Lahad Datu is a small city with about 160000 inhabitants along the coast of in eastern Sabah. It is surrounded by palm oil and cocoa plantations and lies in a flat lowland area. Its harbour is used for exports of palm oil and timber. Lahad Datu is a quiet, laid-back place with colourful buildings and a lively fish market. The city is not a tourist centre, but acts as a gateway to the Danum valley conservation Area, the Tabin wildlife reserve in the east and Madai Caves further south. As such it has a number of hotels which probably cater to tourists who transit here on the way to the wildlife areas. Lahad Datu has a small airport very close to town with daily flights to Kota Kinabalu. The city itself is believed to date back to the 15 century.

01 Yellow building 02 Street and buildings 03 Roundabout and building with shops 04 Red car
05 Harbour with boats 06 Santalu fisher boat 07 Fishermen boats anchored in harbour 08 Fishermen boats anchored in harbour
09 Fish market 10 Fresh fish for sale in fish market 11 Fresh fish for sale in fish market 12 Fresh fish for sale in fish market
13 Fresh fish for sale in fish market 14 Large pink fish offered for sale 15 Langsat fruits in market 16 Vegetables and fruits market 17 Vegetables and fruits market
18 Taxis dropping off passengers 19 Yellow fish market building
20 Near the fish market building 21 Wisma Ramai Ramai shopping mall 22 Wisma Ramai Ramai shopping mall
23 Building block with shops 24 Blue mosque 25 Blue mosque 26 Lahad Datu shopping centre
27 Merry Christmas billboards 28 Food stalls 29 Karaoke bar 30 Police station 31 Roundabout and billboard
32 Asia hotel skyscraper
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