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Exploring Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia

By on April 16, 2014 in General

This afternoon I went for a walk around town to see what was what…. In my wanderings I found the tourism office (the guy in there was very helpful, but he didn’t really have a lot to promote!), a Chinese temple, a really good large covered market, and the local ferry terminal.

The Chinese temple was very good with a seven story pagoda (apparently you can go to the top if you ask for the key, but I couldn’t find anyone to ask).

P1130351Guard at the entrance

P1130354The Temple

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Sibu is a river port and seems to be a major shipping point for towns further up river (quickest and easiest way to get around is by river) and so has a boat loading area, as well as a ferry terminal.

P1130362Boats loading up for a journey upstream

P1130367Loading…

P1130376Ferry terminal – traditional high-powered ‘bullet boats’

P1130383More bullet boats

P1130387Where do the bullet boats go?

The town also has a ‘heritage centre’…

IMG 6644Sibu Heritage Centre

which is a bit of an odd place, because when you first approach it there doesn’t seem to offer much. It looks a little run down and neglected, and most of the shops appear abandoned. Plus, on the ground floor there are just a few posters. Nothing special. However, if you take the stairs, to the right of the coffee shop at the main entrance, to the next floor you will find a quite wonderful circular museum that you can wander around. It is fully air conditioned and full of information about Sibu and Sarawak. Ut is free and well worth a look.

The covered market was amazing, and they seemed to sell everything….

P1130388The covered market – fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, and other things!

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P1130394Keeping the flies off the fish…

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P1130403The market even sells sleeping old men

P1130405Live catfish

P1130406Meat section – closed in the afternoon

P1130407And that is what I call a chopping block

On the way back to the hotel I found a great little shop – never seen a shop like this before…

IMG 6648The Central Scientific Company – Fantastic!

IMG 6647Great glass storage bottles…

IMG 6646Glass beaker, conical and volumetric flasks – what more could you want?

And I think every town should have a Central Scientific Company store….

The centre of the town is small, and easy to get around on foot, even in the heat of the day.

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