Miri is the gateway to the North of Sarawak, and is a coastal city located just South of the Sarawak/Brunei border. The city has developed largely as a result of the oil industry and timber tycoons, and much of the economy of the area is today derived from the oil companies. It is also a popular spot among the many expats working in Brunei for rest and recreation.

The charm of the city lies in its wonderful mixture of races, culture and language. Its population is made up largely of natives, malays, chinese and expats. There are some wonderful open air markets to entice shoppers with numerous local wares, local fruits, exotic batiks, clothes and fragrant rice and a host of other goods. The most popular market is Tamu Muhibbah, which is also open in the evening.

View of Miri from Canada Hill

Tourists to the area can visit the long jetty, which is an ideal spot to watch the sun set over the South China Sea, Oil Well No. 1 on Canada Hill where oil was first discovered in Sarawak in 1910, and various parks, markets and local beaches.

Miri is also an excellent place for the purchase of artefacts and souvenirs from many areas of the region. Sarawak pottery makes excellent souvenirs and can be found at a couple of shops along the Lutong-Kuala Baram Road. Many shops can also be found selling handicrafts such as terendak, pua kumbu, rattan bags beads etc.

The Miri River is often alive with regattas, skiing, and rafting competitions.

Oil Well No.1 on Canada Hill

Photographs on this page are courtesy of Phil Youdale