It is relatively easy to navigate around Tawau town and best to explore on foot.
Most hotels are located in Fajar Complex which is also known as the wallstreet of Sabah due to the fact that it has the highest concentration of financial institutions within one area.
To the west of Fajar Complex is the old part of the town where shophouses built in the 50′s are still standing. This is a rather interesting part of the town as there is wide variety of old shops and the place is bustling with activities. Going further west will take you to the town field and here you will see the bell tower which is the only structure that survived the devastation of World War II.
Finally, Sabindo is the place where sea reclamation took place in the early 80′s. It was Tawau’s biggest development back then. This is where you can stroll along the esplanade that is known as Persiaran Traulsen, visit the Al-Khautar mosque and shop at specialty shops around the area.
You can get in and out of the town by two major roads – Jalan Utara and Jalan Kuhara. Jalan Utara links the west side of the town and to places like Merotai and Kalabakan. Jalan Kuhara is a dual carriageway that intersects with Jalan Apas and it links Tawau with Kunak and Lahad Datu.