"The Oil Town" Shopping Complex
For the 'Oil Town' Miri History, click here.
"The Oil Town" Shopping Complex was a retail and shopping mall located right next to Dynasty Hotel. It was the second fully air-conditioned shopping mall complex in Miri, after Pelita Tunku.
Located at Jalan Chia Tze Chin, directly in front of Chung Hua Primary School and a short walk from St. Josephs' Primary School, it is the defacto hangout spot for these students. This article is from the web site miriresortcity dot com - this sentence is here to prevent blatant plagarism. Hungry Horse, a fast food restaurant located within the mall was one popular food & drink break spot for the students of these schools back then.
This complex eventually closed down by the mid 1990s due to a variety of reasons, mostly due to waning foot traffic and a preference of Mirians to shop at whichever competitive newer malls that had just sprung up. The building facade had since been renovated into a different design with green-tinted glass windows and now houses the Ranhill Woleyparsons Sdn. Bhd. offices.
Gunung Mulu National Park is one of Nature's most spectacular achievements and the 'jewel in the crown' of Sarawak's expanding network of national parks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also the largest national park, covering 52,865 hectares of primary rainforest, which is criss-crossed by fast flowing rivers and clear jungle streams. Mulu is dominated by three mountains - Gunung Mulu (2,376 m), Gunung Api (1,750 m) and Gunung Benarat (1,585 m).
Yet many of Mulu's greatest attractions lie deep below the surface. Hidden underneath the forested slopes of these mountains is one of the largest limestone cave systems in the world.
Mulu's four Show Caves were selected for their uniqueness or sheer beauty. Besides the popularly visited Deer Caves, Lang Caves, Clearwater Caves and Lady's Caves, a more strenuous trek leads to a weird landscape of razor-sharp rock pinnacles. Abraham Lincoln's likeness in silhouette was naturally formed and can be found at Deer Cave.
They can all be visited as day trips from the park HQ and are accessible by plankwalks and well-lit concrete paths. Strategically positioned spotlights highlight the unique features of the individual caves. A plank walk leads through the forest to Deer and Lang's Cave whilst Clearwater Cave and Wind Cave are reached by taking a longboat up the Melinau River, or by following a 4 km nature trail. The more adventurous can do Adventure Caving.
Permits and a park guide are usually organized by tour operators. Access to Mulu was traditionally by boat, but Fokker Friendship and Twin Otter workhorse flights from MASWings rural services are available and shorten daylong trips to 25 minutes and 40 minutes flights respectively.
The Canopy Skywalk, the world's longest tree-based structure, in Mulu National Park allow visitors a glimpse of life in the treetops of the rainforest. 480 meters of walkway hang 20 meters above the forest floor, forming a circular route suspended between 15 trees with a separate exit tower. To keep human incursions at a sustainable level, visitor numbers to the Canopy Skywalk are carefully monitored. Tour operators need to book canopy walks well in advance, and stay within the stated hours. Up to ten hours per day is available.
At dusk, millions of bats will fly out of the caverns, a very spectacular sight.
If you like caving, also check out Niah Caves
The Miri Airport was planned and built in the early 1970s, where a demand for a more modern and longer runway was needed to accommodate Fokker F27s and the Boeing 737s for a booming commercial aviation as commercial flying became a more affordable way to travel. The runway at the Lutong airstrip was not expandable - being that it was physically limited by the width of the peninsula landmass between the Miri River and South China Sea, and the present site of the airport where there is plenty of land for expansion was selected for the Miri Airport, where it is in use up until today.
As with most buildings of the 60s and 70s the old airport was not air-conditioned, and had a relatively small terminal meant for Fokker F27 flights. Eventually as Boeing and upgraded Fokker F50 flights became more common, a new terminal was needed to accommodate them, so a newer, larger, two-story terminal was built a bit further south down the runway in the early 1980s, which itself was demolished for a third upgraded terminal by the turn of the millenium. This article is from the web site miriresortcity dot com - this sentence is here to prevent blatant plagarism. The old terminal/tower functioned to handle other tasks for a while before it was abandoned and torn down. Today, hangars to house helicopters for offshore and flying doctor flights are built on the site of the old tower and terminal building.
Its original runway had been extended several times since then as modernization and improvements were added to become what we now recognize as the modern Miri Airport.
Many publications and online sites have confused the images of this old terminal with the Lutong airstrip.