Sibu is located along River Rajang and it is the doorway to the fantastic Borneo sites. People visit these towns due to the several Chinese cultural attractions and longhouses. This town has a total population of more than 265,000 people and there’s lots of great things to do in Sibu. You can travel to the town from Kuching by boat which will take around 5.5 hours, by bus that may take half a day or by a plane that will take approximately 40 minutes.
Traveling by boat to Sibu City will give you a great experience and wonderful adventure. You can cross the biggest river in Borneo Known as Batang Rajang River and the Chinese sea with Kuching-Sibu Express. A speedboat will bring you to Sibu from Kuching for around RM35. The year 2009 was a ‘Visit Sibu Year 2009’ and all this was meant to boost the industry of tourism In Sibu. This is because it had been lagging behind compared to Miri, Kuching and other tourist destinations. Below we’ll explain how to get to Sibu and some of the best things to do in Sibu City.
How To Get To Sibu
Taking a plane to Sibu is the most popular way to reach the city. There are several flights that come from Kuala to Sibu in a day. there are two airlines that operate in the Kuala-Sibu route. There are the AirAsia which departs from the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal and Malaysia airlines that departs from KLIA Kuala Lumpur to Sibu. Visitors coming from Johor Bahru or Kuching can get to Sibu by Peninsular Malaysia. Sibu Airport is among the old airports in Malaysia.
You can travel to Sibu by boat, bus or plane. It is 650km from Miri to Sibu when you go through the highway. If you make a stopover then Bintulu is an ideal place to make asleep over. You can also rent a car from the Kuching and drive to Miri and pass through Sibu. One can also travel to Kota/Sabah Kinabalu via Brunei. There is a beautiful national park next to Bintulu known as Similajau National Park. This pack is less crowded since there are no too many tourists that visit.
There are two bus stations in Sibu. There is one bus terminal for short distances situated close to Sibu Express Wharf Terminal. This terminal is used to go to some local regions in Sarawak and other places within Sibu town. The other terminal is for long distance travels and it is situated close to SMK Deshon. You can use this terminal to travel to Miri, Bintulu, and Kuching from Sibu.
Things To Do In Sibu And Around Sibu
To get to several of Orang Ulu and Iban longhouses, you will have to go through Sibu. Kapit, Song, and Kanowit are some of the most fantastic villages you will find in the middle of Sarawak. Tourists use the Sibu Express Wharf Terminal to come from Sibu to these wonderful villages. Ensure that you visit the longhouses before you finish your tour in Sibu. This gives one an opportunity to have an experience of the Iban customs. Here the visitors are welcomed with traditional rice wine by the Ibans when you get to the longhouse. At the longhouse tourists feat on customary Iban pastries like Sarang Semut and Chuan, weaving a Pua Kumbu shooting with a blowpipe and enjoy the environment of the longhouse. You will also have a good view of the Rajang river and the huge paddy field.
The Sibu night market is one of the famous tourist attractions in Sibu. The market is opened from 7 pm to 11 pm and you can buy souvenirs, clothing, and other items from the market. This is Malaysia’s largest indoor market. There are several stores in this market and you can get almost everything you can imagine. Other tourist attractions and sights are the Sibu Heritage Centre, Bukit Aup Jubilee Park, Forestry Recreation Park, Bukit Lima Forest Park, Hoover Memorial Garden, Gu Tian Gardens, Sibu Gateway, Tua Pek Kong Temple and Sungai Merah Heritage Walk.
Shopping In Sibu
There are several malls in Sibu where visitors can buy from during their tour in the town. Some of the shopping mall in Sibu are Star Mega Mall, Delta Mall, Sing Kwong, Farley Departmental Store, Kin Orient Plaza, Medan Mall, Sarawak House and Wisma Sanyan.