Exploring Niah Cave Part 2

the 1st batch of borneo studies 312658 unit with the lecturers

As you’re getting nearer to the caves, one will get to pass along a souvenir stall located at the side of the plankwalk. These souvenir stall operators are local from a nearby Iban longhouse – Sungai Tangap. Apart from selling souvenirs, soft drinks were also on sale here so one can get to quench their thirst while appreciating the surrounding flora and fauna not forgetting to bargain on the souvenirs for remembrances.

a reminder signage to the park visitors

 the journey on the plankwalk towards the caves

its fascinating to see the wild roots clinging on tree branches

do you know the scientific name for this little creature?

Being a very curious person, I asked the stall operator lady on a suspicious an over-size almond shape. It was called as ‘Bua Kayu’ that comes from a tree known as ‘Pokok Arut’. When asked whether the fruit can be eaten, she laughed at me (aku memang kedak muka orang paloi lah bila ditetak urang, sabar jak lah aku). Soon I found out that the almond shape size fruit is used for massage on the head and other body part to get rid of ‘wind’ (pakei buang angin katanya). It is on sale for RM2 and I’ll write about it if it really works, ok? ;).

 the almond shape size of buah kayu

I also bought myself an ironwood (belian) ladle for RM8 as part of my support to the community here. I’ll share the tip with you on differentiating a genuine ironwood and a fake one, by just smelling it. 😉

 the ironwood@belian laddle that can be used to scoop your rice or can be used to saute your dishes

Trader Cave (Gua Dagang) is first significant rock formation that you’ll get to see before reaching the Great Cave. This is where the birds’ nest and guano traders do their businesses back then hence the name.

 a steep stairs toward the entrance of trader cave

 after the steep stairs, you'll be walking towards the mouth of trader cave

rows of ancient scaffolds remaining along the cave wall

a closer look of the ancient scaffold remaining where the traders usually do their trading back then

one have to go under the scaffold to get a closer look of the structure

to go up the trading platform, one has to use this log stair

stalagmite formations in trader cave's wall

stalagmites formation on trader cave's ceiling

from inside the trader cave, this is how it look like looking outside

view from inside the trader cave towards the great cave

i call this as the soil stairs which are found inside the trader cave

As I was enjoying and appreciating the Trader Cave surrounding, I realized that I am at a height of 2,850 meter above the sea level. Coollll.. 😉

 now, how often do you go this far in your life? at niah national park, one can tell the world that you've been to such height ;)

After having going through the Trader Cave, within few minutes walk, you’ll be at the west mouth of the Great Cave and from here; you’ll get the see the famous sight which you normally see in the leaflets or in tv.

at the west mouth of the great cave

For the record, Niah National Park is located beside the Niah River which is about 3km from Batu Niah town (110km south-west of Miri). The Niah Caves were first gazzetted as a National Historic Monument in 1958 and in 1974, some 3,100 hectares of surrounding rainforest and limestone hills were included to form the Niah National Park.

Exploring Niah Cave Part 3 will be coming up soon. 😉


  1. 'Aradia'

    6 April, 2010 at 9:53 am

    A very nice write up. I like! I have not been to Niah caves for more than a decade. Can’t wait for Exploring Niah Cave part 3.


    1. ladybirdmollyz

      6 April, 2010 at 4:18 pm

      tq on the compliments, im flattered. i am still improving on the writing skills and hopefully by overtime, i can write much better than this. 😉

      stay tuned for the part 3… 🙂

  2. pharmacy technician

    10 April, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

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