Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sandakan Itinerary - Day 1

Date of Travel: 14-16 Sep 2013

Sandakan is THE place for seafood. How is this better than KK or Kuching? It's simply cheaper! For starters, there's a great hotel with a great location. It's obvious, you have to stay at Fourpoints by Sheraton, Sandakan. We got a great deal for RM160++ per night without breakfast.
The welcoming lobby of Fourpoints Sandakan

All Twin rooms come with 2 Queen beds. All rooms face the sea, pay more for a nicer side of the sea

Pity, no bathtub

Located next to the Waterfront

Our flight with AirAsia costs RM178 per person. We landed at 4:30pm and we were thrown back in time when saw the airport.

You can't do without a car here. To minimise cost, come to Sandakan in a group of 5 and rent a car! There are only 3 car rental companies in the airport. You can phone them to ask for their best rates.
1) Bunibon
2) Borneo Express
3) Hertz (Operated by Sime Darby Car Rent)
- Call Roslee 0178932041 for the rates

I called 1) and 2) and they quoted RM150 for Proton Saga or Proton Myvi. No. 3) came to RM160 with full insurance for a Hyundai Matrix. Unfortunately, on the day of arrival, they had to send the Matrix in and gave us a Hyundai Accent instead.

You already know that Sandakan is famous for seafood. Everyone claims this restaurant is the best. Since we had only 2 nights, we had to pick 2. My colleague insisted on the most famous one which appeared on TV, called Ocean King. This is what we had for our first night dinner.

This plate of lobster yee mee comprised of a 500g lobster. Cost? RM115

After returning to the hotel, we discovered a lot of fruit sellers in front of the market. Have you heard of Tarap? It's a fruit unique to Borneo, and tastes like a mix of cempedak and custard apple.

This is Tarap. The shell is soft, unlike durian. Smells a bit like cempedak, texture of custard apple

Very highly sour fruit, can't remember what it's called
Continue reading:
Sandakan Itinerary - Day 1
Sandakan Itinerary - Day 2 Buying Seafood
Sandakan Itinerary - Day 2 Visiting Monkeys
Sandakan Itinerary - Day 3

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