Bintulu is a coastal town on the island of Borneo in the central region located 610 kilometres northeast of Kuching.
The name “Bintulu” was derived from the local native language "Mentu Ulau" (picking heads). Bintulu was a small fishing village when Rajah James Brooke acquired it in 1861and built a fort there in 1862.
Bintulu remained a fishing village until 1969 when oil and gas reserves were discovered off the coast. Since then Bintulu has become the centre of energy intensive industries.The economy has also expanded into oil palm and forest plantations, palm oil processing, wood-waste processing, and cement manufacturing. The port of Bintulu is the busiest in Sarawak. The town is also a gateway to Samalajau Industrial Park.
Among the tourist attractions in Bintulu are
similajau National Park
Tumbina Park
Tanjung Batu beach
Jepak village
Kuan Yin Tong temple
Assyakirin Mosque
Council Negri monument
Tamu Bintulu, and Pasar Utama Markets.
The Borneo International Kite Festival is held annually in the town.
Places to stay:
ParkCity Everly Hotel
Promenade Hotel
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