Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia

Near the mouth of the Kemena River on the coast of Borneo, the first “White Rajah” James Brooke built a fort in 1861. Today Bintulu is one of the prime economic centers of Malasian Sarawak on Borneo. Approaching from the sea, It is impossible to escape the impression of its important Petronas liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing center. Oil, gas and timber remain crucial elements of the economy. Kampung Jepak outside the city s a more traditional fishing village, supplying the needs of the local laborers and the larger larket for fish and shrimp products. There are several religious sites in Bintulu, revealing the diversity of its inhabitants. None os more notable than the distinctive Kuan Ying Tong Chinese temple. Many visitors opt to travel to area highlights such as the impressive Niah Caves, large limestone caves where remains of the earliest humans in Southeast Asia have been discovered, or to the Similajau National Park, where a dense mangrove forest gives way to a handsome beach of golden sand.