What to do and see in Labuan, Malaysia

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26th Jan 2013

View from the 8th floor

Photo of What to do and see in Labuan, Malaysia by Monica Tindall

Anjung Ketam Crab

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Bathroom

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Labuan Beach UN 08

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Labuan Botanical Gardens

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Chinese Temple

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Photo of What to do and see in Labuan, Malaysia by Monica Tindall

Grand Dorsett,Labuan

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Golf Club

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Labuan Walk

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Lobby Lounge

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Mangroves

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Pool

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Sunset

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View from our room

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War Memorial

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Labuan Museum

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Water Village

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Weekend Market

Photo of What to do and see in Labuan, Malaysia by Monica Tindall

Relaxed and slow moving, the duty free island of Labuan is a financial hub and base for many oil and gas companies operating in the region. Little known to the regular traveler though, is that this quiet and peaceful islet has a number of other attractions drawing people to the area. You can choose to live like a local in one of the three homestays on the island. Choose either life in the Water Village, pass time by the beach, or get more of a kampung feel by the water reservoir (right in the middle of Labuan island).

HONOUR THE DEAD Pay your respects to those who fought for our freedom at the War Memorial. Join the ceremony for Remembrance Day on the closest Sunday to November 11 every year and, if you have a connection (especially to those POWs who died in the infamous Sandakan Death March), you can find name plaques and unmarked graves here honouring their lives and losses. More information can be found in the compact, but comprehensive and logically laid out, Labuan Museum. Best of all though, would be to hire resident expert, Willie Teo, (who is not only a walking history book but a key organizer of the Remembrance Day ceremony) to tour you around the key sights on the island.
Photo of Labuan Museum Bandar Labuan Labuan Federal Territory of Labuan Malaysia by Monica Tindall
Photo of Labuan Museum Bandar Labuan Labuan Federal Territory of Labuan Malaysia by Monica Tindall
Play a round of golf on the picturesque nine hole course, or roll up some lawn bowls on the undercover synthetic greens at the Lawn Bowl Arena. Watersport fun can be organized at the Labuan International Sea Sports Complex or locate one of the local tour operators to arrange dives around one of four shipwrecks found off the island.
Photo of Labuan Golf Club Federal Territory of Labuan Malaysia by Monica Tindall
Take a stroll through the beautiful (and free) Botanical Gardens
Photo of Labuan Botanical Gardens by Monica Tindall
Get spectacular sunset shots from the nine kilometre stretch of the award winning UN 08 Beach (named for its 2008 UN award for cleanliness). Explore the Marine Park with a boat ride, some snorkeling or chill time on the beach.
Photo of UN 08 beach by Monica Tindall
Photo of UN 08 beach by Monica Tindall
Throw in a line and hope for a bite in the near 98 hectares of Mangrove Forest Heritage Reserve - soon also to be featuring a restaurant and bird watching deck.
Photo of Mangrove Forest Heritage Reserve by Monica Tindall
A market offering fresh and cooked food, used and new clothing, plants and odds and ends, is held on Labuan walk underneath shady the trees every weekend. Best to arrive early to mid morning for the coolest weather and best produce. Duty free liquor. Say no more.
Photo of Labuan Walk by Monica Tindall
The Chinese Eight Deity Temple is also known as the Ban San Miao Chinese Temple and is the only one I’ve visited where both Heaven and Hell are graphically depicted. Take the elevator to the third floor and you’ll be greeted with a light bright setting with views of greenery and grand scenes in gold. Follow the dark passage downstairs and you’ll encounter the Hell hall, where walls illustrate sinners in torture chambers being battered and abused or burned in cauldrons of fire.
Photo of Chinese Temple Labuan by Monica Tindall
Anjung Ketam is the known as the island’s value restaurant for delicious local seafood. Caught daily, the freshest of crabs from both the deep sea and island mangroves are prepared Malay style. Don’t miss the Buttermilk Mangrove Crab and Salted Egg Prawns.
Photo of Anjung Ketam (Anjung Crab) Labuan Federal Territory of Labuan Malaysia by Monica Tindall
Like a tall milky goddess towering between the city and the sea, the Grand Dorsett Labuan, is well kept and freshly painted a clean white. The bright blue skies and intensely green tropical gardens surrounding the structure pledge a noticeable contrast, while the upmarket vehicles lining the entrance give a hint that this hotel is 5 Star. Grand Dorsett Labuan, Malaysia Gymnasium The revitalized business district of Labuan is the Grand Dorsett’s home and the marina, museums, shopping and eateries are only a short stroll away. An easy quarter hour drive from the airport or ten minute walk from the ferry terminal, mean that once you’ve arrived to the island, the hotel in reachable in mere minutes. Popular amongst business travelers for its strategic location, business facilities and internet access across the entire hotel, vacationing families or couples too should find the Grand Dorsett a comfortable stay. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I’m a big advocate of club lounges. On most occasions I’ll sign up (or attempt to wiggle my way to an upgrade). I like the uncomplicatedness of having tea and coffee available all day, a pleasant reasonably trafficless area from which to work and, of course, the cocktail hour (free flow wine and small bites during sunset). Grand Dorsett is not a huge hotel and we stayed over a weekend (their least busy time) so we found ourselves with the lounge (and wine and food) to ourselves most evenings. A club room also brings you some of the best views in the house. Located on the top floor you proffer from unobstructed panoramas of the harbour with glimpses of sunrise in the morning to the left and golden sunsets to the right in the evenings. Upon sundown, the ships in dock light up, creating another spectacle worthy of some viewing time, in the form of a floating city on the island’s edge. Grand Dorsett Labuan, Malaysia Fun Pub Rooms are comfortable and large with all of the amenities you’d expect from a hotel of this
Photo of Grand Dorsett Labuan Hotel Bandar Labuan Labuan Federal Territory of Labuan Malaysia by Monica Tindall
Photo of Grand Dorsett Labuan Hotel Bandar Labuan Labuan Federal Territory of Labuan Malaysia by Monica Tindall
Photo of Grand Dorsett Labuan Hotel Bandar Labuan Labuan Federal Territory of Labuan Malaysia by Monica Tindall
Photo of Grand Dorsett Labuan Hotel Bandar Labuan Labuan Federal Territory of Labuan Malaysia by Monica Tindall
Photo of Grand Dorsett Labuan Hotel Bandar Labuan Labuan Federal Territory of Labuan Malaysia by Monica Tindall
Photo of Grand Dorsett Labuan Hotel Bandar Labuan Labuan Federal Territory of Labuan Malaysia by Monica Tindall
Photo of Grand Dorsett Labuan Hotel Bandar Labuan Labuan Federal Territory of Labuan Malaysia by Monica Tindall
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