LOCATION OF THE CONFERENCE

This 9th ORBICOM conference will be held in the town of Miri, State of Sarawak, Eastern Malaysia (on Borneo Island).
Revealing a side of Asia unlike anywhere else, Sarawak is located in northwest Borneo island, giving access to the natural and cultural wonders specific to this island.
Sarawak is characterized by the high proportion of indigenous tribes, representing more than half of the state’s population. This state is the home of 27 ethnic groups with 45 different dialects, each group has their own unique stories, beliefs, traditions and cultures. Its territory is also largely covered by jungle and mangroves, that you can contemplate in the state’s diverse national parks.
Prosperous, lively and modern, Miri is the second largest city in Sarawak. It is an important transport hub, facilitating all travel to visit Sarawak. From Miri the Niah caves to Lambir National Park and Loagan Bunut National Park are accessible by land. Transport lines are available for Gunung Mulu National Park, the Bario Mountains and Long San. Off the coast of Miri, coral reefs are an ideal place for diving and fishing.
The venue of the conference is Pullmann hotel Waterfront in Miri.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Destination Malaysia
  • Visa: Malaysia does not require a visa in many cases, if the stay lasts less than a month (or three for some countries; for example, member countries of the European Union). Even if you don’t need a visa, you will need to present a passport valid at least six months after your return date and a return flight ticket.
    Some countries require their citizen to obtain a visa prior to enter Malaysia. You may check about your own country’s status through the following link: https://www.imi.gov.my/index.php/en/main-services/visa/visa-requirement-by-country.html
  • Health: There is no compulsory vaccination that is required to enter Malaysia. However, if you have recently (past 3 months) been to a country where yellow fever occurs (South America and sub-Saharan Africa), you must be vaccinated against the disease. The hepatitis A vaccine is highly recommended.
  • Currency:Ringgit Malaysia : shortened as MYR (international convention) or RM (local convention).
  • Mobile phone prefix (country code): +60
  • Official Language : Bahasa Malaysia ; English is widely spoken.
  • Climate: Equatorial climate. Usually between 23°C in the morning and 32°C the rest of the day. Even though there will be no monsoon in June, we advise you to bring an umbrella. Finally beware of mosquitoes, especially if you venture in rural/semi-rural areas. You may bring an anti-mosquitoes with 50%DEET molecule.
  • Electrical outlets: Power plug and outlet type G – (similar to UK 3-pin model).

Map of the Federation of Malaysia

This map displays Western (or Peninsular) Malaysia, as well as Eastern Malaysia, comprising the states of Sabah and Sarawak situated on Borneo Island. You can locate the town of Miri towards the Nothern tip of Sarawak state.

How to go there

Miri Airport
After most probably transiting though Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) you shall reach Miri airport as your final destination. Miri Airport is an airport located 9.5 km south east of Miri, a city in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. The airport is the sixth-busiest airport in Malaysia, and the second busiest in Sarawak. Miri Airport is a major hub for Malaysia Airlines and for MASWings. Miri airport is a mere 10 minutes-taxi ride from Pullman hotel.

Commuting from Miri Airport to your hotel

Taxi
Taxis are managed by the Miri Taxi Association and can be called by telephone 24 hours a day. All taxis are red and yellow cars. At the airport, taxis stands are located outside the baggage retrieval area. Buy a coupon at the taxi stand and go to the taxi station outside the terminal. An airport to hotel Pullman transfer will cost you about RM 20-25.
The smartphone application termed “Grab” is available around Miri and the costs are generally around half the price of a regular taxi.

Where to sleep?

Official Conference hotel
The Pullman Miri Waterfront hotel has been selected to be the official venue for the Orbicom 2020 conference in Sarawak. This 5 star hotel is centrally located in Miri, at the Waterfront Commercial Centre hub of the city, 5 minutes drive of Imperial Shopping Mall and the Marina Beach. His view fronting the South China Sea, Miri River and the city, makes it an ideal place for a relaxing gateway, dining and business meetings. This elegant-in-style full service hotel incorporates restaurants and bars, a gym, a Spa and meeting rooms. You will be able to benefit from a Web corner and free Wi-Fi in the entire hotel for your professional needs.
Room rates (special ORBICOM Conference delegate rate) range from RM 290.00 (about 70 USD for a superior room, single occupancy) to RM 480.00 (about 115 USD for a Deluxe executive in twin sharing) per room per night. Non-Malaysian citizen are required to pay visitor tax on top of these rates, equivalent to a flat amount or RM 10 per room per night.

Other hotels
There about 45 other hotels in Miri, ranging from 2 to 4 stars (Pullman is the only 5 star-rated hotel). If you are looking for an alternative accommodation, we do advise to select hotels that are walking distance from the conference official hotel. Such close proximity hotels that are well reviewed would be for example Imperial hotel (4 stars), Meritz hotel (4 stars), Kingwood Boutique hotel (4 stars), Dynasty hotel (3 stars), Pacific Orient (2 stars). These hotels are accessible through Booking.com and Agoda.com platforms.