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Sarawak ~ Miri


History & People Kuching Longhouse & Visits Bintulu & Sibu Sarawak National Parks Miri Mulu National Park



Miri which serves as a gateway to the Northeast Region was once a sleepy fishing village made prosperous through the discovery of oil in 1910. Miri, dubbed as the "Oil Town", is the third largest town in Sarawak with its wealth being mostly from the vast oil and gas deposits found off the coastline of the South China Sea. One is never far from the signs of the oil industry - be it boats, the Shell settlement or service tenders.


Even though the atmosphere in the town is relaxed and casual, it is a bustling commercial centre with lively native markets, scenic parks, beaches, with excellent restaurants and pubs. The proliferation of bars and clubs serves to quench the entertainment hungry visitors mainly from conservatively Islamic Brunei, where such outlets and alcohol are banned.


Places of Interest





Canada Hill
The town’s most famous landmark – the grand Old Lady on top of Canada Hill, the first well to strike oil in 1910. This original wooden rig while by itself may not be spectacular, the view of the sprawling town and the South China Sea is worth the visit. 




Tamu Muhibbah
Tamu Muhibbah is the local market where fascinating products from the Sarawakian interior are sold and a place for the unusual, be it a new variety of red bananas, mangoes resembling turnips, brown and white rice from upstream Bario and jungle remedies made from exotic plants and animal bi-products.


Miri Heritage Centre
The place for good selection of native products such as baskets, hats, textiles, and beadwork jewellery for which this part of the world is famous.

Beaches
Miri also has beaches such as ' Brighton' each and 'Hawaii Beach'. Other little discovered destinations accessible from Miri are the Bario and Kelabit Highlands, two beautiful and remote mountain valleys with superb jungle treks and Kelabit longhouses. 


Diving in Miri
Miri’s best offer is the fantastic opportunities for divers. Divers, from beginners to those who have dived all the world famous spots, have nothing but praise for the reefs around Miri. The reefs here are all patch reefs with varying depths from 7 to 30 meters with average visibility of 10 to 30 meters


Other Places
Miri also serves as a gateway to the Northeast Region. The Mulu National Park is just 30 minutes by flight while Niah is two hours drive away. You can reach one the world’s most biodiverse site at Lambir Hills in just 25 minutes. Half a day away is Loagan Bunut, a unique natural expanding and contracting lake, which is fast becoming a bird watcher’s paradise. 110 km to the south-west of Miri is the remnants of early mans dwellings and Cave paintings in Niah Caves, an important archaeological site known as one of the birthplaces of civilisation in the region.
Then, from Miri you can reach the Bario Highlands by air in 40 minutes or travel by boat up the mighty Baram River and explore longhouses and villages along the way.


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Miri Diving

Divers, from beginners to those who have dived all the world famous spots, have nothing but praise for the reefs around Miri. The reefs here are all patch reefs with varying depths from 7 to 30 meters with average visibility of 10 to 30 meters

Mulu National Park

A 30 minutes flight from Miri is the Gunung Mulu National Park, is Sarawak's largest national park. Its 15 different types of forest contains a wealth of wildlife and thousands of species of ferns, fungi, mosses and flowering plants. The park has one of the most spectacular cave systems in the world.

Mulu Caves / Treks & Climbs

Lambir Hills National Park

Just 30 minutes drive away from Miri, it is known to be the world's most bio-diverse forest. Lambir Hills is home to more than 1,000 species of trees. There are plants and insects here that have not yet been discovered as well as waterfalls and bathing pools for a quick dip

Niah National Park

110 km to the south-west of Miri is the Niah National Park within which is the Niah Caves, an important archaeological sites known as one of the birthplaces of civilisation in the region

Loagan Bunut National Park

Lying 130km away from Miri, the incredible shrinking lake is the centre piece of this park. Called Loagan Bunut by the local Berawan people, is the Sarawak's largest natural lake, where in the dry months, the lake shrinks to great expanses of dry mud flats.
 


 

 

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