Today, I received this postcard from Malaysia.
The photograph is of the city of Sandakan. It is the second-largest city in the state of Sabah, which is located on the island of Borneo.
After receiving this postcard and looking up tons of information on the Internet, I realized just how little I knew about Malaysia.
Malaysia is a federal constitutional monarchy in southeast Asia. It consists of thirteen states and three federal territories. It has a total landmass of 127,350 square miles, separated by the South China Sea into two similarly-sized regions: Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo. In 2010, the population of Malaysia was more than 28.3 million, with 22.6 million living on the Peninsula.
Borneo is the third largest island in the world and the largest island of Asia. The island is divided among three countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei. The Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak occupy about 26% of the island. Borneo is home to one of the oldest rain forests in the world.
Sandakan is located on the northeastern coast of Borneo.
Sandakan is infamous as the site of a World War II Japanese airfield.
Sandakan is Sabah's second-most important port. The port exports palm oil, tobacco, cocoa, coffee, manila hemp, and sago.
Sandakan has a tropical rain forest climate. The city sees heavy precipitation throughout the year, with the heaviest precipitation seen from November through January. Temperatures are relatively constant throughout the year, with average high temperatures around 88⁰ F. and average low temperatures around 75⁰ F.
If you'd like more information about collecting international postcards, you can read my original post here.