Miri Old Town
The bustling Old Town comprising High
Street, China Street, Jalan Bendahara and
Kingway Street are the heart of Miri. Shops
selling Chinese drugs, kitchen utensils,
clothing, groceries and all necessities of life,
line the busy streets. Goods overflow the
premises, right out into the five-foot way.
Located next to the city centre, Brighton
Beach was Miri’s first recreational park; it
is still very popular. Outdoor facilities
include a children’s playground, and the
open-air food centre ‘Taman Selera’ where
evening diners enjoy first-class seafood, and
a glorious sunset thrown in for free! A land
filled pier extends out into the sea for a
different view of Miri’s coastline.
Sibuti Beach, about an hour’s drive from
Miri, is a getaway spot for city dwellers
who wish to commune with nature.
Bekenu town with its seafood market is
just 15 minutes’ drive away.
Taman Bulatan -Roundabout Park
Taman Bulatan is a favourite walking and
jogging venue. It features a clock tower, fish
fountain, man-made lake with little
paddleboats, and a children’s playground.
The original name of this hill is no longer
remembered. In 1910, when a motley crew
of petroleum workers from all parts of the
world descended upon Miri, a team of
Canadian engineers were drilling, pumping
the black gold and making themselves
noticed in other ways on the ridge behind
the town. Locals started to call the location ‘Canada Hill’ and the name stucked.
The hilltop is still crowned by Miri’s and
Malaysia’s first oil well, affectionately
known as the ‘Grand Old Lady’. It is a fine
lookout point over Miri and the offshore
drilling sites. Today the old well shares her
vantagepoint with the Petroleum Museum,
a popular visitor’s attraction.
Soon Hup Farm
Located at Sungai Rait, Bakam, 30
minutes’ drive from Miri, lies a tropical
fruit garden that doubles as a venue for
outdoor activities such as mountain biking,
cross-country trekking, swimming and
fishing. This farm also provides
accommodation and function facilities.
Contact Tel: (6 085) 432432
(Mega Hotel, Miri) for information.
Kabuloh Agricultural Station
This centre conducts agricultural research
on important crops, such as the exotic ‘Miracle’ Fruit, and provides aqua-cultural
training for farmers from the northern
region of Sarawak.
Gurdwara Sahib Miri
This is one of the few structures unscathed
aerial bombings during World War II.
Located about a kilometer from the city
centre, in the shade of an 100-year-old
Angsana tree, this temple was built in 1919
by the Sikh community..
Sikh Temple - Cr. Narmal Singh
Tel: (6 085) 439557
Tua Pek Tong
According to local belief, Miri experienced
a mysterious epidemic in 1913. The oil
boom and its attendant population
explosion, unmatched by improved
sanitation, probably had something to do
with this, but many locals believed that it
was caused by evil spirits. A Buddhist
monk was invited to perform a spiritpacifying
ritual, and the epidemic subsided.
The Tua Pek Kong’s shrine was built as a
thank-offering; it underwent major
renovations in 1972.
Tua Pek Kong - Kapitan Khoo Choo Ken
Tel: (6 085) 41212
Miri City Fan
The award-winning City Fan is a complex
of theme gardens, an amphitheater, a public
library with a state-of-the-art ‘Electronic
library’, a public swimming pool and an
Luak Bay Esplanade
Luak Bay Esplanade, about 15 minutes’
drive from city, is the perfect place for
barbecues, seaside picnics and strolling on
the sandy beach. It has plenty of parking
space, and stalls selling cold drinks and
Taman Awam Miri
Taman Awam Miri lies three kilometer
from the city centre. This landscaped park
includes a botanical garden, a souvenir
shop, canteen, observatory platform,
children’s playground, exhibition rooms,
stone carvings and sculptures, fountains,
pavilions, jogging track and soft sport
Taman Bunga - Flower Garden
The flower garden is both ornamental and
educational. Display cards list botanical
names and characteristics of the plant
Miri Airport Road Outcrop
This one is strictly for geology buffs: three
kilometres from the city centre is the ‘Miri
Airport Road Outcrop’, visible evidence of
how rock and soil layers were deposited,
10 to 15 million years ago. The outcrop
presents clear testimony that the today’s
land, Miri and all, was under the sea at that
Miri Crocodile Farm cum Mini Zoo
The 22-acre Crocodile Farm is about 20
minutes’ drive from Miri. Besides more
than a thousand salt and fresh water
crocodiles, there is also a Snake House, a
small zoo, and fishponds where visitors are
allowed to fish. For a real thrill, visitors
are advised to drop in at feeding time.
For information please call (6 085) 604108.
The 20-year-old Al-Taqwa Mosque has
meeting rooms, a religious library and
burial preparation facilities. Other mosques
in and around the city are the Masjid
Jemak at Jalan Merbau, Masjid Darul
Ehsan at Piasau Jaya, Masjid Nurul Iman
at Kampung Masjid, Kuala Baram and
Masjid Darul Khaira at Kampung Bakam.
Masjid Al-Taqwa Miri Cr. Haji Radzali bin
Hj. Alision Tel: (6 085) 412291
San Ching Tian: Opened in 2000, this is
one of the largest Taoist temples in South
East Asia, cared for by Buddhist monks. It
draws many Taoist devotees to Miri.
Located in Krokop, it is only a five
minutes’ drive from the city centre.