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Terengganu : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Kelantan : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Pahang : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Johor / Johore : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Malacca / Melaka : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Negeri Sembilan / The Nine State : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Kedah (Langkawi) : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
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Perak : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
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Sabah : East Malaysia / BORNEO MALAYSIA - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
  Welcome
 
  Sabah Map 1
  Sabah Map 2
   
  Eco Treasures
  Celebrations & Festivals
  Unique Ethnic Group
 
  PLACES OF INTEREST :
 
  Beach Holiday
  Island Holiday
  National Parks
  Tamu Sunday Market
  Golfing
 
  KOTA KINABALU (KK):
 
  General Info
 
  Tourist Attraction
  Aquarium & Marine Museum
  Handicraft Market
  Jesselton Point Waterfront
  Kipandi Butterfly Park
  Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
  Monsopiad Cultural Village
  Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
 
  BEAUFORT:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  KENINGAU:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Crocker Range National Park
 
  TENOM:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Agriculture Park
 
  KOTA BELUD:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Pulau Mantanani Island
  Tamu (Sunday Market)
 
  KUALA PENYU:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Pulau Tiga Park
 
  KUDAT:
 
  General Info
 
  Beautiful Beaches
  Island, Diving & Fishing
  Tanjung Simpang Mengayau
 
  Rungus Longhouse
  Honey Bee Village
  Gong Making
  Tamu Kudat
 
  KUNDASANG & RANAU:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Fish Massage
  Kundasang War Memorial
  Sabah Tea Garden
 
  Kinabalu Park
 
  General Info
  Flora & Fauna
  People Of Mount Kinabalu
  Poring Hot Springs
 
  Trails Of Wonder
  The Summit Trail
  The Mesilau Route
  Climbing To The Peak
  Via Ferrata
  Trails Map
 
  PAPAR:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  SIPITANG:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  TUARAN:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Crocodile Farm
 
  SANDAKAN:
 
  General Info
 
  Tourist Attraction
  Agnes Keith House
  Gomantong Cave
  Lower Kinabatangan River
  Rainforest Development Centre
  Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary
  Turtle Island Park
 
  LAHAD DATU:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Danum Valley
  Tabin Wildlife Reserve
 
  SEMPORNA:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  TAWAU:
 
  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Bukit Gemok
  Tawau Hills Park
 
Labuan (Federal Territory) : East Malaysia / BORNEO MALAYSIA - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Sarawak : East Malaysia / BORNEO MALAYSIA - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
 
 
 
SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA
SANDAKAN : General Info
 
 

SANDAKAN

DISTRICT

 

HOW IT ALL BEGUN...

?Sandakan? is derived from the Suluk word ?sanda? meaning, to pawn and ?kan? being the suffix. So ?Sandakan? means the place that was pawned. Who pawned it, and to whom,

remains a mystery.

 

As the story goes, in the early 1870s, William Clarke Cowie, a Scottish adventurer and engineer, delivered guns and ammunitions to the Sultan of Sulu, then protecting his territory from Spanish conquerors. In return, Cowie was granted permission by the Sultan to set up base on Pulau Timbang, in Sandakan Bay, where a small Suluk village existed. Cowie called his base ?Sandakan? but it soon became known as ?Kampong German? due to the number of German traders who visited Cowie. The settlement was re-located to Buli Sim Sim in 1879, It was an uninhabited jungle and mangrove area but with one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. He named the new settlement, ?Elopura? meaning ?The Beautiful City? but the name reverted to ?Sandakan?.

 
 

 

In 1883, the British North Borneo Chartered Company moved its capital from Kudat to Sandakan. A ?building mania? started and Sandakan became a bustling modern town though bombings to liberate it towards the end of World  War 2 nearly flattened the town. In retaliation, the Japanese burnt whatever remained and Sandakan as a town, ceased to exist in June 1945. In 1946, the capital was moved to Jesselton (subsequently, renamed Kota Kinabalu). Sandakan was first and foremost a port for the export of logs and timber. In fact, it was said that Sandakan timber went into the building of Peking?s Temple of Heaven. In its heyday, Sandakan used to boast of having the greatest concentration of millionaires in the world! Today, it is known more as the gateway to nature?s most prolific treasures in Borneo. Sandakan?s prosperity led to an influx of people. Chinese, Europeans, Malays, Dayaks, Dusuns, Sikhs, Pathans. Arabs, Filipinos, Suluks, Javanese and even Japanese. One of the earliest Chinese immigrants was Kwan Woon Kwong, a general merchant, who established the oldest company of Sandakan, the Man Woo Loong Company in 1882.

 
 
 
SANDAKAN : General Info
SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA