Miri is a flourishing oil town which is both vibrant and modern. There is lots of money sloshing around thanks to the offshore service industries. There is plenty to do and see here in Miri that serves as a major transport hub. Miri is located on a narrow coastal strip between the South China Sea and short hills. There is mix of Dayak, Chinese and Malay population here.
How to reach Miri?
Miri can be reached by air and is well connected to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines, and MasWings are the primary operating services. There is long-distance bus terminal that can help you reach Miri by bus from Bintulu, Kota Kinabalu, Sibu, Kuching, and Brunei. Getting around Miri is very easy, and as most attractions are nearby, they can be reached on foot. For longer trips, one can always take a bus or hire a taxi.
Where to stay?
It is a great place to meet other travelers, and there are plenty of friendly hotels and guesthouses in Merit avoid last minute disappointments, ensure that you have booked a hotel in Miri. The city is fabulous, and the people are incredibly knowledgeable and accommodating. One can quickly get affordable accommodations. Mega Hotel Miri is an excellent choice when it comes to enjoying best amenities and services well within your budget.
How much are you likely to spend?
Your holiday would depend on where you stay and for how long are you in Miri. The capital city, Kota Kinabalu is more expensive than smaller towns. Expect to spend about MYR 3 to MYR 10 for lunch and dinner at local cafes and restaurants. The Malaysian currency is the ringgit, and its international currency code is MYR, One MYR consists of 100 cents.
What to do and see?
There is plenty to do and see in the city of Miri. There forests, parks and great markets selling fantastic food and goods.
- Explore the Niah Caves that date back to 40,000, and it was here were the old human remains were discovered. Enjoy the tradition of the bird’s nest hunting and watch the locals risk their lives to hunt for those nests. They will climb the long thin poles that hang from the cave ceilings and reach the top to get their raw bird nests Niah Cave is less than an hour drive from Miri city.
- Gunung Mulu National Park is a preserved rainforest that is famous for its dramatic peaks and caves. The bat-filled Deer Cave is vast and well known.It leads to the Garden of Eden, which is a hidden valley and waterfall surrounded by limestone cliffs. Have a look at those jagged limestone formations and rare orchids.
- Visit the Lambir National Park and feel your sense come alive within the darkness of this forest. Your eyes will strain to notice every small movement, and your ears prick at the slightest sound in the complete darkness surrounding you. Bring along a strong flashlight and enjoy looking at the little creatures during your nocturnal walk through the park.
- Enjoy the Small Town Art Market (STAM) that offers plenty of activities. There is food and music and plenty of good vibes as you mingle with other tourists and the locals. Take advantage of the local talents and out-of-box creativity.
- Madli’s Restaurant and Ming Café are very popular. All that walking and exploring is sure to make you hungry. Why not go to Madli’s, which is a long-running family business. Their chicken-fillet and Australian-beef satay is lip-smacking good. You can try other Malaysian dishes like kampung fried rice and nasi lemak. Ming Café offers imported bottled beers, and the stiff drinks menu boasts of Australian and New Zealand wines.