Photo: Temples and incense feature on the self-guided Sandakan Heritage Trail.

Sandakan Heritage Trail

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A good way to get a feel for the city of Sandakan is to pick up a map and follow the self-guided Sandakan Heritage Trail. There’s a few hills and a few (okay, 100 stairs), and not that much to see, as much of Sandakan was destroyed in World War II. It’s a pleasant two-hour (or more) walk, however, and the added bit of history makes it interesting.

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Go early morning, as the midday sun can be scorching. We followed the trail (almost) in the opposite direction to the official map, so we could take a break at the English Tea House near the end of the walk, and walk down the One Hundred Steps, as opposed to up. Either direction, you’ll still be walking up steep hills.

Unfortunately, Sandakan Heritage Museum is not well maintained. Photo taken in or around Sandakan Heritage Trail, Sandakan, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

Unfortunately, Sandakan Heritage Museum is not well maintained. Photo: Sally Arnold

The walk begins at Masjid Jamek, Sandakan’s oldest mosque, built in the 1890s by Indian merchants. We wandered up, and even though we were dressed respectfully, felt a bit like a pork chop. We weren’t made to feel unwelcome, but it seems they don’t get many foreign visitors. Better to see from the street. It’s not that beautiful or interesting, but a good landmark to start ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)


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