The Niah National Park is one of the most famous national parks located in Miri, Sarawak.
History buffs will get a kick out of a day spent at Niah National Park. After all, the oldest modern human remains discovered in South-East Asia were found here, including a 40,000-year-old skull. This makes Niah a significant archeological site.
Excavations have unearthed tools, cooking utensils and ornaments made of bone, stone and clay dating back to the Palaeolithic era (first part of the Stone Age).
Detailed wall paintings dating between 1AD and 780AD in Painted Cave depict the boat journey of the dead into the afterlife.
Niah was first gazetted as a National Historic Monument in 1958, and 16 years later, some 3,100ha of rainforest and limestone crags were included to create the national park.
The caves are swarming with swiftlets and bats, and one of the most amazing spectacles occur during sunset with the nightly “changing of the guards”,
when half a million swiftlets return to their nests whilst half a million bats fly out.
The park is linked by an extensive network of boardwalks. Some of the chalets are air-conditioned and are good value for money. The park canteen serves decent food, and Batu Niah town, five minutes away, offers more options.
For more information on Niah National Park and to book park lodging, visit www.sarawakforestry.com.
Map, Location and Driving Direction to Niah National Park: