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Miri was once a sleepy fishing village until oil was discovered here just before the outbreak of World War I. Today, Miri is a tourist town with lovely beaches, bucolic parks, noteworthy cuisine and a nightlife scene. Highlights of the area include the Taoist San Ching Tian Temple, Malaysia's first oil well at Canada Hill, the rainforest of Lambir Hills National Park, offshore diving and the beach at Luak Bay.
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About 15 miles south of Miri is the Lambir Hills National Park, which is a rainforest complete with waterfalls and special sections where visitors can enjoy a picnic. Make sure to plan a trek, hike or photography outing while bringing along a specially prepared meal for a picnic.
San Ching Tian Temple
Mainland China provided the genesis for the Taoist San Ching Tian Temple, the largest of its kind in all of Southeast Asia. Inside are depictions of dragon,s which show the Sino influence. For those interested in Taoism, this temple makes a fine outing.
Canada Hill Oil Well
Those interested in the development of the oil industry in Southeast Asia will enjoy Canada Hill. This is Malaysia’s very first oil well and it stayed operational between 1910 and the second administration of President Richard Nixon. There’s a Petroleum Museum here and spectacular views of the South China Sea.
City Fan has gardens and the biggest open-air amphitheater in all of Malaysia. There is also plenty of opportunity for swimming, running, aerobic workouts and other outdoor activities.
Go diving off Miri and enjoy an unspoiled coral reef. Try your hand at underwater photography.
Beachcombing and sunbathing are the top two things to do at the Esplanade, Miri’s beach scene at Luak Bay. Another good beach is Taman Selera, where visitors can enjoy a picnic or sunset cocktails.
Spend 9 days exploring some of Borneo’s best hidden spots on the sensational luxury journey through Sarawak. You’ll stop by a “living museum,” make friends with a “headhunting” tribe, trek through lush throngs of rainforest keeping your eyes peeled for orangutan, and stay in luxury lodgings like the Miri Marriott.
Miri Marriott Resort & Spa
An outpost of the internationally renowned Marriott brand, the Miri Resort and Spa offers high standards of luxury and hospitality. Situated on a hill overlooking the South China Sea, the Miri features 220 guest rooms and suites that come with air conditioning, cable and satellite television, mini-bar, in-room safe, hairdryer, and alarm clock. The Miri hosts a number of dining venues, including the all-day Zest, which serves pasta, brick oven pizza, grilled foods, and Asian cuisine; the Borneo Baking Company, a deli that sells lighter fare; a pool terrace perfect for barbecues and casual functions; and a lobby bar with views of the nearby ocean. The Miri also boasts Sarawakâ€™s larges outdoor free-form pool, shaped to resemble natural bodies of water; an appointment-only spa; several, nearby golf courses; a fitness center; and a number of outdoor activities, including a biking trail, scuba diving, and water skiing. The resort is about five miles northwest of Miri Airport (MYY).