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Miri is the capital of Miri District and a coastal city in Sarawak State on the island of Borneo, Malaysia. The town is recognised as the birthplace for Malaysia’s petroleum industry as the first oil well was drilled in Miri in 1910. Miri is also a gateway to the world-famous UNESCO site of Gunung Mulu National Park. A walk around the main streets of Miri is a great way to feel the local Malaysian vibe.

As Miri is one of the major oil cities of Malaysia, a visit to the Grand Old Lady Miri’s first oil well and Oil Well Museum is a must. Apart from a crucial oil resource center, Miri is well-known for its ecotourism spots of national parks and rich wildlife. It is surrounded by five national parks and forests. You can plan a visit to Lambir National Park, Niah National Park, Miri Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park, Loagan Bunut National Park and Gunung Mulu National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All of them are located within the Miri district and near the city of Miri. 

Hikers would love to go for hiking to Canada Hill. The view of the city and the beaches from Canada Hill is breathtaking and worth the hike. There is also a place for diving in Miri, the most renowned resorts and divers being COCO Dive and Hoopa Diving. They provide you with diving lessons and a PADI license. Miri is also home to Taoist’s largest temple in South East Asia, San Ching Tian Temple. If you want to spend the day by a beach, Miri has Tamara Selera Beach and Esplanade Beach with crystal clean waters and white sand.

Another highlighting feature of Miri is the Miri May Festival which is an annual month long festival that takes place in the month of May. It started in 1989 and consists of several cultural festivals and events open to local and international participation. Saberkas Weekend Night Market is perfect to try local Malay food in Miri. Do try their special local rice wine called Tuak. It is widely available especially around the harvesting period of Ibans.

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Miri Highlights

1. Saberkas Weekend Market

Saberkas Weekend Market
Located at the Saberkas Commercial Centre, the weekend market is set up in the evenings from Thursday to Sunday. The vibrant market hosts over 170 stalls selling household items, fresh vegetables and (Read More)fruits, local handicrafts, etc. The market is bustling on weekends with good music and plenty of appealing food stalls selling drinks and classic delicacies like BBQ chicken wings, satay, grilled fish, etc. 

2. Miri City Fan

Miri City Fan
Located in the city centre, this recreational park in Miri is widely spread out across 10 acres of land with beautiful green trees, vibrant flowers and a beautiful promenade. The place has a large pon (Read More)d to feed fishes and a botanical garden of vision with a civic centre, amphitheatre, and public swimming pool. Each corner of the park is a symbolic representation of races, like Chinese and Islamic, that settled in the area. The park is well-decorated and brightly lit at night to experience the peaceful setting.

3. Petroleum Museum Miri

Petroleum Museum Miri
Miri is known as one of the first settlements that started business in the oil and gas industry. The Petroleum Museum located on Canada hill allows people to educate themselves about the initial invol (Read More)vement of Miri in this field. The museum has a showcase of artifacts and a display explaining the history and discovery of oil in Malaysia and how they began trading it. The top of this place offers breathtaking sunset views and fantastic views of the town.

4. San Ching Tian Temple

San Ching Tian Temple
Constructed in the 2000s, the San Ching Tian Temple located in Krokop, about 3km from Miri,  is one of the largest taoist temples in Malaysia. The temple has a splendid Chinese architecture with (Read More)classic double decker red roofs and pleasing wind chimes along with intricate artwork on the building. It is spread across 1.5 acres of land with a large open space courtyard.

5. Imperial Mall Miri

Imperial Mall Miri
The Imperial Mall is a large shopping complex in Miri that has an older wing and a new Boulevard market along with the Imperial Hotel. It has several popular branded shops offering a wide range o (Read More)f products from clothes, accessories and shoes. The mall has a huge collection of cafes and restaurants serving western cuisine and local Malay delicacies.

6. Bintang Plaza

Bintang Plaza
One of the popular shopping centres in Bintang, this 5 storeyed complex is an all-inclusive shopping mall for visitors to experience shopping, entertainment and dining under a single roof. The retail (Read More)centre has several famous brands to shop from like Levi’s, Miniso and H&M along with some known food and beverage options like Mc’Donalds, Subway and Starbucks. The widespread mall also boasts of a bowling alley and a movie theatre for entertainment purposes.

7. Miri May Fest

Miri May Fest
Miri May Fest is a month-long festival hosted every year in May is celebrated to mark the historic change of development when the government decided to promote the town of Miri to its current city sta (Read More)tus. Tourists can experience an extensive display of community events. The council hosts art and cultural events, musical, singing and dancing shows, etc. daily to solely entertain and commemorate with the residents of Miri. Some special events like Deep Sea fishing tournaments and Jazz music festivals are a part of this celebration too.

8. Tanjung Lobang Beach

Tanjung Lobang Beach
Also known as Brighton beach, Tanjung Lobang Beach is probably Miri’s oldest well-developed recreational park. The area has the city’s marina with pristine blue waters and sandy beaches al (Read More)ong with two magnificent wharfs that offer gorgeous views of the sunset and the coastline. The seahorse shaped lighthouse is close to the beach that signifies the seahorse city emblem of Miri. The park offers a food court like area with restaurants offering mouth-watering dishes and seafood delicacies while enjoying the glorious scene.

9. Miri Bulatan Park

Miri Bulatan Park
Also known as Taman Bulatan, this park in Miri is an ideal place to visit to get some fresh air or go for a morning jog. The park has two kids play areas and a replica village with little roads, bus s (Read More)tops and gas stations for the kids to drive their toy cars around. The centre of the park sees a large pond, surrounding which are the walking tracks. Close to the play area is an open air gymnasium structure with some workout equipment and instruments. The place has two admirable fountains and often has locals doing Chinese yoga.

10. Miri Crocodile Farm & Mini Zoo

Miri Crocodile Farm & Mini Zoo
Located on the outskirts of the city of Miri, this Crocodile Farm cum Mini Zoo is home to more than a thousand crocodiles of various species. Explore the farm, watch the feeding show and have a fun ex (Read More)perience feeding the crocodiles. The miniature zoo houses a huge number of monkeys, parrots, hornbills, horses, rabbits, porcupines, pythons and other endangered wildlife species. The zoo enables to learn more about the animal's existence, lifestyle and natural habitat.

11. Canada Hill

Canada Hill
Believed to have Canadians residing here, Canada Hill is a fantastic place to go for a jog or run. Although the hill does not stand tall, it offers some beautifully picturesque blue sky backdrops and (Read More)panoramic views of the city of Miri overlooking the sea. At the top of the hill is the interesting Petroleum museum and the monument of the Grand Old Lady. The hill also has one of the finest views of breathtaking sunrise and sunsets.

12. Mount Mulu

Mount Mulu
Mount Mulu, the fifth highest mountain in Malaysia, is considered as the most popular tourist attraction in Sarawak. World Heritage Site, Gunung Mulu National Park houses the picturesque Mount Mulu. A (Read More)lso, it's the second highest mountain in Sarawak. Standing at a height of 2376 metres, this sandstone and shale pinnacle is a sight to behold.

13. Lambir Hills National Park

Lambir Hills National Park
Lying 32 km west to the city of Miri, on Miri- Bintulu Road Miri, is the lush green forest of Lambir Hills National Park. Occupying an area of 6952 hectares, it is the world’s most ecologically divers (Read More)e area. Bukit Lambir with a height of 465 meters is the highest point in the park.

14. Gunung Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National Park
Named after Mount Mulu, the second-highest peak in Sarawak, the Gunung Mulu National Park in is a spectacular national park located in the Mulu World Heritage Area. These rainforests took 60 million y (Read More)ears to develop which is why it is one of the most prestigious natural sites in South East Asia and has even been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Need to Know

  • There are no buses or taxis available in Miri post 6 PM, so you must plan your trip accordingly and get back to the hotel on time. 
  • There are hardly any ATMs in Miri except one at the airport. It is suggested that you withdraw your money while coming from the airport. Cash is a more accepted form of payment than online payments. 
  • There are a few places in Miri that have free WiFi but mostly WiFi is not available. 
  • Miri is home to Chinees and several tribes and it is recommended that tourists dress decently to respect the local social norms..

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Saberkas Weekend Night Market
Miri City Fan is a recreational park spread across 10 acres
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