Niah Caves

Niah Caves, Miri: Address, Phone Number, Niah Caves Reviews: 4.5/5

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Wes H
Dubai, United Arab Emirates66 contributions
Wonderful place to visit
Mar 2020
Have been going to Niah caves from time to time over the past 40 years. Dont be put off by the slight difficulty of getting to the Park HQ or by the lack of accommodation in the Park or Batu Niah. Can be comfortably done as a day trip from Miri- if own transport.

The Caves themselves are a pleasant (if sweaty) hour's walk on a wide plankway from the boat landing. Inside there is now a strong (but slippy) pathway to the furthest extent of the caves. The cave paintings have now mostly disappeared as have the wooden relics which were preserved until at least the mid 80s. Birds nests are still gathered by Iban who somehow clamber up rickty poles- how were these erected in the first place??
Written 2 February 2021
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Grace
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Disappointed
Jul 2020
Disappointed with staff's service. Wrong reservation made for us.
We made booking 1 week early, but staff put us at the wrong slot.
So, we drove 2 hours from Bintulu for nothing.
Written 5 July 2020
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HTH
Kuching, Malaysia147 contributions
Niah Caves, Miri
Mar 2020 • Friends
The famous caves in Sarawak, exists more than 40 thousands years already.
You can learn a lot about the great nature and had an wildlife observation as well. Last time even got some natives picked the bird's nest here.
Written 10 March 2020
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Christine B
Fordingbridge, UK1,357 contributions
Very quiet & not too touristy
Feb 2020
I spent a day here on my own, hiking through the area & through the cave system.
It was fascinating.
There were very few tourists which was great.
The dark cave was a bit scary but I did have a decent flashlight with me.
There was a lot of climbing up & down steep stairways throughout the whole day which was exhausting.
Some of the signage wasn't too good. At the end of the visit, I was unsure of the way out & started to panic a bit. I didn't have the energy to try to retrace my steps & was very relieved when I picked up the trail to get out!
Some good photo opps.
I took some cotton gloves to wear as I'd read that the handrails were covered in bat/bird poo (as well as the floors etc). This was a 'good call'.
I didn't see any of the locals collecting any of the birds nests which was a shame.
Loved my visit.
Happy to recommend.
Written 8 March 2020
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Shafaet A
Singapore, Singapore149 contributions
Scary dark but worth the effort
Feb 2020
I already knew some parts of the cave are dark but I didn't expect the dark part to be so long! It's a scary but fascinating experience. Seeing the workers collecting birds nest from so high above on pole of bamboo is really incredible. When we two went, there was no other visitors in sight, it was quite scary to climb stairs up and down in dark.

The experience is worth it but keep a few things in mind. The path until the first cave is really easy but it gets harder once you enter the dark cave. You can choose the go until the entrance of the dark cave, see the spot where they found the ancient man and come back. If you choose to go inside, I would suggest go with a group of at least 3 and take more than one torch light with you (one torch is sufficient but good luck you lose it inside the dark cave, better be safe and take spare ones). Some parts of the dark cave were quite slippery even though it was not raining that day. There is guide service available on the counter, it's expensive but I would've taken if i knew it's so dark. In the midway of the first 3 km, there is a toilet and a small shop selling drinks, after that there is nothing. Go well prepared.
Written 7 March 2020
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ippastiina
9 contributions
Lovely day❤️
Feb 2020 • Couples
We had a great day. Beautiful scenery. Bit slippery, but easy path. Remember to take snack and enough water with you. Also good shoes and torchlight needed. We had also a great quide, Mr Pinoccio👍
Written 26 February 2020
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jamie_oconnor04
46 contributions
Fantastic day trip
Feb 2020 • Couples
Fantastic day exploring the caves, saw so many bats, a snake, crickets and monkeys. Definitely worth a visit, make sure you bring a torch and comfy shoes!
Written 8 February 2020
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L.O
1 contribution
Absolutely do-able by taking highway bus, don't waste money on booking private car!
Nov 2019
I depart as early as 5am from miri city centre to Pujut Bus station by grab (many grab are available even it is still early morning).

At Pujut Bus station, bus any bus ticket heading to Bintulu (no reservation needed as there are many highway bus company, counter has open very early as well). Bus trip will takes about 90 minutes before stopping at Niah rest area (Persimpangan Niah). The journey was little bumpy, don't eat heavy breakfast before boarding!

Once you reach Niah rest area, just ask the bus driver how to locate the local car driver to take you up to Niah cave, which is just about less than 10 min driving. There are many local drivers stand by already. One way cost RM30. I exchange my mobile number with the driver so that I can call him to take me down from Niah (he offer me discount as well as I book him 2 ways).

For return trip, just hop in to any highway bus heading to Miri (again, no reservation required). You can pay by cash to driver upon arrival.

Travelling by highway bus is very easy and much cheaper compared to booking a private car or grab all the way from Miri centre to Niah cave. Do try it out!

As a slow solo hiker, I took 4 hours to visit all 3 caves and orang asli village. I would recommend to hike as early as possible as the weather is cooler, and less crowd (which you could take as many picture as you can without anyone in the picture!). There are 2 orang Iban ladies selling some drink and souvenirs on the half way, you need to pay RM0.50 to use the toilet as well. I enjoy every moment of hike and scenery. The caves were amazing to see!

Do prepare good hiking shoes, torchlight, gloves, ample drinking water. Watch out your steps as the caves are slippery, some wooden planks are broken as well.
Written 25 December 2019
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ncw2
Singapore, Singapore384 contributions
Awesome and Amazing
Dec 2019 • Solo
There is no direct public transport from Miri town. Either go with a tour group, Grab and pay the driver to wait or rent a car. I rented a car and Mr Google Map brought me through the oil palm plantation, do a long muddy rocky bumpy cross country ride before reaching the side entrance. I dont have to take a boat ride across.

The caves are famous and it is really true and good. Not many tourist during my visit but saw locals climbing up the high bamboo poles to harveat bird nests. Dangerous job indeed. The caves path was super slippery and I fell twice. Gloves to hold the railings is a must because of the swiftlet droppings. Non-slip shoes is also a must. Same goes for headlight or torchlight.

The total darkness in the tunnel towards Painted Cave was interesting, small bats were resting and hanging to the ceiling.

I am glad I visited Niah Caves. Factor at least 1.5 to 2 hours of travel from Miri.
Written 18 December 2019
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Poleinahole
Switzerland1,891 contributions
A Meditative Experience
Nov 2019 • Solo
I visited on Monday at 12 and had the cave s to myself. I just passed a handful of people going in and out after me.

The 45 minute walk to the caves was shady and not unbearably hit and invited introspection.

But the highlight were the caves with shafts of sunlight piercing in and the bamboo scaffolding of the swift bird’s nest collectors perched precariously on the roof of the caves.

Even though they are extremely humid it was wonderful to just be able to sit and take in this grandeur by myself.

Where else in the world is this possible?
Written 11 November 2019
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