Batu Niah Caves
Trip Start Nov 15, 2006
227Trip End Jul 15, 2008
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Batu Niah Cave Park
After a B$6.00 taxi ride from the hotel we are back at the Kuala Belait bus depot for our ride to Miri. The bus cost B$20.40 for both of us. At Miri we almost immediately board a bus headed to Batu Niah. We have a running joke between us where one of us will ask the other, for instance, what are we going to do when we get to Batu Niah? The other will say, "I don't know, I've never been there." Well in this case when we get off the bus at what we thought was Batu Niah we find we are not at Batu Niah but the intersection of the road to Batu Niah. So we still haven't been there. However, there's a very interesting Food Court at the intersection, especially if you head back to the restrooms. It's a reptile and fish zoo back there; turtles, weird fish in tanks, alligators and other strange creatures
We had planned on staying in the town of Batu Niah outside of the park because the description of the lodgings at the park sounded a lot like Uncle Tan's. But our taxi driver told us we should stay at the park and the lodging was good, and it was. We had a large two bedroom chalet with a common kitchen, dining and living room all to ourselves. [GPS 03 49.410N 113 45.711E] The cost was RM 105.00 including the park entrance fee.
After unpacking and a shower we headed off to the caves. We first have to cross the Sungai Niah River by long boat for a couple ringgits. The trail to the caves was a little over 4 km through the jungle. But this is a national park and the trail is either concrete or raised wooden walk ways. Unlike Uncle Tan's our feet never have to touch the mud of the jungle. This is the way to enjoy the jungle. We took our time (about 2 hours) and gawked at every strange plant and fungi. Iridescent multi-colored butterflies took turns flying around us as we passed. The impressive geological formation that holds the caves is Gunung Subis. It is a karst formation that is uplifted about 400 meters from the jungle floor