CoCoHouse is a guest house located in the heart of Miri City.
Services include not only includes accommodation, but also diving (with sister company Coco Dives), river cruise, land tours (with sister company Minda Travel).
CoCoHouse team comprises of naturalists, dive experts, national park rangers, professional guides, friendly front desk / cafe staffs who all share an enthusiasm towards tourism.
Opened on 14th July of 2012, Merdeka Suites Hotel are located in front of the Morsjaya Commercial center, and just within a five minutes drive from Miri International Airport. Fully furnished rooms inclusive of fully equipped kitchen, large dining area, living room with sofa sets and LCD TV (Astro), a personal safety deposit box, free internet access and non-smoking rooms (upon requests). Fitness center or gym for in-house use.
Featuring other ammenities like providing instant laundry services, free morning newspaper, valet parking spaces with 24/7 CCTV supervisions, a function hall, a conference room, mobile sound system and projectors, fitness center and the suite units are equipped with balconies.
Merdeka Suite Hotel has 5 types of suite units to offer with reasonable rates; the Studio Suite (1 bedroom), Deluxe Executive (2 bedroom), Superior Suites (3 bedroom), Superior Executive (3 bedroom).
In 1924, the Pujut road was built linking Miri to Lutong. The route was marked out in what was for then a novel procedure. Instead of sending a team of surveyors to hack their way through the dense and dangerous jungle, a sea-plane was flown from Miri to Lutong, spraying white lime as it went, thus marking out the route of the new road.
Working on the oilfields with the old cable tool method was equally slow and no less hazardous. Very often, the discovery of oil was heralded not by the gusher of movie fame but by a column of fire flaring out of the hole in the ground. Since there was no fire brigade, the sound of the siren was a summons to all and sundry to come and help put out the flames. But by and large, it was a booming time. The population continued to increase, or at least the male population did, since few men who came out brought their wives with them - life in Sarawak was too uncertain. It is not surprising therefore that Miri in those early days had very much the character of a wild west town. In 1923 (some say it was earlier) there was a riot reputed to have been sparked off by a woman. No records remain, even in memory, of this local Helen anak Troy. But the riot is well-remembered.
It would seem that a group of men started fighting outside the police station. Stones and other trajectories somehow found their way through the canvas windows of the police station, itself a frail enough building. The Miri police chief, popularly known as 'Captain Bobby', came out to pacify the crowd and tried to persuade them to go home in an amicable fashion. A stone on the left cheek was all the thanks he got for his noble efforts. The police opened fire.
Another, and to my mind duller, version of the story has it that the riot started merely as a result of a brawl. All the same, the police and the Sarawak Rangers were called in to control the crowds. 13 rioters were killed and 24 wounded before order could be restored.
As the years went by, life in Miri became more supportable. Rotary drilling was introduced in 1925, and by the following year most of the oil accumulations in the Miri field had been discovered. Production continued to increase, reaching a peak in 1929 at 15,211 barrels per day. Water supply was improved, more of the jungle cleared, swamps drained and roads built. With the expansion of the field, more and more people were needed to fill jobs at clerical and supervisory level. Most of these were recruited from India, Ceylon, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Penang, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Many of them later married local girls and made Miri their home.
Source & excerpts : The Miri Story