Today was our first outing into Sandakan which is the nearest town and is about 15miles from where we are staying. We were picked up by John who looks after us here, he drove us round pointing out intesting facts about the town and showing us the sights.
We were taken to the Sandakan War Memorial first – the gardens surrounding it were so beautiful, there was a huge pond with huge lily pads and terapins and the flowers growing there were beautiful!
The memorial was funded by the Australian government as it was a camp that British and Australian prisoners of war were kept at and it was the starting point to where three different death marches took place. Seeing the remains of the tanks and tools used was incredible but reading the plaques and the stories of what the prisoners of wars went through was really tough but very educational too.
The next stop was the Buddhist Temple at the top of a really steep hill in Sandakan. It was a beautiful building and the views from the top were incredible!
We made our way back to the car and headed to our next stop which was a little shop to pick up our wellies and leech socks for work! (nice!)
After the shop John took us to a traditional floating village, he was telling us that alot of people live in floating houses as you don’t have to pay as much tax and it’s an easier to to live. The houses there were all painted bright colours and there were little resteraunts down there too with their menus hanging in the windows.
The people in the village were so friendly, as we walked past all the children were waving and shouting “hello!” and coming to talk to us, they were so sweet. We went to a ladies house who had lots of cats outside, turns out she rescues them and she had 20 at home, we stayed outside photographing the cats and speaking to her and her kids for a while then headed back to the car.
It was great going around Sandakan, learning about new cultures and meeting some of the people there, hopefully we’ll be heading back soon for another look around.