The Grand Old Lady

The oldest oil well in Malaysia

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What we say: 3 stars

Sitting on Canada Hill, the Grand Old Lady resides on the highest point in Miri and is the oldest oil well in Malaysia.

Having witnessed the rise of Miri from simple oil town to an affluent middle class oil town masquerading as a tourist destination, she has since retired and now acts as a tourist spot and as a reminder of Miri's past.

Unfortunately, the petroleum museum next door has now closed and has reincarnated itself as a dinosaur exhibition, costing 10 ringgit. The walk up here is pretty arduous, so avoid it in the middle of the day; the best time to come is about an hour before sunset.

Perhaps take a couple of beers and park yourself on a couple of benches and watch the sun disappear over the South China Sea; there is a wonderful view of Miri from this vantage point. Bring some torches for the walk down or you might find yourself hitchhiking back.

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Canada Hill, Miri
Last updated: 15th November, 2012

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