Located 14 km west from Sandakan town, Sandakan Airport (SDK) is a domestic airport which serves Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia and Firefly, and has the competence to fly 1.5 million passengers every year. In 2015, the airport handled 853,411 passengers and registered 12,705 flights.
Take a holiday in Malaysia by flying into Sandakan Airport and then collecting a really cool car hire. Sandakan, previously called as Elopura, is the second biggest town in Sabah, next to Kota Kinabalu City, with an estimated population of about 157,330.
By booking a rental car, you can enjoy all that Sandakan and Sabah have to offer at your own pace. Here are the top five reasons why you should book a car rental with us:
Although Sandakan is a year-around destination, February, March, April and November are generally considered the best months to visit. July is the warmest month, while January is the coolest and rainiest month. The temperature in Sandakan ranges from 20°C to 30°C, which is great news for tourists because they can explore and enjoy this town without worrying too much about the weather conditions.
Travel time from Sandakan Airport to the centre of town is approximately 15 minutes via rental car. A driver's licence is required before a tourist is permitted to drive a rental vehicle. First time driver should note that cars in Malaysia are right-hand-drive and people drive on the left side of the road.
Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary
Situated about 25 kilometres west of Sandakan, visit the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary in a rental car to see and get up close and personal with orangutans, where you can take a glimpse of them at their feeding stations in the rainforest, as well as at the nursery.
Agnes Keith House
Address: 90000 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
Another top tourist spot to visit is this museum located at the top of the hill along Jalan Istana, which is about 10 kilometres from Sandakan Airport in a rental car. Rebuilt in 1945, this government house was once occupied by sir Harry Keith and his wife, Agnes Newton and their son, George. Open daily from 10am to -5pm, this heritage house is just five minutes drive from Sandakan town.
If you want a taste of true England in the heart of Malaysia, the English Tea House & Restaurant, which was inspired by the famous Agnes Keith House, has become a popular tourist destination because of its delicious food, excellent service and stunning views. Reserve a table and indulge yourself today.
Ba Lin Rooftop Bar & Restaurant
Discovered in 2008, Ba Lin Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, is a secret gem if you are in need of awesome food, great music, as well as a safe haven. Situated on top of Nak Hotel, this is the only rooftop garden bar and bistro in Sandakan, where you can enjoy a scenic view of the town. Reward yourself and have a taste of Ba Lin.