Niah National Park

Niah National Park, Miri: Address, Phone Number, Niah National Park Reviews: 4/5

Niah National Park
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Definitely a good place to explore!
Jul 2019
We arrived at Miri Airport at 9.10 am. Our pre-booked car-rental driver was at the airport to deliver the car to us. [RM 150 per day] Immediately we drove to Niah National Park which is about 84 km away. Of course you can also book transport through tour agency where you will get a tour guide. The road was bumpy but traffic was not heavy. On the way, we stopped at Kg Salap Lada Kelulit Sibuti to buy some local bananas and oranges. Then we proceeded to Kg Niah for lunch. We had some authentic Sarawak laksa. Then we continued our journey to Niah National Park. We arrived at around 12.00 pm. We purchased the entrance ticket. It’s RM 5.00 for senior citizen.[RM 10 for Malaysian adult; RM 20 for foreigner ] We were provided with a small map and a short briefing on the route to Niah Cave. To go to Niah Cave, you need to cross a river and the boat ride only takes 30 seconds! It must be the shortest boat ride I have ever had! Know what? There’s a sign board alerting the travellers to be aware of crocodiles! You just pray hard that the reptiles do not appear in this short 30s! At the other side of the river is a museum. We didn’t go in first. We continued our walking. The trail to the cave wasn’t tough at all. The first part is concrete paved walkway followed by wooden planks. The walkway could be very slippery especially after raining. It is very shady as there are plenty of trees along the way. The air is fresh and there must be a lot of negative ions at the park. After walking about 2.9 km, there’s a public toilet and some stalls set up by the natives selling cold drinks, snacks, souvenirs and raw bird nest. After walking about 3.2 km we finally reached the Traders Cave. Near to Traders Cave, there’s an info board about the Niah Cave. It was here that I slipped and fell. Luckily I just got some bruises on my knee. Actually, the info board shouldn’t be displayed at this point as immediately there is step going down. If you are interested in botany and where to sight macaques and the history of the cave, then engaging a guide will be a good choice. In fact I managed to spot a small snake slithering away! From Traders Cave, you just need to continue walking for another 300m to reach the Great Cave. As it was a weekday, there weren’t many visitors. This National Park is home to bats, macaques, mouse deer, horn bills flying lizards, some variety of insects and also reptiles. Upon entering the Great Cave which 40,000 year old, it was completely pitch dark. There are wooden plank walkways but the trail was tough as it goes up and down. You need to be careful with your steps. Here headlamps and torches come handy. Gloves are also required as you need to hold on to the railings in order not to slip and the steps and railings were full of bat and bird poops! This cave really offers thrill seekers and nature lovers a gateway to cave adventures. There are some stalactites and stalagmite but they are not as beautiful as some of the caves in other part of the world. It is almost naturally untouched unlike some other caves which a lot of shrines or temples are built inside. Of course you need to endure the stench of the poops! There are bamboo poles indicating that some bird nest harvesting is on-going. We managed to chance upon a native collecting guano at the cave. We went round the loop and were back to the entrance again. We didn’t go to the Painted Cave which is another hour walk as we were a bit tired. On the way, we also stopped at Tusan Beach. Altogether you need to spend at least 7 hours inclusive of the journey from Miri town.

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Shaun G
Miri, Malaysia16 contributions
Explore cave and walk trough a boardwalk forrest
Jun 2019
A national park, it provides amenities for the solo to the group traveler and visitor. Walk through the forest to the many caves within. Explore the multiple caves available with an easy walk through the forest on its boardwalk or you can get a guide to get you on the trails. With mini falls and event views from peaks. There is even a river boat ride to travel down. Get to know people and if your lucky, visit a village that is link by the river.
Written 5 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

HPLIM
JOHOR BAHRU750 contributions
Definitely a good place to explore!
Jul 2019 • Couples
We arrived at Miri Airport at 9.10 am. Our pre-booked car-rental driver was at the airport to deliver the car to us. [RM 150 per day] Immediately we drove to Niah National Park which is about 84 km away. Of course you can also book transport through tour agency where you will get a tour guide. The road was bumpy but traffic was not heavy. On the way, we stopped at Kg Salap Lada Kelulit Sibuti to buy some local bananas and oranges. Then we proceeded to Kg Niah for lunch. We had some authentic Sarawak laksa. Then we continued our journey to Niah National Park. We arrived at around 12.00 pm. We purchased the entrance ticket. It’s RM 5.00 for senior citizen.[RM 10 for Malaysian adult; RM 20 for foreigner ] We were provided with a small map and a short briefing on the route to Niah Cave.
To go to Niah Cave, you need to cross a river and the boat ride only takes 30 seconds! It must be the shortest boat ride I have ever had! Know what? There’s a sign board alerting the travellers to be aware of crocodiles! You just pray hard that the reptiles do not appear in this short 30s! At the other side of the river is a museum. We didn’t go in first. We continued our walking. The trail to the cave wasn’t tough at all. The first part is concrete paved walkway followed by wooden planks. The walkway could be very slippery especially after raining. It is very shady as there are plenty of trees along the way. The air is fresh and there must be a lot of negative ions at the park. After walking about 2.9 km, there’s a public toilet and some stalls set up by the natives selling cold drinks, snacks, souvenirs and raw bird nest. After walking about 3.2 km we finally reached the Traders Cave. Near to Traders Cave, there’s an info board about the Niah Cave. It was here that I slipped and fell. Luckily I just got some bruises on my knee. Actually, the info board shouldn’t be displayed at this point as immediately there is step going down. If you are interested in botany and where to sight macaques and the history of the cave, then engaging a guide will be a good choice. In fact I managed to spot a small snake slithering away!
From Traders Cave, you just need to continue walking for another 300m to reach the Great Cave. As it was a weekday, there weren’t many visitors. This National Park is home to bats, macaques, mouse deer, horn bills flying lizards, some variety of insects and also reptiles. Upon entering the Great Cave which 40,000 year old, it was completely pitch dark. There are wooden plank walkways but the trail was tough as it goes up and down. You need to be careful with your steps. Here headlamps and torches come handy. Gloves are also required as you need to hold on to the railings in order not to slip and the steps and railings were full of bat and bird poops! This cave really offers thrill seekers and nature lovers a gateway to cave adventures. There are some stalactites and stalagmite but they are not as beautiful as some of the caves in other part of the world. It is almost naturally untouched unlike some other caves which a lot of shrines or temples are built inside. Of course you need to endure the stench of the poops! There are bamboo poles indicating that some bird nest harvesting is on-going. We managed to chance upon a native collecting guano at the cave. We went round the loop and were back to the entrance again. We didn’t go to the Painted Cave which is another hour walk as we were a bit tired. On the way, we also stopped at Tusan Beach. Altogether you need to spend at least 7 hours inclusive of the journey from Miri town.
Written 26 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Dorothy S
13 contributions
If you like.....
Feb 2019 • Friends
.....light hike or trekking
.....Nature
.....sweating
.....caves and dark caves
.....birds and its nestings
.....bats and its guano
.....histories and museums
Then, there’s nothing not to love...
Written 7 May 2019
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BenPua
Miri, Malaysia39 contributions
Climb Bukit Kasut
Mar 2019 • Friends
Coming to Niah National Park , I ve always wanted to climb the Bukit Kasut Trail as it reward climbers a view over Niah Town . Please note the trail is dangerous ,as you can see from the photos , in total it took me 5 hours to get to the peak and back to Niah National park , I suggest to attempt the climb during dry season and be ready with food drinks and band aid .
Written 11 March 2019
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Christoffer
7 contributions
Poorly keept national park
Feb 2019 • Family
Stayed there for a few days, mainly for animal watching and trekking. It has great potential, but rampant poaching has eliminated most large mammals. The nest harvesting at the caves are seriously affecting the swiftlets that have dramatically declined. There a re litter all over the cave and the park. The accommodation that seem to have been great once upon a time are poorly keept and cleaned and the restaurant was neither friendly nor good, a rare thing in Sarawak. I still would reccomend people to go there, because it is a fantastic cave, but it could have been so much greater.
Written 26 February 2019
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CFEIII
Austin, TX4,540 contributions
Incredible cave system
Jan 2019 • Friends
This cave system has been occupied by humans for over 40,000 years. I can imagine children running and playing near the many openings. Having seen pictographs and cave drawings all over the world, the Painted Cave was of interest to me.
Written 17 January 2019
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Chee Y
3 contributions
A great historical place
Jul 2018 • Friends
As a Sarawakian, especially Mirian, it's a must to visit here. This is a great heritage left by the prehistoric people for us, you can learn more about the life of cavemen. If you have great stamina, make sure you go till the end of the caves.
Written 6 November 2018
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JUDYLEE2003
Kuching, Malaysia871 contributions
Homestay/ Niah Cave
Nov 2018 • Friends
Niah Cave is not only for tourists but locals loved the place too. If you had the time, it is recommended you take the homestay package too. It is about 2 hours drive from Miri city and is advisable to use only 4 wheels vehicles. this longhouse, Rumah Panjang Patrick Libau is just a short walk to the Cave..We stayed at homestay at this long house at No: 17. Peter Meredan is an experienced tour guide whose family are the owners of homestay at No: 17. You can make it a day trip or overnight homestay with meals and accomodation. The stay is comfortable with the friendly service of the hosts. For an extra fee, you can request for the traditional Iban musical performance. The wifi is very weak here. For this homestay and cave tour, you can contact Peter Meredan at 0148540830
Written 6 November 2018
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Kath M
Ipswich, England, United Kingdom38 contributions
Transport
Oct 2018 • Solo
Caves are as previously described- was fortunate to see locals collecting nests
Accommodation in park good however as it is low season and mid week the canteen had very little to offer
The main problem is that bus tickets may say Batu Niah on them but you are left with 15km to go as buses stop at a rest stop/ station at Simpang Niah
You need to find a local - only too willing- to take you - price 30 R
The park will organise return transform the same price
Written 19 October 2018
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rlgm007
San Antonio, TX126 contributions
Caves Fantastic but beware of Longhouse Patrick Libau
Aug 2018 • Solo
Once you enter the Niah National Park and purchase a ticket remember to take water (there are vendors selling water midway), a head light (an absolute must), rain poncho, and binoculars (if you like birds). You must cross on a small boat for 1 ringet then you walk on a wooden boardwalk for 4.5 km to get to the caves. The caves are fantastic and grand. You can even see pictographs in the painted cave.

If you book in the Longhouse Patrick Libau beware of Josman as he doesn't answer his phone, doesn't respond to text messages and/or emails. I tried contacting him for over a week just to reconfirm my stay and he never responded. I booked in June and at that time he was very responsive. He even told me to take the bus to the Kosa Junction where he would pick me up. Well, I'd still be there waiting for him. Fortunately I rented a car and could easily move around. The longhouse is impossible to find and the Waze and Google Maps sent me to an area where no one knew Josman. I booked through AirBnB who won't refund my complete payment (NEVER WILL I BOOK ANYTHING THROUGH AIRBNB - THE WORST). Because the caves are in the middle of no where there are no hotels nearby so I had to book another hotel in Miri... an hour and half away. I have yet to hear from the Longhouse Patrick Libau....
Written 8 September 2018
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