Visit Niah National Park - the cradle of Southeast Asian civilization

Articles Sep 08, 2020 12:00

Niah National Park is a fascinating attraction in Malaysia. Here, you will be immersed in the wild natural space and learn about Southeast Asian civilization from more than 40 thousand years ago.

Niah National Park is a tourist destination hidden in countless interesting things that you should not miss when coming to Malaysia. This place not only has a wild, majestic natural scenery, diverse ecosystems, but is also considered the cradle of Southeast Asian civilization when many traces of human habitation dating back to 40,000 years ago were discovered. Let's explore this place!

About Niah National Park

Visit Niah National Park - the cradle of Southeast Asian civilization

Niah National Park is located in Miri Division, in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. It was recognized as a national park in 1974, with more than 3,000 hectares of tropical rain forest and majestic limestones. However, what makes Niah so famous around the world and attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year lies in its amazing cave systems.

The best time to go to Niah National Park

Visit Niah National Park - the cradle of Southeast Asian civilization

Malaysia is a country located in the tropical monsoon climate region, with huge annual rainfall. According to experienced tourists, you should come here from March to early November every year. Because from mid-November to February, it will rain a lot, making traveling and moving to the park more difficult and dangerous.

Things you should do when visiting Niah National Park

Explore the Niah cave

Visit Niah National Park - the cradle of Southeast Asian civilization

Anyone visiting Niah National Park definitely cannot miss the opportunity to explore the Great Cave here. This is a very large cave with an area of up to 10.5 hectares, the mouth of the cave is 60 meters high and 250 meters wide. Going along the cave, you will be amazed by the limestone stalactites. The cold air from the cave is like enveloping your body, making you feel refreshed.

Visit Painted Cave

Visit Niah National Park - the cradle of Southeast Asian civilization

Painted Cave is also a very popular cave in Niah that you should spend some time exploring. It is connected to the Great Cave by a passage known as Padang. At this cave, you will see a beautiful painting on the cave wall estimated to have been painted 1200 years ago.

Niah Archaeology Museum

Visit Niah National Park - the cradle of Southeast Asian civilization

One destination you must definitely visit when visiting Niah National Park is the Niah Archaeology Museum. This is where you can learn a lot of interesting things about geology, ecology and archeology of Niah. Besides, you will also see firsthand the remains dating back to thousands of years and many of the furniture and jewelry ancient people used.

A few notes when exploring Niah National Park you need to know

Remember to bring a small flashlight because there are very dark areas inside the cave.

Bring insect sprays.

Choose comfortable, light sports shoes for easy moving.

Bring a water bottle and some snacks to replenish your energy.

Do not forget to bring some plastic bags to cover your shoes because there are lots of bat droppings on the floor.

Your Malaysia tour will definitely be more interesting and memorable when visiting Niah National Park. Here, you not only get in harmony with nature, but also have the opportunity to learn about Southeast Asian civilization from thousands of years ago. Hopefully the information shared above will be helpful in your upcoming trip.

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