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NAK Hotel has a story in the history of Sandakan, and a foot in her future. Hotel NAK, (named after Ngui Ah Kui, a lowly clerk turned Member of Parliament) is the family-owned hotel of the Ngui family. Built in the 60s, the hotel was officially opened in 1966, 2years after Ngui Ah Kui himself passed away. It was one of only two ‘large' hotels in the port town. It has seen the local community thrive in the past 4 decades, with development grow from the seafront inland into what was once deep rainforest.

One lesser known piece of trivia are the stories of several of Sandakan’s self-made millionaires who had once worked at the hotel as simple staff.

The hotel has consistently changed with its environment, yet retaining the qualities which make it memorable and personal.