Located just on the other side of the river from the Park Headquarters, this museum exhibits the geology, archaeology and ecology of the Niah Caves. You can view the pre-historic artefacts collected from the caves, and learn about their inhabitants from thousands of years before. The paintings and boats from the Painted Cave have been reconstructed...more
After visiting the Great Cave, you'll come to the Painted Cave, so named for the famous cave paintings and the place where the 'death-ships' were found. The contents of the death-ships have since been transferred to the Sarawak Museum, but the wall behind them has been fenced-off in order to protect the paintings. The 100 or so paintings can be...more
The passage at the back of the Great Cave leads to the large chamber known as 'Padang' where shafts of sunlight stream down from the large holes in the cave roof to illuminate the bizarre rock formations in the Burnt Cave. This is another excellent spot for taking photos. After the Padang, the cave passage becomes pitch black and it is here that...more
Just along from the Trader's Cave is Niah's Pièce de résistance - the Great Cave. The entrance measures 250 meters across at the mouth, and reaches a height of 60 meters. You will only realise its size as you venture deeper. The cave used to harbour half a million bats and four million swiftlets, but today there are much fewer than before. Several...more
After walking along the boardwalk for about 3km, you'll come to the first cave which is known as Traders' Cave, a large overhang with stout stalactites. Excavated in the 1950's, only minimal archaeological deposits were found here. The structures are remains of ancient 'roofless huts' made of ironwood or belian. These huts were constructed and used...more
Niah National Park located on the Sungai (river) Niah, about 3 km from the small town of Batu Niah, 110 km to the south-west of Miri itself. The park was first gazetted as a National Historic Monument in 1958, and opened to the public as a national park on 1st January 1975. The Park is one of Sarawak's smallest, but it is certainly one of the most...more
To make a little bit more money out of you, you have to take a boat across the narrow Sungai Niah which runs till 7.30pm and costs about RM1. I don't know why they simply can't put a bridge here instead.
The guano collectors are not the only people who earn a living from the cave. Strategically positioned bamboo poles and leaders are evidence of the birds nest collectors, local people who have practised this dangerous occupation for generations. The half million swiftlets that live in the cave make their nests purely from their own salivary secretions and when the nests are cleaned and cooked they produce the famous birds nest soup, which is as highly regarded in Chinese cuisine as caviar is in the West.
Take care whilst inside the Great Cave as it is pitch black (so bring a torch/flashlight) plus the boardwalk stairs and hand rails are well peppered with bat droppings, called guano, and the wooden plank walkway can be mighty slippery.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Inside the Great Cave, although the boardwalk continues, you will need a powerful torch to see your way around (torches can be rented for RM5.00 so bring your own). The stairs and hand rails are well peppered with bat droppings, called guano, and the wooden plank walkway can be mighty slippery.
Favorite thing: When you first arrive at the park you have to register to pay the entrance fee of RM10 at the Park Headquarters building. There's also some useful information and maps to pick up here.