The Sandakan Memorial Park is located at the suburb of Taman Rimba, about 11 km from the Sandakan town. The Sandakan Memorial Park is a former site of the notorious World War II Prisoners of War (POW) Camp. This memorial is to commemorate the tragedy happening in 1945 whereby approximately 2,400 Australian and British prisoners of war held by the Japanese Occupation at the camp were forced to take part in the Death March in North Borneo. Nearly 1,400 of them lost their lives walking through a 250 km trail of the rugged Borneo jungle interior from Sandakan to Ranau in dire health conditions.
The Sandakan Memorial Park covers an area of 11 hectares beautifully landscaped and well- maintained. The park includes a small museum for visitors to dig in the history. The memory of the World War II was recorded by the rusting remains of an excavator, a generator and a boiler. The excavator was used for the construction of the airfield, which was never completed. The generator and the boiler were used for the production of electricity.
While staying in Sandakan, one shall find many activities that may suit for free time entertainment. Apart from visiting Sandakan Memorial Park, people may want to treasure the serenity and feel the blessing by honouring the Sam Sing Kung Temple. This is the third oldest temple in Sandakan, built in 1887. It has the bronze bell donated by the first Kapitan Cina of Sandakan.
If you are keen to experience more nature related activities, then sign up for a memorable Kinabatangan Safari Tour. Kinabatangan River is the second longest river in Malaysia. Along the designated trail, you’ll get to watch the natural habitats of rare species of Borneo rainforest’ wildlife such as the famous orang-utans, proboscis monkeys, pygmy elephants, giant alligators and hornbills.
A different and unique option awaits visitors during the month in between February and August, whereby a caving trip to Gomantong Cave will enable its visitors to watch birds’ nest collecting by the skilled harvesters. This has been described by the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) as ‘The Best- managed Edible Birds’ Nest Cave in the World’.
Hotel Sandakan has a very good location, situated 9.41 km from the Sandakan Memorial Park. It offers splendid service together with wide range of facilities provided. The building of Hotel Sandakan is quite easy to spot at the heart of Sandakan town.
This hotel is a perfect choice for people seeking a luxurious treat for holiday. Get the most excellent services and make your stay a memorable experience. The Four Points by Sheraton Sandakan is overlooking the sea view of Sandakan and is located near to the Sandakan Memorial Park around 9.67 km.
Another great city hotel situated about 4.69 km from the Sandakan Memorial Park. A simple, yet practical hotel with decent facilities.
Hotel Western is a good company for business traveller for its services and strategic location in Sandakan town. It is also near to the Sandakan Memorial Park, situated around 9.63 km.
For family vacation or leisure, this place provides a satisfactory comfort during your stay in Sandakan. It is conveniently reachable from the Sandakan Memorial Park around 8.74 km.