Sibu was a small village with several shop-houses. The earliest inhabitants of Sibu were Melanau people, followed by Ibans, and Malay people in the 1850s. In 1853, Sarawak has expanded its territory to include Sibu region after obtaining the territory from the Bruneian Empire.
With population approximately 200 000, Sibu is an inland town at the central region of Sarawak. Located at the confluence of the Rajang and Igan Rivers, the town covers an area of 129.5 square kilometres (50.0 sq mi). Today, Sibu is mainly dominated by Chinese especially the Fuzhou people, followed by other ethnic groups such as indigenous Melanau, Malay, and Iban.
Famous for being the hometown of a national patriot, Rosli Dhoby, some of the well known local signature dish include Kompia and Kampua. This thriving modern town is quipped with excellent road, air and river transportation link, it is also the ideal jumping-off point for exploring Sarawak. From Kuching, Sibu can be reached by air plane (40 minutes flight), by bus (half a day) or by boat by boat (5.5 hours).
Prepare to be awed by the vast span of stalls selling fresh vegetables, fruits and live poultry. Known as the largest indoor market in Malaysia, is located along Jalan Channel opposite the Express Boat Passenger Terminal. Some of the highlights at this market include Iban ladies selling exotic fruits, jungle produce and handicrafts, and Chinese poultry sellers who offer their live chickens and ducks neatly wrapped up in tubes fashioned from old newspapers.
Tua Pek Kong Temple is the oldest and best-preserved Chinese temple in Sibu. Ages more than 100 years old, there is a 7-storey Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin) Pagoda which was constructed in 1987. People come to this temple to enjoy spectacular views of Rejang river and Sibu Waterfront, especially during sunset.
Housed in former Sibu Municipal Council building, Sibu Heritage Centre in located along Jalan Central Sibu. It displays the rich cultural heritage of various ethnic groups including the history of early Chinese migrants from various dialect groups and ethnic tribes. The entrance of the museum is free and it is opened daily 8 am to 5 pm.
Nestles in vicinity of the major financial and shopping district where offices and banks are located, RH Hotel features 226 spacious & trendy rooms and unique suites. An ideal base for both leisure and business trip, this hotel is connected by a bridge to Sibu’s tallest building, Wisma Sanyan and Malaysia’s largest town square, Sibu Town Square. There is Oriental Bistro, a premier restaurant for gourmet cuisine with impeccable service to cater your craving and Hijau Lounge, a place to chill out after a hard day's work.
Orchid Hotel is situated along Brooke Drive and is approximately 17 km away from Sibu Airport. A perfect base to discover the uniqueness of Sibu, the hotel shows the best in providing services and amenities. All guestrooms come with a range of in-room facilities like air condition, shower, television, and complimentary Wifi. You will also get to enjoy on-site features like restaurant, park your car, safety deposit boxes, laundry service/dry cleaning.
Tanahmas will make you feel right at home with their impeccable service and hospitality. Despite their traditional concept, this hotel provides excellent modern facilities with thoughtful little extras to make your stay even more pleasurable. This luxurious hotel is located along Jalan Kampung Nyabor. All the 120 are specially designed to cater for different needs. They are completed with satellite TV, minibar and business desk. There are also a well equipped karaoke room, a gym and a fabulous swimming pool to let you unwind.