Cost of living in Sandakan, Malaysia

Expatistan is a collaborative effort. Comparisons improve with every new price that you enter.
We need your help! Tell us about prices in Sandakan.
Change the currency:
Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district RM15
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) RM11
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast RM7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk RM4.00
12 eggs, large RM5.90
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes RM8
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese RM13
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples RM7
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes RM4.00
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket RM10
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality RM23
2 liters of Coca-Cola RM3.50
Bread for 2 people for 1 day RM12
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area RM1,485
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat RM150
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area RM656
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area RM1,700
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio -
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) RM100
40” flat screen TV RM3,000
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) RM400
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) -
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) RM367
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) RM450
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) RM464
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes RM273
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new RM180,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas RM1.97
Monthly ticket public transport RM60
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) RM47
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) RM11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) RM50
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) RM60
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) RM45
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) RM7
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) RM8
4 rolls of toilet paper RM8
Tube of toothpaste RM6
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city RM15
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub RM60
2 tickets to the movies RM25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) RM100
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert RM53
1 cocktail drink in downtown club RM80
Cappuccino in expat area of the city RM11
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) RM34
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) RM0.50
1 month of gym membership in business district RM155
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes RM17
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 31 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: October 19, 2018.

Do you live in Sandakan? We need your help!

What is the price of

Furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area

in Sandakan?


International Cost of Living Index


Recent Prices Added

  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in La Paz costs $b10 (32 minutes ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Santiago de los Caballeros costs RD$ 10,000 (about 2 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Rotterdam costs €60 (about 2 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Saskatoon costs C$83 (about 2 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in New York City costs $5,083 (about 2 hours ago)
  • 1 ticket to the theater (best available seats) in Grenoble costs €24 (about 2 hours ago)