Ideal duration: 1-2 Days
Best Time: May - September Read More
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Bintulu is a small coastal town located in the Bintulu district of Sarawak State of Borneo Island in Malaysia. Bintulu is well-known for its golden beach and the rare endemic Irrawaddy dolphins. It is also famed for the longest kite festival in Malaysia. The town also has the best ‘belacan’ shrimp sauce in the whole of Malaysia. Bintulu is a popular stopover on the way to Similajau National Park.
Masjid Assayakirin is a major spot and the biggest mosque in Bintulu Division. A monumental place to visit is that of Negri Monument which marks the historical meeting held by the britishers that would bring about changes in ruling of the area. Bintulu also has a spot for beach lovers by the name of Tanjung Batu Beach which is a rocky beach perfect for a relaxing day by the waters. Similajau National Park also has a breathtaking golden beach which is certainly a must visit. Bintulu Promenade offers a wonderful sight to the waterfront and the sunset while you reinvigorate in this recreational park.
Nearby village of Kampung Jepak gives an understanding of the traditional Malay life. It is packed with the rustic lifestyle of local people with several activities to witness and experience ranging from fish drying, cooking, manufacturing of shrimp paste, tutop and cencaluk. The very renowned Borneo International Kite Festival takes place in Bintulu in September end and October start of every year. You can plan your visit around this time and witness the bright blue sky filled with huge colorful kites. The festival also gives a sneak peek into the traditional culture of Malay people with its mesmerizing performances. Bintulu Regatta which is like the Dragon Boat Festival of China is also a very prevalent festival in Bintulu. Kuan Yin Tong Temple and Taman Tumbina Zoo Park are among other famous places worth visiting.