Sibu Airportis an airport located 23 km east south east of Sibuin Sarawak, Malaysia. It is the second largest airport terminal in Sarawak, after Kuching International Airport, and the 3rd busiest in the state of Sarawak.
First opened in 1994 to replace the old Sibu airport, the airport terminal building also underwent upgrading in 2012. Sibu Airport serves many frequent flights to the country’s major cities including Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, and Johor Bahruon flag carrier, Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia. MASwings, the regional airline serving East Malaysia, also operates flights from Sibu Airport to Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Miri, and Mukah
Upon arrival at Sibu Airport, you will find that the transport options are quite limited. The most common means of transport is by pre-paid taxi. The taxi coupon can be purchased inside the terminal building. Do note that it may be difficult to book taxis during the holiday period so it is advisable to arrange to a private pick-up service with your hotel. Currently, there is no bus service connecting Sibu airport and town centre. The nearest bus stop is about 500metres away from the airport terminal, and from there you can take a local bus to Sibu town.
Sibuis a quiet town in the central region the state of Srawak in East Malaysia. Founded in 1862 by James Brooke, the first white Rajah of Sarawak, Sibu began as a settlement of mostly Chinese traders. Today, the city still has a predominantly Chinese population. This is evident in many of the city’s popular landmarks. Sibu is also a popular starting point for tours of the Upper Rajang River which is notable for its Iban and Orang Wu longhouses. Downtown Sibu is very compact, so it is easy to visit the town’s attractions on foot. Taxis are also available in town for longer distances and countryside adventures. Here are some of the must visit attractions in Sibu --
Tua Pek Kong Temple
Considered to be an icon of the Sibu, the temple of Tua Pek Kong has a history which dates back to 1870. It is regarded as the oldest and best-preserved Chinese temple in Sibu. Its main feature is a statue of Tua Pek Kong deity which was brought in from Xiamen, China. The Tua Pek Kong Temple and the statue of its diety has survived damage from a great fire and the Second World War, and is much loved by the locals.
In 1987, the Kuan Yin Pagoda a 7-storey pagoda was built for the worship of the Goddess of Mercy. Climb to the top of the pagoda to enjoy the beautiful views of Sibu and the Rajang River.
Sibu Hertitage Centre
This small museum, conveniently located right in the centre of town, is packed with interesting exhibits on the history of Sibu. There are many old photographs, storyboards, and artefacts which show the culture and the origins of the town and some items on Sarawak. It is definitely worth spending an hour or two here.
Bukit Aup Jubilee Park
Located some 12 km from Sibu town, the 10-hectare Bukit Aup Jubilee Park is very popular with locals and visitors alike. The main attraction here is the large lake families can enjoy many activities. The surrounding areas are also a popular trekking and picnic area. Enjoy the great views of plantations and longhouses along Igan River from the top of the hills.
Learning the interesting history and enjoying the rustic scenery of this charming small town is definitely worth checking out. Aside from the attractions in the city, there are also many opportunities to enjoy nature in its mountain landscape and river communities. April to September is a good time to schedule a visit to enchanting Sibu. Plan your trip now! Find the best flight for you by searching for promo fares to Sibu Airport in Sarawak, Malaysia on Skyscanner Singapore.
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