Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Niah Caves

"The Niah National Park is located some 120 km by road to the north of Bintulu. The faeces of bats (guano) at the caves are an important source of natural fertilizer. The west mouth of the Niah Caves is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. It is significant because of the wide range of stone tools used from the old stone age, discovery of skulls (of earliest human in Southeast Asia). Prehistoric wall paintings also exist in one of the caves." - Wikitravel

Last weekend, we took a short trip to Miri with the main purpose of visiting the Niah Caves. The drive from Miri to Batu Niah is 2 hours. From the main reception of the Niah National Park, the 3km journey on foot to the Niah Caves was rather nice, surrounded by forest as we walked along a well-maintained plankwalk.

River at Batu Niah town

Interesting shop near the town market

The cave is an important prehistorical site where human remains dating to 40,000 years have been found. The Painted Cave, situated in a smaller limestone block of its own, boasts rock paintings dated 1,200 years old.

On our way to the caves...

No need for nails here!

Regretfully, we were unable to visit the section with the cave paintings. Hopefully next time.

We stayed at TTL Motel, a lovely place. Spanking new with clean and comfortable rooms (TV, hot water, aircon, toiletries, a proper duvet - the works!), it was way beyond expectations. We were welcomed with warm smiles and handshakes, fresh fruits and refreshing drinks. Our room's airconditioning was switched on prior to our arrival which was just fantastic (that earns them many many brownie points in my book!).

Our room at TTL Motel

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