Niah National Park
Niah National Park is one of Sarawak's many national parks - it offers a more family-oriented and casual experience.
Come and explore one of the more accessible national parks with hikes and explorations made for the whole family. You can also learn about the bird nest industry and ancient settlements who used to live in the region.
Niah National Park is located approximately 3 kilometres away from Batu Niah, a small town in Miri.
Opening Days and Hours
Ticketing office opens daily from 08:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Access to the national park costs RM 20 (USD 4.86) for foreign adults and RM 7 (USD 1.70) for foreign children, while locals pay half this rate.
How to Get There
If you are departing from the Miri town centre, then you can choose to either drive, grab a taxi, or take public transport such as buses to get to the park. Because Miri town centre is about 110 kilometres away, the journey might take up to 1.5 hours. If you are staying in the small town of Batu Niah instead, then you can take a 10-minute taxi ride to reach your destination.
Niah National Park is suitable for those who love adventure and nature. It is a great place for young couples, groups of friends, solo travelers, families with kids, and backpackers.
Time to Spend
It is best to spend at least 4 hours in the park for a more relaxing pace through the trails and cave explorations.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to go to the park is early in the morning as soon as it opens, as the temperature would be cooler then. This is to allow flexibility in your schedule as well, which you might need in case of bad weather conditions.
Most activities involve hiking and exploring caves. Photography would be a nice additional activity as the walk through the jungle is full of beautiful flora and fauna.
A canteen is located behind the main office, which serves food at affordable prices. Otherwise, you might want to consider having a meal before or after the hike back in Batu Niah where you will have more choices.
Safety and Fraud
Do follow the marked trails to ensure your safety within the park.
The park itself offers accommodations such as hostels and chalets, priced from budget to mid-range. You can also choose to stay in Batu Niah, which has several inns and motels available too. No luxury accommodations are available in the area.
Good to Know
Exploring the caves can be a slippery affair, so it would be best to go with proper non-slip footwear. Birds and bats occasionally fly overhead too, so do wear a hat to protect yourself from droppings. A torchlight is also recommended to navigate darker areas in the caves.