What to do and see in Bintulu, Malaysia: The Best Places and Tips

August 5, 2017 Randal Brittian

Bintulu /biːnˈtuːluː/ (Chinese: 民都魯; pinyin: Míndūlǔ; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Bîn-to͘-ló͘) is a coastal town on the island of Borneo in the central region of Sarawak, Malaysia. Bintulu is located 610 kilometres (380 mi) northeast of Kuching, 216 kilometres (134 mi) northeast of Sibu, and 200 kilometres (120 mi) southwest of Miri. With a population of 114,058 as of 2010, Bintulu is the capital of the Bintulu District of the Bintulu Division of Sarawak, Malaysia.
Restaurants in Bintulu

1. Pantai Temasya Tanjung Batu

Tanjung Batu Road, Bintulu 97000, Malaysia
Excellent
16%
Good
80%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 24 reviews

Pantai Temasya Tanjung Batu

Reviewed By Stephen J

A place for family and jogging activities.Food store serving local foods of ais kacang to fried mee and rice,etc.Just simply sits and enjoy the windy atmosphere and a beautiful sunset.Don't forget your camera.

2. Similajau National Park

Similajau, Bintulu, Malaysia +60 19-861 0998
Excellent
20%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
41%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 59 reviews

Similajau National Park

Reviewed By vivek_kool - Jaipur, India

Great place to go with family for a picnic, outdoor fun. The pleace is located around 40 mins drive from Bintulu town. Their is an entry fee of RM 10 per person. Their is a walking trail marked with flags. Beach is also their, however i didnt swim as i suspected it might have crocs.

3. Tua Pek Kong Temple

Temple Street, Bintulu, Malaysia
Excellent
27%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Tua Pek Kong Temple

Reviewed By Mike P - Phoenix, Arizona

Our walking map of Bintulu recommends visiting the Tua Pek Kong (Tai Pak Kong / God of Prosperity) Taoist temple for its beauty and history. It is believed to have been built in the 1890s; it has always been an important landmark in Bintulu and is closely associated with the life of the people, especially the Chinese community in the Division. Kapitan Tan Ching Zxi from China was said to be the temple’s founder. The early Chinese immigrants often arrived poor and deprived as indentured servants to the businessman backing their venture to get rich. Back then, it was common practice for the early Chinese immigrants to do two things — set up a school and a temple. The early Chinese found themselves in undeveloped land where the environment was hostile with hardly any medical facilities; the temple was built to venerate the local deity in the hope that it would protect the area from evil forces and various tropical ailments that often claimed the lives of the settlers.
Bintulu’s Tua Pek Kong Temple itself has survived the ravages of history, including the bombing and fire that destroyed old Bintulu town during the Second World War. It again escaped unscathed on Oct 21, 1975 when fire destroyed half of Bintulu town. It was the Temple that stood between the engulfing flames and the rest of the township.
Taoism teaches a person to follow their breath, to embrace wonder and the joy in living gracefully with style.
Bintulu’s Tua Pek Kong Taoist Temple is of the type “palace-like” with holy statues of Tigers set in front of the main gate to protect the temple. To the right of the stairs is the Charitable Trust Board with Dragons protecting the top of the round entrance and kylin at the base of the round entrance.
The kylin is an animal in ancient Chinese mythology. It is somewhat like a deer, with horns on the head and scales over the body. Its tail is like that of an ox's. The kylin is said to be an animal of longevity that could live for 2,000 years. It is also believed that the beast could spit fire and roar like thunder. The Kylin is one of the "Four Divine Creatures". Of all animals, the kylin was ranked second only to the dragon. This shows how important the Bintulu Chinese Charitable Board’s function is to the people.
To the left of the stairs is a round entrance with Phoenix at the top and the Kylin at the bottom. The phoenix appears at auspicious times, and is associated with sun, south, justice, obedience and loyalty.
At the top of the stairs are dragons on the incense burner, the incense burner platform and temple pillars.
Please obey the obvious signs requesting all who enter the temple to remove their shoes and respect the temple as believers perform their religious ceremonies. You will see the temple better inside increasing your joy in living and you may ask respectful questions of those in the shop area.
Once seeing Tua Pek Kong please do not mistake him for Tu Di Gong, because of their physical similarities. Tua Pek Kong (Grand Uncle) is one of the Pantheon of Malaysian Chinese Gods. Looking around the temple please see all the intricate decorations that are to reflect the pursuit of a prolonged and fruitful life. Additionally the windows, doors, eaves, and girders are carved with Chinese characters for blessing, longevity & auspicious.
We fortunately used this visit to the temple to embrace the wonder and the joy in living and we hope you do also.

4. Pasar Tamu & Pasar Utama

Along the Riverfront, Bintulu, Malaysia
Excellent
13%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Pasar Tamu & Pasar Utama

Reviewed By masterecho - London, United Kingdom

Bintulu is a major commercial port and coastal town on the island of Borneo in the central region of Sarawak.
Arriving in the industrial port by ship, we went into the town by shuttle buses provided by the cruise line. The town is located some eleven miles distant and appears down at heel and grubby. The shuttle buses dropped us off at an hotel near the Kemena River.
Walking along the road, we came to the Tua Pek Kong Temple, a sea of bright red which glistened in the afternoon sun. On the opposite side of the road was a large open square with a stage that backed onto the river, and appeared to be a venue for open air Concerts.
Just beyond on the same side of the road were the twin markets of Pasar Tamu & Pasar Utama. This is a two storey affair and the fresh produce market was a hive of activity and offered the usual far eastern array of colours and smells. Produce sold here ranged from spices, meats, fish, vegetables, and it was very interesting to be an onlooker at the serious selling of all the various items on sale, and we were tempted to buy a small tub of beautifully strong pepper.
Wi-Fi accessibility can be described as non-existent, and we did not find either a McDonalds or Starbucks, seemingly all the local population have smart phones, therefore no need for a Wi-Fi hotspot. Using our Wall's Magnum ice cream price index (an alternative to the Big Mac index) we paid less than half UK prices, whilst an hour's reflexology cost less than $US10.
On our way back after the side street beauty parlour/hairdresser, and contrary to what might have been expected from this location, after a very good reflexology, we went back to the shuttle bus pick up at the hotel and used its free Wi-Fi.
On our return to the ship, we noticed a sign visible from the cruise ship in the dock area which warned of crocodiles – one wonders who might be tempted to swim in this industrial port?

5. Times Square Megamall

Jalan Tun Hussein Onn, Bintulu 97000, Malaysia +60 86-339 999
Excellent
4%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
56%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 22 reviews

Times Square Megamall

Reviewed By frank c - bsb

This is a shopper paradise.In this square you got FOS,Branded Items,padini and ADJ shops on the second floor adjacent to each other ...prices are competitive and cheap.
Beside the big 4 there are others smaller retailers and eateries.
There is also a car wash at the adjacent parking lot that washed my car at a very reasonable price.After your shopping you just collect your nicely clean car.
This square is a must if you like shopping in Bintulu.
Frank

6. Park City Mall

Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi, Bintulu 97000, Malaysia +60 86-312 322
Excellent
0%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 6 reviews

Park City Mall

Reviewed By PotatoChipsLover - Bintulu, Malaysia

After City Point, this mall is one of the first mall that ever existed in Bintulu. Not much to see here, and the mall itself is not that huge. There's Marry Brown & MamaFy restaurant here as well. Worth a quick visit if you ask me.

7. Pulau Batu Mandi

Bintulu 97000, Malaysia
Excellent
0%
Good
100%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 2 reviews

Pulau Batu Mandi

Reviewed By Hedges_Qi - Bintulu, Malaysia

This is the place that few may go or might know due to local people tend to concentrate at Tg. Batu beach and by that this place is perfect for those who loves nature and seaside.
A long stretch beach which perfect for camping, family & friends picnic and even taking a walk.

8. Taman Millenium

Tanjung Kidurong, Bintulu 97000, Malaysia
Excellent
0%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
67%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 3 reviews

Taman Millenium

Reviewed By PotatoChipsLover - Bintulu, Malaysia

It's a good jogging track for me. You can perform other outdoor activities as well but what really spoils this place to me is that sometimes some people drink liquor here and they break the glass bottles which makes it dangerous for jogging or cycling. And don't go here for a jog if it rains the night before. The trail will be filled with water and soil since drainage system sucks and idk why. Over here there are basketball & futsal courts as well. Also, inside the cage it's petanque. Happy running and lose those fats.

9. Taman Tumbina

No 1 Jalan Tanjung Kidurong, Bintulu, Malaysia
Excellent
3%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
40%
Poor
32%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

2.5 based on 31 reviews

Taman Tumbina

Reviewed By Mark P

Love to jungle trek there but don't bother with the zoo which is very basic. Hot and smelly and the animals are confined to small spaces. The jungle trekking on the other hand is always a good work out. Just make sure you leave well before sunset as there is little light once the sun sets and it would be easy to get lost.

10. Senses Club

Jalan Tanjung Kidurong | Bintulu Sentral, Sublots 126 - 128, Bintulu 97000, Malaysia +60 14-393 1369
Senses Club

Senses Club Bintulu! Great environment with nice parties!

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