Sibu Airport is a public airport that serves the towns of Sibu, Bintangor, Sarikei, and Kapit in the Sarawak State in Malaysia, located approximately 23km east-southeast of Sibu. The airport has one runway with an asphalt surface, designated 13/31 with length of 2,745 metres or 9,006 feet. The airport is operated by the Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad. In 2012, its terminal began operating again after the upgrade, and is reported to have handled 1,204,267 passengers that same year. The terminal is deemed as the second largest airport in Sarawak, after Kuching International Airport.
What to see & do
Situated about 60km from the open sea, Sibu is considered as Sarawak’s most Chinese city. This can be attributed to the fact that most of the locals were descendants of the migrants that came from either Fujian or Fuzhou province in the early 20th century. A relatively quiet town, Sibu was once called the Wild West of Malaysia with the nature of its lawlessness and innumerable underground triad activities. Nowadays, Sibu has grown over the moniker and has made the Swan as its town symbol. You can spend a day or two here and still find its charm working its way in you in unexplainable ways.
Housed in a gorgeous municipal complex that dates back to 1960s, Sibu Heritage Center is your repository of Sibu and Sarawak’s history by means of captivating photographs. You can take a look at the various Chinese dialect groups; learn a thing or two about Sarawak’s communist insurgency, and other notable events that shaped Sibu to what it is today. You can also visit the Tua Pek Kong Temple, which was established before 1871 but was heavily damaged by Allied bombs in 1945. Despite this, its colourful riverfront seemingly bedazzles tourists, having incorporated a Taoist hall on the ground floor, and a Chinese Buddhist sanctuary on the first floor. To have a picturesque view of the town, you can go up and down the muddy Batang Rejang, or climb the seven-storey Kuan Yin Pagoda. The best time to visit the area would be during sunset.
After the sun sets down and night creeps in, head to the night market and treat yourself to a number of cheap finds. Sibu is also known for its food, notable of which are the Kompia, Kampua and the like, and having had to go and leave Sibu and fail to taste its food pride would be a shame. In the night market, have a taste of its Kampua Mieng, which translates to noodles on a dry plate. The best restaurant in town that serves Kampua Mieng is at New Capitol Restaurant, a mere walking distance to Tanahmas Hotel.
How to get around within Sibu
From Sibu Airport, you can best reach the town centre by hailing a taxi. In the town centre, you can roam around by boarding a bus, which is near the Central Market. You can also ask for directions while in the terminal. If you want to explore Sibu by foot, you can go to downtown area, which is a very compact area.
How to get there
You can book a flight and reach Sibu Airport via Skyscanner, your online source for cheap flights and tickets. Sibu Airport is being served by a number of airlines such as AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines. The aforementioned airlines fly to and from a number of destinations such as Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu, and Miri.
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