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“worth the effort” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sandakan Heritage Trail

Sandakan Heritage Trail
Masjid Jamek at Lebuh Empat, Sandakan, Malaysia
089-229751
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Ranked #15 of 19 Attractions in Sandakan
Type: Trails, Outdoors
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Melbourne
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30 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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“worth the effort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

This is at least a two hour walk, more if you take the trouble to stop and look (and eat), and it can be a hot climb up the steps if you leave it late in the morning.

The steps are not in good condition - safe but untidy - and the old cemetries are impressive but not neat. Check out the children's graves close to the path and some of the others to see what life was like.

Basically the walk takes you up the hill behind the old city to what must have been beautiful in its heyday. The green of the vegitation and the oasis of the Agnes Tea House is a great breack at the top and roughly the half way point .

The walk will take you to a numbers of disparate places connected with the history of the town and if you like history, as I do, then that is the way to buil a picture of the British occupation. Agnes' house has a charge to go in as does the Christian Church (which suprised me as it is not that impressive) but the Chinese Temple is free and I was shown great hospitality by the caretakers? who told me of its history.

Also look out for other interesting and supprising sights eg The Chinese Lutheren churches which apparently migrated from the mainland last century following persecution.

Visited March 2013
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English first
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Ok Trail,”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We followed a little of this trail as it was not that interesting, But if you like that kind of stuff its ok, not the best

Visited February 2013
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Warsaw, Poland
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“The only historical attraction worth to visist”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Some place along the Trail are disapointing in poor condition (the Stairs, Japanese Cemetery) but nevertheless it helps to imagine how beautiful this place use to be in North British Borneo times. Try to be at the hills early in the morning and just before sunset. There are some photo opportunities.

Visited September 2012
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“A great way to see sandakan, especially on a budget.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012 via mobile

We had a lot of fun following the heritage trail, it felt like a treasure hunt! It allowed us to find many cool things in sandakan including the English tea house (where we played croquet free of charge and were entertained by a random peacock), a Chinese temple hidden in the ghetto, a catholic church in a high school and the sandakan museum (other things too but these were highlights). All the locals are lovely, with lots of kids excited to practice their English with us and make us feel welcome. This was a great way to see sandakan, and best of all we didn't spend any money! (although you can pay to see inside the church and other sights if you want to). The museum was also quite interesting. The only problem with the trail is the heat! But not much can be done about that. Enjoy!!!

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