Sabah's #1 destination for eco-tourism has something for everyone!
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A five hour bus ride from Kota Kinabalu will lead you to Sabah's second largest city. Many visitors to Borneo choose Sandakan as a destination because of its proximity to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilatation Centre, which is only 45 minutes out of town. Just 40 km north of Sandakan you will find Turtle Islands National Park - another big attraction for wildlife enthusiasts.
If you are not scared of reptiles you should check out Malaysia's largest crocodile farm! From Sandakan's city center you can reach the farm by bus in only 30 minutes.
The city itself also has attractions to offer. If you climb the “100 Steps” behind Warisan Museum you will find a roofed viewpoint which rewards you with a gorgeous view of the ocean and Sandakan. Behind the viewpoint is an English Tea House where you can play a round of croquet after enjoying some coffee or tea and a piece of cake. The restaurant itself has been very nicely renovated and hosts a quite big collection of antiques.
Just next to the restaurant is the recently renovated Agnes Keith house. Agnes Keith was an American author who became famous for writing autobiographical novels based on her life in northern Borneo. The title of one of these books, “Land Beneath The Wind”, has been adopted as an unofficial motto of the state and Sabah. These days, Keith's house is a museum and the major attraction of Sandakan.
In the evening hours you should take a stroll on the waterfront where the locals gather to fish, chat or just watch the ocean. Along the waterfront you will find plenty of sunset dining opportunities.