Middle: dining by the sea
Bottom: Filipino restaurant waitresses
A 6-hour coach ride from Kota Kinabalu brought me to Sandakan today. Straightaway Sandakan reminds me of Johor Baru except the Filipino influence which is probably the strongest in East Malaysia. I could easily imagine myself in Zamboanga City in southern Phillipppines which prides itself on being Asia's only Latin city.
Chatting with the friendly Filipino waitresses, I learned that they've come from far-flung corners of the Phllippines.
HOW TO GET TO SANDAKAN FROM KOTA KINABALU
- Take a city bus to Wawasan Plaza (0.50ct)
- Take a bas mini to Inanam (RM 1.50) Journey takes 35 mins as morning traffic into Inanam is very heavy.
- Drop off at Inanam long distance bus terminal. Book bus to Sandakan (RM30) 6 hours journey.
- Bus arrives at Sandakan long distance terminal 4km outside town. Take a bas mini to town (RM1)