A lot of Filipinos are not familiar with Miri until AirAsia launched its first Manila-Miri flight last December 2013. Miri used to be a quiet fishing village until the first oil-well was drilled here in 1910. Since then, Miri petroleum production continued to drive the city’s economy and development.
Limestone Rock Formation at Niah National Park
Surprisingly, a lot of Filipino expatriates are working in Oil refineries in Miri but unlike Kota Kinabalu, theres no such thing as Filipino Town in the city where you can buy Filipino food and meet fellow Filipinos.
Things to do and see in Miri Malaysia
- Visit Niah Cave at Niah National Park – Located in Gunung Subis within the district of Miri. This is where the oldest recorded human settlement in east Malaysia can be found.
- Buy local Souvenirs – Visit Miri Heritage Centre, a place where you get a memorable souvenir of a local made handicrafts.
- Visit Miri City Fan – is a world-class fan-shaped urban civic park. This park is usually the venue of sports, educational and cultural activities in Miri. The park has a promenade, parkland, an amphitheater, musical fountain, a library and cultural center and various ethnic gardens.
- Grand Old Lady and the Petroleum Museum – Located on top of Canada Hill – Malaysia’s first oil well. This destination offers excellent views of Miri and its surrounding.
- Taman Selera – The most famous beach destination in Miri. This is a great place to visit for picnics and other gatherings.
- Tamu Muhibah – A market where fresh and exotic fruits, vegetables and local delicacies are available.
The local currency is Ringgit Malaysia (RM or MYR) and comes in RM100, RM50, RM10, RM5 and RM1 notes. Money changers are available at the City Center and in most shopping areas. Credit cards are are now accepted in some establishments.
Travel Tips for Filipino Tourists
- Bring Umbrella – I notice that its always raining in Miri specially at night so better bring umbrella with you.
- Bring travel plug adapter – you can usually borrow from your hotel concierge however some hotels may not have enough supply.
- Stay in the City Center – Most taxi’s in Miri are not metered and they are bit expensive. Staying in the City Center will help you save money on transportation since you are close to everything.
Niah National Park
How to get there
The new Miri International Airport (MYY) which was opened in 2005 is the third busiest airport in Malaysia. If you are coming from the Philippines, AirAsia Zest flies four times weekly from NAIA Terminal 4 to MIRI Airport.
Flight from Manila leaves at 2:25PM and arrives in MIRI at 4:45PM.; while return flight leaves MIRI at 5:10p.m. and arrives in Manila at 7:30pm. AirAsia also offer flights to Miri from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.