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“Interesting Heritage Trail”

Sandakan Heritage Trail
Reviewed July 24, 2013

If you have the time do do the whole trail that is great but you there is plenty to see if you just do 1/2 the trail. Make sure you do this early morning as it can be a bit humid and hot. Don't forget on your trip to drop into the Tourist Information Centre, they are very professional and can assist with information on the area and help with tours which can be MUCH cheaper than what the hotels can offer.
Take your camera as there are some great views and we found at the rotary lookout there must be plenty of air thermals as there were many eagles just cruising around in this area.

1  Thank Cykadelick
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

There is really no heritage here to speak of, very basic and sometimes funny (like the staircase - broken). However, the english teahouse had great views and the small chinese temple was great - apparently 1000 yrs old. Worth a walk as there is nothing else much to see in Sandakan itself

1  Thank Elizabeth E
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

The 100 steps was fun - actually there's about 236 of them but they're pretty easy to climb. Other than that there were no real highlights, unless you like cemeteries and architecture.

1  Thank Tom M
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

I'd only do this trial if you have the time, it should take a good 1.5-3 hours to complete. I begun from the Masjid Jamak to 100 stair steps which allowed me to see a beautiful view of Sandakan bay. Then I saw the remains of the old staircase, few charges and temples.

Really allowed me to appreciate Sandakan history.

1  Thank TIersHasie
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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.

1  Thank rogerl044
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