Malaysia is described as “Truly Asia” in their tourism campaigns for a reason. They say if you travel to Malaysia, you land in a melting pot of cultures of the entire Asian continent and this is because Malaysia has always been very liberal to adapting all kinds of culture and religious beliefs.
Miri, a city in Malaysia is on Sarawak`s northeastern coast and on the island of Borneo. The city has a very tourist friendly and laid-back vibe thanks to its beautiful beaches. Miri, the resort city is mostly popular as an ecotourism destination in Malaysia. The Borneo Jazz Festival happens in Miri every year in which jazz music lovers throng. Given below is a list of 15 best things to do in Miri, Malaysia. This Miri travel blog will sort your travel itinerary headaches for sure.
1. Pay a visit to The Grand Old Lady of Miri:
This is one of the famous landmarks in Miri that is age old and holds historic significance. Miri is an oil rich city and its first oil contraption marks this historic landmark. Located in Canada hill, a short drive of about fifteen minutes will take you to this place.
2. Petroleum Science Museum:
This is for the geeky tourists who love to gather as much information about their travel destination as possible. It is located near the grand old lady and its hill-top location will give you a bird`s eye view of the city of Miri with the backdrop of the sea. This location demands for some amazing photography of the landscape of Miri.
3. Bag some local artifacts in Miri Handicraft Market:
This market showcases Miri`s artistic handicrafts that is made locally by its talented artisans (Kelabit, Penan and Orang Ulu people). People who love shopping ethnic stuff can go all out in his market. It is a small market of round 10-12 shops that does not demand much of your time to scan.
4. Get the unique e-mart supermarket experience:
Located close to Brunei border, this supermarket is one of the most popular shopping and eatery destination among the locals. This place has a variety of things to purchase. The local food stalls here will give you the authentic Miri cuisine. This is place is the answer to that question ‘what to eat in Miri?!’
5. Miri Smokehouse beckons all the pork lovers:
Move aside posh pubs and restaurants, this roadside smokehouse stall is known to serve the best roast pork and beer in Miri.
Do not miss the sunset at this Miri beach: Brighton beach is one of the most popular beaches of Miri to catch a picturesque sunset, when in Miri. Just taking a stroll down this clean beach or just laying down to relax, Brighton beach will not disappoint the water-babies.
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6. Miri Sky Bar:
This bar is at the Meritz hotel and is a fancy place that offers a great view. If you drop by at this place during sunset, it will guarantee you some good food, cocktails and a wonderfully relaxing sunset view.
7. Experience the glow of bioluminescent algae of Tusan beach:
Just half an hour away from the center of the Miri city, the Tusan beach Miri will give you the unique sight of bioluminescent glowing waters at night. The algae called ‘Dino flagellate’ that is dwelling in the sea water when disturbed by the waves, produce this magical glow at night. Surrounded by cliffs, this beach is picturesque even during the day.
8. Get up, close and personal with the crocodiles in this crocodile farm in Miri:
A 30 mins drive from Miri will take you to Kuala Baram, where the crocodile farm is situated. There is also a mini zoo attached to the crocodile farm. This would be a perfect spot to take a family with kids. Almost every city in Malaysia has a crocodile park and Miri is no exception. Be sure to check for the feeding time of the crocodiles before you plan to go to this place.
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9. Explore the religious side in the San Ching Tian or Lian Hua San Temple Chinese Temple:
This is a Taoist temple that is the largest one in Southeast Asia. It is situated just 4 kms away from Mirir in the Krokop district. There are a lot many Chinese temples in this region that one might stop by to delve deeper into the Taoist culture.
10 Piasau Nature Reserve:
Just 20 minutes away from the main town, this nature reserve gives people ample scope to indulge in basic trekking and walking. Being the closest nature reserve of Malaysia that is within minutes from a city limit, it is quite a popular tourist destination. There is also a beach near this reserve. Lot of bird watching is guaranteed in this nature reserve.
11. Play along with the Sibuti Fireflies:
In the Kampung Sibuti area, numerous fireflies reside. It is a delight to see them shine in a bunch for which there are organized tours that can be booked. This is one of the unique tourist attractions of Miri that one must explore.
12. Dive into the waters of Miri:
Diving is a popular adventure sport practiced here and there are more than 20 diving spots in and around Miri. The famous diving school operator Coco Dive is located very much in the Miri city. The typical diving season in Miri is from March to November. From beginners to professionals, every kind of diver has scope to explore the waters of Miri with the help of the diving centers and trainers.
13. Putt in the lush golf fields of Miri:
The Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club of Miri and the Miri Golf Club have its doors open for all golfing enthusiasts. The former also provides accommodation options for people looking for golfing holidays. The lush green meadows of these golf clubs help golf lovers unwind while enjoying their favorite sport.
Tickle the adventurer in you in the Deer cave: Deer Cave is considered to be one of the longest natural passages of the world. However, the cave is home to a variety of species of bats. So, the weak hearted should skip this adventure. With the advice of travel guides, tourists go to this specific spot to only see a school of millions of bats flying in and out of this cave. This sighting sure gives you a chance to witness a “national geographic” moment.
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