If you are planning a trip to Borneo and don’t know where to start then this is your guide for everything. Mostly what tourists do when they visit Borneo is that they either head to Kota Kinabalu or Sandakan. Sandakan isn’t a westernised area but it has a lot to offer.
We have made a list of things that you must do when visiting Sandakan, Borneo:
- The Orangutans
The Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary is the first place that you need to go to. It is nearly 30 minutes away from Sandakan and people there host around 70 Orangutans. They are being rehabilitated by the workers to be released back in to the wild. This is the only time that you will encounter these species so make your time count.
- Agnes Keith House
Agnes Keith, wife of Henry Keith who was a forest conservator, was an American who wrote the book ‘Land Below the Wind’ about her time in Sandakan as a woman. She wrote two more books, one of which was about her experience in the Japanese prison camp along with her son. The house has a very eerie feel to it and it makes you believe as if you have stepped back in the era of 30s. You can also indulge in the scrumptious high tea by the English Tea House gardens overlooking the harbour.
- Kinabatangan River
It is the second largest river in Malaysia and it tours from Sandakan via a boat safari. You can see the Proboscis monkeys dangling from the tress along with the crocodiles and water buffalos nearby.
If you are planning a trip to Malaysia then you must visit Sandakan as it is a treat for your eyes.