Miri the seahorse city


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!

Big vase, guarded by big ants, Malaysian Borneo, Miri, Miri City Fan, Sarawak, traditional pottery, tribal designs.

Big vase guarded by big ants! Miri, Sarawak.


dramatic clouds, lighthouse, Malaysian Borneo, Miri, Sarawak, sea horse, Seahorse, silhouette, twighlight

Seahorse lighthouse silhouette, Miri, Sarawak

malaysian borneo., Miri City Fan, Roundabout, Sarawak, sculpture, tower

Roundabout tower near Miri City Fan, Sarawak.

gold, lamp post, light, Malaysian Borneo, Miri, Sarawak, sea horse, Seahorse streetlight, streetlamp, stylized design

Seahorse streetlight, Miri, Sarawak.

malaysian borneo., Miri, Sarawak, tribal design, Wood carvings

Wood carvings, tribal design. Miri, Sarawak.

lake, Malaysian Borneo, Miri, Sarawak, schoolboy, sculpture, Sea horse mimicry, water, white seahorse.

Sea horse mimicry, Miri, Sarawak.

colourful patterns, looking up, Malaysian Borneo, Miri, Miri City Fan, Sarawak, tower, Traditional designs

Traditional designs on tower, Miri, Sarawak

deep blue sky, Malaysian Borneo, Miri, Sarawak, sea horse., Seahorse lighthouse at dusk, silhouette

Seahorse lighthouse at dusk, Miri, Sarawak

chrome, colourful diamonds, Diamond pattern, flute shape, Malaysian Borneo, Miri, miri city fan., Roundabout, Sarawak, tower

Diamond pattern on tower, Miri, Sarawak.

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.


About James Williams

I am writing this blog to help people put the media in perspective; to think and stand up for ourselves. No one else is going to!
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