Taman Awam Miri is a huge family park with children’s playground, botanical garden, soft adventure activities, jogging trails, souvenir shop, canteen, observatory platform, stone carvings and sculptures, fountains and pavilions.
It is a very nice area, and best of all, it is FREE
This Temple is located in the Old Town section of Miri, at the junction where China Street meets Jalan Bendahara.
It is the oldest Chinese temple in Miri, being built in 1913 by Chinese migrants
It is interesting how this Temple came to be......According to local belief, Miri experienced a mysterious epidemic in 1913. The oil boom and population explosion, unmatched by improved sanitation, probably had something to do with this, but many locals believed that it was caused by evil spirits. A Buddhist monk was invited to perform a spirit pacifying ritual, and the epidemic subsided.
The Shrine was built as a thanks-offering.
The Grand Old Lady is probably not what you expect!.................
It is Miri's NO 1 OIL WELL........
In the 1800s, Miri was an unknown fishing village of a few families trading occasionally with passing ships, then oil was discovered and Miri became the first oil town in Malaysia and was put on the road to progress!
Quote.........."the first cable-tool oil well in the country, a 'mother' who milked a poor country to a prosperous nation."
She is located on top of Canadian Hill, also located here is a Museum and Canada Hill has nice views over the city of Miri.
Situated on top of Canada Hill, the Grand Old Lady is the first oil well in Malaysia. It represents the petroleum history of Miri which is almost a century old. This oil well is no longer production and it has been declared a protected historical site by the Sarawak Government. There is an observatory platform where visitors can have an excellent view of Miri City. Next to this oil well is the newly completed Petroleum Science Museum.
Miraculously, the oil well was spared from the bombings and other attacks of World War II.
Tua Pek Kong Temple, located next to the fishmarket, is a temple dedicated to the much-beloved chinese deity. According to legend work started on the temple in 1913, in order to give thanks to the deity for helping end a mysterious epidemic in Miri.
When I was about to return from KK, it happened that the prime minister of Malaysia arrived the KK airport. Here is the Malaysian version of airforce 1 with Sabah people welcoming their prime ministrer.
Located on the Sungai (river) Niah, about 3 km from the small town of Batu Niah, a 110 km to the south-west of Miri in northern Sarawak. The park was first gazetted as a National Historic Monument in 1958, gazetted as National Park on 23 November 1974 and was published to the public on 1 January 1975. The Park is one of Sarawak's smaller national parks, but it is certainly one of the most important and has some of the most unusual visitor attractions. The park's main claim to fame is its role as one of the birthplaces of civilisation in the region. The oldest modern human remains discovered in Southeast Asia were found at Niah, making the park one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.
Forty thousand years ago, the Niah Great Cave sheltered human life. Here lies the oldest human remains in Southeast Asia, along with many other relics of prehistoric man. Today the Cave is home only to bats, swiftlets and other specially adapted forms of life. However, a few locals still venture into the dark interior to collect guano (bird and bat droppings used as fertilizer) and bird's nest.
The famous Painted Cave is another highlight of the visit to Niah Cave. Here, little human-like figures drawn in red haematite watch over a gravesite where the bodies of the dead were each laid in its own boat-shaped coffin. The Great Cave and Painted Cave have been declared as National Historical Monuments.
The Caves are accessible via a raised plankwalk that winds through lowland forest vibrant with birds and butterflies. Apart from the Caves, visitors can explore several kilometres of forest trails to feel the richness of tropical rainforests, climb a 400m tall limestone ridge or visit an Iban longhouse located near the Park boundary. Visitors can also rent a boat or walk along the river from Park headquarters to Batu Niah town.
Syarikat Bas Suria (tel: (6) 085-434317/412173) has a regular bus service to batu Niah from Miri Bus Station. The journey 1 hr 40 mins to 2 hrs. Share taxis from the Bus Station are available as there are regular taxis, which can usually be chartered on a daily basis. self-drive cars are also available
The Park office ia about 3km from Batu Niah town. Chartered taxis and tour buses will take you straight there but if you arrive by bus or share taxi, you have three choices.
1. A motorised longboat from Batu Niah town to the Park Office brings you through delighful jungle scenery.
2. A taxi from Batu Niah town is not so interesting but a good idea if it is raining.
3. If you are not too heavily burdened with luggage, the park Office is a pleasant 45 minute stroll along the river bank.
I shared a taxi from Miri with another traveller for total RM120 from 7:30am to 5pm.
MOre information can be checked with NP website:
Evidently the first day I was at the Treetops Lodge, it was a time when schools of small pink shrimp were at the Siwa Village beach. Local fishermen and fisherwomen were using nets from boats and handnets to catch them. I took both pictures and videoclips. The two fishermen that let me take a picture of what they had caught were getting ready to leave but spotted a large school of shrimp, ran back into the water, and deployed their net. It was a good decision; when they came back, their basket was full. I am guessing but I think they must use these shrimp to make the local shrimp paste.
The Treetops Lodge has a pond stocked with tilapia. One day when it was raining, I decided to try fishing (the longhouse style dorm has a covered veranda). I had not brought any fishing equipment but someone had left a small pole (no reel), and a piece of fishing line with a large hook (#2?). I bummed a bread end from the kitchen and made small dough balls. In less than an hour while fishing over the rail on the veranda, I caught 11 small tilapia. All but one were too small to eat but it was fun catching them. You immediately get a bite basically every time you put your bait in the water. If I had had a smaller hook, like a #8 or #10, I think I could have caught a fish almost every time. It would be a perfect place to teach a kid how to fish.
Go and see E-mart area - it is a local shopping complex where the local residents get their fruits, vegetables and seafood, plus meats and other good food stuffs. There's even a large hypermarket on location for more shopping.
This is where one can see how the locals do their shopping, not the modern shopping malls in the city centre. It is colorful, lively and interesting. It can get quite crowded but it's fun to experience.
About 45 min from Miri is Lambir Hills NP, a nice National Park to get introduced to the real rainforest. There is a visitor centre and from there you can take various hikes in the national park. When we were there, we only saw 4 other people walking, so very quiet from people's point of view. However, the animals make so much sounds, unbelievable, though very nice. There are nice plants to be seen as well, and some waterfalls. Beware though, it is very humid/sticky/hot!
Miri beach, commonly known as Tanjung... actual name is Taman Selera, complete with dining with various choices, can even find seafood there also!! the place is complete with playgrounds also, and some BBQ sets for free use and it's are also safe to walk around because there are lights installed along the place.
Taman Selera is situated by the beach in Tanjung Lobang. This place brings back many memories because it used to be The Place for weekend family dinners. Families, couples & friends would come here for value for money meals that include seafood, satay & cendol ice drinks, and enjoy the beach front environment.
With the advent of malls, new restaurants and other developments, Taman Selera has been overlooked and is now much quieter than before. The city council tried to spruce the place up by building two modern jetties for people to walk on. However, old school Mirians still go this place and I'm one of them.
Miri Public Park or Taman Awam Miri is located about 3km south of Miri (towards the airport). This is a popular place amongst the locals especially in the afternoons and weekends because it is a lovely place to job, bring the kids or hang out
There is a tower which vaguely looks like an onshore oil well and hanging bridges that overlook a mini water park (very popular with kids). There are also waterfalls and jogging tracks that go up & down gentle slopes.
Entrance is free and there are little stalls to buy food & drinks. Thankfully, this place is quite clean
The Petroleum Museum was opened on 20 May 2005, right next to the Grand Old Lady, because of the significance of the place to the oil industry of Miri and Malaysia. The museum was built in close cooperation between the two major oil companies in Malaysia, Petronas and Sarawak Shell Berhad
The exhibit includes photographs & information on the oil & gas industry, with special attention to Miri. There are some activities for the kids like a mechanical dinosaur and other animated exhibits that entertains & educates
This building is located on top of Canada Hill which is now known as Bukit Telaga Minyak or Oil Well Hill (personally I prefer its original name)