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SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO

MIRI : General Info

 
 

MIRI DISTRICT

 

Miri Resort City is the gateway to northern Sarawak. This is a town that oil built. The bustling commercial centre is well poised to serve the cosmopolitan petroleum community and welcome tourists from all the four corners of the earth. Miri has excellent public amenities, medical facilities, and financial institutions as well as customs and immigration offices. Sports and recreation are high on the list.

 

A state-of-the-art Marina attracts the international yachting community, and divers who are keen to explore the ?under water jungles? below. Miri is small enough for strolling, yet big enough to offer all amenities of life. It is also a staging point for trips to the vast rural hinterland drained by the Baram River, and some of Sarawak?s most famous national parks, including UNESCO World Heritage Site Gunung Mulu, Niah, Lambir Hills, Loagan Bunut lake, and the cool highlands of Bario and Ba Kelalan.

 
 
 

TRAVEL INFORMATION

 Miri airport receives flights from Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Johor Bahru and Labuan, and interstate flights from Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu and other smaller airports in and around Miri.

 

 
 

IMMIGRATION FORMALITIES

Non-Malaysians need a valid passport, with a minimum of six months validity from their arrival date. Sarawak has its own immigration control; arrivals from Sabah or Peninsular Malaysia still need to undergo immigration clearance. Visitors to Brunei may need to apply for a Brunei visa. For peninsular Malaysians and Sabahans, Mykad may be used for immigration clearance and those intending to stay beyond six months, passport is required.

 
 

EXPORT OF ANTIQUES

Any artifact made in or imported into Sarawak more than 100 years ago is deemed an antique, and cannot be exported without consent by the Sarawak Museum?s Curator. The consent form is free and antique dealers should attend to the formalities.

 
 
 

TRANSPORTATION

 

AIRPORT TRANSPORT

Travel agents and hotels usually pick up their guests from the airport. Taxis into town are readily available, paid for by a ?taxi coupon? purchased at the airport.

 
 

RURAL AIR NETWORK

Formerly inaccessible destinations in Sarawak are now served by the rural air services of Malaysia Airlines (MAS). From Miri, Twin Otters operate regular flight schedules to Bario, Long Lellang, Long Banga, Marudi, Long San, Ba Kelalan, Lawas, Long Seridan, Long Lama, and Long Akah. There are direct flights from Limbang to Bario, and from Lawas to Ba Kelalan. The airports in Mulu and Limbang support the larger Fokker Friendship aircraft.

 
 

RIVER TRAVEL

The rivers of Sarawak have been the highways since time immemorial; express boats, speedboats and longboats ply their lower reaches. Longboats take over in the upper rivers. On a real ?inland trip? passenger often have to get out and wade in the shallow water while the crew manhandles the craft over rapids and gravel beds.

 
 

OVERLAND TRAVEL

There are two bus terminals in Miri. The one in Jalan Padang, adjacent to the Visitors? Information Centre, serves the local network, with fares starting at 60 sen. Bus services to Sungei Tujuh (Bandar Sri Begawan, Brunei) starts from here and is operated by the Miri-Belait Bus Company The Outstation Bus Terminal is located at Pujut Corner, off the Miri-Pujut Road. Buses to Niah, Lambir Hills National Park, Bintulu, Sibu, Sarikei and Kuching depart from here.

 
 

TAXI

Few taxis cruise the roads in Miri. Travellers normally engage taxis at the taxi stands (Jalan Brooke near the Central Market and Jalan China behind the Public Bank), or book a cab by calling (6 085) 432277. There are usually a few taxis waiting in front of the larger shopping complexes and the major hotels.

 
 

CAR HIRE

Rental cars are available in Miri. A traveller planning to venture far beyond the town is well advised to take a map, though the main roads are reasonably well signposted.

 
 

TRAVEL TIPS & ADVISORY

 

DRESS CODE

  • Lightweight, cool and casual clothes are best for the tropical climate.

  • Shorts are acceptable for women, even in town, so long as they are not too skimpy.

  • Visitors to places of worship must adhere to the regulations imposed.

  • Cotton shorts and T-shirts are best for going on excursions and when trekking in the jungles.

  • In the evening, some establishments have their own dress code for dining. For men, this may mean a long-sleeved shirt or batik shirt. Rubber flip-flops are definitely out!

 
 

RAINFOREST DRESS CODE

Jungle trekkers dress for comfort. On a trip lasting more than a few hours, especially if it involves camping overnight, they are advised to bring:

  • Backpack.

  • Tent (for camping out), food and cooking gear.

  • Drinking water bottle ? Sleeping bag, small mosquito net.

  • Towels, toiletries etc.

  • Basic first aid kit.

  • Plastic bags to protect clothes and camera equipment from getting wet.

  • Sarong - useful for bathing in streams, swimsuit.

  • T-shirts; useful for cool nights, to change into after a downpour, as ?camp evening dress?.

  • Long-sleeved cotton shirt for daytime wear, also as sun protection.

  • Sun block lotion, minimum SPF 15.

  • Cap or hat to keep off the sun, and rain.

  • Waterproof poncho or rain jacket.

  • Good hiking shoes, able to withstand rain, walking in rivers etc.

  • Torchlight or flashlight with spare batteries, miner?s headlamp for serious spelunking.

  • Gardening gloves, useful for climbing the Pinnacles (Mulu) and the mini-pinnacles in the Sarawak Chamber (Special permission from the park station is needed to go to the Sarawak Chamber).

 
 

ETIQUETTE

  • Shoes should be removed when entering homes, longhouses, mosques, temples and rural churches.

  • Appropriate dress is required when visiting places of worship.

  • When pointing, use the thumb rather than the index finger.

  • Avoid handling food with the left hand.

  • When visiting a longhouse even for a short while, it is considered rude to leave without first having a snack or drink.

  • Public displays of affection are frowned upon, and nude bathing is unacceptable.

 
 
 

HISTORY

 

Before the discovery of oil, Miri consisted of a few straggling huts by a Black River. Local residents were aware of the special nature of the greasy sludge that oozed from the ground here and there; with due caution it could be used as lighting fuel. Mr. Claude de Crespigny, Resident of Baram, reported the presence of ?earth oil? in 1882, but it was not until two decades later that the commercial potential of this natural phenomenon was realised. Dr. Charles Hose, a ?Rajah?s (King?s) Servant? still remembered for his resource, his wit and his immense girth, organized the drilling of an exploratory well on top of a hill on August 10, 1910. Within four months, oil was struck at a depth of 123 metres.

 

The first well on the hilltop, now affectionately dubbed ?Grand Old Lady?, remained productive until 1972. By 1917 the Miri oil boom was in full spate. Foreign labours flocked in from places like Singapore, India, and Hong Kong, augmented by local brawn and muscle. Expatriate staff arrived from England and Holland; for a few years conditions in the hastily erected shantytown were chaotic. The town gradually grew. By 1921 it had 40 shophouses, one English school, and one Chinese school. Production of oil reached over 65,000 tons in 1922, adding welcomed revenue to the White Rajah?s treasury. During World War 1, Miri supplied 267,000 tons of oil to the British Navy.

 

Miri was designated the administrative centre of the Baram region, the Resident?s office was shifted here from Marudi. In 1929, Miri was visited by Rajah Charles Vyner Brooke - a proud moment for the town. The depression years did not leave Miri unscathed, but life went on; the predilection for rowing, cricket and football, which united expatriate and local sportsmen, survived and prospered even into the 21st century! During the Japanese Occupation of 1941- 1945 the oil fields were fiercely fought over, resulting in considerable hardship for the local population. In the 60?s, oil exploration moved offshore. When production reached 95,000 barrels a day. Petronas, the National Oil Company, made Lutong the hub of oil production activities in Miri. Miri shared the boom of the 1980s and 90s.

 

The face of the town changed with the construction of suburban housing, multistorey commercial complexes and international class hotels. Tourism thrives; Miri came to be known as ?Sarawak?s Northern Gateway.? Prosperity draws population. Miri?s 300,000 inhabitants are Malays, Chinese, Ibans, Orang Ulu, Melanau, Bidayuh, Penan with quite a sprinkling of expatriates happily living in harmony and are proud to contribute to make Miri a Resort City.

 

The petroleum industry is still an important employer, but it is the Kuala Baram Industrial Estate that provides the bulk of jobs for the thousands who now consider Miri their home.

 
 
 
MIRI : General Info
SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO