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Niah National Park

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Niah National Park

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Niah National Park [1] on the island of Borneo, is in Sarawak, a state in East Malaysia, and one of the birthplaces of human civilisation.


Get in[edit]

To get to Niah National Park, first take a bus to Batu Niah which is next to the highway from Miri to Kuching. Batu Niah has shopping and food opportunities. Then you have to take an unofficial taxi (simply ask around for a bit, should be RM30). Busses from Bintulu or Miri take approximately two hours to get to Batu Niah and depart frequently. This means that it is possible to visit the park as a day trip from either city.


Fees/Permits[edit]

Foreign Adult (single entry): RM20
Foreign Child/Senior (single entry): RM7


See[edit][add listing]

It takes around 4 hours to get from HQ to the Painted Cave via the Traders' and the Great Cave (around 4km one direction and then you have to go it all back). Inside the caves, the air is really stiff and smelly, if you have asthma, be careful. Also, it is quite slippery inside the caves. Other than that, the trek is not challenging.


  • Traders' cave: open cave full of open "cottages" used by the bird nest traders.
  • Great cave: huge cave full of swiftlets and bats. You can walk through it and experience total darkness.
  • Painted cave: Smaller cave where you can see cave paintings from prehistoric humans. There are also some ceremonial burial boats.
  • Museum: gives you background information on the park.
  • Longhouse


Eat[edit][add listing]

There is a canteen open from around noon to 5pm and on request. It serves rice or noodles with vegetables with or without chicken (not vegetarian). Each rather small portion is around RM5. You can also get hot water for noodles or instant coffee, however, sometimes you have to pay for it. A 1.5 litre water bottle is RM4.


There are no cooking facilities.


Sleep[edit][add listing]

In the small headquarter "village" of Niah, you can find various accommodation. You can either book it beforehand online (here) or simply show up (not advisable during high season). Neither the lodges nor the hostel have cooking facilities, however, they both feature living room areas and a refrigerator. Accommodation is basic and reasonably clean but a bit run-down.


  • Lodges: either air-conditioned or with a fan and you can either book one room or a whole house. Cheapest is RM100 for a room and RM150 for a house.
  • Hostel: RM40 for a room with four beds. It is not possible to book one bed, so if you are travelling on your own either team up with some other travellers or pay RM40 for your own dorm room.


Get out[edit]

You can get a lift to Batu Niah where the busses leave for RM30.

  • Busses to Miri leave at 8am, 8.30am, 9.30am, 10.45am, 12.30pm, 2.45pm, 3.30pm, 5pm, 8pm, 10pm, 11pm and 1am. There might be additional busses from other companies. It takes two hours to get to Pujut bus terminal. You can buy tickets at Batu Niah or when boarding the bus.
  • Busses going south from Batu Niah leave at 8am, 9am, 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 12pm, 3.30pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7.30pm, 9.30pm and 10.30pm. They all go to Bintulu (a bit more than 2 hours) and all but the bus at 9am and 10.30am go on to Sibu (the other two go to Mukah). If you want to get to Bintulu airport, don't get off at the bus station in Bintulu but stay on the bus for another 20km and ask to be dropped at the airport junction. From there it is a 1.5km walk to the airport. The busses leaving at 8am, 10am and in the afternoon continue on to Kuching (around 15 hours).


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