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From Miri to Brunei

From the traffic light next to Meritz Hotel, turn left. Head straight and look out for the signboard that will show Kuala Baram. The signboard will indicate a right turn on the next intersection. After that keep driving straight until you see the turn off that says Sg Tujuh or Custom Check Point.

Then you will have to cross a bridge and pay a RM10.00 toll fee.


Head out and look out for the signs that say to Sg. Tujuh Custom Check Point. You have to be very alert here for there are a few twists and turning to get to the Malaysian Immigration.

After you go through the Malaysian immigration, keep going until you get to the Brunei side. Get your Brunei Immigration stamped then drive towards the Brunei customs counter.

Here comes the tricky part, collect the custom card from the counter then drive out to the parking lot nearby, fill in the card then walk back to the counter to return it.

The custom officers may or may not checked any of bags.

After  drive out of Brunei immigration, you will pass the Beliat River crossing thru Rasau Bridge and at the end is the toll where you have to pay a Brunei $3.00 dollar.
 


Hotel Meritz is new and has a 360 view of the city from their roof top restaurant. It was breathtaking.

Brunei dollars
Before leaving Miri, remember to grab $3 Brunei dollars for the toll fees that you will have to pay in Brunei.
 


Driving out from Miri to Bintulu should be hassle free.

There are two way to go :

1- the old road and

2- the new road.

 

1- The new road because its straight so will be faster though it lacks any scene except for miles and miles of oil palm.

There is no major turning to be aware if you take this route except for the sharp 90 degree Left  turn to  Bintulu direction. Right Turn  will end up at Samalaju Industries.

An electrical plant on your right side just after the 90 degree right turn.
 

2- The old road is bumpy, winding and very scenic. If this is your first time driving this route then take the old road because along the way you will see the famous longhouse that Sarawak is known for. However taking the old road will take longer duration to arrive Bintulu.

 

From Miri to Taman Niah is an hour drive and uneventful journey.

After Taman Negara Guah Niah is a straight road with little sign of life.

Taman Negara Guah Niah area has a restaurant where you can get some food and find a decent toilet.

Try their coconut which was very freshing with a hint of pandan taste to it. You can also find some local fruits depending on what season it is in.

 


Bus

For the latest bus schedules, check the English-language newspapers or ask at the visitors information centre (434181; vic-miri@sarawaktourism.com; 452 Jln Melayu; 8am-6pm Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm Sat & Sun).

1) Miri  long-distance bus station is 4km north of the centre, along Jln Miri Pujut.

2) Miri local bus station at the southern end of the town centre.

Taxis and private cars for Niah National Park (RM10 to RM20) wait for customers across the road from the local bus station.


From Miri to Kuala Baram and the Brunei border:

 Buses depart from the local bus station at the southern end of the town centre.
Major bus companies serving Miri include
1- Suria (434317),
2- PB Ekspres (435816),
3- Biaramas Ekspres (434319),
4- Lanang Road (433116), and
5- Miri Belait (419129).


Main destinations:


From Miri to Bintulu :

Bintulu Express buses go daily to Bintulu (RM20, 4½ hours), departing roughly hourly between 6am and 8.30pm.


From Miri to Batu Niah :

Any southbound bus service can drop you at the Batu Niah turn-off (RM10, 1½ hours), 13km from Miri town.


From Miri to Lambir Hills

Frequent north–south buses go past Lambir Hills (RM3, 45 minutes).


Kuala Baram The Belait Transport Company has buses to Kuala Baram (RM2.50, one hour) every 20 minutes between 5.30am and 9pm. From here you can catch an express boat to Marudi.


From Miri to Kuching by Bus

The major companies each have a couple of direct buses daily (RM80, 15 to 16 hours), last one at around 10pm.


From Miri to Mukah

There are one or two daily buses from Miri to Mukah and Dalat (RM50, 12 hours), leaving and returning in the morning.


From Miri to Sibu
 

Frequent direct bus services, all buses to Kuching stop at Sibu (RM40, eight hours).



From Miri to Brunei by Bus

The Belait Transport Company plies the route between Miri and Kuala Belait, the first leg of the trip, and has its office at the local bus station. Five services daily run to Kuala Belait between 7am and 3.30pm (RM13.50, two hours).


After clearing immigration at Sungai Tujoh, near Kuala Baram, you reboard the bus for the two-minute ride to the Brunei immigration checkpoint. Here you must take all your belongings with you through passport control and customs.


A Brunei bus will then take you to the Sungai Belait, where driver and passengers leave the bus on one side, cross on the ferry (free), then board another bus on the other side of the river for Kuala Belait.


At Kuala Belait bus station you can change to a connecting bus to Seria (B$1, 30 minutes), then onto a further service for Bandar Seri Begawan (B$6, two hours). Start your journey early unless you want to spend the night in Kuala Belait or Seria.


 



 

Miri Hospital
CAR RENTAL SERVICES
MIRI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
This is Mulu!
Plants for Life Trial at Gunung Mulu
| The Grand Old Lady on Canadian Hill
| Taman Awam Miri
Miri City Fan
Esplanet Beach

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/miri/
http://www.miricouncil.gov.my/
http://www.world66.com/asia/

   

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The Grand Old Lady

Malaysia’s first inland oil drilling platform and one of Sarawak’s most important historical monuments. This landmark is about 30-m high, being surrounded by a museum-cum-information centre, which is a joint venture between Sarawak, Shell Malaysia and Petronas and opened by Sarawak Chief Minister.

Located on top of Canada Hill overlooking Miri, it attracts locals to enjoy the scenery or jog on the well-designed path.

 


Miri International Jazz Festival 2008
The Pavilion, Parkcity Everly Hotel,
Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
9 - 10 May 2008, 5:00pm - 1:00am

http://www.ticketcharge.com.my/events/mijf08_files/mirrijazz08.htm

 


Mulu National Park

Gunung Mulu National Park is one of Nature’s most spectacular achievements and the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Sarawak’s expanding network of national parks. It is also the largest national park, covering 544 sq. km of primary rainforest, which is criss-crossed by fast flowing rivers and clear jungle streams.

Mulu is dominated by three mountains -

1 - Gunung Mulu (2,376 m),

2 - Gunung Api (1,750 m) and

3 - Gunung Benarat (1,585 m).

Although Mulu is synonymous with caves, the ‘Mulu experience’ is not limited to underground attractions; above ground there is plenty to see and do. The park is covered in rich primary rainforest and offers a whole range of nature-based activities. There are some excellent jungle treks and mountain hikes, including the challenging trek to view the Pinnacles - 45 metre high, razor sharp limestone spikes that sit majestically on the slopes of Gunung Api.

With it’s rich bio-diversity, and world-famous caves, Mulu offers the adventurous traveler an exhilarating cave and rainforest experience, possibly unmatched anywhere else on Earth.

Mulu National Park is 100 km east of Miri and can be reached in half a day. It is the largest of its kind in Sarawak and encompasses 554 square km of majestic rainforest. The park is on the Unesco's world heritage list; it has one of the most diverse faunas and floras in the world.

Animals and plants aside, Mulu has spectacular stone pinnacles and the world's largest underground limestone cave. Named the "Sarawak Chamber," it is 400 m wide and over 600 m long. Deer Cave is home to millions of bats.

Sarawak Chamber - World's largest underground limestone cave

Mulu’s greatest attractions lie deep below the surface. Hidden underneath the forested slopes of these mountains is one of the largest limestone cave systems in the world.

This system, a breath-taking natural wonder, contains a number of record breaking caves. With the world’s largest cave passage (Deer Cave), the world’s largest natural chamber (Sarawak Chamber), the longest cave in Southeast Asia (Clearwater Cave), it is not surprising that Mulu is now world-famous. Over 200 km of cave passages have been surveyed but this is thought to represent just 30-40% of the actual total.

2D1N Mulu  Rm. 200-250 per person

DAY 1 : Upon arrival Mulu Airport, transfer to Royal Mulu Resort for check in. Afternoon meet at resort lobby and transfer to Mulu National Park headquarters. Upon registration and proceed on plank walk for 3 Km to reach Deer Cave & Lang Cave. After exploring the caves, proceed to bats observatory to observe bats flying out of caves entrance at late evening (Only confine to fine weather). Return journey on the same plank walk to park headquarters and transfer back to resort. (B)

DAY 2 : Breakfast at resort and transfer by longboat proceed to Batu Bungan - Penan Settlement, to observe the tribe lifestyle and to select handicrafts on display for sale at Penan Settlement. Continue journey by longboat to Wind Cave and Clearwater Cave. Picnic lunch at Clearwater summer huts and later on you can enjoy swimming at Clearwater spring. Pack and transfer to Mulu airport for departure flight to next destination. ( B / L)

More details on 2 days 1 night Mulu Tour...


3D2N Mulu Rm 350 per person

DAY 1 : Meet at Miri Airport and proceed for 1/2 hours Miri City Tour. After tour, transfer  to hotel for check-in. ( B )

DAY 2 : Transfer to Miri airport for flight to Mulu.  Upon arrival Mulu Airport, transfer to Royal Mulu Resort for check in. Afternoon meet at   resort lobby and transfer to Mulu National  Park headquarters. Upon registration and proceed on plank walk for 3 Km to reach  Deer Cave & Lang Cave. After exploring the caves, proceed to bats observatory to  observe bats flying out of caves entrance at  late evening (Only confine to fine weather)  Return journey on the same plank walk to  park headquarters and transfer back to resort. (B)

DAY 3 : Breakfast at resort and transfer by longboat proceed to Batu Bungan - Penan Settlement, to observe the tribe lifestyle and to select handicrafts on display for sale at t  Penan Settlement. Continue journey by longboat to Wind Cave and Clearwater Cave. Picnic lunch at Clearwater summer huts and later on you can enjoy swimming at Clearwater spring. Pack and transfer to  Mulu airport for departure flight to next destination.( B / L )


TAXI STATION - If you could not get a texi on the street, call to the station for one. The telephone number is 085-432277  or 085-438277 The texi drivers of this station call speak Chinese.

 

  • Miri Airport
    • Lapangan Terbang Miri, Peti Surat 851, 98008 Miri.
    • Tel: 085-615 204
    • Fax:085-615 537

The new Miri Airport terminal has a the capacity of 2 million passengers per annum.  The airport, located close to the border of Brunei Darussalam, has become an important gateway to the Northern Region of Sarawak and serves as a hub for interior air services to Mulu, Mukah, Marudi, Limbang, Lawas and other airports.

 

Miri is the third busiest airport in Malaysia in terms of aircraft movements after KLIA and Kota Kinabalu.  In 2005, 40,302 flights operated from the airport, carrying 1.59 million passengers - making the airport one of the country's top five airports in terms of passenger movements.  Miri handled 5,392 metric tones of cargo in 2005.

More about Miri Airport



Having breakfast in middle of a road with cars passing by both sides.

Tourist Information Office : 085-434180

085-414300

085-435736

085-433511

085-422227

085-419337

The Visitors' Information Centre is located in the mini garden next to Park Hotel and bus terminal. The Sarawak Tourism Board set it up to promote tourism in Miri. It provides information and services to tourists.


Budget Accommodation :

  • Dyanasty Hotel Miri  Rm 145
    • Lot 683, Block 9, Jalan Pujut Lutong, C.D.T. 20, P.O.Box 163, 98007, Miri, Sarawak.
    • Tel: 085-421 111
    • Fax: 085-422 222

  • Gloria Hotel   Rm: 180
    • 27, Brooke Road, P O Box 1283, 98008, Miri, Sarawak.
    • Tel: 085-416 699
    • Fax: 085-418 866
  • CLASSY INN

  • Lot 709-710, Jalan Masjid, P.O.Box 1571, Miri, Sarawak
    Tel: 085-412533  Fax: 085-419635
    Family Room : Rm90.00

     

Imperial Mall & Court

KingWood Inn, Miri

Rm 95.00 Family Room

  • Lot 826, Jalan Yu Seng Utara, 98000, Miri, Sarawak.
  • Tel: 085-415 888
  • Fax: 085-415 009

 

Mega Hotel

 

Imperial Hotel / Imperial Mall & Court

Miri, an oil town 2 hours drive from Bandar Seri Begawan.

Places of  attraction and Tourist attraction in Miri City, Sarawak
 
  • Miri's Waterfront with open-air cafes and restaurants
  • a sampan or ferry ride across the river with a tambang (fee)
  • the Old Grand Lady - Miri's first historical well
  • numerous national parks : Mulu and Niah Caves or Loagan Bunut
  • Miri's underwater world with one of the most spectacular coral reefs the world over

    Food & drinks
    Grilled seafood and Laksa Sarawak are compulsory! To enjoy the best, go to one of the open-air eateries.


    Shopping
    Fine handicraft shops are located near the old harbor on Jalan Bendahara. Tree bark and rattan bags or baskets can be bought at the Miri Heritage Center in Jalan Lawas in Taman Tunku.

    Boulevard Hypermarket, one of the biggest shopping complex in Miri town.


  • Pubs and Lounges in Miri City

    Miri has a number of pubs. The Western pubs offer beer and alcohol with small bites. Sports Channel is always on when the hot sports are on. Some  of these pubs is operated by foreigners.

    These pubs and lounges commence business around 5 pm and close at about midnight. They are catering for the needs of the working professional. The local authorities prohibit these businesses to operate later than midnight.

    TRAVEL MIRI MADE EASY

    BRUNEI ONE DAY TOUR

    LAMBIR + IBAN LONGHOUSE TOUR

    LOAGAN BUNUT NATIONAL PARK

    HONEYMOON PACKAGE

    BARIO VALLEY

    GOLFING

    3 Hours Iban Longhouse Tour  Rm 95 per person

    Tour could be performed either in the morning or in the afternoon. You will be picked up from your hotel and proceed to an Iban longhouse known as Lepo Aji. The (bans are the single largest tribe in Sarawak and they are traditionally live in longhouses which are actually a number of rooms linked together but sharing a common 'ruai'- a verandah were traditional ceremonies are preformed in the olden days. The Ibans are the famed headhunters of Borneo and in some older longhouses, some of the skulls are still seen hanging along the ruai. You will have a chance to try the famous rice wine 'tuak' brewed locally. After tour, transfer back to Miri City.

     

    4 Hours Lambir Hills National Park  Rm 90-95 per person

    The journey will normally take less than an hour to Lambir Hills National Park that is located about 32 km from Miri city. This park covers an area of 6,952 hectares. Besides the extraordinary species-rich forest, Lambir Hills National Park, due to its rugged terrain, boasts of a number of small but beautiful waterfalls which attract many visitors especially during weekends and holidays.

     

    3 Hours Miri City Tour  Rm. 40 per person

    Malaysia 1st Oil Well or The Grand Old Lady

    The largest Taoist Temple in S.E.A 'San Chin Tien'

    Miri City Fan

    Miri handicraft and souvenirs shop

    Tamu Muhibbah-the local and native market

     


    3 Hours Miri Crocodile Farm Tour  Rm. 50 per person

    About 25 minutes from Miri City. The farm has over two thousand crocodiles and they are housed in concrete enclosure according to their ages. Beside the crocodiles, the farm also housed a mini zoo with a sizeable collection of deer, pythons gibbons, and other animals.

     


    8 Hours Niah National Park Tour  Rm 100-150 per person

    Niah Cave has the oldest human in South East Asia

    Tour to Niah National Park begins with 2 hours drive from Miri City. The caves are accessible via 3km pathway through lowland forest.

    The Great cave, oldest human remains in Southeast Asia along with other prehistoric relic in this cave, makes this Borneo's most important archeological site. The relics point to the existence of human activity in this area almost 40,000 years ago. However, the cave is now home to the bats which deposit their droppings, a rich source of fertilizer, on the cave floor and the swift lets whose edible nests are greatly favored for their medicinal value.

    Painted Cave where Borneo's only red haematic paintings, believed to be at least 1,000 years old are found. The total journey will normally takes 3-4 hours to complete.

     


    Half Day Miri City Tour ( with Lunch and visit Crocodile Farm) Rm 80 to 90 per person

    Malaysia 1 st Oil Well or The Grand Old Lady

    The largest Taoist Temple in S.E.A 'San Chin Tien'

    Miri City Fan

    Miri handicraft & souvenirs shop

    Tamu Muhibbah - the local & native market

    Miri Crocodile Farm Lunch at local restaurant

     


    3D2N  Miri - Miri 3 Days 2 Nights Tour   Rm 200-250 per person

    2 nights stay at 4 stars hotel

    Half day city tour

    Inclusive 2 breakfast

    Return airport transfer

     

    Places of interest in
    MIRI

    To the citizens of Brunei and Malaysia, Miri is perceived as a shopping or entertainment destination more than anything else. Sarawak's second largest city is the gateway to a myriad of natural treasures.

    Miri is a bustling oil town and commercial centre, and the major entry point for Northeast Sarawak. Miri is connected by air and road to all of Sarawak's major towns, and is half a day's drive or a 40-minute flight from Brunei. Other air links include Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu. The town has a wide range of accommodation catering to luxury and budget travelers, some decent beaches nearby, and dozens of good restaurants, pubs and bars.

    Miri may only have some 150,000 inhabitants, but the first impression this city gives to visitors is of a big metropolis.

     The brand new air terminal launched by the Prime Minister  July 2005 is statement enough. Its "wavy" roof and large columns resemble the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). From the airport to the city, traffic is continuous and filters to the new suburbs. When you finally reach the city centre, urban life is more than apparent.

    Miri is brash and crowded - both day and night. Shopping centers replace more and more traditional Chinese shops. Expatriates are visible in malls, pubs and bars, affirming Miri as a cosmopolitan destination. It is not surprising the city is the heartbeat of Sarawak's oil industry - oil brought fortune to Miri.

     

    To best understand this city, visit the "Grand Old Lady," a nickname given to the first well formed in 1910. The official "Well n° 1" is on Canada Hill and promises a good view of the city. Oil production has, today, moved offshore and the sea surrounding Miri is, again, a divers' paradise. The waterfront along the Miri River is lined with seafood restaurants and small coffee shops, good for enjoyable walks.

    Around the city, a wealth of natural treasures is open to visitors. 45 minutes by car south of the city, Lambir Hills is one of the world's most biologically diverse rainforests. Beyond the spectacular waterfalls, the forest is home to over 1,000 different species of trees and insects. Visitors may swim in the Latak waterfalls after crossing a suspended bridge that boasts impressive views.


    Niah Caves, two hours from Miri, is yet another impressive site and shows evidence of some of the earliest existence of human life in the region; its walls are covered by prehistoric paintings. The cave has been proposed to be added on the Unesco's world heritage list.

    Three hours by car, Loagan Bunut National Park is a birds' observation site along the largest natural lake of Borneo.


    ONE DAY TOUR OF MIRI

    1 )Miri City Fan, a unique fan-shaped urban civic park. Miri City Fan is designed to create civic consciousness by the embodiment of several symbolic parks. Miri being accorded with Resort City status on May 20 2005.

     Ibans, selling handmade products at quite a reasonable price. The garden is well-managed and clean too.

    Chinese stone crafting images are distributed over the compound. I spotted 2 seahorses, only to be told by David that it’s a Miri’s mascot.

    Near by the Dewan Suarah Miri (Miri Civic Centre) area

    It is  a large urban park, landscaped with shady leavy tall trees, palms and concrete sculptures, all scattered around a promenade. There were bright blooming flowers here and there.

    Miri City Fan park is a  10.4 hectare park includes a promenade, parkland, an amphitheater, musical fountain, a library and cultural center and various ethnic gardens. It was a nice place to stroll in cool evenings after a stressful day at work. On the weekend, the Miri City Fan is also popular with the people with families


    2) Pustaka Miri, the regional digital library of Pustaka Negeri Sarawak, is located right beside the Miri Fan City. Pustaka Miri caters for information and research need of the Miri’s population as well as neighboring districts and towns around the northern region of Sarawak. This library is being set up in line with Pustaka Negeri Sarawak’s target of ensuring all individuals within the state be given equal opportunity to access information and acquire knowledge. A lot of students were doing revisions there while some were surfing. Group discussion can be held in rooms provided too.


    4) Miri Public Park, which is halfway to Miri Airport. The hanging bridge definitely thrilled those have height phobia. A Teenagers like doing BBQ gathering below the bridge. Facilities provided are ample. The surrounding area is clean, well taken care by the authority and  cooperation of civic minded Miri residents too.

    5) Miri Airport, which is about 5-10 mins drive from Miri Public Park, has a similar design of rooftop covers the main entrance of Kuala Lumpur International Airport with  some brand the airport as “Mini KLIA”. It’s a busy airport, more lively than Brunei International Airport.

    6) Luakbay Esplanade. Residential houses along the beach are like a ongoing mansions showcase. Fantastic sunset here.

    Niah National Park is situated about 109 km from Miri and 131km from Bintulu. Niah National Park encompasses 3,140 hectares of forest and limestone. The centre of the park is dominated by the 394m high summit of Gunung Subis.

    Within the Park ( and the massif) are the Niah Caves. The whole cave system which includes the Great Cave, the Painted Cave and the Traders’ Cave was declared a National Historic Monument in 1958 as an archaeological heritage and is now under the management of the Sarawak Museum and the Sarawak Forest Department

     


    Lambir National Park is located along the Miri-Bintulu road, some 24 km south of Miri town ( Oil Town), in Miri Division, Sarawak and was gazette on 26 June 1975. It covers an area of 6,952 hectares which consist of the central portion of the Lambir Hills, a rugged east-west sandstone escarpment with a maximum height of 465 meters. Moreover, the park has high potential value for recreational, educational and research purposes.

    Due to the approximate of the park from Miri, day trips or half day trips to the Park are possible, but accommodation facilities for overnight visitors are available too. The accommodation ranges from camping to standard rest house


    INDEX of Kuching City  March 09, 2014 02:21:09 PM

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