Agnes Keith House

Sandakan's most famous expat author

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Back when Sandakan was still the capital of British North Borneo, American Agnes Keith lived in a house on a hill overlooking the city and wrote her famous novel about life in Borneo titled Land Below the Wind.

Though the original house was destroyed during WWII, a replica has been constructed and turned into a museum filled with relics from the author's life. Literary fans will love matching passages from her novels to rooms in the mansion, but others might find the museum a bore.

The souvenir shop sells paperback copies of Keith's books for a whopping 69 ringgit. To get here it's a 15-minute uphill walk from the city centre or taxis charge 10 ringgit. Since you're up here anyway, pair it with lunch at the charming English Tea House.

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Hilltop, Sandakan
Opening Hours: Daily 09:00-17:00
Last updated: 17th February, 2013

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