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Carmen Jenner is a copywriter, journalist, travel writer, communications consultant and the founder of travel blog Fluffy Towel. She specialises in many industries including tourism, hospitality, aged care, health, real estate, property, business, charities and not-for-profits. Carmen is also the editor of Menu Magazine, catering to the Western Australian hospitality industry and hungry foodies.


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Sandakan: The Land Below the Wind

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Sunbeams over Sandakan

Sunbeams over Sandakan

While tropical adventures are aplenty in Sandakan, Malaysia, the former capital of the state of Sabah oozes a tumultuous cultural past.

The phrase “land below the wind” was coined a century ago by sailors to describe the Malaysian state of Sabah on the northern coast of Borneo because of its location south of the typhoon belt. American author and expat Agnes Keith brought notoriety to the phrase in her book of the same name. In fact, she wrote three books about her life in Sabah, titled Land Below the Wind, Three Came Home and White Man Returns.

Join me on a tour of Sandakan to Agnes Keith House, English Tea House and Restaurant, Ancient Graveyard, Sandakan Memorial Park, St Michael’s and All Angels Church, Pu Ji Shilh Temple and the Buli Sim Sim Water Village.

As published by Travel+Escape and for the full article go to:

Sandakan: The Land Below the Wind

white man returns


On a side note: Borneo, particularly the east coast where Sandakan lies, is still an emerging destination. That’s all part of the charm and in keeping with the Fluffy Towel philosophy, you don’t need to rough it to have an adventurous holiday. The Four Points Sheraton is a luxurious retreat and has all the trimmings you’d expect from a top hotel, like the cigar lounge, all-day dining, the infinity pool on level 13 and waterfront views over the Sulu Sea.

Four points Sheraton pool

It’s easy to float above Sandakan when you’re staying at the Four Points Sheraton