Sarawak’s second city is located on the north coast and is the center 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 center.
The city has a couple of good accommodation options and spending some time here allows the traveler 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 kilometers 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 hematite, 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.
Map of Miri, Niah Caves & Lambir Hills National Park
Places & hotels on the map
Places near Miri, Niah Caves & Lambir Hills National Park
- Mulu National Park 105 kilometers away
- Brunei 127 kilometers away
- Manukan Island 289 kilometers away
- Gaya Island 295 kilometers away
- Kota Kinabalu 299 kilometers away
- Sibu 331 kilometers away
- Kinabalu National Park 342 kilometers away
- Mount Kinabalu 346 kilometers away
- Maliau Basin 358 kilometers away
- Garama Wetlands 388 kilometers away
- Deramakot Forest Reserve 397 kilometers away
- Batang Ai 413 kilometers away
- Danum Valley 427 kilometers away
- Kinabatangan River 455 kilometers away
- Sepilok 472 kilometers away
- Sandakan 482 kilometers away