Miri – Located near the border of Brunei, this coastal city is the second largest in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. It is also the home of Malaysian Petroleum Industry and the first non-state capital to receive official city status.
Besides being an entrance to popular tourist attractions in Sarawak, the modern Miri also has various travel destinations making eco-tourism one of the must-do things to do in the city. If you are planning to spend a holiday in this beautiful small city, here are the top 10 things you can do to make your stay fun and memorable
Jungle Trekking At Lambir Hills National Park
If you are looking for an adventure in this city, a trip to Lambir Hills National Park is one of the things that should be included on your itinerary. Only 32 kilometers away from Miri downtown, you will reach Lambir Hills National Park which is one of the most diverse and complex forest ecosystems in the world. The trekking trails will lead you to various fantastic sites inside the rainforest including waterfalls. You will also spot wildlife such as different species of wild pigs, deer, gibbons, birds, and more.
Since the trails are pretty challenging, you just have to make sure that you are physically fit to do the trekking and wear comfortable footwear. And of course, bring your camera with you so you can take pictures of the breathtaking views of nature.
Sight The Blue Tears At Tusan Beach
Blue tears or bioluminescence phenomenon happens when the seawater organisms are disturbed by oxygen and creates stunning blue waves on the shore. This rare event that relies on a particular water current, temperature, and tides can best be seen in places without light pollution. Tusan Beach in Miri is one of the fortunate locations in the world where we can spot this incredible sight.
Tusan is already famous to travelers to have picture-perfect landscapes and amazing sunset views. But upon the discovery of blue tears, thousands more of local and international tourists are now flocking the beach to have a sight of this breathtaking phenomenon.
It is not guaranteed that you can sight the blue tears anytime as this phenomenon depends on the weather conditions.
Dive At Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park
For diving enthusiasts, this 3rd on our list will surely excite you.
Miri-Sibuti Coral Reefs National Park is the largest marine national park created in Sarawak and is one of the most-visited sites for local and international divers.
Besides wreck dive sites, this national park has various popular diving sites that you will surely enjoy. It houses a variety of marine lives including different species of fish, sea horses, sharks, and of course, amazing coral reefs!
Crocodile Farm Visit
Have you been wondering how it feels to see hundreds of crocodiles in person? A visit to Miri Crocodile Farm will satisfy your curiosity.
It is among the largest crocodile farms in Sarawak and houses more than one thousand species of crocodiles. You will not only enjoy watching and taking pictures of these crocodiles, but you will also learn various aspects about them including information about their fatal encounter with humans.
It is best to visit the farm during their feeding time where you can have a full view of these crocodiles and see how they move out of the water to snatch their food.
Address: 98000 Lutong, Sarawak, Malaysia
Contact: +60 85-604 108
Canopy Walk At Mulu National Park
The Mulu Skywalk is also one of the most exciting things to do when you visit Miri. Installed 20 meters above the forest floor, this 480 meters long canopy walkway is the considered the longest in the world. You can have a view of the amazing beauty of nature including the calm river below and the limestone cliffs above.
Since this national park is located in a very remote area, the only way to reach the here is by riding a plane from Miri, Kota Kinabalu, or Kuching. Advance booking is also needed if you are planning a trip to this beautiful site.
Limestone Cliff Climbing
Besides the canopy walk, you can also experience three days and two nights trekking adventure to witness the amazing pinnacle formations in Mulu Mountain. While on your way to the top, you will also see other limestone features and different species of flowers along the trail. At the moment you arrive at the top, you will realize that the fantastic view of the pinnacle formations is worth your time and energy.
Make sure to wear good trekking shoes as the rocks are slippery and sharp, and there are ropes and ladders you need to climb. Age 16 and below are not permitted to join.
Advance booking is also needed for this trip.
Join Hash Running
If you are a running enthusiast, you might want to experience the fun and exciting experience of hash running activity in Miri. This unique style of running event is open to all locals and tourists who want to experience running through pathless jungles, rivers, swamps and ridges.
The activities are organized by Miri Hash House Harriers, a group of running enthusiasts who strive to promote good health and camaraderie. They offer various route choices for different types of abilities. Each race has experienced team leader and took two to more than four hours to finish.
Address: Lutong Post Office, P.O.BOX 283, Sarawak, 98000 Miri, Malaysia
Contact: +60 85-656 797
Watch Bird’s Nest Harvesting At Niah Cave
Niah Cave is among the largest caves in Malaysia and contains some of the oldest human remains found in the country. While touring the cave, you will see men climbing high poles to harvest swiftlet nests, the main ingredient of bird’s nest soup which is very expensive. Other reasons why this massive cave is famous are the paintings found inside that are believed to have been existing for more than 1200 years.
Hiking At Canada Hill
Locals consider Canada Hill as the best place for hiking and exercising.
Located in the city center, the hill can be accessed quickly and will give you a fantastic view of the city and the surround cities from the top. It’s also a perfect place for relaxing and hanging out with friends.
Visit Ming Cafe
If you are looking for a nightlife while in Miri, check out Ming Cafe, considered as the heart of Miri’s nightlife. Known as the most popular pub in the city, you can see a crowd of people spending time together during the late hour of the night. It offers a wide selection of food and drinks, a perfect destination to enjoy with friends or even alone.
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