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The information centre at the Sandakan Memorial Park, SAndakan. An incredibly peaceful and moving site.
    Well, all we can say is AirAsia ALMOST excelled themselves!  We landed in KK ten minutes after we should have left Sandakan (ie: took off VERY early) and did the flight in about 20 minutes.  Unfortunately, the baggage carousel let the side down and we had to traipse out the back and collect our bags ourselves - and it was all going so well!
On the way to the airport in Sandakan, we got our taxi to wait for us for half an hour at the Sandakan Memorial Park, a beautiful and peaceful park on the site of the WWII POW camp.  There are no war buildings left, although some old machinery can still be seen, but there is a beautiful pond and a pavilion with an exhibition about the camp and the death marches from which only 6 Australians survived of the over 2600 Allied POW's who'd been interred there.  The site is maintained by the Australian RSL, Australian and Malaysian governments and is very moving.  It is hard to believe what went on at this place when you stand here now in the peace and quiet - a fitting memorial to those who did not survive.
Checked into our new hotel in KK (very nice, we'll do a review on Hotel Kinabalu - very cheap and very good facilities).  As we settling in for the evening, we heard some rather loud noise erupting outside.  On going to investigate, another Mooncake Festival party was cranking up, once again sponsored by the local political group.  Unfortunately this one was not of the same high quality as the one in Sandakan and it would appear that even the locals agreed - it was advertised to go from 6.30pm to 11pm but ended up starting at 7.10 and finishing at 9.15pm as nearly all the spectators had gone!  Took another walk around the night market, but no new bargains to be found.
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The information centre at the Sand…
The information centre at the San…