Miri is such a small city that you can walk around it in a few hours. If someone offers a city tour, please do not accept because you might get rip-off.
Unique Suggestions: In fact, there is no such thing as a city tour of Miri. However, if someone (especially taxi driver) does offer it to you, negotiate the price in advance.
If you are passing through Miri, bear in mind that if you are planning to leave by bus, the last intercity buses leave at 3:30pm. This is the bus to Kuala Belait in Brunei (as shown on the schedule in the picture). Some destinations, like Pontianak over the Indonesian border, just have one or two morning departures and nothing more. I arrived in Miri at 3:45pm and was stunned to find that I was stranded unless I used a taxi to get out of town (250 ringgit vs. 7 ringgit if I waited until the next day).
Unique Suggestions: I ended up staying in Miri for two days and it was entirely worth it. I had a bit of time to spare though. If you are on a tight schedule, keep an eye on the bus departure times.
I'm not sure if the placement of this sign is ambitious or mischievous. After you cross the border into Malaysia from Brunei, you are greeted with this large sign. Many unsuspecting travellers would not realise that the city is still one hour away. All you see for the next 50 kilometres is unfinished developments, construction and empty fields. It all looks a bit post-apocalyptic. So if you see this sign, return to the guidebook or go back to sleep. Miri is still quite a way off!
Miri airport has a desk where you have to buy your taxi ticket. They also change money. DONT DO THAT. they gave me the worst rate i have ever seen. 2.50 Ringit for 1 EURO instead of 4.00 Ringit.
The Hotel gave me 3.21 Ringit and in town they gave me 4.00.
So change your money into town or in your hotel.
Unique Suggestions: If you dont have Ringits just step on a cab and tell him you dont have money and that you will change it in town or your hotel. (thats what i did :) )
Fun Alternatives: There will be a new terminal opened medio 2003. I think they will have a proper changing office, but you are forwarned