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Niah National Park and Niah Caves

Niah Caves © sunriseOdyssey
Niah Caves © sunriseOdyssey

The Great Cave of Niah is one of the largest limestone caves in the world. More importantly, it's where archaeologists discovered 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. Limestone and lush tropical vegetation dominate the rest of the park, which nestles beneath the magnificent Mount Subis. Visitors reach the caves via a motor-boat trip across a small crocodile-infested river and a one-hour-long trek through jungle. The walk is rewarding and may include some wildlife viewing. As for the cave, travellers should expect slippery conditions, and should pack a flashlight. The area's ancient rock paintings are a must-see.

Address: 98200 Niah, Sarawak

Website: www.forestry.sarawak.gov.my