An oil-rich boomtown, Miri is noteworthy on travellers’ maps due to the fact that it happens to be a major node on most routes to explore Sarawak. It’s a key transport hub for those heading to Brunei, the Kelabit Highlands and three of Sarawak’s national parks – Gunung Mulu, Niah Caves and Lambir Hills. The town centre is a labyrinth of big hotels, shops, restaurants and bars.
A popular stopover on the backpacker trail, Miri is Sarawak’s largest town and boasts a thoroughly modern vibe. Despite hosting a significant expatriate community, the town retains a strong Chinese character and it’s not a bad place to stay for a day or two. First impressions of Miri are of traffic congestion and a bursting-out-of-its-seams topography but Miri grows on you quickly and travellers often reminisce fondly of the town when they’re trekking across wild north-western Sarawak.
Miri’s got a string of budget friendly, mid range and luxury hotels – worth special mention are the inexpensive Treetops Lodge and Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort. Meanwhile, the most lavish place to stay in Miri is the large, five-star Miri Marriot Resort & Spa.
|1:||The Ranee Boutique Suites|
|3:||Grand Margherita Hotel|
|4:||Citadines Uplands Kuching|
|5:||Ariva Gateway Kuching|
|6:||Kuching Waterfront Lodge|
|7:||Merdeka Palace Kuching|
|9:||Basaga Holiday Residences|
|10:||Four Points Kuching|
|1:||Semenggoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre|
|2:||Half Day Kuching City Tour|
|3:||Sarawak Bako National Park|
|4:||Fairy & Wind Cave|
|5:||Sarawak Cultural Village|
|6:||Sunset Sarawak River Cruise|
|7:||3D2N Mulu Show Caves|
|8:||Kayak + Orang Utan Sanctuary|
|9:||Kuching By Night + Dinner|
|10:||Mangrove Wildlife Cruise|