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Getting There - For service, price, and effective scheduling when traveling to Asia and the Pacific Rim, Malaysia Airlines is hard to beat. Repeatedly ranking among the top international airlines, their equipment and in-flight service are excellent. If your initial destination is Sipadan Island, the best routing is to fly non-stop from Los Angeles to Taipei, with a change of planes for Kota Kinabalu, the capitol of the Malaysian state of Sabah. From "KK," catch a 45 minute connecting flight directly to the small coastal town of Tawau. From there you can continue on by car to Semporna, the jumping off point for Sipadan, or spend your first overnight at Tawau.
Sandakan Tham Kung Temple I Sam Sing Kung Chinese Temple I Puu Jih Shih Buddhist Temple I The Australia Memorial I Agnes Keith's House I Masjid Jamek I St Michael's & All Angels Church I Berhala Island I Japanese Cemetery I The Central Market "Sandakan" is derived from the Suluk word "sanda" meaning, to pawn and "kan" being the suffix. So "Sandakan" means the place that was pawned. Who pawned it, and to whom, remains a mystery.