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Niah National Park and Niah Caves

The Great Cave of Niah is one of the largest limestone caves in the world, and an archaeological treasure house. It was here that archaeologists discovered the evidence of man's existence dating back 40,000 years. A display of tools, rock paintings and human skulls tell the story of ancient civilisations. The rest of the park is dominated by limestone and lush tropical vegetation, loomed over by the magnificent Gunung Sabis peak, at 1,294ft (388m). Once you have paid admission you will be ferried across a small, crocodile infested river in a motor boat, and then trek for an hour or two through the jungle to reach the caves. The walk is rewarding in itself and if you're lucky you'll see some wildlife. The caves are huge, dark and sometimes smelly (from the habitation of bats and birds); they bring out one's inner Indiana Jones and exploring them is exciting. Be prepared for slippery conditions because although there is a wooden boardwalk it is always wet. It is also a good idea to bring a flashlight if you want to explore properly. The Great Cave and the Trader's Cave are currently open to the public but unfortunately the Painted Cave has been closed since 2012 and it is unclear when it will reopen. You can still find ancient rock paintings in the area though.

Website: www.forestry.sarawak.gov.my

Telephone: +60 (0)8 2246 575 / 775