Sarawak’s second city is located on the north coast and is the centre of the Malaysian petroleum industry.
Miri has grown phenomenally since oil was first discovered in the early 1900s, burgeoning into a modern and dynamic business, commercial and educational centre.
The city has a couple of good accommodation options and spending some time here allows the traveller to gain an insight into modern day life.
For most, it is simply a stopover en route to the world-famous Gunung Mulu National Park, Lambir Hills and Niah Caves, the Kelabit Highlands or the exotic coral reefs just offshore.
Archaeological remains in the Niah Caves
Located on the Niah River 110 kilometres southwest of Miri, the Niah Caves are one of the most important archaeological sites in the region, with human remains dating back 40,000 years, advanced rock art and a wealth of flora and fauna.
The human remains discovered here are the oldest in Southeast Asia, and in the Painted Cave anthropological figures have been drawn in red haematite, watching over a gravesite where the bodies of the dead were each laid in their own boat-shaped coffins.
The caves today, surrounded by lowland forest, are home to bats, swiftlets and other species specially adapted to life in this environment.
Suggested itinerary featuring Miri, Niah Caves & Lambir Hills National Park
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Map of Miri, Niah Caves & Lambir Hills National Park
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Places near Miri, Niah Caves & Lambir Hills National Park
- Mulu National Park 65 miles away
- Brunei 79 miles away
- Manukan Island 180 miles away
- Gaya Island 184 miles away
- Kota Kinabalu 186 miles away
- Sibu 206 miles away
- Kinabalu National Park 213 miles away
- Mount Kinabalu 215 miles away
- Maliau Basin 223 miles away
- Garama Wetlands 241 miles away
- Deramakot Forest Reserve 247 miles away
- Batang Ai 257 miles away
- Danum Valley 266 miles away
- Kinabatangan River 283 miles away
- Sepilok 293 miles away
- Sandakan 300 miles away