Sandakan is a bustling commercial town of 440,000 people that acts as the gateway to the eastern part of Sabah. It is however famous for being a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during WWII and being the starting point for the infamous Sandakan death marches. Currently, Sandakan acts as an access point to eastern Sabah, the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and Turtle Islands Park.
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The world-renowned Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, 25 kilometres from Sandakan, was set up in 1964 to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned baby orang-utans from logging sites, plantations and illegal hunting. These orang-utans are taken care of, brought up, and trained to survive in the wild. They will be released into the wild once they are ready. Visitors will be able to see these orang-utans up-close in their wildlife habitat as well as going on trekking and river expeditions.
Located within the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, the centre also educates the public on conservation, and conducts research on other endangered species such as the rhinoceros. The sanctuary is one of the top tourist attractions in Sabah.
Sandakan has a tropical climate with hot and humid conditions year round. Temperatures usually are around 32 °C during the day and around 24 °C at night. The months of November to January stand out in having more rain and the drier months are March and April. In general though, rain is possible anytime and sometimes up to 500 mm of rain a month is not unheard of.
Daily buses leave from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu (6 hours), Lahad Datu (2.5 hours) and Tawau (5.5 hours). Long distance buses leave from the bus station located about 4 kilometres outside of town. The bus station is accessible by local bus or by taxi.
|Bilit Rainforest Lodge||Kampong Bilit Sukau, Kinabatangan River Sandakan||Hotel||-|
|NAK Hotel||Jalan Pelabuhan Lama||Hotel||-|
|Nature Lodge Kinabatangan||Kampung Bilit Kinabatangan||Hostel||-|
|Nipah Lodge||Nipah Lodge, Mile 19, Jalan Sps 3, Kg Sungai Tiram, SANDAKAN, Sabah||HOSTEL||-|
|Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat||Mile 14 Jalan Labuk||Hostel||91|
|Sandakan Backpackers||Lot 108, Block SH-11 Sandakan Harbour Square||Hostel||83|
|Sepilok Jungle Resort||Km 22, Labuk Road P.O.Box 2082||Hostel||86|
|Winho Lodge Sdn Bhd||Lot 8&9, Block 19, 1st & 2nd Floor, Second Avenue P O Box 178||HOSTEL||82|
|Discovery River Lodge||Unit D3-3B, 3rdFloor, Tanjung Aru Plaza, Jalan Mat Salleh, 88100, Kota Kinabalu||Campsite||-|
|Sukau Greenview B&B||Sukau Near Kinabatangan River||CAMPSITE||-|
|Premier Inn||Lot 9, Block C Hsiang Garden, Jalan Leila||Hotel||-|
|Sea View Sandakan Budget & Backpackers Hotel||Lot 126, Phase 1E, Block HS14 Harbor Square||HOSTEL||86|
|Rose Guesthouse||3rd Avenue, Block 20 1st Floor conner, Lot 1A & B||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Sepilok Forest Edge Resort||Jalan Rambutan, Sepilok Mile 14||HOSTEL||88|
|Harbourside Backpackers||1st Floor, Lot 43, Block HS-4 Harbour Square||HOSTEL||-|
|Bilit Kinabatangan Heritage Bed and Breakfast||Kg Bilit, Kinabatangan Sandakan, Sabah Borneo Malaysia||HOSTEL||-|
See also International Telephone Calls
Pos Malaysia is the national postal service of Malaysia. Rates for sending a standard letter locally is 30 sen (20 gram) to 40 sen (up to 50 gram). International airmail has minimum rates ranging from RM1.00 to RM2.00, depending on destination. It costs 20 sen to send a postcard or aerogramme locally, or 50 sen to send a postcard or aerogramme to anywhere in the world.
Expedited Mail Service (EMS), branded locally as Poslaju, is available for both domestic and international destinations. Domestic EMS has a next day delivery guarantee. International EMS guarantees mails and parcels to be delivered out of the country by the following day. The time required to arrive at its destination will depend on clearance by authorities and the postal service of the destination country. For most countries, delivery of documents can be done in 3 to 5 days.
Generally, post offices are open from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Saturday, except the first Saturday of the month. They are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
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