Sandakan Food Hunting


  • Seafood Bak Kut Teh
  • UFO tart
  • Dumpling
  • Rubber noodle
  • Fish noodle
  • Yau char kway (Chinese crullers)
  • Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary


Return land transfer, Entrance fee to Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary, all meals indicated (except visit to Kim Fung Market).


Located at the northeastern tip of the state, Sandakan is the second largest town in Sabah. Sandakan is also a port and its location next to the sea means the seafood in this town can’t get any fresher. The fishing boats dock right at the seafront of the town and unload the day’s catch. Fresh whole seafood and its many processed forms make up the town’s favourite and popular eats.

The main offerings in Restaurant Mei Mei are different varieties of fishpaste-based items and noodles with Ice Lime Juice.

Due to the fresh and abundant seafood, bak kut teh Sandakan-style showcases seafood items. The regular pork (various cuts and innards) are also available but the popular orders are for fresh prawns and fish (whole and fillet). Big succulent prawns, thick cuts of siakap fillets and whole “lai mung” fishes. Enjoy them in steaming thick dark bak kut teh soup brimming with Chinese herbs.

Kim Fung Market is located in the town centre of Mile 4 and this place is a food paradise at all times of the day. The dumplings stall is a hive of activity as the dumplings are made on-site. Freshly-made meat paus and buns, deep-fried yam puffs (divine), barbecued chicken wings and peanut apam are all popular eats at this food centre. Do not miss out their famous smooth slippery tau foo fah (soybean curd), a most welcome dessert on a humid evening. Kim Fung Market is the place to head to for quick delicious bites. Look out for their famous yau char kway (Chinese crullers) served with butter and kaya.

Unique to Sandakan, the Cantonese name for Sandakan’s famous UFO Tarts, On top of this is meringue enclosing a yellow centre of eggy custard. Quite a number of Chinese bakeries in Sandakan town offer these cute tarts and their presentation differ from bakery to bakery. Instead of meringue, some use whipped cream while others pipe a cross on top of the custard.

A must-order item is their popular “rubber” noodles, so called because the noodles are very al dente and springy.

Besides Sandakan Food, don’t forget to visit our proboscis monkey at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary. The Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary offers another perfect Proboscis monkeys observation spot for any tourist who wants to have a closer look at these very special monkeys and do not have the time to travel too far away to watch them. It would definitely gives you one of the most exhilarating and memorable experience observing the Proboscis monkeys both young and adult leaping from tree to tree and eventually down to feed on young leaves and plants. The leaping act is superb, fast, steady, stylish and perfect.


* The itinerary is for reference only, it subjects to any necessary changes in accordance to local requirements.

Pickup Time & Transport Fee

The pickup time is for reference only, actual time may be vary depends on number of visitors, distance, season, weather and road conditions, should be within 15 minutes. Transport fee quoted is per person.

Zone Hotel Pickup Time Fee (USD)
A Sandakan city (Four Points, Sandakan Hotel, Nak, ...) 12 pm Free
B Sabah Hotel 12 pm Free
C Mile 4 area (Bandar Indah area, Prima Square area, ...) 12 pm Free
D Airport 12 pm Free
E Sepilok area (Sepilok Jungle Resort, RDC, ...) 12 pm Free
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  • Min. Participant(s)2 Persons To Go (child does not counted)

  • Tour location / Depart fromSandakan . To reach Sandakan city, you have to take a domestic flight or bus express from Kota Kinabalu or Sandakan. There are direct flights from Kuala Lumpur International Airport too.

  • Recommend to book1 month(s) in advance

  • To book at least5 day(s) in advance

  • Cancellation & Refund Policy:  Over 14days (From date of departure) charge 30% of Tour fare; 7 to 14 days (From date of departure) charge 50% of tour fare; Less than 7 days (From date of departure) charge full tour fare. No refund for those tours which involve accommodation.

  • Tour Type: Sit-In-Coach basis (SIC). This tour is not private tour, you will share the trip with other guests come from different countries. Please notify us upon booking if you are looking for private tour, surcharge might be applied.

  • Insurance: Tourist transportation insurance included. Please contact your insurance agency for personal travel insurance.

  • Pickup Service:  Pickup service will be provided from the hotel/hostel/lodge that you are staying. Please wait at lobby while the tour guide will find you when he/she arrive. Dropoff service will be provided after travelling, please notify us upon booking if your dropoff location is differ from pickup location.

  • Specialities: You may decide the joining date, no compulsory tips (If you are happy and satisfied with the journey and the tour guide service, it's always a nice way to express your appreciation with tipping, OR words of thanks is good enough).

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