Bintulu Airport serves the coastal city of Bintulu, located in the Malaysian state of Sa-rawak. A relatively new facility, it took over the old Bintulu airport that opened in 1955 and became operational from 2002. Better developed, larger and more technologically advanced than its predecessor, Bintulu Airport handles about 600,000 passengers year-ly and has 2 runways. It is served by domestic airlines such Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia, and is equipped to handle planes such as the Boeing 747. A domestic airport, flights from Bintulu Airport connect to Malaysian cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Ku-ching, Miri and Kota Kinabalu amongst others.
Passengers can take a taxi from outside Bintulu Airport to get to the city. Once in Bintu-lu, public buses are readily available but do note that English is not commonly used, so non-Malay speakers may find bus routes and schedules confusing. To save yourself the hassle, grab a taxi instead. Fares are relatively cheap, and you are also afforded the lux-ury of visiting the many tourist hotspots beyond Bintulu itself.
If you are not planning to travel outside of Bintulu, though, you may be able to get around on foot as the town is relatively small and compact.
What to see and do
Capital of the Bintulu District in Sarawak, the little town of Bintulu may not seem like much at first sight - but this tiny little city with a population of only about 200,000 ac-tually holds the world’s largest Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Complex, owned by Ma-laysian oil giant Petronas, making Bintulu the capital of energy-intensive industries in Malaysia.
Besides being economically robust, Bintulu’s strategic location amidst amazing national attractions such as national parks and beaches also makes it a popular transit point for tourists. One such example is the Similajau National Park, one of Sarawak’s largest draws. Sitting only about 30 kilometres from Bintulu, Similajau houses an impressive collection of exotic flora and fauna within its rainforests, mangroves and beaches both sandy and rocky. Its forests are home to protected wildlife such as gibbons, langurs and macaques whilst the waters right off its beaches are bursting with marine and aquatic life. A dive just offshore may bring you face-to-face with bottlenose dolphins, porpois-es, dugongs and sea turtles, but if you choose to wait on one of the beaches you might also see green turtles and horseshoe crabs come ashore to lay their eggs. Do try to stay out of the rivers, though, as they are home to 2 species of riverine crocodile.
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