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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Gua Niah- Part I


Niah National Park is 1 hour drive from Miri city.

The park's main claim to fame is its role as one of the birthplaces of civilisation in the region. The oldest modern human remains discovered in Southeast Asia were found at Niah, making the park one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.


The Park Office

Accommodation facilities consist of chalet units, rest house and hotel-style rooms

The park has two-marked walking trails, Jalan Bukit Kasut and Jalan Madu.

Jalan Bukit Kasut: This trail (green and white markings) leads to the summit of Bukit Kasut. The 45 minutes walk passes through beautiful primary rain forest before moving into Kerangas forest at the foot of the hill. You will also see some fascinating cliff vegetation clinging tenuously to life in the steep limestone slopes. The trail is a little steep but the view at the top is worth it, offering a sweeping panorama of the rain forest canopy.

Jalan Madu: This trail (brown and white markings) sticks quite close to the banks of the Sungai Subis, a tributary of the Sungai Niah. It takes roughly an hour and passes through both alluvial and peat swamp forest. There are plenty of wild orchids, bizarre mushrooms and giant pandanus plants along the side of the trail.


Waiting for the boat to across the Niah river

The shuttle boat operates daily from 7am until 7.30pm

Breezy morning made me smile, while mommy being serious..

My 2 years old brother (Dariel) looks worried as Daddy told him that there's a big monster waiting for him in the cave.

The boat ride only took us 5 minutes to reach its destination

We finally made it, to the other side of the river

What NOT TO DO signboard found!!

From the drawing it says that:-

NO ! to > hunting.

NO! to > chopping off the tress

NO! to > fire burning.

and

NO! to > I LOVE YOU??

I love you, is also a big NO NO??


The stroll along the plank walk is fascinating as you will pass close to the giant Tapang trees (Koompassia excelsa (Becc) Taub.) with their enormous buttressed roots.

Well maintained plank wood made my life easier to reach the cave and the chance for you to get lost in the deep forest is 0.01%.

Sun shine in the deep forest is really a breath taking and relaxing

Local called this "Paku Kerok". It is no where to be found but Sarawak.

How i wish i can take Dariel's place and save my foot from being tortured for the 3 hours walk.

Me: Daddy? I want too...
Daddy: You want? Wait a moment..
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and guess what?

Not that Daddy is carrying me but me is carrying little Dariel!!! This is not what I'm asking for!!!!! grrrr...

It is worth taking your time and walking quietly along the way

The souvenir stalls that welcomed us before we reached the Trader's cave

That's the cave!!! We are almost there..

The first significant rock formation we reached is the Trader's Cave

which is really an extended rock overhang rather than a cave proper

This is where the birds nest and guano traders conduct their business, hence the name.

A few minutes later, the West Mouth of the Great Cave comes into view and i left in no doubt that this cave deserves its name.

We finally made it!!

Thumb up!!

At over 60m high and 250m wide, it is one of the world's most spectacular cave entrance leading to an even larger chamber within.

Exhausted me.

This is just a start..more to go after this..

unique and the jagged stalactites, overhang and dangling creepers of the cave mouth make a dramatic frame for a very memorable photo.


to be continued..







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