Miri is the second largest city in Sarawak (with a population of about 300,000), located on its northern coast near the border of Brunei. Miri as known by its nickname "Oil Town", is the birthplace of the Malaysian petroleum industry as the city was founded in 1910 when the first oil well was drilled by Royal Dutch Shell and since then, petroleum has continued to drive the city's economy and development ever since.

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Check-in time is 1PM while check-out time is 12 noon. However, late check-outs can be arranged depending on occupancy rate. Opened in August 2008, Dillenia is a family-run guesthouse with a "home away from home" atmosphere. Offers safe, clean, comfortable and air conditioned rooms, with a selection of dormitories, twin-sharing, family and honeymoon rooms. Rates range from RM30 per bed/night to RM110 per room/night. Facilities available are free internet access at lobby and free Wi-Fi at both lobby and rooms, free continental breakfast (variety of fresh fruits included), refrigerator, shower heater, laundry service, key card access, 24-hours reception, spacious common room, reading corner, mini library etc. Very friendly and helpful staff, and located right in the heart of Miri city. Big public swimming pool (1RM per person) only a few min-walk away.

Minda Guesthouse

Brand new guesthouse with free breakfast, laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi, rooftop garden and two lounges with flatscreen, mini library etc. Dorms RM 20/person & private from RM 50/room (twin). Friendly staff and good location. Just tell the cabby Mega Hotel then it's less than a minutes walk from there. [New ownership, new name in 2016. For 50 MYR, you can get a room with it's own bathroom elsewhere.]

Miri Trail Guesthouse

The best value accommodation which is ideal for travelers, especially backpackers. This is the place to meet other travelers and enjoy your trip without big expenses. If you are waiting for long hours next flight, or early morning flight, Miri Trail Guesthouse is the right place for you! Miri Trail Guesthouse is located only two minutes away from the airport and 10 minutes away from the city.

Miri Marriott Resort & Spa

5-star full-service spa resort located at the coast, 2 km from city center and 8 km from airport. Lovely gardens, nice pool, pool bar, food can be ordered from the pool and eaten at the bar. Basic but sandy beach, meals are quite expensive but good quality, although there is a nice food court just a 2-minute walk from the Marriott.

Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club

Offering an integrated resort lifestyle, the Club provides chalets with 120-room accommodation located within the golf course area. Built with natural timber, the chalets spread around a beautiful and lush landscape surrounding are complemented with a well-equipped fitness centre with wwimming pool, gymnasium, steambath, sauna and Jacuzzi.

Miri Waterfront Homestay

Perfect for families, or a backpackers lounge, as is cheap, clean, brand new and safe accommodation / hotel with new fittings and furnishings! A friendly family run business. Amenities: Free Wi-Fi. Hot shower. Air conditioning. Late check out allowed, they are very flexible!

Halo Cafe

serve eastern & western cuisine. drinks include mocktails, beers, shakes and pure Borneo Coffee (only place in town). Every night from 8.30PM will have local performers singing on stage, taking song dedication. Many functions throughout the year.

Cafenika & Catering

Serves local Halal Malaysian dishes, and various types of Western cuisine. Must try: Chicken Chop, Nasi Briyani, Nasi Lemak, Mee Kolok. They also provide catering services for weddings and other occasions.

Dive near Miri

Dive in the unspoiled coral gardens near Miri. CO.CO.DIVE (Miri trusted dive operator) and Red Monkey Divers (The always cheerful Steve) organizes day trips from the Miri Marina.

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Esplanade Beach

Local's favourite beach front located at Luak Bay. Miri's beaches are nothing to shout about, but if you really want to go to the beach, this would be your best bet.

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Shiki Japanese Restaurant

The place where you can get the most authentic Japanese Cuisine, at the most affordable price and great atmosphere. Call today for reservations.

Eastwood Valley Golf & Country Club

Latest Golf attraction in Sarawak. TeeTimes Malaysia's Top 10 Golf Courses.

Passion Corner

nice environment, Chinese style, place for relaxing and gathering..

Club Infinity Miri

A luxury high end karaoke cum pub in the centre of the Oil Town.

San Ching Tian Temple

Largest Taoist temple in South East Asia.

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Brooke Inn

Central location, Wi-Fi, clean, tv.

SLEEP   —  +60 85-412881 —  14 Brooke RD

Park Hotel

SLEEP   —  +60 85414555 —  Jln Raja

About Miri

The Sarawak Shell Berhad and Petronas Carigali are headquartered here. As a result, Miri has a cosmopolitan whiff as it hosts expatriates from all over the world. These expats work in many of the multinational oil and gas giants that are headquartered in Miri.

Visitors stop for transit here to change planes heading onward to Gunung Mulu National Park or the famous Kelabit Highlands.

Miri boasts a diversified population, which consists of Chinese, Malay, Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau, Kelabit, Lun Bawang and many other ethnic groups. International students from a foreign university campus based here and expatriates from international corporations add much spice to Miri as well.

Almost all locals speak a tiny smattering of English, along with Mandarin. The main language is the Bahasa Sarawak which is a local Sarawakian language; it is similar to Malay but with local slang.

The people are quite helpful when it comes to direction or any help needed. A visitor's information centre located near the public bus stand is available for any further enquiries.

Miri celebrated its fifth city status anniversary on 20th May 2010.

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