Miri is a city of 300,000 close to the South China Sea but without a downtown waterfront. It is the closest city to Gunung Mulu National Park and a return flight to the park from Miri cost us 60€ pp. We stayed at Miri for a total of 3 nights, two before our flight to Gunung Mulu and another night when we came back.

San Ching Tian Temple near the Saberkas Weekend market

There aren‘t any real attractions in Miri and it rained almost non-stop when we were there so it didn‘t become one of our favorite spots in Borneo. There are two chinese temples which are worth checking out and the small fish market is pretty interesting for half an hour. The other markets in the center are ok as well if you are into markets or just want to buy some tasty pineapples or bananas. There are some malls, many large hotels, a petroleum museum and a municipal park with some theme gardens.

There was no rain the morning we left for Gunung Mulu!

We also checked out Taman Selera Beach, which is a 15 min bus ride from the city center, but found it rather mediocre and swimming is not allowed due to strong currents according to signs posted there. There’s a playground and in the evenings some food stalls open next to it. Maybe I‘m a bit harsh because of the weather we had but altogether I wouldn‘t recommend to stay in Miri for more than a few days.

We read that there are some good dive sites close to the city but I didn‘t try them. And the city definitely has some good seafood restaurants.