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Sungai Nibong

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Panorama of Sungai Nibong, Penang (2 October 2009)





Sungai Nibong (GPS: 5.33669, 100.29793) is a neighbourhood on the east central side of Penang Island. Also written Sungai Nibung, it is best known as the Pesta Site as well as the location for the Sungai Nibong Express Bus Terminal.

Sungai Nibong was named after the river (sungai) that flowed through the area where in the old days, nibung palms grew. Nibung palms (Oncosperma tigillarium) produce wood suitable as building material. The district called Sungai Nibong comprises Sungai Nibong Besar and Sungai Nibong Kecil. Both are named after the rivers flowing through the area.

Sights in Sungai Nibong on the map

Hotels in Sungai Nibong

Among the mainstream hotels in the vicinity of Sungai Nibong include Eastin Hotel and Vistana Hotel.

Sights in Sungai Nibong

  1. Sungai Nibong Express Bus Terminal (GPS: 5.34312, 100.30065)
  2. Sungai Nibong Tan Kongsi (GPS: 5.33763, 100.29881)
  3. Pesta Site (GPS: 5.34489, 100.30083)

Restaurants and other eateries in Sungai Nibong

Places of Worship in Sungai Nibong

  1. Masjid Jamek Sungai Nibong Besar (GPS: 5.33982, 100.29903)
  2. Sungai Nibong Gospel Hall (GPS: 5.34542, 100.30316)
  3. Surau An-Nur (GPS: 5.33503, 100.29412)

Clinics in Sungai Nibong

Schools in Sungai Nibong

  1. Kwang Hwa Primary School (GPS: 5.33589, 100.29658)
  2. Shih Chung Branch School (GPS: 5.33551, 100.29589)
  3. SK Sungai Nibong (GPS: 5.33829, 100.29908)
  4. SMK Sungai Nibong (GPS: 5.33504, 100.29515)

Businesses in Sungai Nibong

Public Amenities in Sungai Nibong

  1. Balai Polis Sungai Nibong (GPS: 5.33647, 100.29744)

Commercial Complexes in Sungai Nibong

  1. Bayan Point (GPS: 5.33268, 100.29461)
  2. Ideal Avenue (GPS: 5.33295, 100.29332)
  3. Krystal Point (GPS: 5.33181, 100.29657)
  4. Krystal Point Corporate Park (GPS: 5.33116, 100.29809)
  5. Lot 28 Sungai Nibong

Housing Estates in Sungai Nibong

  1. Bukit Kecil
  2. Palms Pavilion Sungai Nibong (GPS: 5.33916, 100.29856)
  3. Pantai Jerejak
  4. Seri Anggun (GPS: 5.33877, 100.29937)
  5. Taman Jerejak Villa
  6. Taman Sri Nibong

Serviced Apartments in Sungai Nibong

Apartments & Condominiums in Sungai Nibong


Aerial view of Sungai NibongAerial view of Sungai Nibong (3 April, 2017)


The Bayan Lepas Elevated Highway in Sungai Nibong (17 January, 2012)


Sungai Nibung Kecil stretches from the Relau junction to the Bayan Baru Roundabout, and is often taken as part of Bukit Jambul and Bayan Baru. Until the late 1970's, Sungai Nibong was an outskirt of George Town. It has since been absorbed as one of the residential suburbs. The housing estates here include Century Garden, Pantai Jerejak and Taman Sri Nibong. Much of the traditional Malay and Chinese villages in Sungai Nibong have been erased, except for the Malay kampung of Bukit Kecil.

Public Transport in Sungai Nibong

Sungai Nibong is centrally located. Located 10.9 km from Magazine Circus, it is half way between the city and the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone. The many buses that pass by it include Rapid Penang Bus 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 401 and 705

Sungai Nibong Besar, the now canalised river that gave the area its name (22 October, 2012)

Amenities in Sungai Nibong

The nearest school in Sungai Nibong includes Kwang Hwa Primary School, Shih Chung (Primary) Branch School and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sungai Nibong. Nearby schools include Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Phor Tay and Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) Keong Hoe in Sungai Dua. The nearest market in Sungai Nibong is the Lip Sin Market and Super Tanker Market. The nearest shopping mall is Queensbay Mall. Petrol stations in Sungai Nibung includes the Mobil at Pantai Jerejak, the Caltex and the two Shell stations near the Bayan Baru Roundabout. The nearest hospital is Pantai Hospital in Bayan Baru.

Traffic in Sungai Nibong

Traffic is usually smooth along Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, the main thoroughfare through Sungai Nibung. The Bayan Lepas Elevated Highway further helps to reduce the congestion. Having said that, one exception to the rule is on Friday evenings, when the traffic slows to a crawl due to commuters heading towards the Penang Bridge north of Sungai Nibung, and the traffic lights at Jalan Sungai Dua, near USM. The junction at Jalan Aziz Ibrahim also experiences slow traffic on Wednesday nights where the Pasar Malam at Pantai Jerejak is in session.

Sungai Nibong the river

As would be expected, the neighbourhood of Sungai Nibong is named after a river which today is very much canalised.

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