Top 10 Places you can visit in Miri, Sarawak

Top 10 Places you can visit in Miri, Sarawak

Visit the small 'Oil City' of Sarawak | © Apit Zaramiz  

Visit the small ‘Oil City’ of Sarawak | © Apit Zaramiz  

The purpose of you guys looking at this blog or article will be looking for the same answer which is what is the best Miri itinerary or the Miri Wikitravel which is the part of Miri Sarawak, correct guys? Yes, you are correct and guess what you are at the right Miri travel blog. Miri is called in Malaysia as Bandar Miri(The Miri City) of Sarawak. So, without wasting time let’s get started.

Miri stands in Northern Sarawak along the South China Sea and it’s Malaysia’s booming oil city. Miri is situated on the alluvial plain of the Miri River on the western shore of northern Sarawak on the island of Borneo. This town-cum-city offers beaches, urban parks, handicraft centres, and acts as a gateway to four nearby national parks. Here are some wonderful things to do in Miri.  

1) Spectacular views from Canada Hill

Canada Hill or as it’s called Bukit Telaga Minyak in Bahasa Malaysia. As it’s a  limestone hill and a short drive inland from Miri. In 1910, this became the site of Malaysia’s first oil drill, giving birth to the long and profitable industry driving the country’s economy today. Known as The Grand Old Lady, a duplicate of the first oil well soars 30 metres (98 feet) at the top of the hill. Enjoy the birds-eye views of Miri and the South China Sea. One of the most popular places to visit in Miri is to visit Canada Hill for its sunrise or sunset.

View of Miri from Canada Hill,Sarawak Shutterstock

View of Miri from Canada Hill Shutterstock

2) Learn about Malaysia’s oil industry at the Petroleum Museum

Miri museum discovery of oil in 1910 transformed a small fishing village into a booming oil town in the 20th century. Miri was established in 1910 when the first oil well was drilled by Royal Dutch Shell. The Petroleum Museum neighbour to the Grand Old Lady has exhibits covering the story of the petroleum industry in Miri and Malaysia. Visitors are able to learn about technology, extraction tools and techniques. In the end, they are able to see the finished products. 

Miri Petroleum Museum, Sarawak Shutterstock

Shutterstock Miri Petroleum Museum

3)Visit Miri’s beach

Miri’s beach is called Tusan Beach Miri which sits approximately 30 minutes away from the city centre. Popular with beach lovers and photographers, Tusan offers white sandy shorelines against rough cliffs and unusual rock development. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere while snapping pictures, or witness Borneo’s spectacular sunsets. Anyone who likes the beach will appreciate this as one of the top places to visit in Miri. Lucky visitors might also observe the rare natural occurrence when the sea begins to glow as tiny micro-organisms release blue light.

Tusan beach famed for its cliff and the rare ‘Blue Tears’ © syazwan sabri / Shutterstock

Tusan beach famed for its cliff and the rare ‘Blue Tears’ © syazwan sabri / Shutterstock

4)Visit Miri Sky Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Malaysian, Asian

Miri Sky Bar sits on the 17th floor of the Meritz Hotel. Offering a selection of food, including a steamboat buffet and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, the Sky Bar is one of the top places to visit in Miri for a sunset experience. Customers can sit outside on a terrace overlooking the city and the South China Sea. The Sky Bar has promotions on beer, wine and cocktails regularly.

Miri Sky Bar, Sarawak Shutterstock

Miri Sky Bar Shutterstock

Miri Sky Bar Shutterstock

Miri Sky Bar, Sarawak Shutterstock

5)Chill out at Miri City Fan Recreation Park

The fan-shaped 26-acre park in the heart of Miri opened in the 1990s, It’s providing a shady haven. A total of 10 themed zones form Miri City Fan Recreation Park, with a central amphitheatre as the focal point. Other sections include Islamic-style gardens, a promenade, koi pond, public swimming pool and a musical fountain, as well as building Miri Library. Locals enjoy wandering under the shade in the early morning or evening. The Recreation Park acts like a sport, education and recreational hub in Miri.

Miri City Fan Recreation Park Shutterstock

Miri City Fan Recreation Park Shutterstock

6) Miri Handicraft Centre

Market

For a cultural experience and glance into the lives of Sarawak’s aboriginal, head to Miri Handicraft Centre on Jalan Brooke. Several stalls offer various souvenirs and handicrafts, including textiles, Penan mats and weaved products. Lucky visitors may additionally catch one of the centre’s occasional cultural shows.

Miri Handicraft Centre, Sarawak Shutterstock

Miri Handicraft Centre Shutterstock

7)See an incredible sunset at Brighton Beach

One of Miri beaches is Brighton Beach, known locally as Tanjung Lobang, sits a few kilometres to the south of the city. Holding the title as the first public beach and oldest recreation park in Miri, it also hosts one of Sarawak’s best sunsets. Two piers expand out into the South China Sea creating an ideal backdrop against the oranges, yellows, pinks and purples on a cloudless day. Miri’s Seahorse Lighthouse is a short walk from the piers and also has many choices for beachside dining.

Brighton beach or also known as Pantai Tanjung Lobang to locals © Kelvin Yam / Shutterstock

Brighton beach or also known as Pantai Tanjung Lobang to locals © Kelvin Yam / Shutterstock

Pantai Tanjung Lobang, 98000, Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia

8) Archaeological wonders at Niah National Park

Niah National Park comprises a network of caves some 100 kilometres (62 miles) south of Miri. As a popular day trip, tourists will find geological wonders, cave paintings and ancient wooden coffins shaped like boats. Human remains, believed to date back 40,000 years, were seen inside too, and are said to be the oldest discovered in Asia. Other highlights include the chance to witness how Penan tribes collect the bird’s nest elegance from high on the cave wall using a network of ladders.

Locals in Niah still collect the bird’s nests from the cave the traditional way © Valery Shanin / Shutterstock

Locals in Niah still collect the bird’s nests from the cave the traditional way © Valery Shanin / Shutterstock

Niah National Park, 98200 Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia

9)Caves, biodiversity and nature at Gunung Mulu National Park

A day trip to Gunung Mulu National Park always ranks in the top 10 list of visiting places in Miri. The UNESCO-listed national park offers tourists the chance to experience Sarawak`s biodiversity, explore caves and praise the surroundings. You should check out Deer Cave and Clearwater Cave and have some nice shots near their entrance because the three surrounding mountains soar more than 1,500 metres (4,931 feet) behind. Other highlights include its 17 greenery zones, limestone pinnacles, canyons and Paku Waterfall. Accommodation is also available at Gunung Mulu National Park.

Limestone pinnacles can be seen at Gunung Mulu © Juhku / Shutterstock

Limestone pinnacles can be seen at Gunung Mulu © Juhku / Shutterstock

Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia,

10)Lambir Hills National Park

Lambir Hills is one among four national parks near Miri, which provides visitors with the prospect of a jungle experience. Several series lead through the different habitats, ecosystems and to waterfalls and pools. Popular routes include the Latak Waterfall and Pantu Waterfall trails. Lucky visitors might see gibbons, sun bears, wild pigs, flying squirrels and some of the 200 plus species of birds living inside.

Lambir Hills offers a jungle trekking experience for the more adventurous © Fabio Lamanna / Shutterstock

Lambir Hills offers a jungle trekking experience for the more adventurous © Fabio Lamanna / Shutterstock

Lambir Hills offers a jungle trekking experience for the more adventurous © Fabio Lamanna / Shutterstock

These recommendations were updated on June 6, 2020. This blog or article will be an idea for planning your Miri travel itinerary, Hope you will find my Miri itinerary blog interesting and useful.

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