The town of Miri in Malaysia's northern Sarawak is the gateway to the best national parks in the country as well as the home of its first oil well. Come and learn about the history of the petroleum industry before relaxing in the pristine beauty of Miri's local environment. You're going to have a fantastic holiday to Malaysia, so why wait to start planning? Book your hotel in Miri today!
The petroleum industry has driven the development of Miri, and the investment has given the city a distinct cosmopolitan vibe. Visitors discover a local atmosphere that's very accommodating, as well as many facilities like western restaurants that make it easy to holiday here. Walk to the top of Canada Hill to see the first oil well in Malaysia, which is called the "Grand Old Lady." This is also Shell Corporation's first ever well, and stands towering above the city. The nearby Petroleum Museum gives a great insight into the industry, and you’ll also get a hands-on experience playing with all of the advanced equipment and devices. Shoppers come from all over the region to browse through the fashion in Miri's malls and traditional markets. Don't miss the Imperial Mall for all your branded goods, or walk around Tamu Muhibah and see stalls packed with the freshest exotic fruits, vegetables and local delicacies. If you're looking for memorable souvenirs, the Miri Heritage Centre is the best place for you, and they also offer many locally made handicrafts that are a delightful present for friends back home.
Check out Gunung Mulu National Park and explore the beautiful rainforest and caves that made this UNESCO World Heritage Site famous. Make the trek into Sarawak Chamber, the largest underground chamber in the world, and marvel at the roof towering 70m above you. You'll enjoy the picturesque waterfalls in Lambir Hills National Park, where you'll also find many hiking trails winding through the forest. If you're feeling adventurous try the hike to the summit of Bukit Lambir, where you'll have an unparalleled view across the park. Lambir Hills is famous for bird watching, and offers visitors the chance to see many native species.
Stop in at the Niah Caves to marvel at another set of underground chambers. This is the site where the oldest human remains have been found in Malaysia, dating back over 40,000 years. You can wander through the chambers that were once home to an ancient civilisation, and gaze at the artwork in Painted Cave that's over 1,200 years old. Learn more about the artefacts found here in the Niah Archaeology Museum, which also has impressive displays and exhibits demonstrating a day in the life of these prehistoric humans. Head to the beaches of Taman Selera to enjoy an afternoon by the water, while you try delicious seafood cooked just the way you like it. Love diving? Book a scuba or a snorkelling tour to the coral gardens that are just off the coast of Miri, and spend a day exploring the underwater wonderland. Have a round of golf at one of Malaysia's top courses - Eastwood Valley, or wander through the San Ching Tian Temple, which is the largest Taoist temple in Southeast Asia.
Come and enjoy the delights of Miri on your next vacation to Malaysia. Relax by the beach or in the rainforest, explore the largest underground chamber in the world and learn all about the history of the petroleum industry! All that's missing is you. Book your flight to Malaysia and check out our fantastic Miri accommodation, so you can start planning your next holiday today!
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