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Miri, a small town in Sarawak, played a significant role in modern-day Malaysia.
Geologists discovered oil in Miri in the early twentieth century. The town grew as a result of the influx of Chinese migrant workers. Malaysia’s black gold already powers much of the country’s economy.
However, this tiny oil-rich city on the South China Sea is about more than just oil. Miri serves as a gateway to four nearby national parks, beaches, and the enchanting Blue Tears on occasion.
1) Grand Old Lady
The Grand Old Lady on Canada Hill marks the location of Shell’s first oil well in Miri, which was drilled in 1910.
The monument, which stands at 30 metres (98 feet), is a replica of Malaysia’s first oil well. The historical site provides a glimpse into the significance of the industry that transformed Malaysia.
Although the monument itself isn’t particularly attractive, most visitors combine it with a hike up Canada Hill.
Take photos and think about how the oil found here fuelled the nation’s growth and paid for the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.
2) Panoramic views from Canada Hill
Canada Hill, also known as Miri Hill, is situated behind the city centre.
The limestone hill rises to 150 metres in height (492 feet). A network of simple trails leads to the summit, which offers the best views of the area.
Those searching for a fast way up will find an army of taxis waiting for them.
Admire the panoramic view of the small city and the South China Sea beyond.
Canada Hill (Bukit Minyak in Bahasa) is a popular spot for sunrise and sunset viewing.
3) Miri Handicraft Center
At the Miri Handicraft Center, local artisans sell their goods.
There are dozens of stalls along Jalan Brooke where vendors show their handmade goods.
Traditional woven items, such as mats made by the indigenous Penan peoples, are sold by others. Textiles, handbags, and traditional clothing are available from others.
Stroll through the alleyways to reach Sarawak’s indigenous peoples, which are grouped under the name “Dayak.”
The Miri Handicraft Center is the best place to buy souvenirs in Miri.
The centre is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day. Evening cultural shows are sometimes held.
4) Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach in Miri is a city highlight.
Tanjung Lobang Beach, with its two distinctive piers, extends along the South China Sea and is known locally as Tanjung Lobang.
Families from the area enjoy playing in the sand and swimming in the humid, calm waters. The scent of barbeques wafts through the evening air.
But it’s about 6:00 p.m. when the equatorial sun dips below the horizon that the true magic happens. The distant horizon was covered in a mirage of oranges, purples, and reds.
After sunset, take a walk along the promenade and dine at one of the several beachside restaurants serving fresh seafood.
5) Gunung Mulu National Park
Gunung Mulu National Park looks like something out of a science fiction film.
The entrance to hundreds of almost secret caves is guarded by limestone pinnacles that rise to razor-sharp peaks. Within the UNESCO-listed national park, soaring mountains surround 17 different vegetation zones.
Before discovering canyons, waterfalls, and otherworldly scenery, guided tours pass through Clearwater and Deer Cave.
Keep an eye out for monkeys, deer, and hundreds of thousands of squeaking bats.
It’s almost as difficult to get to Gunung Mulu as it is to visit another world. Travelers have the choice of taking a 30-minute flight from Miri or embarking on a multi-day jungle trek.
The majority of tourists normally spend the night in the park’s lodging.