Limbang is a small town in northern-most part of Sarawak. It is the capital of the division of the same name.
While it has the pleasant atmosphere of an isolated Sarawak interior administrative centre, Limbang does not have that much to offer the traveller. However, you may find yourself here if travelling overland from Sabah to Sarawak or vice-versa. Limbang is also one start/end of the Headhunter's Trail to/from Mulu National Park.
Limbang is geographically peculiar as it is sandwiched between two parts of Brunei. This situation was created in 1890 when the White Rajahs of Sarawak forced the Sultan of Brunei to cede the Limbang district. Till today, the Sultanate continues a not-much-heard-of territorial claim over Limbang. Because of the undeveloped interior of the district, most transportation links between Limbang and the rest of Sarawak have to go through Brunei.
Limbang is the most culturally diverse and distinct part of Sarawak. It is a melting pot of many cultures, including Malay, Kedayan, Chinese, Iban and various Orang Ulu ethnic groups such as Lun Bawang, Bisaya, Murut, Kelabit and Penan. It has one of the highest concentration of Orang Ulu people in Sarawak.
[Limbang] (LMN) got a new airport in 2004. It lies about 5km from town on the road to Pandaruan and Temburong.
MASWings , which took over the rural air service from Fly Asian Xpress (FAX)]in October 1, 2007, links Limbang with the Sarawakian towns of Miri and Lawas, where there are onward flights to Kota Kinabalu, thus providing the opportunity to fly over expensive Brunei if travelling between Sabah and Sarawak.
Limbang's network of roads link it to both the main part of Brunei (where its capital Bandar Seri Begawan is located) to the west and its Temburong district to the east. Travelling anywhere beyond Brunei, eg to Miri, Kuching or Kota Kinabalu by land will require you go through Brunei.
You will most likely find yourself in Limbang if you are travelling overland from Sarawak to Sabah. See Kota Kinabalu to Brunei in a day.
There were ferries to Lawas and Brunei previously, but as of Jan 2012 they are no longer running. Only the Labuan ferry is still operating.
Go for a mud bath in Kampung Meritam's mud volcanoes. The mud volcanoes form natural, cool mud baths that locals and occasional tourists enjoy. Wallow in the mud pools, enjoy the mud slides and clean up in the site's shower and toilet facilities afterwards (showers are rudimentary but sufficient, and cost 4 ringet per person, as of november 2016). See [www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMfrswCMhpE]
The mud volcanoes have free entry, though they are 35km from Limbang. Getting there requires personal transportation or a very expensive taxi drive. Beware that the entire town of Limbang only has one rental car, and has no bicycles or motorcycles for rent (November 2016, verified by multiple locals). Take the road to Kuala L (the Brunei road) and turn off when you see the Kampung Meritam sign. The mud volcanoes are signposted about 10km down this road, up a driveable track. A good landmark is a cellphone tower. Visit the village just past the entrance to the mud volcanoes on your trip to see a delightful sarawak village. There are no shops nearby.
There are some excellent cycling and mountain biking routes near to Kampung Meritam, although no bicycles or motorcycles are for rent in Limbang.
On your trip you should also visit the Taoist Chinese temple for a view of what life after death may hold. The temple is similar to any other Taoist chinese temple...until you take a closer look at the paintings on the front wall. They show in graphic detail the 18 versions of hell that sinners will visit for their different sins. Worth visiting if you are looking for an out of the ordinary temple experience! The temple is found on the way to Brunei, travelling from Limbang. You will see it on the left, after the Kampung Meritam turning, approximately 8km from the border checkpoints.
There are some excellent local markets selling fresh local fruit, vegetables, rice and a few handicrafts.
Limbang is famous for it's ikan tahai. You can buy ikan tahai at the tamu/market.
There are plenty of restaurants offering tasty local food. Limbang is famous for its crabs by the people living in the northen zone of Sarawak. It is simply because the crabs are cheap as they are caught by the local folks.
Chinese: Dozens of Chinese hawker stalls set up every evening around the three rows of old wooden shophouses in the town centre. Offering economical noodle and rice dishes and local specialities. More Chinese hawker stalls operate from early morning to late afternoon on the first floor of the Tamu (wet market) building. More demanding diners will find a good selection of Chinese seafood restaurants; amongst the most popular are Waterfront Seafood and King’s Seafood (both facing the riverfront on Jalan Buangsiol opposite the Customs Department building), and Maggie Café (open late to 2am) on the riverside to the north of town. The town is full of traditional Chinese coffee shops serving drinks and simple breakfast and lunch dishes- for sheer atmosphere none of them beats the tiny and very friendly Ah Mee Face in an old wooden building on Jln Merdeka.
Malay: A selection of Muslim food stalls operate from early evening to around midnight near the waterfront off Jalan Buangsiol, and more Malay stalls can be found on the first floor of the Tamu Limbang (wet market). Good Malay restaurants include the busy and popular Sarimah Curry House, uphill from the clock tower on Jalan Rickett, Adnan Restaurant next to the airport road roundabout near RHB Bank, Mesra opposite the bus station and Selera Muhibbah on Jalan Bank.
Western: Fast food lovers will find KFC and Sugar Bun outlets in Limbang Plaza, the shopping centre adjoining the Purnama Hotel, while Maggie Café (see Chinese, above) serves simple western dishes such as steaks and fish and chips.
1. Purnama Hotel, Address : Limbang Plaza, Jalan Buangsiol, 98700 Limbang. Tel : 085-2167000 (11 lines) Fax : 085-216711
2. Royal Park Hotel, Address : Lot 1089 & 1090, Jalan Buangsiol, 98700 Limbang. Tel : 085-212155 Fax : 085-212233
3. Prime Hotel, Address : Lot 112, Jalan Buangsiol, 98700 Limbang. Tel : 085-213833 Fax : 085-217999
4. Centre Point Hotel, Address : Lot 1587 & 1588, Jalan Buangsiol, 98700 Limbang. Tel : 085-213699 Fax : 085-217637
5. Mesra Hotel, Address : Lot 787 & 788, Bank Street, 98700 Limbang. Tel : 085-213351 Fax : 085-212153
6. Jia Lun Hotel, Address : Lot 1116, Jalan Buangsiol, 98700 Limbang. Tel : 085-215060 Fax : 085-215048
7. Muhibbah Inn, Address : Lot 790 - 792, Bank Street, 98700 Limbang. Tel : 085-212482 Fax : 085-212153
8. Metro Inn, Address : Lot 781 & 782, Jalan Bangkita, 98700 Limbang. Tel : 085-211133 Fax : 085-211051
9. Mariner Inn, Address : Lot 1371 - 1373, Jalan Buangsiol, 98700 Limbang. Tel : 085-212922, 212923, 212925, 212926 Fax : 085-215898
10. Hota Inn, Address : Lot 1453, Jalan Buangsiol, 98700 Limbang. Tel : 085-212733 Fax : 085-212788
To KK You can catch the Bandar to KK bus which passes through Limbang. It passes between 9:00-10:00 and usually has a short stop at the bus stop in front of the Banana Leaf curry house (on the other side of the Lin Yang building) . Tickets can be bought in the bus. The bus the other way also passes through Limbang (location and time?).