Bintulu Travel Guide


Bintulu is a city that lies between Kuching and Kota Kinabalu, precisely in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. The fourth largest city in Sarawak earned the nickname City of Oil and Energy of Sarawak as the city has become the center for the oil industry in Sarawak. Bintulu is also a major gateway for tourism in the surrounding area.

Bintulu History

The Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam used to rule over Sarawak but in 1841 Sarawak was handed to Sir James Brooke, a British adventurer who later became the first Rajah of Sarawak. Bintulu however was still under the authority of the Brunei Darussalam Sultanate until 1861 when Bintulu was also handed to Sir James Brooke and with that became part of the Sarawak region. In the years 1941-1945 Bintulu was under the control of the Japanese. After the defeat of the Japanese, the British returned but not for very long. The colonial administration was ended on July 22nd, 1963. On September 16th 1963, Sarawak joined the Federation of Malaysia.

Things to see

You can see and experience the variety of a traditional fishing village life in Kampung Jepak while at Tumbina garden you can see various collections of animals and beautiful natural scenery. Kuan Ying Tong Temple is the only Chinese temple in Bintulu which has some impressive architecture.

Bintulu has several interesting festivals held each year like the Bintulu Regatta, An Evening in Bintulu and Borneo International Kite Festival.

Things to do

Tanjung Batu Beach is an ideal spot to relax, jog or stroll to enjoy the charming beauty of the coast. You can go fishing in Kemena River estuary, Tubu River, Tutau or Jelalong.

Bintulu has several good places for shopping. For clothes and electronics you can head out to major shopping center named Medan Jaya. Looking for more traditional stuff or some good food you can visit the Main Market or the Bintulu Night Market.

Things to eat

Belacan (shrimp or fish paste condiment) and cincaluk are shrimp-based typical foods you can find in Bintulu. Both types of local products can be processed into various dishes such as belacan condiment and kale belacan. You can also find canai bread, mixed rice and siew pau which are other typical foods of Bintulu.

Getting to Bintulu

Flying to Bintulu: Bintulu is served by Bintulu Airport. Bintulu Airport is located about 5 km southwest from Bintulu. A taxi into the city from Bintulu Airport would cost MYR 35. Read more about Bintulu Airport or look for flights to Bintulu


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