Miri the seahorse city is the second city of Sarawak and boasts a vibrant economy based on oil and wood. The oil and gas under the city dried up decades ago, but the timber industry and offshore drilling have kept Miri buoyant (more evenly distributed wealth here compared to Sibu where there were some rich people and a lot of poor people). A standout in Miri is the food – you can get anything you want and it’s all good, especially the local jungle food. Midin ferns, chicken and tapioca leaves cooked in bamboo, cangkok manis, and of course the fresh seafood. I don’t think there was a single thing I tried in Miri that I didn’t like! Its also worth a visit to the handicraft centre to buy authentic tribal goods made by the people selling them to you… avoid the chinese tourist shops in the centre of town where most of it is either mass produced or the tribes get a pittance for it. Australians also have the burden of not being able to buy any wood due to our strict customs, which cuts out a lot of great stuff!
Sorry for getting things out of order – I’m a bit behind in my posts and the earthquake in Chiang Mai necessitated an interruption of the schedule to bring you the breaking news. We’re back on track now… coming up is the Malaysian Borneo state of Sabah, and then Thailand.