Back in 1969, Buli Sim-Sim Water Village was built by the government along the sea coast of Sandakan, Sabah. There were approximately 13000 villagers during that time, consisted of Malay ethnic and Chinese ethnic, which their houses were separated by a bridge. One side was for the Malay and the other was for the Chinese. Their houses were considered big and spacious even they were built on the water. And so, it was not a surprise knowing the children’s daily activity was swimming. Although there were rubbish or maybe the household waste disposal everywhere on the water, the children loved to swim and remained healthy. It seemed that these villagers had good and strong immune system.
Since you are visiting to a famous fishermen village, it has become a must for you to try out their food here in any of these floating restaurants, Sim-Sim Village Seafood. What so famous here is the seafood that they serve is fresh and juicy. The most recommended dish is the wet butter prawn or the cheesy prawn. You don’t have to worry about the price, they provide every dish with a very reasonable price. Of course, the price is cheaper compared to the restaurants in the cities.
If you plan to stay nearby Sim-Sim Village, there are many hotels alongside the main road that face the sea. Below are just the famous two. You guys can check other hotels out by clicking on the link provided on top. There are numbers of low cost hotels too, if you are on a tight budget trip.
The most famous one is 4 stars hotel, Four Point by Sheraton Sandakan. The front desk is opened for 24 hours which means, you can check-in to the room at any time you arrive. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The most exciting one about this hotel is the swimming pool view which looks as it is continuous to the sea. I bet you will enjoy your stay here especially the swimming pool view.
Unbeatable to the former hotel, Sabah Hotel Sandakan, a four starts hotel, is also recommended for you guys. You can also check-in to the room at any time as you arrive, this hotel is surrounded by green garden yet it is located just beside the sea. This may be more comfortable to those who are sensitive to the fishy or salty smell of the sea. Other than providing the guest with swimming pool and banquet hall, it also provides you a large and well-equipped gym.