Bintulu is a part coastal, part riverine town, and the capital of Bintulu District in the Bintulu Division of Sarawak with a population of 114,058 as of 2010. The name of Bintulu was derived from the local native language "Mentu Ulau". Bintulu was a small fishing village when Rajah James Brooke acquired it in 1861.Bintulu remained a fishing village until 1969 when oil and gas reserves were discovered off the coast. Now it is a booming industrial town and Sarawak’s most important center for the production of LNG (liquefied natural gas) and fertilizer. The town is geographically situated half way between Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. Malay is the official language of Bintulu while English is widely spoken there. Local ethnic languages and Chinese dialects are spoken by the respective ethnic groups. Bintulu is spoken by communities living along the Kemena River, with 4,200 native speakers. These speakers are now recognized as part of the Melanau ethnic group, where their main language is Malay.
Bintulu Airport is main gateway for Bintulu division which can further bring travellers to Sebauh, Tatau, Selangau, Belaga and Niah. You can take Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia flight to Bintulu Airport where they provide daily flight to Bintulu. From airport you also may take MASwings flight to Kota Kinabalu and any other part in Sarawak. When check in, note that all flights outside Sarawak are considered international even though if you're only going elsewhere in Malaysia.
You can take taxi from airport to Bintulu Town where it takes 20 minutes’ drive and the cost is fixed RM35. There are no buses serving the airport. There is an extensive network of sealed roads linking Bintulu to major cities and towns. Bintulu is always a transit town from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu.
You can take an express boat to Bintulu. Express boats can only link to Bintulu town from other smaller Bintulu suburban and rural areas such as Sebauh, Tubau and Labang. No express boats serving Bintulu town to other major towns in Sarawak.
Bintulu regional express bus terminal is located at Medan Jaya. All Sarawak major towns and cities like Kuching, Sibu, Miri, Mukah, Betong, Sri Aman, Sarikei, Batu Niah and Sungai Tujuh are well connected with Bintulu. Estimated travelling time from Kuching to Bintulu is 9 hours, which sometimes transit to other main towns. An international link bus such as to Brunei via Sg. Tujuh and Pontianak, Indonesia can be bought at the terminal.
Similajau National Park is one of the prime tourist destinations in Bintulu that you should’t miss. The park is the unique geographical features of the Sarawak coastline north of Bintulu with a chain of golden sandy beaches, punctuated by small rocky headlands and jungle streams, and bordered by dense green forest. The 8,996 hectare park is at its best during the dry season approximately February to October when the emerald green waters are crystal clear and ideal for swimming.
Another popular tourist destination in Bintulu is Kidurong Tower. Kidurong Tower is a small observation tower located at Tanjung Kidurong on the outskirts of town offers views of Bintulu’s oil and gas facilities and structures. You can get a stunning and awe-inspiring sight of the facilities shortly after dark.
The Council Negeri Memorial in the town center commemorates Sarawak’s first State Legislative Assembly meeting of Brooke officials and local chieftains which was held in Bintulu on 8th September 1867. A centenary stone commemorating the centennial of the historical meeting was erected on this site in 1967 and was further improved to include a clock tower and fountain in 1987, the fountain was attractively fenced up in November 1998 for safety and aesthetic purpose.
The cone-shaped roof Pasar Tamu and Pasar Utama located near to each other along the riverfront. Located at the hub of Bintulu Town, the Pasar Utama Bintulu is both a wet and fish market under one roof offering you a wide selection of fresh vegetables, fruits, fish and other dairy products and other hawker food favourites such as laksa, mee jawa, pulut panggang or mee kolok . You can find the famous Bintulu Belacan or the shrimp paste here. Next door is the Tamu Bintulu. It has all the local offerings from wild and jungle products to native home-made specialties. Both places, with unique cone-shaped roof let you to mingle and join the locals while shopping for your daily needs.
Another popular Bintulu tourist attraction is the Tanjung Batu Beach. This is the place to enjoy the sun, sea and sandy beaches and to have fun. Among the facilities available here are food stalls, public toilets changing room, children’s playground, outdoor gymnastic facilities, camping site, picnic benches, and BBQ Pit.
Staying at Jinhold Apartment Hotel is a perfect choice while in Bintulu. This 4-star hotel is very easy to find since it is strategically positioned in Bintulu City Center and close to public facilities. It has a very good location near the Bintulu Airport (BTU), which is only 7.38 km away. Get precious and unforgettable moment during your stay at Jinhold Apartment Hotel.
Staying at Parkcity Everly Hotel Bintulu is a good choice when you are visiting Bintulu City Center. This 4-star hotel has a very good location near the Bintulu Airport (BTU), which is only 6.71 km away. For travelers who wish to travel luxury and comfortable, Parkcity Everly Hotel Bintulu is the perfect place to stay that provides decent facilities as well as great services.