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Sandakan Nature City Tour

Explore Sandakan’s rich history by visiting the Australian War Memorial Park, Sim Sim Water Village, Central Market, Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, and Agnes Keith’s House. Learn about the Sandakan-Ranau Death Marches and more.


Australian War Memorial Park: Honoring Heroes

Our first stop on this unforgettable journey is the Australian War Memorial Park, a place steeped in history and solemnity. This park serves as a poignant reminder of the Sandakan-Ranau Death Marches that began here in 1945. These marches saw the suffering and sacrifice of around 2700 Australian and British prisoners of war (POWs) and others who lost their lives at the Sandakan POW camp and during the death marches in North Borneo during World War II.

A Commemorative Pavilion

As you enter the park, you’ll be greeted by the Commemorative Pavilion, a solemn structure dedicated to preserving the memory of those who endured unimaginable hardships during the war. This pavilion houses artifacts, photographs, and stories that vividly depict the harrowing events of that time.

The Memorial Cairns

Wander through the park, and you’ll encounter the Memorial Cairns, which stand tall, paying tribute to the fallen heroes. Each cairn represents the different stages of the death marches, reminding us of the resilience and courage displayed by the POWs.

The Sandakan Memorial

At the heart of the park lies the Sandakan Memorial, a place of reflection and remembrance. Surrounded by attractively landscaped grounds, the memorial is a serene spot to pay your respects and honor the memory of those who endured unimaginable suffering.

Sim Sim Water Village: Houses Above the Sea

After immersing yourself in history, our journey takes a contrasting turn as we head to Sim Sim Water Village. Here, you’ll witness houses built on stilts above the water, creating a picturesque and unique view of the sea.
The Sim Sim Water Village offers a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the local community, where fishing is a way of life. As you walk along the wooden walkways and peer into the homes, you’ll gain insight into the close-knit and vibrant community that thrives in this charming village.

Central Market: A Gastronomic Adventure

As you explore Sandakan further, make a stop at the Central Market, a bustling hub of local activity. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the vibrant local produce scene, with fresh seafood being a highlight. The market is a sensory delight, with colorful fruits, vegetables, and a variety of seafood on display.
Take the time to chat with the friendly vendors, and you might even get some culinary tips or learn about the local ingredients that make Sabah’s cuisine so unique.

Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple: A Spiritual Oasis

Our journey now takes a spiritual turn as we visit the Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple. This temple offers a spectacular view of Sandakan Bay, making it a serene and tranquil place for contemplation and meditation.
Explore the temple’s intricate architecture, adorned with vibrant colors and intricate details. The scent of burning incense adds to the ambiance, creating a peaceful atmosphere that encourages self-reflection.

Agnes Keith’s House: A Glimpse into Colonial Life

Next, we’ll visit Agnes Keith’s House, a historical gem that has been meticulously restored to its former glory and now serves as a museum. This house played a significant role in Sabah’s history, as it was the residence of Agnes & Harry Keith, the first conservator of the Forestry Department in Sabah.
Agnes Keith, during her stay in this house before the war, penned numerous books about early life in Sabah. Her books have since become an integral part of Sabah’s history, offering valuable insights into the colonial era.


As the day draws to a close, we offer convenient drop-off services at Sandakan Airport or your respective hotel. The Sandakan City Nature Tour are a perfect blend of nature, history, and culture. It promises an enriching and memorable experience that will leave you with a deep appreciation for the natural world and the historical significance of Sandakan.

Package Details

Tour Code : AG 100
Duration : ±3 hours
Departure : 0830 or 1400
Min. Pax : 2
Meals Plan : No

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