Labor Day’s approaching, right?
Have you had your holiday plans set yet?
If not, let me warmly welcome you to this new Travel Thursday series where I bring you a FREE itinerary planned by yours truly.
In this “first episode”, we will look at a 3D2N itinerary to Miri, Malaysia.
We love Malaysia, don’t we? But when trips to Johor Bahru and Kuala Lumpur get a little repetitive, why not give other cities a go? And that’s why I’ve decided on Miri for us.
Since Labor Day falls on 1 May, a Monday, this itinerary’s prices will be based on research done for 29 April to 1 May 2023 (2-to-go):
- AirAsia flights, round trip for 2 pax: $347.40 ($173.70/pax)
- Ajang Hotel (superior queen with city view): $61 including taxes ($30.50/pax)
Agoda and ShopBack have a collaboration that could get you up to 15% off so you might want to check that out before booking:
Total: $173.70 + $30.50 = $204.20/pax
Prices reflected are accurate at the time of writing.
29 April 2023, Saturday
7.15 am Reach Singapore Changi Airport T4 for check-in
10.15 am Flight to Miri
12.15 pm Touch down at Miri Airport
Hotel: Ajang Hotel
1.15 pm Grab/take a taxi to Ajang Hotel
Address: Jalan Sri Dagang, 98000 Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
1.45 pm Reach Ajang Hotel (estimated time is about 20 minutes but that depends on the traffic too)
Check-in is at 3 pm. So if early check-in is unavailable, leave your luggage and bring your valuable belongings along because it’s time for late lunch.
Late lunch: Restoran Ayam Penyet Ria
There are various options around the hotel but you can try Restoran Ayam Penyet Ria, which is just right beside the entrance of Ajang Hotel.
You should already be starving by now, no need to walk so far lah, hor?
After lunch, you may want to head to Lemongrass Family Reflexology & Spa (Permaisuri) to book an appointment for a massage session tomorrow night (30 April) so you can be guaranteed a spot.
The massage shop has gotten pretty good reviews and it’s just a 3-minute walk from Ajang Hotel. Good choice!
3 pm Check-in, freshen up, and rest a little.
4 pm Take a 3-minute walk to Miri Waterfront to snap some pictures of the iconic seahorse-looking sculpture.
4.30 pm Grab or hop on an 8-minute ride to Coco Cabana
Address: Lot 2260, Jln Bandaraya, 98000 Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
Coco Cabana is one of the top sights in Miri with a 4.4 rating from over 4,500 reviews on Google. It’s certainly worth your time.
There’s also another seahorse-looking sculpture here at Coco Cabana. Walk around Miri Marina, Miri Central Park, and Marina Bay Park and catch the sunset before grabbing dinner.
Dinner: Wondering Seafood Restaurant
7 pm Head to Wondering Seafood Restaurant about an 11-minute walk from Marina Bay Park.
It can get quite packed in the evening when people start having dinner so you might want to make a reservation first or reach earlier to chope seats yeah.
9 pm Take a 10- to 15-minute walk to Miri Times Square for some pictures and to digest your hearty seafood dinner.
Watsons and Guardian are available nearby Miri Times Square so you can grab some essentials there.
Food all digested and ready for round 2? Let’s go!
Walk to Recharge Fried Chicken & Beer Cafe within Miri Times Square for some Korean-style food with beer and/or soju.
11 pm Cab back to Ajang Hotel and rest for the day.
30 April 2023, Sunday
All rested from the fatigue from day 1?
Rise and shine, it’s time for day 2.
9 am Breakfast at Hainan Cafe or Wang Sing Cafe. Both eateries are located right behind Ajang Hotel so you will be there in a minute.
10 am Two routes for you to choose from: local markets or shopping malls
If you prefer that local vibe, you may want to check out 2 local markets: Miri Central Market (a 9-minute walk from Hainan Cafe) and Tamu Muhibbah (another 9-minute walk from Miri Central Market).
If you prefer the aircon and shopping mall vibe, then you can consider Permaisuri Imperial City Mall and Bintang Megamall (both are within a 15-minute walk from Hainan Cafe).
12 pm Lunch time! Your lunch place will depend on where you go, whether it’s the markets or the shopping malls. More options at the shopping malls of course.
Or since there’s ample time, you can visit both the local markets and shopping malls!
4 pm Take an 8-minute ride from Bintang Megamall to Saberkas Night Market.
The night market opens at 4 pm according to Google so you will reach just in time for pasar malam snacks and dinner.
6.30 pm Walk about 15 minutes to the nearest Boulevard Shopping Mall for some final shopping/more food before heading back to your hotel area for your spa/massage session.
9 pm Reach Lemongrass Family Reflexology & Spa (Permaisuri) and enjoy your session!
11 pm Head back to Ajang Hotel to pack up and rest.
1 May 2023, Sunday
Happy Labor Day!
It’s your final day here at Miri. Boohoo.
But it’s time to prep for check-out so rise and shine!
7 am Leave for Miri Airport
7.30 am Reach Miri Airport, check-in and have breakfast.
9.55 am AirAsia flight to Singapore
11.55 am Reach Singapore
Time to gear yourself ready to go back to the daily grind on 2 May 😉