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The Grand Old Lady (Miri Well)

Learn how Miri transformed from a humble fishing village into a vibrant modern town.

The first oil well in the country, The Grand Old Lady of Miri will give you an insight on the history and role of petroleum in Malaysia’s development.



The Grand Old Lady is about 4 kilometres from the Miri town centre, which is a 10-minute drive away.


Opening Days and Hours

The site opens daily from 09:00 to 16:45 on weekdays, and from 10:00 to 16:00 on weekends. It is closed on Mondays.


Entry Fee and Bookings

Admission is free.


How to Get There

It is recommended that you hire a taxi to the location as it is an uphill walk to get there. Once you have arrived, do let your driver know that you will still require his services, as taxis are scarce in the area. Otherwise, it will be a 20-minute walk to the town’s centre.


Suggested For

The Grand Old Lady is suitable for those who love history and photography. It is a great place for young couples, solo travelers, and backpackers.


Time to Spend

2 hours is sufficient to view the old well and to explore the petroleum museum nearby.


Popularity and Best Time to Go

It is usually crowded during the weekends, so try to go during the weekdays or weekend mornings.



Restaurants and hawker stalls are available in the town centre, with prices ranging from budget to mid-range.


Nearby Attractions

When in the Miri town centre, you may opt for a short 10-minute drive to the Miri Handicraft Centre or the Miri City Fan Recreation Park.



The town’s centre has a number of accommodations, including home stays and hotels. Prices range from budget to luxury depending on your preferences.


Good to Know

The area around The Grand Old Lady also provides a good viewpoint overlooking the town of Miri for those who enjoy sceneries.

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