Miri, Sarawak's second city, is a thriving town that is vibrant and modern. Thanks to the offshore oil, there are plenty of service industries and money sloshing around, so the eating is good, the broad avenues are brightly lit, and there’s plenty to do when it’s raining.
Miri serves as a major transport hub, so if you’re travelling to/from Brunei, Sabah, the Kelabit Highlands or the national parks of Gunung Mulu, Niah or Lambir Hills, chances are you’ll pass this way. The city’s friendly guesthouses are a great place to meet other travelers, and the new Marina Parkcity area offers modern cafes, restaurants and bars.
Miri lies on a narrow coastal plain between the South China Sea and a series of low, crumbly hills that were once covered in oil derricks. The population is about 40% Dayak (mainly Iban), 30% Chinese and 18% Malay.