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 http://www.bunibonsandakan.com/
2) Borneo Express http://www.borneocar.com
3) Hertz (Operated by Sime Darby Car Rent) http://www.simedarbycarrental.com
- 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|
Sandakan Itinerary - Day 1
Sandakan Itinerary - Day 2 Buying Seafood
Sandakan Itinerary - Day 2 Visiting Monkeys
Sandakan Itinerary - Day 3