Miri is one of the major cities in the East Malaysian state of Sarawak. Besides Kuching, which is the capital of the state, Miri plays an important role as the major economic and tourism location here. Known as the ‘Oil City’, it is where the oil and gas industry is most prevalent. Miri offers a lot of attractions and entertainment options that draw tourists in each day.
Facts about Miri
- Currency: MYR (Malaysian Ringgit)
- Dialling code: In Miri, you will need to dial the +6082 prefix to call land lines. If you are calling mobile number, the prefixes like 013 and 017 are used according to their telco operators
- Airport: Miri is served by the Miri International Airport that provide connections via domestic and international flights.
- Airport Tax: applies for both domestic and international flights
- Distance from airport to city centre: About 5km
- Temperature: Miri experiences temperature between 23 to 33 degrees Celsius at average
- Climate and Weather: Tropical with high humidity
- Common languages: English, Sarawakian Bahasa, Mandarin, Iban
Getting into Miri city centre is very easy. Bus services are available which stops at the Pujut terminal. Meanwhile, taxis are available from the airport to the city center which costs about RM30 per trip. You can however, hail ride-sharing services like Uber and Grab as well.
Highlights around Miri
Miri is an interesting place to visit if you like a bit of everything. The city centre is constantly bustling with activities while you can enjoy the seaside and maybe some countryside as well. Among the attractions here include:
- Grand Old Lady and the Petroleum Museum – Operated by Petronas, this museum is located on top of Canada Hill which is right in the heart of the city center. You get to see the first oil well by Shell or visit the museum which gives you a lot of insights about the oil and gas industry here.
- Taman Selera – A great place to dine beside the seaside. You will notice a lot of families and groups here where you get to try out the local delights.
- Esplanade Beach – One of the most popular beaches in Miri, it is near Luak Bay. Driving there is a breeze where you get to see some of the largest houses in Miri
- San Ching Tian Temple – Not many people know this but the San Ching Tian Temple is actually the largest Taoist temple in the Southeast Asian region
- Lambir National Park – Get up close and personal with nature here and the waterfall
Food in Miri
Miri is very much like most of other Sarawakian cities where you can enjoy the local dishes at their best. Among those that you should try include:
- Kolo Mee – You can literally find this in most shops around the city. Try out 2020 where it has dim sum as well but Kolo Mee is one which you must try
- Kek Lapis – A distinct cake from Sarawak, you can get it at Miri airport or most shops around town
Entertainment in Miri
Miri has a vibrant night life which comes alive on most evenings. Located near to Grand Palace Hotel, there is a strip of bars and pubs to check out.