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Sarawak : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
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  Bako National Park
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  Matang Wildlife Centre
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  Talang Satang National Park
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  Tourist Destination
  Teluk Melano & Sematan
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  Dining & Entertainment
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  City Centre
  Bawang Assan Iban Longhouse
  Melanau's Heartland:
  Mukah Town
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  Up Rejang River:
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  Kanowit, Song & Belaga
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  City Map
  In & Around Miri Map
  Lifestyle & Nightlife
  Must Visit Places
  Bario & Ba?kelalan
  Gunung Mulu National Park
  Lambir Hills National Park
  Loagan Bunut National Park
  Niah National Park
  Similajau National Park

MIRI : Lifestyle & Nightlife




Miri offers an array of exciting lifestyles. Well-maintained public parks around the city are frequented by morning joggers and evening strollers. Playgrounds, walkways and neatly trimmed gardens offer a relaxing family environment. Modern shopping complexes present one stop shopping convenience in air-conditioned comfort. Public and private facilities cater for hobbies and passions, premier among them is the well-equipped public library that serves as the venue for many cultural events. Miri is surrounded by National Parks, some within driving distance for day trips.





 Miri has long, white beaches, well frequented on weekends. Luak Bay Esplanade is a meeting point for kite enthusiasts. The beaches of Bungai and Peliau, less than an hour?s drive from the city centre, offer different scenery. Local fishermen land their catches here; savvy housewives turn up at the right time to bargain for guaranteed fresh fish, prawns and other sea foods. Miri beaches are idyllic, but it is wise to observe a few elementary rules. Large amounts of sun can be harmful. It is advisable to use sunscreen and wear a hat, and it is not advisable to go to sleep under the full sun.




 Miri is not called the Resort City for nothing! The City Fan, a complex of elegantly landscaped parks, is ideal for jogging, walking or just strolling about. The Bulatan Park is a favourite site for jogging in the pleasant landscape with its lake. Taman Awam Miri offers a lookout tower and a suspension bridge with ?traces? of the oil industry influenced structures. Those too young to jog can find their rightful place in the well-equipped children?s playground and a dip-pool.





Miri?s public swimming complex is located within the City Fan. It has two pools ? one for general swimming and the other for training and are open daily. There are a number of private swimming pools, open for members and guests. Sarawak?s largest free form swimming pool is located at the Miri Marriott Resort and Spa.




The Mandara Spa, located at the Miri Marriott Resort & Spa is a serene oasis that seems a world away from the pressures of life. It offers hydrotherapy and the whole gamut of spa services in an idyllic environment of cool water, flowers, and peace. Numerous reflexology centres in the main shopping areas of Miri offer a cheaper but less luxurious alternative. Here, traditional reflexology therapy is performed by trained personnel for RM30.00 an hour.




There are a number of private and public tennis courts for rent in and around the city centre. Miri Gymkhana Club and the better hotels also offer well-equipped gyms for those who prefer indoor workouts; these facilities are for members and guests only.




Lambir Hills, Niah and Loagan Bunut National Parks offer abundant opportunities for soft adventure trekking in the tropical rainforests. The headhunter?s trail, leading from Gunung Mulu National Park to the Bario Highlands, offers complete satisfaction for the die-hard adventure seekers. Mountain bikers will find the rural area surrounding Miri an ideal terrain to hone their skills. The Miri Mountain Bike Club can provide information and assistance.





The Miri Marina offers berthing, supply and maintenance and other facilities for yachts. The Borneo Cup Yachting Challenge is becoming a ?Don?t miss? date on the international yachting calendar. This race, covering 100 nautical miles, is run from Labuan Island to Miri. Local regattas and social events at both ends of the track enliven the event. The Sarawak Sailing Association based at the Piasau Boat Club, has its fleet of dinghies, ranging from the Optimists to Wayfarers, and offers training and races for its members.





The clear waters off Miri are an exciting, very accessible diving destination. Seasoned divers have affirmed that the magnificent marine life and coral reefs here are amongst the world?s finest, some situated a mere 15-minute boat trip from town. Divers from Sarawak Shell Petroleum discovered these unique sites during underwater explorations in the 1980s. Popular dive sites include Barracuda Point, Anemone Garden, Grouper Patch Reef, Atago Maru Wreck, and the Seafan Garden. The Luconia area equals any top dive site in terms of diversity and visibility. In November 2004, a small rig was converted into an artificial reef. Underwater regulars have the unique opportunity of keeping an eye on the Kenyalang reef and witness how a reef grows!




The Star Bowl Centre at level three of the Bintang Plaza features a 24-lane, fully computerized and automated. This is Malaysia?s first indoor archery, instructors stand by at King?s Archery. All gears are available for rent, with special rates for students and members. The archery centre is open from 10.00am to 11.00pm daily. Contact (6 085) 430141 for further details.




The Cineplex at Bintang Plaza caters for movie fans who want nothing but the near life experience of the latest action thriller. Four screening rooms are available for patrons.





The Miri branch campus of Australia?s Curtin University, opened in 1999, serves the needs of local and foreign students. Curtin University has a fine reputation as a dynamic and stimulating place of learning, and the Sarawak campus partakes in this tradition. The diverse student?s population makes campus life a learning experience in the cultural melting pot of Miri. Sited on a 1,258-acre site, with a large manmade lake and the parent university?s signature brickwork buildings, Curtin offers world-class facilities and a home for students from across the globe.




?Pustaka?, the public library located within the Miri City Fan, stocks reference books, and offers electronic library facilities.




Miri is well supplied with entertainment and nightspots. Guests may croon their hearts out at pubs and karaoke lounges, or head for the nearest star-rated hotel nightclub. The music cafes and discotheques offer local and foreign bands and singers with music ranging from R&B, Jazz, Techno, and Rave to the famous Indonesian Dangdut. The lively after-dark scene at Pelita Commercial Centre is concentrated on pubs like Chaplin, Island, Crescendo, The Other Office, Cherrie Berries and others. The festive crowd gathers after 10.00pm, including yuppies, wannabes, expatriates and tourists.




Fresh jungle and farm produce are sold at the Tamu Muhibbah, located at the city centre. Besides familiar vegetables, there are rainforest delicacies like fern tops, edible leaves and mushrooms, sago grubs? visitors may not like to eat all of these, but they make irresistible photos! The Saberkas weekend market is held at Saberkas Commercial Centre, from Friday evening till Sunday noon. Products ranging from handicrafts, jungle produce and seafood delicacies are available at reasonable prices. At night, the market really wakes up, with music, food stalls and a throng of weekend revelers.




Eating out is a Malaysian pastime, and the good folk of Miri are no exception. The offer is unlimited: food outlets range from fine dining, exotic foreign restaurants and bistros to roadside food stalls. Western Dining: Many restaurants and cozy cafes serve western cuisine like steaks, fish and chips, a cup of espresso, or a full five-course dinner accompanied by fine wines. Hawkers? stalls: Day-and-night hawkers offer a unique dining experience at economical rates, ranging from as low as RM3.00 for a bowl of pasta to an elaborate RM8.00 plate of Hokkien Noodles with all the trimmings. Visitors should try spicy Nasi Lemak, a rice dish garnished with peanuts and anchovies, or any of the dozens of noodle dishes.


The drink of choice is ?Teh tarik?, sweet milky tea dramatically poured from one jug into another. Food stalls with their plastic chairs and tables are easily recognisable, especially along North Yu Seng Road, Jalan Permaisuri, Taman Seroja, Taman Selera and at the Saberkas Commercial Centre.


Indian food: ?Roti canai? pancakes for breakfast, ?Nasi briyani? rice for lunch and ?Mutton curry? for dinner are commonly available in Miri. Chinese food: From cheap snacks in the coffee shop stalls to twelve-course dinners fit for an emperor, Miri has it all. The main cuisines represented here are Cantonese, Hokkien, Foochow and Hakka. Korean, Japanese, Thai: The international hotels and a number of select restaurants offer these cuisines to discerning diners.

MIRI : Lifestyle & Nightlife