Going to Sibu and now want to know what all the best things to do in Sibu, Sarawak are? We have you covered! Below you will find our Sibu, things to do guide, which covers all you need to know to plan the ultimate trip.
While Sibu is one of Sarawak’s largest towns, it’s not often on the top of people’s list when visiting Sarawak. However, Sibu is an underrated city that has a vibrant food scene, rich cultural and historical heritage, and breathtaking natural attractions.
Below in our guide, you will find precisely just what to do in Sibu, Sarawak, as well as the best places to stay. There is also a handy map of all the things to do in Sibu, Malaysia, that our guide details below to help with your itinerary planning.
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Top 11 Things To Do In Sibu, Sarawak
Here are the best things to do in Sibu. Read through and select the ones that fit your interests and timeframe.
Visit Tua Pek Kong Temple
When deciding which Sibu, Sarawak attraction to visit during your trip, a visit to Tua Pek Kong Temple is a must. This popular tourist spot is where people come to pray or just admire that temple’s fascinating architecture.
The Sibu tourist attraction is a Chinese Taoist Temple right beside a 7-foot pagoda, the Goddess of Mercy, which has a rich history that can be traced back to the 1800s. It’s also thought to be one of the perfectly shaped pagodas outside China’s mainland.
Address: Jln Temple, 96000 Sibu, Sarawak
Shop And Dine At Sibu Night Market
Craving for a little bit of street food? Head down to Sibu Night Market, known to be Sibu’s street food paradise. Here you can buy anything from dim sum, barbeque, to local cakes. As well as food, you’d also find a vast number of stalls that sell clothes, electronics, and household items for bargain prices.
The night market opens daily from 6 in the evening up until midnight along Market Road.
Address: Jalan Market, Pekan Sibu, 96000 Sibu
Have A Glimpse of Sibu’s History In Sibu Heritage Centre
The Sibu Heritage Centre is a fine, circular building which showcases Sibu’s rich history, as well as the cultural heritage of Sarawak’s ethnic groups. The landscape of the museum is also stunning.
You’ll also find here handicraft shops that sell visitors souvenirs like Iban costumes. There are also a couple of notable cafes close by.
Admission to the museum is free.
Address: 18 2, Jalan Central, Pekan Sibu, 96000 Sibu
See The Beautiful Landscape At Wong Nai Siong Garden
This memorial garden was erected in honour of the Foochow immigrants of 1901, which was led by Wong Nai Siong. The breathtaking landscape shows the reverence locals have to him, and the garden is always clean and well-maintained.
The gardens are a popular place to go to for jogging or other early morning exercise routines.
Foochow foods like kompia, kampua mee, and many others are also sold nearby.
Address: Jalan Wong Nai Siong, Pekan Sibu, 96000 Sibu
Stroll And Shop In Sibu Town Square
Situated along the promenade in Central Sibu, Sibu Town Square is one of the largest commercial developments in the region as well as an area for waterfront residences. This modern, all-in-one lifestyle centre is where locals and tourists visit to spend some quality time, shop and indulge in several entertainment activities.
Address: Jln Bujang Suntong, Pekan Sibu, 96000 Sibu
Go On A Picnic At Taman Bukit Aup Jubilee Park
Taman Bukit Aup Jubilee Park is a popular place for locals to relax, especially during weekends as it is a peaceful place to unwind and have picnics. The park’s facilities include sky steps, a pavilion, amphitheatre, observation deck, lagoon, garden, playground, and a barbeque area.
From the top of the observation deck is a great place to go to see the surrounding longhouses and plantations in the area. Just right in front of the park, you can also find the 1 Malaysia Culture Village.
Address: Jalan Inai, 96000 Sibu
Go For A Short Trekking Adventure In Bukit Lima Forest Park
In Bukit Lima Forest Park, you’ll have the time of your life as you go for an exciting trekking adventure, and participate in a bird watching activity afterwards. Here you can see up to 39 bird species and even come across other exciting animals like the pangolins and Sambar deer.
The park is to easy reach as it’s in the heart of town.
Address: 5 Lorong Sentosa, 96000 Sibu
Try Walking Thru Empty Wards At Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum
Known to be Malaysia’s most unique museums, the Lau King Howe Hospital Memorial Museum was once a fully functional hospital. The museum was donated by Lau King Howe, a man who owned a vast rubber tree plantation in Engkilo, and the place was named after him. Today visitors can wander the empty wards and corridors, which now display old medical equipment and old photos.
Address: Jalan Lau King Howe, 96000 Sibu
Check Out The Tallest Building In Sarawak: Wisma Sanyan
Known to be the tallest building in Sarawak, Wisma Sanyan first opened its doors in 2001 and houses a shopping mall, restaurants, and several offices. It also is the home to the Parkson and Giant Supermarket. Wisma Sanyan also holds annual base jump competitions.
Address: 1, Jalan Sanyan, Pekan Sibu, 96000 Sibu
Explore Jade Dragon Temple
The Jade Dragon Temple, also known as the Yu Lung San Tien En Si, is believed to be one of the biggest temple complexes, not just in Malaysia, but in all of Southeast Asia. Here religious practices like Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism are brought together under one roof.
Address: Jalan Sibu – Bintulu, 96000 Sibu
Experience The Bawang Assan Longhouse Village
If you want to experience the authentic and traditional life of an Iban, then you should definitely visit the Bawang Assan Longhouse Village. Visitors here get a glimpse of the Iban’s daily activities, such as planting on rice paddies, fishing, and learning how to Ngajat- a warrior dance from the tribes.
The village is 40-minutes away from the main city centre, and the best month to visit here is during June, as it where the Gawai celebration is usually held.
Address: homestay rumah panjang,bawang asan, 96000 Sibu
Sibu Tourist Attraction Map
Best Place To Stay In Sibu
When it comes to where to stay in Sibu, there is an excellent range of hotels in the city centre for all budget types. To help you shortlist where to stay for your trip, below I’ve listed a few different places to consider including a budget, mid-range and more expensive option.
BEST – Kingwood Hotel Sibu Review
Found along the banks of Rajang River, this hotel is just a quick 13-minute walk from the striking Tua Pek Kong Temple and a 10-minute walk from Lin’s Swan Garden.
The Kingswood Hotel has a range of room options that can accommodate one person up to four people in a quadruple room. All rooms have desks and bathrooms, while some rooms offer stunning river views.
Amenities include free WiFi, an outdoor pool, business centre, gym, sauna, 24- hour front desk, and an in-house bar and restaurant. Free private parking is also available for guests.
MID-RANGE – De House Hotel Review
De House Hotel is conveniently located in Sibu, near the city’s must-see destinations.
Guests can choose from 40 well-appointed rooms which can accommodate two people right up to four people in a family suite which comes with two queen beds. Each of the rooms features AC, a TV, fridge, kettle and private bathroom.
The hotel also offers a vast array of facilities and services like free WiFi for all rooms, in-house coffee shop and restaurant, salon, and convenience store. 24-hour front desk, laundry services, tours, and free parking is also available.
BUDGET – Qu Lin Resident Review
Qu Lin Resident is a good choice for budget conscious travellers. The property isn’t too far from the city centre, just 3 kilometres away, offering access to Sibu’s must-see destinations.
The Qu Lin Resident has a range of room options which can accommodate one person up to three people in a family room which comes with a single and queen bed. All rooms have free WiFi, AC, desks and bathrooms, while some rooms offer stunning river views.
Facilities at the hotel include an in-house restaurant, fitness centre, and sauna. 24-hour front desk, daily housekeeping, laundry services, and free parking is also available for guests.
How To Get To Sibu
It’s easy to get to Sibu by bus, plane or ferry.
Regular flights to Sibu Airport (SBW) are available via Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia, and MASWings coming from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu and some other major destinations.
Buses run regularly from Sarawak cities (e.g. Kuching, Miri and Bintulu) to Sibu Bus Terminal.
Ferries also run daily from Kuching and Kapit with express boats leaving the port between 8:15 am to 1:15 pm.
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Sibu With Kids
Sibu is a great destination to visit if you have kids.
Kids can enjoy the wide range of activities we’ve mentioned above, especially if you take them on a short trekking adventure in Bukit Lima Forest Park, where you can do a fun nature hike with them, discover the forest’s fascinating wildlife, and go birdwatching afterwards.
Similarly, you can also take them on an educational tour at Sibu Heritage Centre, where they can learn more about the place’s history and culture, and even get a chance to know more about Sarawak’s ethnic groups. You can enjoy delicious treats and drinks in one of the cafes nearby afterwards.
Sibu may not be a famous tourist destination, but you’ll find a lot of hidden gems here, especially if you’re planning to explore the city.
So, whether you’re going here for just a day trip, or staying for a couple of days or weeks, you’ll see that there are plenty of things to see and do in Sibu.
Sharon is an Australian who has fallen in love with Malaysia! She explores Malaysia multiple times a year, often with her kids, and has previously lived in Penang.