes in tropical rainforest. It's best to go here early on the day, since wildlife will be more active at lower temperatures. The canopy walk is a must visit. For more hiking, you can buy an additional licence for a 5 hr walk in the actual rainforest behind the park. Don't expect to much from the botanical garden.