Miri is the gateway to Brunei’s capital Bandar Seri Begawan, which is about two hours drive away. Miri is the staging point for adventure treks into the interior of Borneo, or pleasant day trips into the green rainforest. Lambir Hills, Niah and Loagan Bunut National Parks may be reached by car. Inland travel is undertaken by boat, by 4WD on rugged roads, or by small planes, which skim over the wild terrain and land in the cool highlands of central Borneo.
Legend has it that seven fairy princesses once resided around the Latak waterfalls at Lambir Hills National Park and these spirits enticed men to bathe in the pools. The mythical ladies are safely married by now, so the area is considered safe for single men. The park is easily accessible by car 30 minutes from Miri city.
One of Southeast Asia’s most important prehistoric site, Niah National Park, lies a mere two hours drive, on good road systems, from Miri city. Here, visitors can stare in awe at the fragments of a skull belonging to young 40,000 year old homo-sapiens. Significant rock paintings embellish the walls of burial cave ‘Kain Hitam’, where boat – shaped coffins rested on the dry cave ground, liberally sprinkled with grave gifts such as ancient ceramics and glass beads.
The ‘shrinking lake’ Loagan Bunut gives its name to Loagan Bunut National Park. In the dry months of February until June, it is possible to walk right across dry mud flats of this popular bird-watching site. During the rainy season, they fill up to form a large, shallow lake. Wildlife changes with the seasons, wading birds giving way to insect eaters as the waters recede.
Miri is often the stopover point for visitors traveling to the Gunung Mulu National Park. The Gunung Mulu National Park is world heritage site famous for its impressive cave complex and the biodiversity and scenic beauty of the whole park is just as breathtaking. Beside the popularly visited Deer, Lang, Clearwater and Lady’s Caves, a more strenuous trek leads to a weird landscape of razor-sharp rock pinnacles.
The canopy skywalk, the world’s longest tree-based structure, in Gunung Mulu National Park allows visitors a glimpse of life in the treetops of the rainforest. 480 meters of walkway hang 20 metres above the forest floor, forming a circular route suspended between 15 trees with a separate exit tower.
Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and MASwings connects Miri to the neighboring towns such as Bintulu, Mukah, Marudi, Limbang, Bario and Lawas as well as to very small isolated hamlets such as Long Lellang, Long Banga and Long Seridan.
There are several direct daily flights to Miri served by Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia from three of Malaysia’s international airports such as Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.