At the site of the 'Grand Old Lady', Sarawaks first oil field, is the Petroleum Museum with exhibits of the early oil fields and the growth and expansion of fields into the ocean.
Check opening times by making a phone call first. Although suggested opening hours are 9am - 4.30pm (except Fridays), this is not always the case.
Worth a look, even just for the views from behind the museum across Miri and the South China Sea.
A good afternoon's walk in Miri is up Jalan Setia Raja to the peak of Canada Hill and on to the 'Grand Old Lady', Malaysia's first oil well. This area is clearly a favorite exercise spot for many of the locals who drive their cars to the parking area then get their exercise by walking down and up a very steep side of the hill.
At the rear of the Petroleum Museum there are some seats and very good views across Miri with the South China sea in the background.
The walk up the hill is a little more than 2km - it is quite steep and there is very little shade so if you do decide to walk, take plenty of water.
Fortunately, it was Saturday when I walked up and many of the locals were doing their 'exercise routine' so one entrepreneur was selling cool drinks from the back of his car.
It is a decent walk climbing up Canada Hill to see the 'Grand Old Lady' and Petroleum Museum but if you really want to make the most of it, turn left at the intersection at the top of the hill and head toward Kampung Haji Wahed. There are some great views from the road as you head towards the kampung. The road is on a saddle so you have views both towards Miri City and towards some of the new estates away from Miri City.
The kampung itself is quite delightful with older, more traditional, wooden houses mixed amongst newer houses. There is a large grass area as you reached the centre of the village where you can rest in the shade. After resting, head back to the intersection and continue the final 500 metres, mostly uphill, to the 'Grand Old Lady'.
Total distance is about 5 km - from Miri City up Jalan Setia Raja, on to Kampung Haji Wahed and then across to the 'Grand Old Lady'.
Take plenty of water with you.
San Ching Tian Temple is the largest Taoist temple in South-east Asia. Situated just a few kilometres from the centre of Miri, it is well worth a look. There are two main temples with courtyards, spectacular designs on the roofs, colorful dragons guarding the entrance and some beautiful wall tiling.
If you have an afternoon to spare, get a taxi to drive you around town (about $10 - 12 per hour) and include this temple in your route.
Taman Bunga or Flower Park is located in the heart of Miri. It is a small but well maintained park with a variety of plants and pathways around a small pond. It is a beautiful place for a little 'time out'. You can read a book or relax in shade. During the day there are very few people in the park so you can have some quiet time to yourself.
Taman Awan Miri or Miri Public Park is another beautiful, well maintained park in Miri. Located just outside the city centre, the park is built on a steep hill. Walking from one end of the park to the other can be done on a series of suspension bridges. The park contains a children's swimming pool and some beautiful gardens. There are shasy places to have a picnic - the park is very popular with local people on the weekend. At the northern, high end, of the park is a 'look out' tower you can climb to get some great views.
Well worth a look!
One of the things that impressed me most about Miri was the public parks and Miri City Fan is a public area any city would be proud of. Located within easy walking distance of the city centre, Miri City Fan has a large ampitheatre around which many people take advantage of the paths to jog or walk in the evening. Most impressive are the gardens. The west side houses the Islamic garden, while the east side houses a health garden and the Chinese garden. There is also a clearly labelled Botanical Ethnic Garden in the north-west corner.
Adjacent to the Miri City Fan is the public library and a public swimming pool.
There are plenty of shady places to sit in different area of the 'fan'.
Miri City Fan is definitely worth a visit in the late afternoon as the sun is beginning to go down.
The Crocodile Farm is located at the outskirt of Miri, about 45 minutes drive from the city heading towards Brunei.
The main attraction is the various type of crocodiles on display in their natural habitat. However there are also some other animal species (snakes, birds and monkeys) in the farm making it more like a mini zoo then a crocodile farm.
Nevertheless, the crocodiles are the star attraction here with a crocodile statute welcoming the visitors and a mini information corner on almost everything about crocodiles; including story on Bujang Senang that wrack havoc on Rejang river some time ago.
If you want to get free Wi-Fi with your coffee and cakes, you can go to the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf coffee shop or the Starbucks cafe, both located at the Bintang Plaza along Miri-Lutong Road.
You can also access free wi-fi with your coffee and cakes at the new Menawan Restaurant located at the Imperial Palace Hotel, Lot 1120, Block 7, Jalan Sehati, MCLD, 98000 Miri, Sarawak, East Malaysia.
Located next to the Fish Market, this is the oldest Chinese Temple in Miri, built in 1913. According to local beliefs, due to the oil boom of the early 1900s and its subsequent population explosion, an unknown epidemic struck Miri, resulting in a high death toll in what was then a small village. The local Chinese of that time believed the tragedy was caused by evil spirits. A Chinese wise man known as Chan Chak suggested that a monk be called to appease the spirits. Thus, a spirit-pacifying ritual was carried out near Miri River, where an altar was placed. The Chinese residents believed the monk chased away the evil spirits and the epidemic subsided. In gratitude, they erected the temple near the river to revere Tua Pek Kong, a god commonly worshipped by Chinese immigrants.
The Grand Old Lady is the name of the first oil well that was dug in Malaysia back in 1910. It's located on top of Canada Hill overlooking Miri city and was able to yield 7 barrels of crude oil per day, every day, until 1972.
This museum sits on top of Oil Well Hill (formerly Canada Hill) opposite the Grand Old Lady, the first oil well that was dug in Malaysia in 1910. Completed in 2005, this museum is built to keep in perpetuity the history of the petroleum industry in Sarawak and its enormous contribution to the development and prosperity of Miri and Sarawak in general. Through displays and interactive exhibits it offers an insight into the science and technology of oil exploration plus production, refining and distribution.
Open: 9am-4.30pm every day except Mondays. Admission: Free.
If you like looking at cemeteries, (I do) then there is a huge chinese one here. I found it interesting, the headstones on lots were beautiful.
Its so big, you can easily see it when flying in.
Also, if you head to the older part of Mir, there is actually another cemetery located in the centre of a divided road.
Miri has an emblem, and that emblem is a SEA HORSE. On your wanders around the City, you are sure to find plenty of these sculptures. Probably, one of the more unusual sights, is the Lighthouse, as this is done like a giant Sea Horse.
Evidently, its location is meant to be the best place to see the sunset!
Miri City Fan is a very nice park area situated in Miri. If you can view it from the air, then you will see that it is in the shape of a fan. T
There is a variety of theme gardens, including a Botanical Garden and an Islamic Garden. The Miri City Library, a Public Swimming Pool, and a large Amphitheatre where concerts are frequently held are nearby.
This park is a popular area with the locals, and we thought, one of the nicer spots in Miri.