- Encounters with locals
- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
- Park and garden
- Place or Religious Monument
- Place or Historical Monument
I had already used my time in the region to visit the organg-utan rehabilitation centre and Labuk Bay reserve. I didn't have enough time to explore far as Sandakan was the last place I was staying in during my trip to Borneo.
So I decided to visit the town. A visist to the market and then Puu Jih Shih Buddhist temple. I was intending to walk there but a woman, probably because she saw me rushing through the tropical rain, offered me a lift in her car and put me down in front of the temple. I just had to wait for the shower to stop, wondering about the temple's garden sculptures, and then went back down and finished my day with a picnic on the sea front, where the young Malaysians meet up at the end of the evening.
I arrived in Sandakan after spending several days in Kota Kinabalu, and I found the town rather depressing and of limited interest. The town centre with its grid patterned streets ends in a covered public market, a big shopping centre and a rather pleasant pedestrian street by the seaside (ideal to have something to eat).
Still, this historical town offers an interesting walk to see old-style middle-class houses, a Chinese and a Japanese cemetery, a World War Two memorial, as well as the old clock tower .
Lastly, it does have a reputation as an eco-tourist stop, for being an ideal gateway to the turtle islands, the orang-utan sanctuary and proboscis monkey reserve. All interesting stops to enrich a trip centred on the discovery of Borneo’s animal world.