Niah Caves

Full Day
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A Cradle of Human Civilization

Niah National Park is home to one of the most spectacular great cave entrances in the world which houses the oldest known human burial sites in Southeast Asia, the Painted Cave with its unique depictions of prehistoric burial rituals are surrounded by dense primary rainforest and rugged limestone outcrops.

This tour begins with a 90 minutes’ car/bus journey from Miri. Upon arrival in the park, a 45-minutes stroll along a wooden plank walk brings you to Traders’ Cave, where bird’s nest traders once gathered annually for centuries to conduct their businesses. Shortly after, you come to the mouth of the Great Cave, one of the largest and most spectacular cave entrances in the world. A steep winding path allows you to explore the Great Cave and leads out through a forest glade to the tranquillity of the Painted Cave, where ancient cave paintings depict “dead ships” carrying departed souls to the afterlife.

Return to the Great Cave mouth at dusk for a memorable show of swirling clouds, as countless bats leave the cave to feed while swiftlets return home to nest.

Return by car/bus to Miri.



Overnight stays in park accommodation can be arranged.


Additional Information

This tour departs from Miri, in Northeast Sarawak. We will be pleased to arrange flights from Kuching to Miri, and/or overnight accommodation in Miri if required.

Niah Caves (Full Day)

Note: Choice of arriving in Miri a day before or early morning flight from Kuching to Miri on excursion day

0900hrs: Meet and greet with our friendly representative at Miri Airport / Hotel and transfer to Niah National Park (approximate 2 hours’ ride).

1100hrs: Upon arrival at Park headquarters, register and have a brief study of the park information at the information center. Then, take a short boat to cross the river to visit Niah Museum. After the museum visit, proceed on plank walk for 3 KM to the cave’s main entrance. The walk to the cave takes about 45 minutes. The Niah Cave is famous for its edible birds nest found high-up in the cave about 300 ft from the ground. In the Painted Cave, you are about to see the prehistoric wall drawing as well as the preserved remains of the 40,000 years old STONE AGE PEOPLE. Return journey on the same plank walk to Niah National Park.

1300hrs: Lunch at Niah’s local restaurant. After lunch, transfer to Tusan Beach for a 30 minutes’ stop before transfer back to Miri (estimated arrival at Miri around 1600hrs – 1700hrs).


**All times stated are subject to change based on road and weather condition


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