Miri Travel Guide

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Miri Highlights

  • Pro
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     Multi-racial friendly locals; colorful culture; slow-paced fun 

  • Con
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     Minimal nite life 

  • In a nutshell
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     Not a lot to occupy a Tourist for more than a day! 

Miri Things to Do

  • Canada Hill 3 - The Petroleum Museum

    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...

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  • Canada Hill 2 - the 'Grand Old Lady'

    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...

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  • Canada Hill 1 - Walk to Kampung Haji...

    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...

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Miri Hotels

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Miri Restaurants

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  • Cheap eats, good quality fresh food

    In Miri there are several places where you can find a row of food stalls cooking freshly cooked food catering for a variety of tastes. One of these is Taman Seroja in the centre of Miri. There are fresh fish, chicken, rice and noodle dishes and great fresh juices.The food is cheap - between $1 and $2 for a meal and about $1.50 for a drink.During...

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  • One of the Best Chinese Restaurant in...

    This restaurant serves good Chinese and other Asian cuisines. The restaurant is large and has 3 floors; the ground floor is the main restaurant, the 2nd floor is for special functions (e.g. wedding parties, etc.) while the 3rd floor is a Ballroom for even larger formal dinner functions. The service is quick and professional. The food is delicious,...

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  • Great German food

    After spending nearly a week travelling up the Rejang River between Sibu and Belaga and only eating simple noodles and rice dishes, this place was just what I needed. As its name suggest, this place specialises in German and western food with meat being featured heavily on the menu. I went for the mixed grill which consisted of bratwurst sausage,...

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Miri Nightlife

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  • Miri

    Although this area of Miri is pretty dead during the week, it comes alive on a Friday & Saturday night.Live music is provided by the resident band who do anything from dance to rock.The bar is the area that i call "the ex-pat's area" & is geared up for such.This is not a place to go to for the first port of call though since the drinks are...

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  • Miri's Hotspot

    Miri has always been known to have the more livelier nightlife compared to the other towns in Sarawak. The hotspots in Miri is concentrated in a small area in Survey area and the current happening one is called Cherries Berries. It is has two floors where live music is played, and is usually packed especially on weekends. There is a balcony on the...

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  • Fireflies in the forest

    What you expect to do in the forest at night?! Watch fireflies in the middle of the bridge. There's no moon the night and was after rain when i was there. A completely dark environment that you will never experience in the city. A real nice condition to watch fireflies, but watch out your step.

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Miri Transportation

  • Bus from Brunei to Miri

    A very comfortable bus leaves Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei twice daily for the trip to Miri. Morning bus is at 7am and afternoon bus at 1pm. The bus stops at Tutong (on request), Seria and Kuala Belait.I caught a morning bus - only 3 passengers at the start - which picked up a passenger at Tutong and arrived in Seria at 8.40. The driver said the...

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  • Plane from Miri to Mulu

    There are two MASwings (Malaysian Airlines Subsidiary) flligts a day from Miri to Mulu. It is easy to book on line and this is recommended during high season of mid-July to end of August. Early booking means cheaper prices. I booked two months in advance and paid half the price that others who booked only a coupe fo days in advance paid. The flight...

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  • Intra-city Public Bus Service

    Public bus transport within the city is provided by the Miri City Bus company... The bus main terminal is located at Jalan Padang, in front of Wisma Pelita Tunku and Park Hotel... It is just in front of the Visitors Infromation Centre and Taman Muhibbah & Tamu Khas...The city buses cover the city centre and the suburbs... There is generally no...

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Miri Shopping

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  • Souvenirs from Sarawak

    Miri Handicraft Centre is a collection of stalls selling a range of local craft products and arts and crafts from areas across Sarawak, along with lots of cheap Sarawak souvenirs and Sarawak sweets such as pepper candy and bird's nest candy. There is some beautiful beadwork, ornamental kris (daggers) and brass earrings, along with ikat and...

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  • Local marketplace

    Local produce under one roof fresh fruitsveggiesvariety of ricebananashandicraftsflowersand lots of durians when in season!!!! local pricesdo bargainnegotiate

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  • Biggest in Miri

    Bintang Megamall has total space of 400,000 square feet making it the biggest shopping mall in Miri. It opened in 1996 as Bintang Plaza, and was renamed Bintang Megamall following the refurbishing that adds a new multi-storey car park and a hotel, the Luxton. The anchor tenant is Parkson Grand department store. Other tenants include Big Apple...

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Miri Local Customs

  • Etiquette

    Here are some etiquette for visitors to follow in order to be more accepted:1) When entering homes, longhouses, mosques, temples and rural churches, shoes MUST be removed. 2) Appropirate dress is required when visiting places of worship. For example, when a woman visits a mosque, her head must be covered and she must be decently dressed (no short...

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  • Working Hours in Miri

    Miri runs on a normal eight-hour working day system with Saturdays as a half-day workday and Sunday as a day of rest. All public service departments and some banks usually close on the first and third Saturday of the month. Private sector hours are generally from 9am to 5pm (Monday-Friday) and 9am to 1pm (Saturday) while government office hours are...

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  • Tipping

    The custom of tipping is not practised in Malaysia. To tip or not depends entirely on you. Most hotels and large restaurants have already included a 10% service charge in addition to the 5% government tax to the bill (indicated by the ++ sign on menus and rate cards) so tipping is unnecessary. However, if you are happy with the services provided,...

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Miri Warnings and Dangers

  • Bird Attacks!

    No not a real warning - at least I don't think so. While I was walking along the Canada Hill ridge to Kampung Haji Wahed, I came across the sign in this photo. Awas! With a picture of a bird.Did this mean there was a possibilty of an attack from birds? Or did this mean I should take care not to hit birds that might be flying low across the road?

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  • ALWAYS CARRY AND USE A STRONG MOSQUITO...

    MIRI When travelling or visiting here in Borneo/Sarawak ALWAYS carry and use a strong Mosquito and Insect Repellant.Here in the tropics there is always a strong chance of being infected by mosquitos with either Malaria and /or Dengue fever. Either of the infections can be extremely dangerous to catch and have serious outcomes. ALWAYS use a strong...

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  • Important Telephone Numbers

    Dialling Code for Malaysia : +60 Airport Information: 085-615433 Air Asia airline: 085-438022, 616022(airport) Royal Custom Malaysia: 085-433611 Immigration: 085-429191 Telekoms: 085-429191 Resident & District Office: 085-433203 Miri City Council: 085-433501,424111 Post Office: 085-433423 Post Laju (Express Post): 085-422388 National Park Office:...

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Miri Tourist Traps

  • There is no City Tour in Miri !

    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. 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.

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  • Miri itself?

    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...

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  • I don't think we're in Miri yet

    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...

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Miri What to Pack

  • Recommended Clothing

    Can bring comfortable luggage and bags. Lightweight, cool and casual clothes are best for the tropical climate. Shorts are acceptable for women, even in town, so long as they are not too skimpy. Visitors to places of worship must adhere to the regulations imposed. Cotton shorts and T-shirts are best for going on excursions and when trekking in the...

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  • Rain gear and torches.

    Ok, this is the rainforest, so it rains a lot here... Most of the days heavy rains drop from the sky like it was the end of the world. Some days it was for just a short spell, but others it would last for hours. Dress accordingly with the heat and humidity (not exposing a lot of meat to mosquitoes) and have always a light raincoat at your...

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Miri Off The Beaten Path

  • Niah National Park - Getting There and...

    Niah National Park is 115km southwest of Miri. It is not the easiest place to get to using public transport. Most of the buses travelling from Miri to Bintulu and further on to Sibu and Kuching stop at Batu Niah Junction. From the junction there are public buses to Batu Niah town but this is still 4km from park headquarters. The best option is to...

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  • Niah National Park - The Archeology...

    After completing the walk to the caves, have a break by taking a look through the archeology museum. There are some impressive exhibits showing some of the archeological findings from the cave - copies of the 40,000 year old human remains along with pieces of earthernware. There is also a series of photos and interesting text showing the history of...

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  • Niah National Park - The Caves

    The Caves are a huge complex of interconnected caverns. Starting at Traders Cave you make your way around to the Great Cave.with its vast opening. Hanging from the ceiling can be seen the seemingly fragile bamboo and wood sructures used by the birds' nest collectors.After entering the Great Cave there is a long series of steep steps before the...

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Miri Sports & Outdoors

  • Miri diving

    Miri has long been known for it's exotic national parks and caves, it's under water world is now gaining attention of scuba divers ever since the untouched coral reefs were discovered in recent years. The reefs here are all patch reefs with varying depths from 7 to 30 meters with average visibility of 10 to 30 meters.The variety of corals and other...

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  • Miri Golf Club

    The club is located on top of a picturesque sand bar between the Miri River and the South China Sea...One can see the Miri Waterfront and the city just across the Miri River on the 2nd Nine... The club was founded in 1910 and only 6 holes was playable in 1924...Today, the 18-holes par-72 course plays to a long 6,858yds from the blue tees... with...

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  • Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club

    The 18-holes par-72 course is comparatively new, only opened for public play about 3 years ago... The fairway is fairly bare of trees which are still small... The 1st Nine (or Miri Nine) plays to 3,024m from the blue tees... and the 2nd Nine (or City) to 3,068m... Buggy is on fairway which makes play faster and more tolerable in the open course......

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  • Sharing Dragonfruit

    Not really a tip, just a really pleasant experience. One afternoon when I was walking back from Canada Hill, I had stopped at a rest spot for a drink and some shade, when an elderly couple pulled up on their motorbike and took a seat with me. They had just been doing their exercise - walking up and down a steep section of the hill - and stopped...

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  • Views from Canada Hill

    Canada Hill, also known as Oil Well Hill, sits to the east of the city centre and is where you'll find Miri's famous landmark and national monument, the Grand Old Lady, the first oil well that was dug in Malaysia back in 1910. You'll also find the interesting Petroleum Museum here as well. The views over the city are pretty good plus the view...

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  • Well run, clean hostel

    Great town and ideal place to arrange travel to Mulu National Park and to Bario in the highlands. Stayed at the The Highlands hostel in Miri, worth checking out if after good , clean accommodation at reasonable price. The owners were very helpful & obliging. If you go up to Mulu then a good guide for your stay is Phillip. Should be able to contact...

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