Sandakan, the second largest town in the district of Sabah, is known for its enthralling beaches and captivating, lush green rainforests. Sandakan attracts thousands of tourists from around the world. Australians on the western front enjoy European battlegrounds as well as the Asian battlegrounds in Sandakan. Battlegrounds to visit in Sandakan are:
1. Sandakan Memorial Park:
The park serves to commemorate the deaths of Australian soldiers who died in the infamous death marches and were kept in captivity for so long, at the Sandakan POW camp, which is now housed in the Sandakan Memorial park.
The park also has a memorial built in the memory of thousands of Australian soldiers who lost their lives in the war. The memorial also commemorates the sacrifices of local people at the time.
The park also contains an excavator which was used to make an airport for the Japanese, and a steam engine which was used at the war camps as a source of energy.
2. The cemetery in Labuan:
The Island of Labuan is located near Sandakan, but it is closely linked to the Battlegrounds in Sandakan. The prisoners of war were ill-treated and most of them died due to the atrocities of Japanese. They were then taken to Labuan and were buried in the military cemetery of Labuan.
Besides enjoying the views, one must not forget that Sandakan also served as the battleground for WW2 and pays homage to many who lost their lives in the hands of Japanese.