Niah National Park
The Niah National Park is one of the popular tourist attractions in Malaysia. It is famous all over the world for the oldest human remains in South East Asia found in its Great Caves that date back to some 40000 years. Fragments of pottery, stone tools, ornaments and a splendid set of wall paintings of red haematite depicting activities of stick-like men with hunting weapons and boats were also found by archeologists. The works of this unknown artist is estimated to be more than 1000 years old.
The Niah National Park in Malaysia comprises of alluvial as well as some dipterocarp forest which has a number of jungle tracks. You will come across long-tailed macaques, hornbills, squirrels, flying lizards and crocodiles in the park. Bat hawks are alos there that provide an impressive spectacle particularly when they home in one of the millions of bats which pour out of the caves at dusk. The dark Niah caves are home to millions of bats and swiftest. As you walk along the way, you will meet workers who are collecting guano which is the accumulation of bird and bat faeces for use as fertiliser.
The caves are also known for their edible birds' nests, made out of the glutinous saliva of millions of swiftlets. These nests are collected by labourers who risk their lives to reach the ceiling of the caves at a height of some 50 metres or higher.
The Niah National Park is one of the most popular attractions in the state of Sarawak in Malaysia. It is estimated that about 15000 visitors come to the park every year.
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By:Orchid Garden Hotel-32.8 km
Niah Caves National Park-1.4 km
Great Cave at Niah National Park-3.0 km