The second largest city in Sabah and rich with historical past Sandakan is located in the east coast of Kota Kinabalu City in the island of Borneo. During the British colonial time Sandakan was the capital of the British North Borneo before it razed to the ground during the WWII. Today Sandakan is recognized as the gateway for eco-tourism destinations in Sabah to destinations such as the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, the Turtle Islands Park, Kinabatangan River, and the Gomantong Caves.
Besides the wildlife adventure destinations, Sandakan is also known for its very rich historical city, that should include visits to the Sandakan Memorial Park, Agnes Keith House, English Tea House, and one of the oldest church the Saint Michael Church.
Sandakan is accessible by road from Kota Kinabalu that takes about 6 hours drive, or by air through flights from Kota Kinabalu (45 minutes) or Kuala Lumpur (2 1/2 hours) with airlines such as AirAsia or Malaysia Airlines.