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Sandakan (Lat.:5.860628,Lng.:118.096638)

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Sandakan, is in Sabah, Borneo. It is the gateway to Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary and the Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary.

Get in
By bus
The bus will pass the junction to Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre and you can ask to be dropped off here. The centre is about 4 km down the road.

KK North Bus Station (Inanam) to Sandakan. Several bus companies depart between 7AM-2PM, and 8PM.

To Semporna: Buses leave from the express bus terminal on Jalan Utara for Semporna at 730am, 8am, and 2pm.

By plane
Sandakan Airport (IATA code SDK) is connected directly daily with Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu by AirAsia, and to Kota Kinabalu by Malaysia Airlines and its subsidiary MASWings (which took over the rural air service from FlyAsian Express (FAX) on 1 October 2007). MASWings also has connecting flights with Tawau and Kudat. From airport is possible to take taxi or local bus to centre Sandakan. For bus just walk out from airport just hold to right and you can see big roundabouth and after roundabouth is bus stop. Walking distance is 400 meters only.

By boat
Weesam Express runs 2 ferry per week between Sandakan and Zamboanga, Mindanao (Philippines).

Get around
On foot
Sandakan is only a small town and it is easy to walk around. There is a walking trail which covers all the main sites.

By taxi
Travel by taxi out to places such as Sepilok or the War Memorial is easy, however fare negotiation will be required as meters are not commonly available.

By Bus
There are buses and vans going everywhere in the areas around Sandakan, to the airport, Sepilok, Buli Sim Sim etc.

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  1. The 560km Kinabatangan River, the longest in the state, flows pass some of the richest ecosystems on earth, especially just before it meets the sea. The Lower Kinabatangan and Sukau areas are known for its mangrove swamps and flood plains, and is home to its most famous inhabitants, the proboscis monkeys.
  2. Fancy "Salted Fish"? Prawn crackers & dried shrimps are tasty and available at the local market.
  3. Dried "Ikan Bilis" is also a locally produced product available at most shops and even at the Airport; available to bring back as gifts.
  4. Sandakan has good and fresh seafood.

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