Birthplace of Malaysia's petroleum industry and Sarawak’s second city, Miri is a fantastic base for exploring Borneo’s spectacular rainforests and national parks. The city is the main gateway to the famous Gunung Mulu National Park, as well as the Loagan Bunut National Park, Lambir Hills National Park, and the Niah Caves.
Nature lovers will be in their element in these stunning natural areas surrounding Miri, but the coast here is also a great place to explore, with a number of dive sites just a short boat ride from the city. The unspoiled coral reef is dazzling, and there are various species of tropical fish to spot, including butterfly fish, stingrays, and parrotfish to name just a few.
Other places of interest in Miri include the San Ching Tian Temple and Esplanade Beach at Luak Bay. For the best views on the city head to Canada Hill, where you’ll find Malaysia’s first ever oil well, known as The Grand Old Lady, plus a museum that traces the development of the petroleum industry since oil was first struck here back in 1910. The Miri Handicraft Center is also a notable stop for those looking to gain a greater understanding of Borneo’s multicultural heritage.
As well as sightseeing tours of Miri city, there are various trips to choose from in order to explore the incredible national parks in this area. Join a three-day adventure in Mulu National Park, a half-day Lambir Hills tour, or a historical Niah National Park day trip from the city.
Miri Airport is a significant travel hub for central Borneo. It is connected to all the major destinations in Malaysian Borneo, including Kuching and Kota Kinabalu, plus there are frequent flights to and from Kuala Lumpur.
Did You Know? Miri serves as a major transport hub, so if you’re traveling to or from Brunei, Sabah, the Kelabit Highlands, or one of the four national parks in this area, you’ll very likely to pass through Miri.