A small city located in the northern Sarawak region on the Malaysian Borneo, Miri is surprisingly rich largely due to its oil industry sector. This small city also boasts of a modern living as evident by the fast-paced lifestyle of the people at par with other developing cities. Consisting of brightly lit avenues and affordable guesthouses, there are plenty of things to see, do, and learn in this small bustling town. For one, Malaysia’s first oil well was drilled here in 1910, with petroleum as the city’s driving force of economic activities and continuous developments. The cultural diversity of the people living in this city speaks of openness and friendliness in hushed tones, with the population consisting of Chinese, Malay, Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau, Kelabit, Lun Bawang, and other ethnic groups. As well, the presence of international students intertwined with these ethnic groups makes the place all the more interesting to visit. You can fly to this city through the Miri International Airport, located 9.5km south east in Sarawak state. The airport also serves as a major transport hub, so you can be sure that you are at the centre of it all.
Miri is home to a number of multinational oil and gas giants, and it is for this reason that you should not pass the chance to visit the Grand Old Lady located atop the Canada Hill, located 2km southeast of the town centre. Commonly called as Miri’s No 1 Oil Well, the site is actually oil giant company Shell’s first oil well which was declared as a national monument. Beside this, the Petroleum Museum can be visited which boasts of interactive exhibits especially for kids, with infotainment introduction to the oil production industry that helped shape Miri to what it is today. You can visit the museum any day of the week except for Mondays. Going atop the hill should not hinder you to visit the site, which is a popular exercise spot among locals. Plus, you will be rewarded with magnificent views across town upon while you are at it. You can also drive and admire the beautiful sunset.
You can also take a dip in the Taman Selera beach, one of the most visited beaches in Miri. The beach also has a recreation park that you can relax into while taking a break from the beach. The food centre located along the shorelines also invites you for a perfect sunset dining experience.
You can also visit the Saberkas Weekend Market, deemed as the most colourful and friendly markets in the state. Here, you will find friendly vendors offering you the best prices for their fresh products, which include tropical fruits and veggies barbecue chicken, satay, grilled stingray, as well as dry products such as handicrafts. You can also opt to visit the new shopping mall in Miri, located 3km northeast of the centre near the Boulevard Commercial Centre.
How to get around within Miri
To reach your destination within the city proper, as well as other cities in Sarawak, travelling by bus is the best option there is. Numerous bus companies such as Biaramas, Suria Bus Express, and Borneo Highway Express travel to other cities such as Kuching, Sibu, and Bintulu, departing from the Express bus terminal. If you are coming from Brunei or vice versa, you can hop in either at the PHLS Express or the EVA Express. However, travelling from one place to another requires you having had to do several bus changes. The best and easiest way to reach your destination is to hail a taxi instead.
How to get there
Miri International Airport is a significant hub for Borneo and as such, serves frequent flights from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru via Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia. In addition, the airport is also connected to all major destinations in Malaysian Borneo, such as Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. You can also reach the airport from Singapore via AirAsia, which flies to Singapore and vice versa several times a week.
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