Bucket List: Top 6 Best Things to do in Miri, Malaysia

What are the top tourist attractions in Miri?

Gunung Mulu National Park photo via Depositphotos

Miri Bucket List: Best Activities and Amazing Places to Visit in Miri, Malaysia

Miri is a coastal city in northeastern Sarawak, Malaysia, located near Brunei‘s border, on the island of Borneo.

Miri used to be a quiet fishing village until the first oil well was drilled here in 1910. Since then, Miri petroleum production has continued to drive the city’s economy and development.

Limestone Rock Formation at Niah National Park
Limestone Rock Formation at Niah National Park

Surprisingly, a lot of Filipino expatriates are working in Oil refineries in Miri. Still, unlike Kota Kinabalu, there’s 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 locally 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, a musical fountain, a library, a 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.

Currency Exchange

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 now accepted in some establishments.

Sarawak Handicraft
Sarawak Handicraft

Travel Tips for Filipino Tourists

  • Bring an Umbrella – I notice that it’s always raining in Miri, especially at night, so better bring an umbrella with you.
  • Bring a 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 taxis in Miri are not metered, and they are a bit expensive. Staying in the City Center will help you save money on transportation since you are close to everything.
Niah National Park
Niah National Park

How to get there

The new Miri International Airport (MYY), opened in 2005, is the third busiest airport in Malaysia. If you are coming from the Philippines, AirAsia flies to Miri via Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Gunung Mulu National Park photo via Depositphotos
Gunung Mulu National Park photo via Depositphotos

Miri Travel and Tour Packages

To help you plan out your visit to Miri, we listed places to visit and other amazing Miri, Malaysia. We also listed some of the best travel deals and tour packages and excellent flight deals and accommodation.

Searching for the best hotels, resorts, and affordable flights in the nearby Cities? Check out our list of affordable Miri hotels and resorts via Agoda, Booking, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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