"This is a beautiful temple. If you are a visitor to Bintulu, you must take a picture with the temple, The photo will be very beautiful and colourful, better than you feel. Well kept and clean. The temple is strategically located to guard or spiritually protect those who sail through the rivers for logging activities and plantations."
Bintulu is a coastal town in Sarawak. It is about 650 kilometers from Kuching and about 215 kilometers from either Sibu or Miri.
Some remnants of natural rainforest still exist near Bintulu despite the impact of the booming logging industry and the gradual encroachment of plantations, principally of oil palm and pulpwood, the latter mainly comprising various species of acacia and eucalyptus. Bintulu
is an undistinguished commercial centre servicing offshore oil and gas installations and upriver logging. Its port area in Kidurong, which is located to the east of the main town hosts the Petronas Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Complex.
The town is geographically situated half way between Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. Bintulu is a central gateway to tourist spots like Bakun Resort, Niah
Caves, Mulu National Park, Loagan Bunut National Park, Lambir National Park, Sibuti Wildlife Sanctuary, Rejang Pelagus, Belaga and the Bario Highlands.
Bintulu is well-connected to other major urban centres in Sarawak by the Pan-Borneo Highway. The express bus services provide comfortable and cheap means of transportation all of the major towns in Sarawak. The Medan Jaya Bus Station is the Bintulu's
single centre for the intercity bus services. Bintulu is also served by the comfortable intracity buses, whose routes serve a significant portion of the town area.
As a booming industrial town, Bintulu has been undergone rapid transformations lately. The economic growth of Bintulu is reflected by the sprawling construction area and the openings of several international fast food chains in the town area.
There are also new shopping malls and supermarkets. Bintulu is also equipped with several hotels that are able to cater to the needs of the town's burgeoning business
Bintulu is easily accessible by air and road. The completion of the Pan-Borneo Highway has connected Bintulu
by road to all major towns and places of interest in Sarawak. Bintulu has a new airport which can accommodate Boeing 737 aircrafts and more tourists.
Take a short ride in Bot Tambang (river bus) and meet the fishermen community at the nearby fishing village across the Kemena River. You will be surprised to see the traditional feature and lifestyle of the Bintulu Melanau such as fish drying, manufacturing of the
renowned Bintulu Belacan (shrimps paste), Cencaluk (salted shrimps) and sago processing are still very much alive. The sight will bring you back to the nostalgia of the old Bintulu as a fishing village.
Council Negeri Monument - A retrospective walk down memory lane. On this site, a centenary stone was erected in 1967 and
further improved in 1987 with a clock tower and fountain to commemorate the centennial of Malaysia's first and oldest state legislative assembly
meting when in September 1867, an inaugural gathering of five British officers and 16 local chiefs of various races was held there. This
historical event was convened by Charles Brooke, the second white Rajah of Sarawak.
Pasar Utama and Pasar Tamu - Mingle and join the locals doing their daily chores at the unique Pasar Utama and the nearby Pasar Tamu (with cone shaped roofs reflecting "Bintulu Terendak"). Right in the hub of Bintulu Town, the Pasar Utama is both a wet and fish market under one roof. Not only that, you can savour the local delicacies such as "mee jawa, rojak, laksa and cencol" and quench your thirst on the first floor's food stalls.
A taste of local offerings can be found at the Pasar Tamu. From wild & jungle products to native "home-made" specialties. Pasar Tamu has them all!
Bintulu Mosque - A walk up to the mosque is truly a spiritual experience. A man made cascading waterfall adorned by beautifully crafted fountains enhances the
tranquillity of the mosque. A structurally modern, uniquely designed and yet maintaining its intrinsic spiritual values, the mosque proper is a reflection of what Bintulu truly is. Landscaped with beautiful plants and flowers to please the eyes, it was named "Masjid Assyikirin" or Gratefulness to God.
Kuan Yin Tong Temple - Another spiritual building is the Kuan Yin Tong Temple of Bintulu. Situated at KM 2, Jalan Iskandar you will be fascinated with the grand design of the temple.
Skilfully crafted with quality workmanship. The rock garden courtyard, man made waterfall and dragon fencing are the peculiar features of this unique temple.
Tanjung Batu Beach -
As the name implies, is your perfect retreat for sun, sea, sandy beaches and fun. For additional comfort of your outing, changing and wash rooms are available. For a break in home cooking, you can visit the food and drink stalls nearby. Barbeque pits are available for use by picnickers and campers. It's indeed an ideal spot for family gathering. Or else, enjoy the sunset and sea breeze in the evening while you jog.
Taman Tumbina - A zoological and botanical park gives a glimpse of the flora and fauna. Situated on a 12 hectare site at the Tanjung Batu Coastal Reserve about four kilometers from town centre, the park is no doubt a source of living heritage with educational and recreational values. Its setting on a hill top overlooking the South China Sea and the Bintulu Town is surely a sight to behold and definitely not to be missed. Feast your eyes with a first hand view of the State's official bird, the
Hornbill; the fearless eagles; the orang utans' the flamingo's'; the only tigers and lions in Borneo' crocodiles; pythons and many more. And stroll through the matured gardens and walk-in aviary along the way. Feel the freshness and cleanliness of the environment.
Similajau National Park - Take a 20 minute drive along the coastal road from Bintulu Town and enter the Similajau National Park, once a remote and unknown place is now transformed into a tourist attraction in this energy town. Covering an area of more than 7,000 hectares, the park offers you one of the most beautiful and unspoiled golden beaches in the country and home to over 850 species of birds and 24 varieties of mammals. For overnighters, basic facilities such as chalets and hostels are available. A Forest Department's information centre is there too to assist visitors.
Taman Pertanian Sarawak - A 50 hectare park located adjacent to the Sibiew River about 15 minute drive from Bintulu Town. Here you can ogle over 20 types of wild plants, an array of orchids, 77 species of fruits, and flocks of sheep, just an experience to remember by. Snug yourself comfortably in the rustic charm of an all belian (ironwood) amphitheatre and experience walking along the hanging pedestrian bridge within a preserved and enriched tropical jungle. Other recreational features include playgrounds, boating in man made lakes, fishing and horse riding.
Eating out is definitely Malaysia's growing trend. And not discounting what Bintulu has to offer. You can savour the
sumptuous local ethnic dishes of Malay, Chinese or Indian origins in our food outlets or night stalls. Or go for the usual continental
cuisines at any of the popular hotels and restaurant. One good top, try the "umai", raw fish marinated in lemon, chillies and onions, a Melanau traditional delicacy. You can take 2 KM drive to Pantai Ria stalls to enjoy the delicious food amidst the cooling sea breeze, an alternative to home cooking. Or alternatively, walk a few steps to the Pasar Utama Bintulu to have a glimpse of Bintulu Town as well as the Malay/Melanau Kampung across the river while enjoying your meal.