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Tanjung Manis Airport is located in the Division of Mukah, Sarawak, Malaysia which is within the Tanjung Manis Township. It is constructed in conjunction with the Tanjung Manis emergence as the next expanding town. The airport is built based on the Sarawak Government Master plan to transform the small settlement area into mega halal food industrial hub which is a part of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE). The integrated airport is intended to be the primary gateway for export and import for central region of Sarawak. In addition to serving the Mukah region, this airport too serves the Division of Sarikei due to the close proximity to Sarikei.
Prior to the airport construction, only Rajang River remained being the sole method of transport to reach the Tanjung Manis Township. With the airport is being established, there are roads being built from Sibu to Tanjung Manis which enables one to travel by car through the Sarawak Costal Road of 87 kilometres. One needs to pass through eight bridges and several other small towns such as Daro, Matu, Kampung Igan, Oya, and Dalat in order to make it through. The first and the major bridge is called the Lebaan Bridge which is the longest bridge to stretch across the river. The visitors can also extend their trip to the Sarikei town.
The harbour is found almost immediately upon entering the Tanjung Manis Township and is 15- minute away from the airport. It serves as the major transportation terminal for the locals. The wharf is pretty nice where the sea is close. If one is driving, this is a good spot to take a rest and enjoy the sea breeze and the view of the sea. Roofing is available as a shelter from the hot sun and also for the fishers to wait for the boat. Fishing enthusiasts will find this place terrific. There are eateries nearby to feast the visitors from a long day and also souvenir shop to buy gifts.
The town is one of the bigger towns that can be found further down from Tanjung Manis. It is a booming riverside town, among the major administrative division of Sarawak and being a major point on the Pan-Borneo highway. Being a crucial agricultural centre, it is not complete mentioning Sarikei without giving it credit to its pineapples and pepper products. It even has a Pineapple Statue near its Express Boat wharf. The visitors can get the taste of the fruit on their own at the closest Fruit and Vegetable market. Another place of interest here is the Sarikei Esplanade. Here, one can observe the multitude in types of express boats coursing the Sungei Nyelong. Nearby this landmark is the Sarikei Lake Garden with nice landscaping. There are children playground and ponds in the garden, making it suitable for family picnics.
Another town nearby, Sibu is much bigger with variety of places to go around. A must-visit is the Wong Nai Siong Garden, being a historical site with deliberate recordings of the Foochow immigrants making their steps into the town on the bank of Sungai Merah back in year 1901. There are also Foochow food being sold nearby the garden. Next is Sibu Central Market, being the largest indoor market in the country. The market is located at Channel Road and offers a large variety of items to sell. Get ready to be mesmerized the vast amount of stalls in the market selling fresh vegetables and fruits. One can also expect to find rattan-made products, sago products, raw paku and midin, durian and well-known dabai or Sibu olive here. Last but not least is the Sibu Heritage Centre. Situated strategically between Central Road and Wong Nai Siong Road, this heritage centre is a fusion display of historical, cultural and socio-economic aspects of Sarawak in general and Sibu in specific. The landscape is amazing and provides a comfortable environment for visitors. There are some shops selling souvenirs such as Iban costumes too.