10 Things to do in Sandakan, Sabah is a must for those seeking a nature and fun experience on the East side of Borneo. While Sabah has so much to offer in terms of tourism, many come to Sandakan mainly for the Eco Tourism offered here. In this list, I have narrowed down the things one can do while visiting Sandakan and this list is in no order. Everything listed here is located around Sandakan and you can easily visit all of these places in under 5 Days. Best recommendation would be to spend about 6D/5N here to fully experience all of the places listed here.
1. Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary
Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center in Sandakan is one of the must-visit places when you are here. There are no two ways about this while it is known as the star attraction of Sandakan. See orangutans in the wild as they are being rehabilitated to go back to nature. Excellent for all ages, kids especially. Walking level is - Easy
|Watching the wildlife along the Kinabatangan River|
3. Gomantong Caves
4. The Canopy Walk at Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC)
5. Agnes Keith House in Sandakan
6. English Tea House and Restaurant
7. Sandakan War Memorial
8. Seeing rare Orchids, Flowers and Plants
9. Staying at one of the lodges in Kinabatangan
|Baby crocodile at Kinabatangan River|
Update November 2014 - Nothing much has changed around Sandakan except they have the new Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre or BSBCC which is located next to Sepilok Orangutan Centre here. A number of new lodges and resorts have opened up along the Kinabatangan Sukau district too. Some of them luxury while others just normal.