If you are planning a trip to Miri and right now, you are still residing overseas, I would recommend that you book your flight to either Kuching city or to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. There are flights from these cities to Miri city.
If you are travelling from Singapore, the good news is that Airasia.com now flies direct to Miri city from Singapore. All you need to do is to book online at www.AirAsia.com.
If you commute from Kuching, you can book online either at www.Airasia.com or www.MASwings.com.my or Malaysia Airlines at www.malaysiaairlines.com for flightsÂ to Miri city. The journey by air takes less than 2 hours.
You may also travel by coach from Kuching. The trip takes around 13-15 hours with several pit-stops at several towns in between. The fare is around rm80 per way per person. The coach that I would recommend would be MTC because the coach made lesser number of pit stops compared to Biaramas coaches. The last time when I travelled with MTC, the whole journey took me 13 hours whilst the journey by Biaramas coach took us 15 hours to reach Miri city from Kuching. If you travel by coach from Sibu town, then the journey will be around 7 hours to reach Miri.
Alternatively, you may also try a speed boat ride with Expres Bahagia speed boat from Kuching to go to Miri.
I took the speed boat ride once from Kuching to Sibu and it took me 5 hours to reach Sibu. Passengers will alight at their destination but the boat will move on to Miri. It is faster to travel by sea compared to travelling by land.
If you should decide to take the speed boat ride, do remember to bring along a sweater because the air-condition in the boat is usually at full blast and you will be freezing cold as you watch some Cantonese drama in the boat or you may also opt to sit at the open deck during the journey and enjoy the strong wind blowing against your face and a nice sun tan.
If you should come from Kota Kinabalu, there are direct flights to Miri city either by Airasia.com or Maswings.com or Malaysia Airlines, www.malaysiaairlines.com. Another route is travel to Miri city from Brunei, the oil rich state by car.
From Miri, most tourists favourite destination would be Mulu caves and the Pinnacles. To reach Mulu from Miri, one has to book a flight from MASwings.com.my to get there or he can also fly direct to Mulu from Kuching with the same airline. Only MASwings airline flies to Mulu from Miri. Once you reach Mulu, you can easily go to niah caves.