Sandakan Memorial Park
Sandakan Memorial Park
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  • FedUp
    5,809 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A MUST see in between wildlife Tours
    When you arrive at the airport, few will be aware that the site was originally cleared by forced labour of Brit and Aussie POWs captured during the fall of Simgapore. The memorial built on the POW camp is close to the airport for a reason. Out of over 2500 POWs exactly 6 survived, all of whom escaped during the forced March to Renau, and their heroism is best remebered here. The warning signs at the entrance about snalkes, wasps etc is a legal disclaimer only but don't be deterred, you'll be way more at risk on your wildlife excursions (and even then way safer than on roadways). It was empty when we went mid afternoon, but also very hot. The enclosed pavilion is fan cooled and the well built walkway mostly shady, but mornings would be cooler and less likely to rain. Finally, I've also been to the Capas National shrine in the Philippines, the end point of the Bataan death march which is much more famous among my countrymen but almost 1000 survived that so it had a much lower attrition rate. I hope all Americans coming here will devote an hour to this experience and realize that the 5eyes is more than an intelligence services alliance, it is an unbreakable brotherhood in the never ending Manichean struggle between good and evil, btween freedom/democracy and totalitarianism. RIP to all our fallen brothers in arms who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can be free.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
  • aero_dude
    Sydney, Australia114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sandakan DIY trip
    I did a DIY day trip to Sandakan from KK and it was definitely worth the experience. I had an amazing time thanks to Anzar +60178217605. He picked me up from the airport and I was able to visit all the sights in Sandakan that I wanted to visit. He offered a reasonable price and was there waiting once I finished the tours I did. I was able to visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre where I saw orangutans in the jungle, went to Sepilok for the orangutan feeding, saw the probiscis monkeys in Labuk bay, saw the sun bears, visited the ANZAC memorial. The memorial was a hidden gem and was cool to pay my respects in. We went to town and had lunch at Sim Sim seafood. We even visited a mall for some last minute souvenir shopping just before my flight. I’m glad I found Anzar online and would highly recommend his services. He is a local and so knows the place very well. Enjoy this beautiful place!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 September 2023
  • MinaLim_KUL
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia739 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gives you a window into the past where the POWs WWII forced to March 275km to Ranau
    Wasn’t expecting much but turned out to be mind blowing! The lives of POWs loss was just so unnecessary. The 265km forced-march started from this camp (now a park), and ended in Ranau. Which is literally our next stop (literally the next day!) Got my hands on a copy of the book where the historians documented as much of the POWs personal accounts (the surviving 6 of the 2,500) as well as accounts from interrogations of the Japanese war criminals. MUST visit!! If you’re in a rush like us, we simply had a quick 45mins stop over on our way to Sandakan Airport.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 October 2023
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joan t
Doncaster, UK488 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Worth a visit - Mr Farhan as per previous reviews arranged for us. What's app +60 1125322699. Would recommend if in Sandakan. Wouldn't go out of my way to visit unless I had a personal historical interest
Written 19 March 2024
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Andy F
Devizes, UK1,252 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This park is built on/ near where hundreds of BRitish and Aussie troops were kept by the Japanese to build the nearby airstrip. There are no graves here, just a black obelisk that pays tribute to those who died here or on the death marches. There's a 20-minute looping path through the trees and back to a serene. It's a nice place, but there's little to actually see.
Written 2 February 2024
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MinaLim_KUL
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia739 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Wasn’t expecting much but turned out to be mind blowing! The lives of POWs loss was just so unnecessary. The 265km forced-march started from this camp (now a park), and ended in Ranau. Which is literally our next stop (literally the next day!)

Got my hands on a copy of the book where the historians documented as much of the POWs personal accounts (the surviving 6 of the 2,500) as well as accounts from interrogations of the Japanese war criminals.

MUST visit!! If you’re in a rush like us, we simply had a quick 45mins stop over on our way to Sandakan Airport.
Written 17 October 2023
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Maree R
Christchurch, New Zealand1,182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This memorial is in a lovely park setting, quiet and serene, far from what it represents. The camp was on this site, such a sad part of history but that we can visit and reflect and read the informative placards is important, Lest We Forget. Do visit.
Written 6 September 2023
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aero_dude
Sydney, Australia114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I did a DIY day trip to Sandakan from KK and it was definitely worth the experience. I had an amazing time thanks to Anzar +60178217605. He picked me up from the airport and I was able to visit all the sights in Sandakan that I wanted to visit. He offered a reasonable price and was there waiting once I finished the tours I did. I was able to visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre where I saw orangutans in the jungle, went to Sepilok for the orangutan feeding, saw the probiscis monkeys in Labuk bay, saw the sun bears, visited the ANZAC memorial. The memorial was a hidden gem and was cool to pay my respects in. We went to town and had lunch at Sim Sim seafood. We even visited a mall for some last minute souvenir shopping just before my flight. I’m glad I found Anzar online and would highly recommend his services. He is a local and so knows the place very well. Enjoy this beautiful place!
Written 4 September 2023
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FedUp
San Francisco, California5,809 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
When you arrive at the airport, few will be aware that the site was originally cleared by forced labour of Brit and Aussie POWs captured during the fall of Simgapore. The memorial built on the POW camp is close to the airport for a reason. Out of over 2500 POWs exactly 6 survived, all of whom escaped during the forced March to Renau, and their heroism is best remebered here.

The warning signs at the entrance about snalkes, wasps etc is a legal disclaimer only but don't be deterred, you'll be way more at risk on your wildlife excursions (and even then way safer than on roadways). It was empty when we went mid afternoon, but also very hot. The enclosed pavilion is fan cooled and the well built walkway mostly shady, but mornings would be cooler and less likely to rain.

Finally, I've also been to the Capas National shrine in the Philippines, the end point of the Bataan death march which is much more famous among my countrymen but almost 1000 survived that so it had a much lower attrition rate. I hope all Americans coming here will devote an hour to this experience and realize that the 5eyes is more than an intelligence services alliance, it is an unbreakable brotherhood in the never ending Manichean struggle between good and evil, btween freedom/democracy and totalitarianism. RIP to all our fallen brothers in arms who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can be free.
Written 27 August 2023
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Lynne R
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
An interesting place to visit. We did not know about this place until Eddie, our driver, suggested we go.
Written 11 July 2023
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Jackson P
Manila, Philippines119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
A very humbling place. The grounds are well presented and the information you can learn here is heart breaking. Definitely worth visiting and paying your respects.
Written 23 June 2023
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Henry M
66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
We spent a good hour learning about the experience of Australian soldiers as prisoners of war at Sandakan and walking around. It is a beautiful park with a moving and informative pavilion, full of signs and a video recounting stories. I highly recommend all Australians visiting Sandakan go to the park to remember all those who fought and died here.
Written 11 January 2023
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Cindy L
Santa Monica, CA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
It was a solemn but worthwhile experience.
This was part of our organized tour to the Kinabatang River.
Very very very slippery after the rain!!! 3 of our group members fell as they exit and walked pass the black memorial structure on the way to the exit.
Fortunately, nobody was injured. My wrists were bruised and my iphone glass screen protector cracked and my iPhone now has some “battle scars”.
Written 30 October 2022
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