The Niah national park is home to the popular Niah cave, one of the world's largest limestone caves. The park itself covers an area of forest and limestone, all together about 3102 hectars in size. In the park the oldest human remains in South East Asia were found in the great caves, dating back some 40000 years ago. The painted cave contains some prehistoric frescoes with hunting scenes on the walls.
In the Niah cave nests of swiftlet birds are collected and sold as a delicacy. In 1995 the Niah cave was home to 200000 birds.
How to get to the Niah national park
The park is 83km southwest of Miri and 140km northeast of Bintulu. Visitors can travel by bus to Niah and from there take a taxi. From the park headquarter it's a 3.1km walk to the main cave and another 1.1km to the painted cave.
There is some accomodation in the park (lodges), otherwise visitors can stay in the Niah village or even in Miri.
01 Road Bintulu to Miri 02 Niah national park headquarter 03 Jetty and chalets
04 Jetty 05 Niah river 06 Niah river 07 Forest trail 08 Tree roots
09 Dipterocarp tree 10 Forest trail 11 Orange millipede 12 Millipedes having sex
13 Resting point 14 Forest trail 15 Traders cave 16 Traders cave
17 Traders cave 18 Traders cave 19 Traders cave
20 Traders cave 21 Excavations 22 Traders cave
23 Cave staircase 24 Excavation area in main cave 25 Excavation site in main cave 26 Huts in main cave
27 Bird nests harvesting poles 28 Main cave 29 Niah cave
30 Main cave 31 Main cave 32 Niah cave 33 Niah cave
34 Rock formations 35 Niah cave 36 Staircase in Niah cave 37 Rock formations 38 Cave opening and people
39 Path to painted cave 40 Painted cave 41 Painted cave
42 Niah cave 43 Niah cave 44 Staircase to traders cave
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