"Niah National Park" Niah by Willettsworld

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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 important and has some of the most unusual visitor attractions. The park's main claim to fame is its role as one of the birthplaces of civilisation in the region. The oldest modern human remains discovered in Southeast Asia were found here making the park one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Forty thousand years ago, the Niah Great Cave sheltered human life along with many other relics of prehistoric man. Today the cave is home only to bats, swiftlets and other specially adapted forms of life.

The famous Painted Cave is another highlight of the Park. Here, little human-like figures drawn in red haematite watch over a gravesite where the bodies of the dead were each laid in its own boat-shaped coffin. The caves are accessible via a raised plank walk that winds through lowland forest vibrant with birds and butterflies from the park entrance and headquarters.

  • Last visit to Niah: Mar 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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