Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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.
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.
From the drawing it says that:-
NO ! to > hunting.
NO! to > chopping off the tress
NO! to > fire burning.
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.
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..
and guess what?
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.
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.