|Niah Cave | Historical Tourism Destination, photo by wikipedia
Niah, the cave is as seen on the map. Located in the area of Niah National Park , Miri, Sarawak state.
No doubt. Niah Caves, the origins of the
Bornean people (now inherited by the Iban people) 40,000 years ago. Now it is
not only a historical site. It is also a highly valued tourist attraction due
to its various charms.
The easiest way to reach the Niah caves is
on a tour organized by a service bureau from Miri. Or, it could be, we choose
the path to reach this historical site from Bintulu.
The distance to Niah cave from Miri is
109km. Meanwhile, from Bintulu it is 118km. If you decide to rent a car, then
prepare around 100 Malaysian Ringgit / day.
It is possible for you to travel as a day
trip. However, the time of day feels very short. Simple accommodation is
available in visitor bungalows within the park grounds. Some tour services
provide the option of staying several nights.
Until the opening of the Miri airstrip,
getting to the location of the trip was difficult because it traveled all day
long by boat. Flying from Miri) is less fun but much faster.
Many visitors like to fly to Mulu by boat.
A journey that feels satisfying enough takes at least two days, preferably
three. If you want to go trekking and are interested in caves, you can easily
spend a week there.
There are standard accommodations, but comfortable. Available at or near park headquarters, such as one of the government houses. Don't expect much comfort in the house because you are deep in the forest. There are no TVs, telephones, banks, post offices or shops. Reservations for accommodation must be made through a travel agent or at the Sawarak tourist center in Kuala Lumpur or Kuching.
When entering the cave, what should be
Remember to use a solid drill. Better
waterproof. Equipped with a sturdy pair of shoes that don't mind getting wet
and a change of clothes in a sealed plastic bag.
Niah Caves, the origins of the Bornean
people (now inherited by the Iban people) 40,000 years ago. Now it is not only
a historical site, but also a tourist object that has high value because of its
The first time visitors come to Niah, they
will definitely smell a pungent aroma from inside the cave. However, take it
easy. Because over time you will get used to the smell.
The swiftlet population is decreasing.
However, for the bat population is not directly proportional, which is even
increasing. Millions of these winged animals that hang from the ceiling of the
cave during the day.
These nocturnal animals defecate on the cave floor which is the result of food consumed at night. While swallow droppings also scattered on the floor of the cave. Ready to become fertilizer which is very often collected by local residents to be resold to farmers in need.
The enchantment, as well as the mystery of
Niah Cave. Photo credit: Charles Tyler, 1993.
From the western part of the world. Many
visitors come in droves filled with high curiosity about the cave. Apart from
being full of historical stories, you can also see the view of the light that
enters between the rocks. But this is different from other Sarawak Caves because
this cave is too big to be lit only by natural light (sun). In the depths of
the cave, lightless, so pitch black.
In addition, because this cave is too big.
Therefore, it is recommended to be accompanied by a tour guide because the
structure of this cave is very complex.
Therefore, it is very dangerous. So much
so, that to explore the caves without being accompanied by an experienced
person, is defying death.