Top 10 Places to Visit in Sibu, Sarawak 0 2986

1. Take a spiritual tour to Tua Pek Kong Temple

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Tua Pek Kong Temple is one of the must visit attractions on your tour to Sibu. A number of people visit the temple to pray for long and better life. In addition, what makes it a major tourist hotspot is its impressive and striking architecture. It’s decked wonderfully during celebrations including Chinese New Year and sometimes enthralling shows are also conducted. There’s a Rain Tree in front of Tua Pek Kong Temple and the most amazing thing about the tree is that it’s 100 years old. Even though its maintenance is not easy, locals consider Rain Tree as an emblem of longevity.

2. Unveil Sibu’s history and culture at Sibu Heritage Centre

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If history and culture attract you, this circular building is a perfect destination for you to explore as it offers a glimpse of the city’s history along with Sarawak’s cultural heritage. The museum is air-conditioned and entry is free. Revel in eye-catching scenery outside the museum or buy Iban costumes or Sarawak souvenirs to treasure memories of your tour to the destination.

3. Soak yourself up with nature at Wong Nai Siong Garden

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This garden was constructed in 1901 in the memory of Wong Nai Siong, the leader of Foochow immigrants. It’s a tidy and lovely hotspot and proper maintenance has been done which proves that locals have massive respect for the man. Other than soothing their eyes with natural tranquility, visitors come here for a walk and jog as well. If you feel hungry, you can try Foochow foods like kompia, kampua mee, etc.

4. Walk around Sibu Town Square

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Sibu Town Square is the largest in Malaysia and here you can get a chance to see the unification of two great rivers which are Rajang and Igan. A good number of tourists as well as local people love to visit it to spend some quality time and indulge in entertaining activities.

5. Enjoy a visit to Sibu Central Market

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It is Malaysia’s biggest indoor market and travelers get surprised to see the vast span of stalls where one can buy fruits, fresh veggies and live poultry. Since the city is popular for Sibu olive or dabai, a number of stalls sell it; however, different vendors sell it at different prices as the rates vary according to size. What makes this market different from others is that here one can get ducks and chickens properly wrapped in newspapers.

6. Taman Bukit Aup Jubilee Park offers ample rejuvenation opportunities

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Locals come here especially during weekends to make the most of it. The park boasts of barbeque area, canteen lagoon, an amphitheatre, observation tower, pavilion, sky steps, gardens and playground. It’s a great place if you want to treat your eyes with soothing greenery and want to inhale some fresh air. Go for a picnic with family or spend a leisure day, this park won’t disappoint you. What’s more, there is a Culture Village opposite Taman Bukit Aup Jubilee Park as well.

7. Fitness freaks should visit Bukit Lima Forest Park

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Bukit Lima Forest Park at Kampung Sentosa is a favorite of fitness lovers. Go for jogging, exercising and short trekking or sooth your senses with serenity of the ambience. Travelers also might get a sight of terrapins, long-tailed macaques and few birds. Sarawak Forestry Corporation manages the park which has two separate wooden plank trails of 2.5 km and 3.5 km along with a 3-storey concrete watchtower for the purpose of sightseeing.

8. Acquaint yourself with rich culture of Sibu

Sibu has a rich culture and it’s apparent in various festivals held here. Sibu Municipal Council has been organizing Borneo Cultural Festival each year in July since 2005. It is celebrated for 10 days and if you happen to be here during that time, you just can’t afford to miss this festival. From beauty pageant to various other contests, traditional music and dance to exhibition, fun fair to good food, the festival has it all. Besides, you’ll also get to enjoy superb performances in three separate stages for Malay, Chinese and Iban. Thousands of people come here each year to enjoy the festival which was stopped in 2011 for a short period of time and then was resumed in the year 2012.

National Chinese Cultural Festival which is celebrated for 3 days has also been hosted in the city two times, in 2001 and 2009. In this, people get to enjoy various fun-filled activities including cultural dance, Chinese calligraphy, dragon dance, lantern riddles, Chinese songs, etc. Besides, Sibu International Dance Festival which takes place between June and September continues for 5 days and here people can take pleasure in dance concert, outdoor performances, workshops, etc.

9. Sibu Night Market offers a distinctive experience

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Sibu Night Market is something you must not miss on your tour to the city. Here you can find stalls set up by local traders and these stalls have something for everyone. Buy household goods, fashion products, footwear, etc. at reasonable prices. If you are hungry, try steamed buns or pork and rice at Chinese stalls whereas Malay stalls offer nice barbecue chicken.

10. Check out some other point of interest in Sibu

Sibu has a plethora of tourist attractions and other than the major ones described above, one can visit Sibu Gateway, a landmark at downtown that boasts a pretty garden, beautiful fountain and statue of Swan. You can also head to Rajang Esplanade which is among 22 community parks of the city or take a tour to Sibu Lake Park where you can find a lake, jogging tracks, bird sanctuary, splash pool, places for picnic and barbeque, boat house, canteen, etc. – TripHobo

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Top 5 Places to Visit in Sarikei, Sarawak

Sarikei is located on the Rajang River of Sarawak, Malaysia. In the middle of it, you will find a huge pineapple statue considered by the locals to be iconic as pineapples are abundant in the town. Other notable landmarks of Sarikei are the Water Tower at Lake Garden and the Wisma Jubli Mutiara that is the tallest building in the city.

There are a lot of ways to experience Sarikei’s culture, such as staying at the Rumah Nyuka Longhouse in Lubuk Lemba and exploring the Central Market to get a taste of Sarikei’s unique food and delicacies. But you’ll also learn interesting facts about the city and its people in different areas, which will keep your eyes and curiosity alive for the duration of your trip.

1. Rumah Nyuka Longhouse

There are many longhouses throughout Sarawak but the one in Sarikei is the most popular. The longhouse was constructed in 1955 and is made of ‘Belian’ wood. Despite how old the establishment is, Rumah Nyuka is proudly approved by the Ministry of Tourism in Malaysia. You might be wondering how many people actually live here. In total, it houses 300 people from 45 families.

There are also plenty of activities to do during your stay. The locals are more than happy to guide you through jungle trekking and swimming at the waterfalls nearby. If you want to try something a bit different, you can even be a dabai collector or rubber tapper for the day.

Address: Lubuk Lemba, Ulu Sarikei, Sarawak
Price: Private transportation is not more than MYR 10 MYR per person for a one-way trip

2. Pineapple Festival

Pineapples are not just common in Sarikei but the entire state of Sarawak. Sarikei Farmers began planting pineapples in the 1970s, and the fruit was officially recognized as the town’s main icon in 1998. Among the popular pineapple species are Madu, Moris, and Paun.

The Pineapple Festival is truly fun-filled as there are pineapple fashion shows, pineapple displays and cooking competitions. Be part of this annual celebration in Sarikei Central Market and get the chance to sample the juicy and sweet pineapples. Apart from pineapple, there are other local products that you can buy at the festival such as pepper, durian, and banana. Do check out the dates for the year’s festival and time your visit so you have the chance to experience this festival.

3. Sarikei Central Market

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Sarikei Central Market has everything under one roof. Whether you’re looking for souvenirs, clothes, fresh produce, or snacks, the Central Market caters to everyone including tourists. It is definitely one of the places where you can shop and at the same time interact with locals to see the what’s trending in their local markets.

It’s better to visit the Central Market in the afternoon since it gets really busy early in the morning.

Address: Bandar Sarikei, 96100 Sarikel, Sarawak
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday (7am to 1am)

4. Rajang River

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The Rajang River is another popular tourist destination and the longest river in Sarawak. You can enjoy cruising on a ferry to witness the beautiful sunset, but many people mainly use this as an opportunity to go bird watching. There are over 100 species of birds in the surrounding area and some of them are protected under the Sarawak Wildlife Protection Ordinance. Over 160 species of fish dwell in the river, as well as crocodiles and monitor lizards.

5. Sarikei Jetty

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Sarikei Jetty will remind you of the coastal areas in other countries. Most of the locals living nearby are fishermen, tour boat operators and farmers. Because of this, you’ll see various speedboats, ferries and longboats at the dock when you walk by. The boats and ferries are among the daily mode of transportation for the locals.  – TipZilla

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Sarawak Cultural Village

Experience Sarawak in Half-a-Day at Sarawak’s only Living Museum

Sarawak Cultural Village is an award-winning Living Museum that spans across 17-acres of land just across from Damai Beach Resort and Hotels. Experience Sarawak in Half-a-day at Sarawak Cultural Village and learn about the local culture and lifestyles of the various ethnic groups in Sarawak.

At Sarawak Cultural Village, there are replica buildings representing every major ethnic groups in Sarawak mainly the Bidayuh, Iban, Orang Ulu, Penan, Melanau, Malay & Chinese. All buildings are staffed with members of the ethnic groups in traditional costume and carrying out traditional activities. The staffs act as storytellers who describe and interpret our way of life. They will happily pose with you for photos too!

Sarawak Cultural Village also has an award-winning dance troupe that will entertain you with our multi-cultural dance performance in our Village Theatre twice a day. Our cultural show runs twice a day at 11.30 am and 4 pm.

 

Bidayuh Longhouse

One would be welcomed to a round head-house with bamboo galore and carvings known as the Barok. The Barok functions as the congregation place for the Bidayuh warriors and is filled with gongs, war drums, weapons and wooden masks. The Barok is connected to the longhouses resided by the Bidayuhs- a group comprising of Jagoi, Biatah, Bukar-Sadong, Selakau and Lara. Get ready to experience the rhythm of Bidayuh’s rural activity such as sugar cane crushing, paddy pounding and winnowing rice.

 

Iban Longhouse

Climb up a notched log that serves as a staircase and find yourself on an open verandah facing the Iban traditional longhouse built of axe-hewn timber, tied with creeper fibre, roofed with leaf thatch. Here, you would be swept into the joyous atmosphere of the Iban Longhouse, entertained drums and gongs, Pua weaving, Kuih Jala, Kuih Chap, hanging skulls carrying tales of days gone by. By chance, you would also be invited to sit down on a mat for a chat with the longhouse elder.

 

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Orang Ulu Longhouse

The Orang Ulu Longhouse is built some feet above the ground amidst lush tropical greenery filled with musical instruments that could produce unique and beautiful musical tunes. Here, one would be mesmerized by the skills of the Orang Ulu ladies doing intricate beadwork and also serenaded by the melodiously haunting tune of both Sape and Jatung Utang (stringed musical instrument). Other sights of interest include the art of body tattooing, Parang Ilang (fighting sword) and Kelireng (totem pole).

 

Chinese Farmhouse

Unlike local dwellings, the Chinese farm house is built at ground level with doorpost divinely protected by the application of strips of red paper, inscribed with protection verses. The floor is made of trodden earth, the walls of whitewashed sawn timber. The roof is thatched with leaf attap. The house is divided into two main parts; the main room and the bedroom. One of the focal point of the main room is the household shrine. Outside the house is the pepper garden – a sight not to be missed.

 

Melanau Tall House

The Melanaus build massive house forty feet above the ground as traditionally, they lived near the sea and would need to protect themselves from pirates. Climb the first staircase of the Melanau Tall House to reach the first floor which displays the tools and utensils used by the Melanaus. There is a second staircase that would lead to the bedroom models. Be entertained by tall tales of spirits and demons at the Melanau Tall House. Watch the step-by-step processing of sago and taste the finished products- Sago pearls and biscuits.

 

Malay House

The wooden Malay House is a gracious structure, well adapted to the tropical climate. It is built on stilts and you reach the house by climbing up a staircase. The front room is an area designated for the men, official occasions and the entertainment of guests. Windows cut down to floor level admits breeze for the seated people. Much artistic skill is lavished on the decoration of the stair and window railings, fascia boards under the eaves as well as the ventilation grills above or beside doorways. Take a breather in its hospitable surroundings to join in the many traditional games on demonstration here, such as Gasing (top spinning) and Congkak (a traditional Malay board-like game).

 

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Penan Hut

Penan shelters are quickly constructed to last for a few weeks or months. They are sited near a good stand of wild sago trees, the Penan’s staple food; after this has been used up, the family moves on. Penan’s specialty is the manufacturing and accurate use of blowpipes. At the Penan Hut, you have the opportunity to watch the art of blowpipe making. Also, seize the chance to try blowpipe shooting with the Penans, the last of the hunters and gatherers – the forest nomads. Penan warrior’s advice to the visitors is, “Do not blow from your mouth. Blow from your chest and your stomach.”

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