Sibu sightseeing journey would take you to through the historical...cultural and economical development of Sibu....from a sleepy trading settlement to a thriving modern town.
Sibu is an inland town of Sarawak...located at the confluence of the mighty Rejang and the Igan River...which is the gateway to Sarawak vast hinterland.
Visitors from other town of Sarawak also travel to Sibu either by bus or river transport...express boats. Rejang River is the highways to most of the remote villages in the upper stream and the Interior of Sbiu, Kapit, Sarikei and the like.
There numerous tourist attractions in and around Sibu town...historical...cultural...park and community garden...providing more option for relaxation and sight-seeing.
Though Sibu town centre is compact...there are many interest site to visit and enjoy. Your Sibu Sightseeing journey can be done in a day or two as there are good road network or depend on your pace.
Starting your day tour with a breakfast of either a plate of Sibu's signature dish...Kam Pua mee or crispy Kompia with a cup of black coffee in one of the many of. fashioned coffee shop in town.
Your first Sibu Sightseeing stop would be the Rejang Esplanade...an attractive landscaped waterfront...stretches from Express Boat Passenger Terminal at Jalan Khoo Png Loong to Kingwood Inn Hotel at Jalan Maju...
The Swan Statue...Sibu emblem is located just at before the Hotel. Also within the waterfront is the Hii's Association Playground. It a great place to enjoy the scenic view of the Mighty Rejang and al-fresco dinner in the evening.
The Goddess of Mercy Pagoda which is located north of the esplanade provide you a 360 view of Sibu town and it's surrounding area....next to the pagoda is the Tua Pek Kong Temple. Not far is the Chinese Opera Stage.
From Jalan Temple you can either take Jalan Pulau to the Lau King Howe Memorial Museum or Jalan Channel to get to the Central Market which also housed various food stalls. At the market you can see and buy exotic fruits...jungle produce and also native handicrafts.
To end your day tour of Sibu sightseeing you can enjoy a dinner of local dishes and delicacies at the vibrant Night Market which is located along Jalan Market...open daily from 5.00pm till 10.00pm or later.
Another place to spend a memorable evening in Sibu is at Malaysia largest urban square...the Sibu Town Square. This 32 acres town square is regularly used for concerts and cultural activities. It is also the venue for the annual Borneo Cultural Festival...a week long festival held in July every year features cultural performances of Sarawak ethnic groups.
Sibu Gateway...a symbolic gateway to Sibu town...located on Jalan Kampung Nyabor features an illuminated fountains...an open air stage and the Lin's Garden with a two swan statues...guarded by the 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac.
The Civic Centre Heritage Mini-Museum ...located at Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg... is about 20 minutes journey by taxi from the town centre. The Centre which housed a fine collection of antiques...artefacts..cultural exhibits on the various ethnic groups and pictorial history of Sibu Chinese migration is open from 10.30 am till 5.30pm on Tuesday till Sunday...free admission.
Sibu sightseeing in a day is not enough if your really want to see and enjoy the sight and sound of Sibu. Beside those places of interest within the town centre...there are more interesting and fascinating site outside the town.
A winner of 1998 National Landscaping competition...Bukit Aup Jubilee Park is 15 minutes journey from the town...open daily from 8 am till 6 pm. This 24 acre public park is popular place for relaxation...recreational activities and sight seeing. The park is equipped with lookout tower...picnic huts...a canteen...a suspension bridge and also jogging and walking trails. It is the venue for the Jubli Perak Run held in first week of May.
Sibu also has the most number of public parks in Malaysia inline with the town objective to be a Garden City. These parks are either community based themed or a memorial to honoured Sibu pioneer. These community theme parks are either located at housing estate or near to existing tourist attractions.
The Wong Nai Siong Memorial Garden is located at the site of the earliest Chinese settlement...Sungai Merah...was built to honour the town's principal founder...Reverend Wong Nai Siong. The park is 10 minutes journey from Sibu town. Sungai Merah is also a heritage site linking Sungai Merah Bazaar with Sibu Lake Garden via tree covered jogging and cycling track.
Ku Tien Memorial Park...a join effort between Kutien Association of Sibu and Sibu Municipal Council, which was completed in July 2004 was built to honour the contribution of Chinese Kutien Clan community to the development of Sibu...located at Jalan Bukit Lima...Upper Lanang. Featuring a solid pagoda structures among others.
The Ling Clan Swan Garden which was completed in July 2005 is a joint effort between Sarawak Ling Clan Association and SMC is located next to Sibu Gateway at Kampong Nyabor.
Beside spending your Sibu sightseeing journey at the above parks...there are also the Heng Hua Garden...Vui Meng Garden...Su Kuok Garden and also the Chiang Chuang Garden.
You can also visit the Iban Longhouse at Bawang Assan which took about 40 minutes journey by road or boats. This Iban settlement dated back to 18th century...experienced the traditional lifestyle of the community and their daily activities. You're welcome to spend a day or two with them.
Sibu sightseeing is an interesting and educational journey about the development of Sibu town as it is today. From Sibu you can explore the small riverine town like Sarikei...Kanowit...Kapit and the Coastal Town of Mukah and Dalat.
Accommodations is not a problem in Sibu Town as there are variety of hotels, Inn, B&B, Budgets and Lodging available. You can easily search and book the accommodations of your choice online.
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