11 March 2008

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Miri City

Miri, the second City of Sarawak, is situated in northern Sarawak, close to the Sarawak-Brunei border on the legendary island of Borneo. The City has grown phenomenally since oil was first discovered in the early 1900s, burgeoning into the modern and dynamic business, commercial and educational centre it is today. It is also the stepping-off point to many of Sarawak's world-famous national parks such as the Mulu National Park, Niah National Park, Lambir Hills National Park and Loagan Bunut National Park, as well as other major tourist attractions.

Situated at the northern end of the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo and adjacent to the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam. Miri have 977 sq. kilometres sizes.

Set along the north-eastern coast of Sarawak, Miri is propelling purposefully towards becoming a Resort City by 2005. Miri is just a flight away from Kuala Lumpur, serviced daily by major airlines in Malaysia i.e. Malaysian Airlines and Air Asia.

Miri is situated at 4° 23’ North latitude and 113°55’ East longitude, on the banks of Miri River. It has a long coastline from Bakam to Kuala Baram, the distance of which is about 40 km. Miri is the gateway to northern Sarawak region and is easily accessible by air, land and sea. Miri shares a common border with Brunei and Indonesia and a greater part of it comprises the basin of Sarawak's second longest river, Sungei Baram and its many tributaries including Melinau, Tuboh, Bakong, Tinjar, Liang, Pau, Terawan, Aju, Liang, Lanai, Palutan and many others.

Miri is the first oil-producing town in Malaysia. Therefore, it is aptly called "The Oil Town". The initial commercial activities in Miri mainly rely upon the petroleum and timber industries. With the concerted effort from the state Government, many timber companies have ventured into oil palm plantations and downstream wood-based industry.

Tourism has also become one of the major contributors to the local economy. For the tourist who likes natural beauty and jungle adventure, Miri is the place to be. By land, tourist could go to the Niah Caves, Lambir National Park and Loagan Bunut National Park. By air (which is about 20-45 minutes from Miri Airport) Gunung Mulu National Park (one of the only two world heritage sites in Malaysia), Bario Highlands and Long San. Off the coast of Miri, the Coral Reefs are an ideal place for diving and fishing.

How to get there?

By Air
Miri modern airport, capable of handling A330 Airbuses, Boeing 737s and 747s, is well served with flights to many domestic and international destinations soon. There are 3 major airlines which service Sarawak are the MASWings,Malaysia Airlines ( MAS) and Air Asia. Flight flies direct to Miri from Kuala Lumpur, Johore Baru (just across the border from Singapore, and cheaper because it is a domestic flight), and from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. By Using Brunei Airlines(Which is about two hours drive to Miri), also has direct flights from Perth in Shanghai, Manila, Darwin, Brisbane (->Aucland), Sydeny, Perth, Bali, Surabaya, Jakarta, Singapore, Sharjah(->Jeddah), Dubai(->London), Bangkok(->Frankfurt) & Hong Kong. Royal Brunei often has some special deals. Airport tax is charged upon departure and costs RM5 for domestic flights and RM40 for international flights.

Please refer to the MAS, Air Asia and Royal Brunei Airlines websites for current schedules, fares and booking details.

By Road
Miri is accessible by road from Bandar Seri Begawan (Brunei) and all major towns in Sarawak. Connected to major towns in Sarawak and to Brunei and Sabah by the Pan-Borneo Highway. There is no pay-toll along these highway as the road are contructed by the local goverment.


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