Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary and Places of Attractions in Sandakan

Your trip won't be complete if you have not visit Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, it got to be you primary goal here. This rehabilitation centre also focuses on public education on conservation, research and assistance on other endangered species such as the rhinoceros. Read on to see other places of attraction in Sandakan.

Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary
Batu 14, Jalan Labuk Sandakan Sabah
WDT200, 9009 Sandakan Sabah
Tel : 6 089 531180
Fax : 6 089 531189
Email : [email protected]
Webpage :
Security Gate: Daily from 8.00am till 5.00pm
Reception and Ticketing Counter: Daily from 9.00am till 11.00am and 2.00pm till 3.30pm
Exhibition Hall: Daily (except Fridays) from 9.00am till 4.30pm
Centre: Daily from 9.00am till 12.00pm and 2.00pm till 4.00pm Fridays 9.00am till 11.00am, 2.00pm till 4.00pm
The Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre was set up in 1964 to rehabilitate orphaned baby orang utan. Set in the lush 4,300-hectare Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve under the administration of the Wildlife Department of Sabah. A boardwalk leads you to a viewing gallery and feeding platform where the apes are fed milk and bananas twice a day at 10.00am and 3.00pm by rangers. Feeding time also attracts long-tailed macaques to the area.
Visitors are restricted to walkways. Some orang utan have become familiar with people but touching them is strongly discouraged, and while the apes are naturally shy and gentle, the more mischievous ones may try to grab your camera or hat, in which case you should call for a ranger as trying to wrestle the 200 pound apes may not be a good idea.
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World smallest bear which can only be found at Borneo. This species is also listed as endangered species which previously a lot were trading on them and take them as pet.
The rehab center are currently still under construction and will be opening soon to visitors probably in 2014.

For more convenient, you can stay at Sepilok Jungle Resort is the perfect accommodation for visitors who want to visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre as it is only 5 minutes walk away. It is also home to many birds and wildlife. It's a comfortable and affordable accommodation for visitors around the world who loves nature and wildlife.

Besides Sepilok Orang Utan Centre, Sepilok Jungle Resort is only 20 minutes walk away from the Rainforest Discovery Centre which has the only canopy walk in Sandakan. With these 2 top nature destinations, this place will be nature lover choice of accommodation. On top of the superb locationt, it is also the only 2 star category resort in the whole of Sabah to have a swimming pool in the middle of the jungle.

Sepilok Jungle Resort
Tel: 089-533031/51

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Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple, Sandakan
If you plan to have a city tour in Sandakan, the Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple at the south of the city is definitely the place that you do not want to miss, no matter you are a buddhist or not. It is located on the hilltop, with a breathtaking panoramic view of Sandakan Bay. The temple is about 2.5 miles (5KM) away from the town. 
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St. Michael's and All Angels Church, Sandakan
The historical city of Sandakan is home to many buildings and monuments, each witness to the changes of time and events over the years. One of the oldest buildings is St. Michael’s and All Angels Church.

The construction of the first stone building in Sabah began in 1893 and took almost 30 years to complete. Designed by New Zealander Mr. B.W. Mountfort, the building was first constructed with belian (ironwood) timber, followed by brick and finally stone, which is said to have from the nearby Buli Sim Sim, while the white stones that adorn the windows and doors are from Hong Kong. The stones were delivered from Buli Sim Sim by prison labour at RM1.25 per cubic yard. A cubic foot of stone weighs approximately 140 lbs and each stone was painstakingly laid atop each other.

During the 1906 Michaelmas celebration, celebrated on 30 September, the nave and transepts were finally dedicated. Three services were held that day to celebrate the goodness of God and the faith of His people. The western porch (the main entrance) of the Church was not completed and dedicated until 1925 – 32 years from the start of its construction. The Church avoided major damage during World War II in the 1940s and remains one of the very few stone buildings in the whole of Sabah. The beautiful stained glass windows in the church were donated by Australians to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.
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Agnes Keith House, Sandakan
Opening hours: Seven days a week (Monday - Sunday), from 9am to 5pm
Sabah Museum: +6088-225033/ 253199
Sandakan Heritage Museum: +6089-222679
The Agnes Keith House is part of the Sandakan Heritage Trail. From Sandakan town, it is a 20-minute walk.
This British colonial government quarters, called Newlands, was once occupied by famous American writer, Agnes Newton Keith, who penned Land Below The Wind in 1939. Two books followed her first success, namely Three Came Home (1946) and White Man Returns (1951). With the exception of the second book, Land Below the Wind and White Man Returns were written in the house on the hill where she had the best views of Sandakan Bay at the front and the Sulu Sea at the back.

Newlands was rebuilt some time in 1946/47 and was the first government permanent timber dwelling to be built after the Second World War. It was built upon the ruined foundations of the original house that was destroyed during the war.

The house became home to Agnes and her family, Henry (also referred to as Harry) George Keith, who was the Conservator of Forests and their son, George. When the Keiths left Sabah in 1952, the house was occupied by subsequent Conservators of Forests, forestry officers, volunteers and other staff. Though the Keiths never retuned to Sabah, the house was always referred to as Agnes Keith's House by visitors who never stopped coming to see it.
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