Sitiawan is a region in Manjung District, Perak. The region covers an area of 331.5 square kilometers and as of year 2000, its population was 95,920. Sitiawan was a rich source of tin in the late 19th century, and the main Dinding River served as a major waterway for steamships laden with ore, bound for Penang. Folklore mentions Sitiawan as Kampung Sungai Gajah Mati. It became a thriving settlement for industrious migrants from Foochow .They were mostly from the district of Kutien in Fuzhou, China. In 1903, more than 360 Chinese Christians from Fujian, China, consist of Kutian, Hockchiu, Hockcheng and Henghua people (collectively known as Fuzhou) were settled in the area. Today, many Fuzhous in the surrounding area and major cities such as Ipoh trace their roots to Sitiawan. In recent times, Sitiawan's economy has boomed, with the establishment of the Royal Malaysian Naval Base in nearby Lumut, as well as the settlement of swift lets, whose nests are used to make the Chinese delicacy of bird's nest soup. With prosperity came rapid and somewhat uncontrolled development, increased infrastructure and pollution to what used to be a sleepy village.
For visitors traveling to Sitiawan with a flight into Malaysia’s International Kuala Lumpur Airport, you can fly into KL from most major airports around the world, and from KL Airport to Sitiawan, getting there is an enjoyable travel experience. All the usual transportation options are available for visitors. Besides that you may take Malindo Air or Firefly to Sultan Azlan Shah Airport Ipoh and take taxi or bus to reach Sitiawan.
Visitor may take Star Shuttle Bus service in Kuala Lumpur and will take you very comfortably on to Sitiawan, and at an equally comfortable price. The many travel options and the journey to Sitiawan is a dream for sightseeing enthusiasts, as you pass through jungles and rainforests, and drive past huge rice fields and rubber plantations. In Sitiawan, getting there is a journey of discovery you will remember forever, so always have your camera ready.
If you travel from North you may use North-South Expressway and if you travel from South you may use South-North Expressway to reach Sitiawan.
The ETS KL to Ipoh KTM electric train service operates regularly throughout the day and is the fastest way to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh. With a number of places of interest to stop at along the route, these high-speed trains travel through the states of Selangor and Perak in Malaysia, on their way to Ipoh, the capital city of Perak state.
The more than 100-year-old Tua Pek Kong Temple at Pasir Panjang near here has become a popular tourist attraction in the Manjung district. It is famous for the gigantic God statues and the blessings. This temple has rows of tall white statues that are quite dignified. It is built at a cost of 7.5 million ringgit. Tua Pek Kong Temple has become one of a popular attraction. Don’t miss to catch the beautiful sunset here.
Teluk Batik is the most famous beach in Sitiawan. It has crystal clear water and a long white sand beach which is really perfect for picnics. There are a lot of tourists who visit the place especially during weekends. The month of October to November is the perfect time for visitors to watch the carnival at the sea which is hosted by Teluk Batik.
Opened in 2003, the Sitiawan Settlement Museum was established to preserve the history and artifacts of the Fuzhou settlers. It is housed in a converted 70-year-old church parsonage. The museum has over 500 pieces of cultural relics including pictures and artifacts. If you want to know more about the history, museum tour is available for visitors.
Taman Paya Bakau is a nature park in Lumut, Perak. Formerly known as Taman Rekreasi Sungai Dindings, it preserves a tract of mangrove forest along Sungai Lumut Kanan. It was built in May 1994 and has officially opened to the public in January 1995. The park has wooden walkways for visitors to view the mangrove trees and understand its ecology. Among the fauna you are likely to come across include macaques, monitor lizards and crabs.
Visitor may have a chance to enjoy the unique and special moment of being a part of 3D Trick Art Gallery Sitiawan. Visitor may experience an optical illusion of three dimensional structures from two dimensional paintings using scientific drawing technique and special paint.
Sun Inns Hotel Sitiawan is a 2 star hotel which is located at Sitiawan. This hotel is the smartest choice for you who are looking for affordable accommodation with outstanding service. Sun Inns Hotel Sitiawan is also one of the hotels located near to the main attraction such as Condong Monument and Kellie's Castle.
Mornington Hotel Sitiawan is ideally situated in Sitiawan, designed for both business and leisure traveller. This 2 star hotel offer great amenities and services to the guest. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer.
For travelers who wish to travel comfortably on a budget, Hovel Star Guesthouse (48) is the perfect place to stay that provides decent facilities as well as great services. This 1 star property is very easy to find since it is strategically positioned close to public facilities.