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Welcome to Sandakan

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You're Going to Love Sandakan

A thriving trading center for over 100 years until World War Two, Sandakan is on the rise again, this time as an appealing tropical port, with plenty of colonial curiosities and excursion destinations for visitors to enjoy.

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When to Visit Sandakan

The best time of year to visit is in late summer, probably August and September - before the rains arrive.

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Where to Stay in Sandakan

Elite accommodation options in town include the Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan and the quiet but comfortable Nak Hotel.

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Shopping Streets

Located on the seafront, Sandakan Central (or "New") Market is the place to shop, with souvenir, clothing, and food stands aplenty.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets include Astana Heights Mini Market and Suntos Market, where you can expect to pay around RM5 for 12 eggs and RM25 for a gallon of milk.

Where to Eat in Sandakan

Seafood reigns supreme in Sandakan. Good places to check out the local cuisine include the English Tea House (an elegant colonial-style villa), Sim Sim Seafood Restaurant in the stilted village, and My Harbour Restaurant, which commands gorgeous views across the bay. Meals will cost between RM8 and RM20 per head.