Set around a picturesque waterfront promenade, Bintulu has transformed from a small fishing village into a bustling, modern port. It is home to colorful produce markets and a lively nightlife scene and serves as the gateway to Similajau National Park and the Niah Caves.
Things to do in Bintulu
Want to sample authentic Bornean dishes and snacks? Head to the markets of Pasar Utama and Pasar Tamu Bintulu where rural villagers sell fresh fruit and produce, together with ready-to-eat local delicacies.
Across the river from Bintulu lies the fishing village of Kampung Jepak where you can see the manufacture of belacan shrimp paste and salted shrimps. It’s also a great place to experience the Melanau culture, with traditional clothing and handicrafts for sale.
Be sure to visit the only Chinese temple in Bintulu at Kuan Ying Tong, which is nestled between the churches of St. Thomas and St. Anthony. Admire its rock garden courtyard adorned with animal sculptures and the spectacular dragon fence, as well as a waterfall and koi pond.
Bintulu is a good base for exploring Similajau National Park where the lush forest meets the waters of the South China Sea. Follow the mangrove trails for sightings of gibbons and macaque or spot crocodiles during a boat cruise along the Likau River.
Getting around Bintulu
Bintulu Airport is the main gateway to the city and around 20 minutes’ drive from Bintulu. Buses connect to destinations across Sarawak, while Bintulu’s city center is compact enough to explore on foot.