Once a quiet fishing village, oil and gas reserves have been discovered offshore and Bintulu is now a center of energy production. It is also the gateway to the magical Similajua National Park, a protected habitat for nesting green turtles who produce a lot of energy of their own. If the timing’s right, you can watch them on Golden Beach, digging in the sand, burying eggs that will soon hatch and scurry out to the sea. Some of Malaysia’s colorful birds along with dolphins and porpoises can be seen here as well. Explore along the walking trails and see what you can find.

There are important archaeological caves in the thick rain forest of Niah National Park, inhabited some 40,000 years ago. An enchanting boardwalk connects the caves, one filled with ancient rock paintings, another one of the largest caves in the world.

One last adventure is reached by longboat on the river. The journey itself is enchanting, the wooden houses on stilts, even more so. But the most captivating part is being able to meet the people who live there. These gracious hosts will invite you in for delicious Malaysian cuisine and tales of life unchanged for thousands of years.

Kampung Jepak

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Kampung Jepak

Kampung Jepak

Kampung Jepak is a traditional fishing village on the outskirts of Bintutlu. You can expect to see fish drying as well as locals producing belachan(shrimp paste), a local delicacy.

Pasar Utama & Pasar Tamu Bintulu

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Pasar Utama & Pasar Tamu Bintulu

Pasar Utama & Pasar Tamu Bintulu

These side-by-side markets are the bustling heart of the city. You can find the city’s famous belachan (shrimp paste) and cincaluk (fermented shrimp) as well as plenty of other local delicacies in the many stalls.

Kuan Ying Tong Temple

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Kuan Ying Tong Temple

Kuan Ying Tong Temple

The only Chinese temple in the area, Kuan Yong Tong Temple features many peculiar and interesting flourishes. Visit the rock garden courtyard, man-made waterfall, and dragon fencing to marvel at the quality craftsmanship.

Bintulu, Malaysia At a glance

Current Weather:
27°C / 80 °F
Mon
30°
24°
Tue
29°
24°
Wed
31°
24°
Thu
28°
23°
Current Time:
10:49:17 pm2017/05/28 22:49:17 pm
IRKT
Sunday, May 28
Offset:
UTC/GMT +08:00
Currency:
Malaysian Ringgit
Exchange Rates:
  • 0.23
  • 0.31
  • 0.18
  • 0.31
  • 0.21
  • 15.11
  • 0.76
  • 4.34
Local Details:
Size: 12,515.00 KM2 (4,832.07 MI2)
Population: 114,058
Density: 9 Pop/KM2 (4 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: 60

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