Miri owes its modern success to the discovery of oil, which happened early in the 20th century. This financial boon contributed to the modern, suburban atmosphere of Miri – setting it apart from other coastal cities on Malaysian Borneo. It’s a diverse city with enough to occupy travelers for a day. Most people who book hotels in Miri are tourists on the way to the Kelabit Highlands or Gunung Mulu National Park.
Despite the fact that most visitors are only passing through, there are several tourist-oriented attractions worth seeing in Miri. One of these is the Petroleum Museum, which explores Miri’s financial success since the drilling of the first oil well at Canada Hill. Tua Pek Kong and San Ching Tian temples are relatively new but also worth exploring.
Some of the best accommodation in Miri is right on the beach. The most accessible is Taman Selera Beach, joined by a city park that’s popular with locals. There’s also a food center right on the coast where the sunsets are unrivaled. Away from the beach is the City Fan, a network of gardens that feature swimming pools and other recreational facilities. These contribute to the resort atmosphere of Miri.
There is plenty to do after sunset in cosmopolitan Miri. The finest resorts and hotels operate international restaurants, trendy bars and late-night dance clubs. There is also a selection of independent restaurants across the city center serving local cuisine and international fare.