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Sandakan, Malaysia Overview

Sandakan formerly known at various times as Elopura, is the second-largest town in Sabah after the Kota Kinabalu City, on the north-eastern coast of Borneo in Malaysia. It is located on the east coast of the island in the administrative centre of Sandakan Division and was the former capital of British North Borneo. The town has an estimated population of 157,330, while the whole municipalities area has a total population of 396,290.

Sandakan is located on the east coast of Sabah confront with the Sulu Sea and the town were known as one of Malaysia port town. The town is located approximately 1,900 kilometres from the Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur while only 28 kilometres from the international border with the Philippines and 319 kilometres from the capital of Sabah. The district itself surrounded by Beluran (known as Labuk-Sugut District before) and Kinabatangan district. Not far from the town, there are three islands which are part of the Malaysian Turtle Islands namely the Selingaan, Gulisaan and Bakkungan Kechil. While the most nearest islands to the town were the Berhala, Duyong, Nunuyan Darat, Nunuyan Laut, and the Bai island.

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Sandakan has a tropical rainforest climate under the Köppen climate classification. The climate is relatively hot and wet with average shade temperature about 32 °C, with 22 °C at noon and falling to around 27 °C at night.