Sibu Travel Guide

  • Tua Pek Kong Temple from the river
    Tua Pek Kong Temple from the river
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Sibu Things to Do

  • Lin's Swan Garden

    Located behind the Sibu Gateway, this small garden was commissioned between the Municipal Council and the Lin Clan Association and opened on 24th July 2005. The Swan Statue is positioned to face south which symbolises peace and prosperity. Surrounding it are the 12 zodiac animals. Next to it are 8 smaller swans. The whole setup underlines the...

  • Sacred Heart Cathedral

    Sacred Heart Cathedral was built in 1985. Initially it was a church before elevated to the rank of cathedral with arrival of the first Bishop.

  • Swan Monument

    In order to promote itself to tourists and for branding purpose, Sibu Municipal Council adopted the swan as the symbol of Sibu town. According to the Sibu Chinese community, when the early immigrants arrived in Sibu in the mid 19th century and early 20th century, the present Rajang River reminded them of Swan River in Fuzhou, China. However, due to...

  • Tua Pek Kong Temple

    The history of the temple dates back to early 1870. In the 1871 Sarawak Gazette, it was recorded that there was a small wooden Chinese temple in Sibu. In 1897, the temple was rebuilt into a typical Chinese temple designed with tiled roof, stone block floor and all the decorative purling & fixtures which were imported from China. The statue of Tua...

  • Civic Centre Museum

    The Civic Centre Museum (its official name is Dewan Kebudayaan dan Warisan meaning Cultural & Heritage Hall in English) has a display of Sibu's history, and Melanau, Iban, Malay, and Chinese artefacts. Quite interesting as there's not much to see in the city but not easy to get to as it's about 3km north of the city centre. I took a taxi here that...

  • Old Mosque

    This mosque was built before the White Rajah's time, probably in the 1830s. The original building was constructed of timber and leaf attap but it was constantly improved and enlarged as the Muslim community grew. The form of this mosque is unchanged; the three-level limas roof is in line with the traditional architecture of the 19th century.

  • Morning Market Exploration

    The morning market is bustling with activities of the locals selling local delicacies which the chances are you have never seen those things on sale ever before!

  • The Airport

    Reaching the airport, you take the taxi to town. Arrived from KL around 9 in the morning by Air Asia B737, only a 1 3/4 hr flight.

  • Cross The Rejang

    The ferry service across the Rejang near Sibu is the nearest way to Sarikei. The new bridge is coming up and should be ready by 2006. Would be an easier drive then, but could mean the end of the ferry.So, get on the ferry now !

  • Visit the long house or rumah panjang

    the rumah panjang is a very unique house where mostly you can find in Sarawak and Sabah and among d ethnic groups who stays in rumah panjang is Iban.the house normally comprises of 20 to 40 families and the size of each unit of house in the long house is about 18 to 20 ft x 90 to 100 feet and all unit of these houses share the same common area, or...

  • Boat ride

    Just to get the experience, should try taking boat ride to Kapit Town, from the main jetty in Sibu. It will take about 2 and half hours boat ride to Kapit. Kapit is a small town, nothing much to see but while you are travelling, you can see the main activities which surrounded the sungai rejang, which is the longest in malaysia. Some logging...

  • Kuan Yin Pagoda

    If you visit this 7-storey Pagoda, make sure you climb to the top. You'll have a fantastic panaromic view of the Sibu town and over the river.


Sibu Hotels

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  • Premier Hotel

    Jalan Kampong Nyabor, Sibu, Sarawak, 96000, Malaysia

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • RH Hotel

    Jalan Kampung Nyabor, P.O. Box 1762, Sibu, Sarawak, 96008, Malaysia

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

  • Kingwood Hotel Sibu

    The Paramount Hotel Sibu is the best river view hotel I have stayed and I love the view from my...


Sibu Restaurants

  • Sibu Food Haven

    Sibu’s refurbished Central Market, on Jalan Channel, is the largest indoor market in Sarawak.On the ground floor, there are stalls selling fruits, vegies, seafood, meat, tidbits and handicrafts. On the first floor, this is where food lovers go nuts. It is occupied by stalls and stall food and drinks vendors. All of them offer the best local food...

  • Happy Hours Cafe

    This stall in Happy Hours Cafe is run by Wong Kui Eng and is noted for its Tom Yam Hung Ngan, a Foochow speciality... The dish is not-to-be-missed by the locals and visitors from around the region including Singapore, Brunei and West Malaysia... The special and only food served is Hung Ngan which is the Foochow name for the thick round vermicelli...

  • It's simply yummy!

    Eating out in Sibu is one of the cheapest in the state. Local Foochow 'Kong Bian', a type of bagel baked in tandoori type oven is a must. And so are 'Kang Muan' noodle and Foochow vermicelli served in clear chicken broth or in 'Pa Tin' herbal broth. I like the 'Kang Muan' noodle and the Foochow vermicelli served in clear chicken broth. Even though...


Sibu Transportation

  • Express boat to Kapit

    From Sibu, I took an express boat up the Rejang River to Kapit. About half a dozen companies do the 130km journey and you can see the times of their boats at the ferry terminal. I took one at 8.30am which was full of locals and school kids and we passed by modern longhouses built out of bricks and concrete and painted the same shade of blue - some...

  • Express boat from Kuching

    I left Kuching on an express boat to Sibu. First you have to get to the Express ferry terminal which is located at Pending, about 6-7km from the city centre. We decided to take a taxi there which cost RM20. Boats leave at 8.30am and the trip takes about 5 hours. You'll pass by some heavy industry along the Sarawak River before you head across the...

  • Via fast craft from Kuching

    Going to Sibu, after some disucssion, we decided to try out the fast craft from Kuching for some experience of it. It was a WHOPPING 5 hours of ride! And the whole journey does not have any interesting view. Either the seas or the trees.For just abit more money, we took a plane back from Sibu Airport in just about 1/2 hour.Travel by boat only if...


Sibu Shopping

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  • The Legend of Sibu

    Among all the Chinese Pharmacies in Sibu, Poh Guan Hong is in my opinion the more famous one. It was founded over 70 years ago by a Traditional Chinese Physician from China - Ting Ung Kee. He established Poh Guan Hong and started selling Chinese herbs and provide Chinese medicine consultation and treatment. He also created one of the most talked...

  • shuz for u

    the name of the shop while direct translate into mandarin means but actually describe the owner of the shop as a very naugthy and funky guy.the products in his shop is just like the owner,many branded and fancy fashionable shoes both for men and ladies,tattoo caps,canned t shirts,fashion accessories,watches,travelling canvas and leather bags,tattoo...

  • Bargain to one's heart's content

    You can find row and row of shophouses within walking distance. And each shophouses offers you a wide variety of things from tangible to untangible products. If you're a real bargain hunter, you should try your skill at one of these shophouses and you'll be happy and proud of yourself at the end of the day. ;-) Almost anything you want to buy.


Sibu Off The Beaten Path

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    The Road To Sarikei

    by gnh Written Sep 13, 2005

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    Mostly farming land, with pepper as main crop.

    Scattered houses, small farms, here and there all along the way for almost 80 km.

    Cemetery, Sibu-Sarikei Road

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    largest river in malaysia flows here too

    by ifam Written Aug 27, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Once a person step in sibu, the most interesting thing u will notice is the longest river in malaysia, sg. rejang which is so huge and it is the heart of the activity in sibu, be it logging, transportation, fishing or main source of water for traditional plantation.Multi racials of few etnic group where u can see some will hv their trademark for example tatoo on their body or on their throat as a symbol and their language. Some of the etnic group are Iban and Bidayuh.Majority here is Chinese.Others include Malay and some other minorities etnic group. Get a boat ride to Kapit town and enjoy your ride where you can see some logging activities and see some "rumah panjang" or long houses, well of course you have to get someone who can speak Iban to visit this house hahahaha. If u go to the market, there is so many different types of fishes which is rarely available in the peninsular malaysia, nemely ikan sultan and some others. big prawns are so much cheaper and the famous salted fish, called ikan terubok masin is a definately must try.

    Fondest memory: The hospitality, the boat ride,great food and the clean air

    sibu town and sg rejang
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