|Local draught beer||$4.96|
|Water bottle (0.33 liter)||$0.31|
|One-way ticket (local transport)||$0.62|
|Internet (6 Mbps, unlimited data)||$37.21|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$1.05|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre||$170.54|
|1 Pair of Nike shoes||$108.53|
|Loaf of white bread||$1.13|
When you choose to have a leisure trip in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur will be the first place you can think of. However, there are several wonderful places in Malaysia and one of them is Sandakan. This city is once called Elopura and is located at the northeastern coast of Borneo. This city is the gateway for the ecotourism spots in Sabah.
As a foreign tourist, you can get into Sandakan City through the Sandakan Airport. There are regular flights to and from Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu. The main carriers are Air Asia as well as the flag carrier, Malaysian Airlines. You can find cheap flights to Sandakan from these carriers. Then, from the airport in Sandakan, you can take the taxi to go to your hotel or any other place where you have booked you accommodations. Buses are also great since the terminal is just few hundred meters away after getting out of the airport. If you will come from Kota Kinabalu, you can take the bus from several operators such as Bunga Raya Express, Sida Express and Tung Ma Express. In order to get around the city of Sandakan, you can try the local buses and vans. You can walk around since the city is just small. Also, if you know how to ride a motorbike, you can rent one from Sea View Sandakan and Backpackers Hotel.
What are the tourist destinations here in Sandakan? Ecotourism is very popular here because from here, you can visit the Rainforest Discovery Center, Sepilok Orang – Utan Rehabilitation Center, Turtle Island Park, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary and the Gomantong Caves. Within the city, you can visit Buli Sim Sim, Puu Gih Jih, Sandakan Memorial Park and Agnes Keith House and Museum. Most of your tour in Sandakan will include sightseeing and experiencing the natural wildlife. You can also get a river cruise along Kinabatangan.
Being a significant tourist destination in Malaysia, there are many hotels in Sandakan catering to the local and international tourists. If you are a backpacker type of tourist, you can find an inn or hostel that will fit your budget. By using online travel websites, you can find cheap flights to Sandakan and make your reservations for both the flight and hotel accommodation as well.