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Niah Caves and Niah National Park - Tour from Miri

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Key Highlights
  • The oldest human remains in South East Asia were found in the Niah Caves
  • See primitive tools used by prehistoric peoples some 40,000 years ago
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily Except Monday


    8 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0830h (08:30am)
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Miri / Mulu.
    (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Miri / Mulu

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Visit the world-famous Niah Caves, where the oldest human remains in Southeast Asia, dating back to 40,000 years ago, along with many other relics of prehistoric man, were discovered. This has made the Niah Caves, in the Niah National Park in Borneo, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.The most important cave is the Great Cave, where the important discovery was made. Another must-see is the Painted Cave which contains the red hematite painting of human-like figures drawn on the rocks. The painting dates back at least 1,000 years. The cave itself seems to have served as an ancient grave site as evidenced by the boat-shaped coffins containing the bodies of the dead.


    You will be picked up from your hotel in Miri / Mulu and taken in a private vehicle for a day’s sightseeing tour of the Niah Caves in the Niah National Park in Sarawak.

    The tour begins with a morning drive through scenic countryside, populated by oil palm plantations and local pepper farms, to the Niah National Park, located about 110 kilometres away from Miri.

    On arrival at the Park take a longboat ride at Pangkalan Lobang across the river to reach the Niah Museum for the first visit. Head towards the Niah Caves, reportedly one of the earliest birthplaces of civilization in Asia. The oldest human remains, dating back to 40,000 years, were found in Niah, making the Park one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. A tour of the cave will take you through the Great and Painted Caves as well as allowing you to see the age-old remnants of bird's nest harvesting equipment inside the cave (now a government controlled activity).

    After an approximately 3-hour tour of the caves, stop at the Niah Park canteen for a local lunch before returning to Miri.

    On the way back, stop at an Iban longhouse for a short visit and cultural insight into this aboriginal tribe. A longhouse is a whole village of a community under one long roof.

    You will be dropped back at your hotel in Miri/ Mulu at the end of the tour.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Lunch
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • English-speaking guide
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the tour operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

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