Located in the East Malaysian state of Sarawak, Sibu is one of the major places to visit if you are coming here for a vacation. Known as the Garden City, it is one place with many things to see and the local culture to experience.
Facts about Sibu
- Currency: MYR (Malaysian Ringgit)
- Dialling code: To call a fixed line in Sibu, you will need to use the prefix of +6082 followed by the telephone number. Meanwhile, you can call mobile numbers by using the standard 012, 016 or other related prefixes as provided by the telco operators.
- Airport: Sibu has its own airport. If you are flying in, you can do so via the Sibu Airport which is connected to major cities like Kuala Lumpur and Kuching.
- Airport Tax: applies for both domestic and international flights
- Distance from airport to city centre: About 25kms
- Temperature: Sibu’s annual temperature ranges between 23 to 33 degrees Celsius at average
- Climate and Weather: Tropical with high humidity
- Common languages: English, Sarawakian Bahasa, Mandarin, Iban and Foochow
There is only taxis available from Sibu Airport to the city centre. This will cost you about RM45 per trip. Meanwhile, getting around on taxi in the city centre is quite easy but they are usually not metered. Bus services are available from Central Market while you can quite easily go around on foot as well.
Highlights around Sibu
Around Sibu, you can see quite a lot of interesting landmarks and attractions. This includes:
- Tua Pek Kong Temple – One of the highlights in Sibu where this Chinese temple is known to be among the oldest.
- Sibu Town Square – There is a waterfront here where the Rajang and Igan rivers converge. This is the largest town square in the country.
- Sibu Central Market – Another record for Malaysia, it is the largest indoor market where you can buy all sorts of items including clothing and souvenirs.
- Bukit Aup Jubilee Park – A great place to wander and take photos along the way. The lake has many types of fishes
- Sungai Merah Heritage Walk – This landmark is a very important one. It was enacted to commemorate the 100 years after the Foochow people came here.
- Sibu Heritage center – the place to go if you want to buy some local products, crafts and souvenirs
- Sibu Night Market – as with any night markets, you can buy just about anything from food to clothes, fresh produce to snacks, among many others.
Food in Sibu
Because of the large community of Foochows here, you can be sure to get a lot of foochow food in Sibu. Among those that you should try include:
- Kampua Mieng – this is an authentic noodles from the foochow community. A must-try for anyone visiting
- Diang Biang Hu – Typically a porridge meal that you will surely enjoy with the local recipe.
- Kong Piang – this snack is extremely nice for those trying for the first time
- Chai Pau – Typically a type of vegetable bun which is very popular
- Red Wine Chicken – Nothing beats having the authentic red wine chicken which comes from the Foochow community here. Will leave you wanting to have more