Sandakan, also known as Elopura, is the capital of the Sandakan district in Sabah, Malaysia. It also the largest town in Sabah after Kota Kinabalu. Located on the Sandakan Peninsula, northeastern of Sabah, it is well known for its main ports that export goods of prime importance all around the world like oil, tobacco, coffee, and timber. People visit Sandakan for its untouched nature, abundance of rainforests, and the diverse wildlife.
Also known as Little Hong Kong, Sandakan offers a delicious blend of Cantonese cuisine and fresh Seafood. Some of the must try delicacies when in Sandakan include - seafood noodle, kuey teow with deep-fried pork, spring noodles, thin crust egg tarts, Bak Ku Teh, Leong Fun Bing (Grass Jelly Milk Tea), etc.The attractions in Sandakan pay homage to its history. Notable historical attractions in Sandakan include Sandakan Heritage Museum which is located at the Lebuh Empat Road, the Agnes Keith House at the top of the hill near the Istana Street, Japanese Bunker, Mill Hill Dam, and many more.
Another unique attraction in Sandakan is the Malaysian Turtle Islands which is a group of 3 islands - Selingaan, Little Bakkungan, and Gulisaan, where one can enjoy water sports like diving, snorkeling, and swimming. It is popular for its sightings of green turtles and hawksbill turtles. The Gomantong Caves is yet another popular attraction to enjoy nature. One can easily spot swifts and bats that inhabit the caves. An amalgamation of nature, wildlife, and history, at its best, Sandakan is a hidden gem and truly justifies why it is nicknamed the Nature City!
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