Home to many of Sarawak's exquisite parks, Miri is an ideal spot for those wanting to explore Borneo's natural treasures!

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Right after Kuching, Miri is the second largest city in Sarawak. It grew tremendously after the first oil well was installed almost 100 years ago. Today, Miri's population stands at more than 270,000.

Miri is an industrial town whose appeal for tourists lies in its proximity to some of Sarawak's most beautiful national parks. The famous Mulu National Park is just a 40 minute plane flight away from Miri. You can reach Lambir Hills National Park, which is ranked as one of the world's most bio-diverse sites within half an hour, and even the Niah Caves are only 2 hours away.

Miri itself also has a few sights to offer. The Tua Pek Kong Temple in the old part of town is worth a visit. Right next to the temple you will find the fish and produce markets which open daily.

Tua Pek Kong TempleThe moongate entrance of the Tua Pek Kong Temple in Miri

You will find good dining options along Jalan Yu Seng Utara which features a variety of seafood restaurants. Dinner on Tanjong Lobang Beach offers a scenic view of the sunset and the ocean while dining.

Among divers Miri has recently gained popularity for the pristine reefs located just off of its shore.

Miri is also the last major city before the Brunei border. If you are planning to visit Brunei, there are buses leaving daily in the morning.