About Miri

About Miri | Travel Guide & Pre-arrival Information

With a population of about 205,000 people, Miri is the second biggest town in the state of Sarawak. Miri is a busy, prosperous town with a potpourri of different races and cultures comprising most of Sarawak’s indigenous groups.

Miri’s most famous landmark is the grand Old Lady on top of Canada Hill, the first well to strike oil in 1910. These days production is offshore and some of the platforms can be seen from Canada Hill. The town’s rapid growth has meant the opening of several modern shopping malls, and dozens of lively restaurants, pubs and bars. As a modern seaside town that still preserves much of its rich cultural heritage, Miri is a charming blend of traditional and modern way of life. Exotic jungle produce can be found at various native markets (e.g. opposite the main bus station), while local handicrafts that serve as a colourful symbol of Sarawak’s cultural diversity can be admired and purchased at the Miri Heritage Centre.

Miri is also the gateway to the northeast region, rapidly becoming Sarawak’s most popular tourist area. It is within easy reach of national parks, huge rivers, heritage and adventure travel destinations and some of the best scuba diving in Borneo.

The Mulu National Park is just 40 minutes away by light aircraft; Niah Caves are less than two hours drive away and you can reach the world’s most biodiverse site at Lambir Hills in just 25 minutes. Half a day away by longboat or four-wheel-drive is Loagan Bunut, a unique expanding and contracting lake that is a bird watcher’s paradise.

From Miri you can reach the Bario Highlands by air in 40 minutes or travel by boat up the mighty Baram River and visit longhouses along the way.

Miri’s international airport, just 15 minutes from the town center, has frequent flights to Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu in Sabah and all of Sarawak’s major towns.

Entry Requirements:

Visitors to Malaysia must be in possession of a valid passport or travel document with a minimum validity of six months beyond the intended visiting period. Please be advised that the Sarawak Immigration Department issues its own visit passes upon entry into its territory. For information regarding visa requirements, please contact your local Malaysian diplomatic mission or Tourism offices. Should you require a personal invitation to the Conference for visa purposes, please contact the Conference Organisers by email on: secretariat.3isc@curtin.edu.my

Arrival in Kuala Lumpur:

Should you fly to Miri through Kuala Lumpur, your plane will land in KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport).

If you disembark from the plane via any of the “C” gates, then you are in the International terminal and you will need to catch the shuttle “Aero Train” to the main terminal (Domestic) building. When you descend the shuttle go down the escalators near the rear of the train. When you get to the next floor down, veer right and walk to the Immigration desk. Present your papers and follow the signs to a general foyer area, which has several shops and restaurants. If you follow the other passengers you will have a long walk and have to check through the airline and immigration.

If you disembark from the plane via one of the “A” or “B” gates, then you are already in the main (Domestic) terminal, so proceed directly to Immigration.

On arrival in Kuala Lumpur, you need to complete the immigration formalities for arrival into Malaysia.

Arrival in Kuching:

Should you fly to Miri via Kuching, your plane will land in Kuching International Airport. On arrival in Kuching, you need to complete the Malaysian Immigration procedures. There is a short wait at Kuching airport before taking the direct flight for Miri. You will need to clear Sarawak Immigration at the Kuching Airport. If you have cleared Immigration in Kuching, you do not need to repeat the process in Miri.

Arrival in Miri:

When arriving at the Miri airport from Kula Lumpur, you need to clear Sarawak Immigration at the Miri airport. Sarawak requires everyone coming from other parts of Malaysia to pass through State Immigration. This requires filling in another Immigration Arrival card, (even if you have already completed one for arrival into Malaysia through K.L), ticking the “Education” box.

Taxi vouchers are available at the Miri airport in the main concourse, outside the arrivals hall, at the far right, as you come out. Typical rates between airport and hotel are between RM 25-35.


Sarawak has an equatorial climate, with little variation in temperature throughout the year. The average temperature is 32ºC by day and 23ºC by night. Sarawak experiences rain throughout the year but the heaviest falls happen from November to February. Annual rainfall varies between 330 cm to 460 cm. The average humidity is at least 75%.

Currency Exchange:

The local currency is the Malaysian Ringgit (RM). Money can be exchanged at banks, hotels and licensed money-changers. ATM machines are widely available in Miri.

The exchange rate of a US$1.00 is approximately equivalent to RM4,12 and the Australian dollar AUD$1.00 is approximately equivalent to RM 3.16 (as of 29th Sept 2016).


Visitors should bring light comfortable casual clothes. A jacket and tie or evening dress may be required for formal wear, but only in an air-conditioned venue.


Sarawak is 8 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) and 16 hours ahead of U.S. Pacific Standard Time. The time is similar to Perth, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Important Contact Number:

Curtin University : + 60 85 44 3939 (telephone) | + 60 85 44 3838 (fax)

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