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SIBU: la natura nel cuore del Borneo

Sibu is the largest port and commercial center in the Rejang Basin as well as the gateway to central Sarawak in Malaysia. Located at the confluence of the Rejang and Igan rivers, about 130 km from the South China Sea, Sibu is a thriving modern city with a bustling downtown and busy waterfront.

Sibu was colonized by James Brooke, the White Raja, in 1862 when he built a fort in the town to repel attacks by the indigenous Dayaks. Later, a small group of Hokkien Chinese settled around the fort to carry out trading activities safely.

In the eyes of visitors, today Sibu appears to be a shrewd and astute city, much more so than its informal neighbor Kuching. There is still something of the pioneer style in the city, and the people are direct, simple and downright friendly. Of course, their smiles may be partly due to the fact that Sibu has more millionaires per capita than any other city in Borneo.

The impressive Rejang River , nearly 1.6 km wide, is the city’s dominant feature; a room with a river view is highly recommended to experience the intense emotions that life along the river offers. The river is a hive of activity, with ocean-going vessels moving delicately among speedboats, battered launches and small sampans. Plus Rejang sunsets can be truly spectacular.

Sibu, in addition to being a place of great charm, with its excellent road, air and river connections, is also the ideal starting point for exploring the entire Rejang basin , from the coastal city of Mukah to the more distant areas of Upper Rejang, more than 600 km above river level.

– The largest city on the Rajang River in Sarawak

– Capital of Sibu district

– It is located at the confluence of the Rajang and Igan rivers

– Population 200,000 inhabitants

How to get there

From Kuching : The city can be reached by plane (40 minutes), bus (half day) or for the adventurous who want a great experience, by boat (5.5 hours).


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