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Sandakan

Trip Planner Asia  /  Malaysia  /  Sabah  /  Sandakan Division  /  Sandakan
(3.3/5 based on 4,200+ reviews for top 20 attractions)
Things to do: wildlife areas, museums, nature
Taking a trip to Sandakan remains one of the best ways to enjoy eco-friendly and culturally rewarding adventures in one of Borneo's largest cities. A gateway town to some of the densest forests on the island, Sandakan provides a home for conservation projects protecting orangutans, proboscis monkeys, and sun bears. The town also boasts significant architectural landmarks dating back to the colonial era, and impressive places of worship providing a glimpse into the island's beliefs and traditions. The site of tragic events during World War II, Sandakan features memorials and museums detailing that devastating chapter in the island's history. Plan your vacation with our Malaysia vacation generator and discover the best things to do in Sandakan.
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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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