Ah, it has been 3 weeks since all of us bid our goodbye to each other at the Sandakan airport. I miss the trip, I miss Sabah so much. The feeling of being in your own state is indeed an unbeatable one.
Hoping for another opportunity to travel and explore Sabah again in the future *wink wink*.
I decided to split this blog post into two so that it will not be too long and heavy for you guys to read. Well, here is another list of the places you may visit when travelling in Sandakan. Those who plan to travel to Sabah, I definitely suggest you to visit and explore this second-largest town in the state.
When travelling to Sandakan, be sure to check:
1. Kim Fung Night Market
Some of the locals said if you want to experience the best of Sandakan (or some Sabahan) foods, Kim Fung Night Market is the place to be. This market is considered as one of the most visited night markets in Sandakan, by local and visitors from outside - due to the variety of mouth-watering foods that are sold here.
Yeah, I came here right on time. After visiting Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, the Borneo Eco Tours and Sabah Tourism Board teams brought us to Kim Fung Night Market to see and taste some of the local foods. I am nothing but too excited and hope that I could find my favourite (or childhood) foods.
Kim Fung Night Market opens every Saturday evening from 5.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. What I love about this night market is:
a. Its strategic location - located 7km from Sandakan downtown.
b. The foods - a wide variety of local (including halal) street foods.
My advice is please visit this night market with an empty stomach so that you can have as many foods as you want because I am pretty sure that you will be tempted to taste the nyummy foods. Besides food, you can also find other items such as t-shirt, toy, handicraft, electronic accessories and more.
Don't forget to catch a cultural performance (lion or fish dance) at 8.00 p.m. onwards every Saturday night.
For tourists who wish to visit Kim Fung Night Market, it best to come here by taxi. Do mention Pasar Malam Kim Fung (Kim Fung Night Market). Stress the word 'Malam/Night' else you will be sent to Pasar Kim Fung, which is a wet market.
More details about Kim Fung Night Market
Address: Lorong Bandar Kim Fung 6, Mile 4, Bandar Kim Fung, Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
GPS: 5.857267, 118.078450
Opening hours: 5.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. (Every Saturday)
2. Puh Jih Shih Temple
Puh Jih Shih Temple is one of the attractions that you will visit when following the Sandakan Heritage trail.
It is a Buddhist temple built in 1987 and the largest Chinese temple in the town. This temple has been one of the famous and must-visit places in Sandakan due to its religious significant. Allow yourself to step into the temple and witness its charming interior - with the blaze of red and gold with writhing dragons and golden Buddha statues.
Good to know: Puh Jih Shih Temple was featured in one of the American TV series, The Amazing Race 4 which is in 2003.
Labels: Sabah Tourism, Sandakan, Sepilok Orang-utan