Sandakan, Little Hong Kong of North Borneo

For many travellers and backpackers, Sandakan is the perfect location if you want to experience the best of what Sabah can offer. From its rich history, unique wildlife, and yummy delicacies, you will not run out of fun things that you can do here. Check this out for activities you can do in Sandakan!


Once known as ‘Elopura’; Sandakan is the second largest city of Sabah and tourists rush here for the renowned Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center and Kinabatangan River. Situated on a gulf of the Sulu Sea, Sandakan was famously regarded as “the Little Hong Kong” due to its history of being vastly populated by Hongkong immigrants and is acclaimed for its wide range of seafood which is easily accessible along the Sim Sim Water Village.

Last reviewed: July 7, 2022

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