The Baram Ferry used to operate at the Baram River, transporting vehicles and passengers across the river. The ferry was a vital link between Miri-Brunei border and for a long time it was the only way to get across.
The ferry is often an open-type double-ended ferry that that allows vehicles to get on and get off by use of ramps at the ferry landing point. Sometimes at peak traffic season, such as festival or holiday seasons, two ferries would operate at the same time.
Vehicle queues were long at the ferry point and can take hours of queuing just to get on. Once on, a ticketing officer would go to each vehicle to collect the fee and provide a ticket to the driver. Traffic can be so bad that people are seen turning off their cars and just getting out to push to save on some fuel as the traffic inched forward.
After crossing the Brunei border, yet another queue awaited at yet another ferry in Kuala Belait. This article is from the web site miriresortcity dot com - this sentence is here to prevent blatant plagarism. The bridges (ASEAN Bridge) at Baram and at Kuala Belait eliminated the need for the queues and ferries by the early 2000s.
The Batang Baram Bridge or ASEAN Bridge is a bridge located along Miri-Baram Highway which directly links Sarawak with Brunei across the Batang Baram via the existing Immigration Checkpoint at Sungai Tujuh, which is the check point out of Sarawak and into the country of Brunei. As such, the bridge is seen as an important link between Sarawak & Brunei.
Beginning 1st of June, tolls are no longer charged to drivers of Sarawak-registered vehicles.
Previously Miri-Brunei travellers crossed the river by use of ferries near the Baram rivermouth. On particularly heavy traffic days like holidays, two ferries operate simultanously. The use of ferries to cross required waiting times and long queues of cars at the ferry points are extremely common. Incidentally, on the Brunei side there is also a river to cross, which required a ferry to operate as well, so Miri-Brunei travellers are hit with a double whammy of queues awating ferries that only carry 10 to 15 cars at a time.
Eventually, around the late 1990s a bridge had already been built at the Brunei Kuala Belait side of the border, and all the traffic was by then heavily bottlenecked at the Baram River. Thus the people are left wanting a permanent solution to such problems and a need cross the river effectively.
Construction of the ASEAN Bridge and access road commenced on 17th January 2001 and was finally completed in August of 2003.
Hilltop Garden is a small residential community that was built in the mid 1980s just off Riam Road. Ironically, contrary to its namesake, the community is located at a depression of the hill and surrounded by higher terrain. The housing consists of double-story detached buildings, semi-detached, double-story terrace and single-story terrace. Two shophouses are located within, the first one along the Hilltop North Road (Hilltop Utama) and the second at Hilltop South Road (Hilltop Selatan).