Kit Yeng Chan
“So many Chinese moved to Sandakan to do business that locals call it ‘Little Hong
Kong.’ It was from here that the Brits exported oil, tobacco, timber, coffee and sago back to Europe and the rest of the empire. We had visited several times, but this trip was for the first Sandakan Food Festival. Go now to have a taste of retro Malaysia and see the buildings from the 1970s, and the prewar wooden houses that are incredibly well conserved, and many still inhabited by the original families. Kampung Ikat is a local village famous for its dried fish—which I always bring home, as my parents love it.” Instagram: @kitchan_travelphotos.