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Niah National Park

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Niah NP
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Entry Permits

Entry permits can be purchased on arrival at all National Parks. Single entry permits are RM10 per adult, RM5 for seniors, disabled people and students; children are free. Group discounts apply for 5 or more people.

There are also multiple entry passes (1 and 3 month periods) as well as a discount pass for 5 visits. For full fee schedule, guide hire costs and multi-visit passes contact the Visitor information Centre in Miri (085) 434 184.

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Getting There & Back

From Miri to Batu Niah

The trip by road from Miri to Batu Niah takes just under 2 hours (109km). There are several options for getting there.

Bus - There are regular buses from the Miri Bus Station to Batu Niah (and back). The busses are run by Syarikat Bas Suria (085) 434 317, and cost RM10 one-way

Share Taxi - Share taxis (minibusses) can also usually be arranged at the bus station in Miri (and going the other way from Batu Niah). If not too crowded, they may be more comfortable than the proper bus, although might be a little more expensive (RM10-12 at time of writing).

Hire Car - Follow the main road south out of town, towards Bintulu. The turnoff to Batu Niah is around 1hr30 to 1hr45 from Miri, on the right, soon after a small collection of petrol stations, roadside eateries and market. Check with the Visitors Information Centre for a list of hire car companies - prices are slightly higher than Kuching, starting from about RM120 per day (without fuel).

From Bintulu to Batu Niah

The trip by road from Bintulu to Batu Niah is slightly longer than the road from Batu Niah to Miri, taking slightly over 2 hours (131km). Again, there are several options:

Bus - Syarikat Bas Suria in Bintulu also (not surprisingly) has regular busses returning from Bintulu to Miri, some of which go via Batu Niah. Call (086) 335 489 for information, or just rock up to the bus station.

Share Taxi - Share taxis can also be caught from Bintulu to Batu Niah.

Hire Car - Cars can also be hired in Bintulu - check with your hotel, or call the VIC in Miri on (085) 434 184. Again, follow the main road to Miri, until you hit the turnoff to Batu Niah on your left.

From Batu Niah to Park HQ

Unfortunately, once you arrive in Batu Niah, you are still a few km away from your destination. There are several options for getting the Park HQ - but if you arrive late at night (probably after 7pm), walking may be your only option, as the boats and taxis may have knocked off for the day.

Boat - An enjoyable way to get from Batu Niah to the Park HQ is by boat from the Batu Niah jetty. If there are no boats there, you may have to ask around a bit. Cost should be around RM5 per person, RM15 for the boat. The boat passes rainforest of Niah National Park on the right, and some pretty villages and farmland on the left. The trip takes only 10-15 minutes.

Taxi - You may be able to flag down a local taxi in Batu Niah who is willing to take you to the National Park HQ. It is only a 10 minute ride, and should cost in the vicinity of RM7-10 .

Hire Car - If you have driven to Batu Niah, turn left just before hitting the town proper - there is a sign pointing off to the National Park.

Walking - If you don't have too much stuff, or none of the other options are viable, there is a relatively pleasant concreted walking path which runs along the bank of the Sungai Niah from town, to the Park HQ, through villages and farmland. It is about 4km and takes 45 minutes or so (see description in Other Trails & Destinations). And its free!

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Accommodation

Accommodation catering to a range of budgets and levels of comfort is available at the National Park Headquarters. The accommodation at Niah is in very pleasant wooden buildings, set in beautiful gardens by the river, at a quiet location away from the main road.

Note: accommodation should be booked and paid for in advance at the Visitor Information Centre (ph 085 434 184).

Hostel There are a couple of hostel buildings at Niah HQ. Rooms have 4 beds, which are RM15 each, or RM40 for the whole room. Hostels have shared bathroom facilities.

Chalets There are a number of chalets at Niah, airconditioned or with fans. Each chalet has 2 bedrooms with ensuite, and each room has 4 single beds. Chalets should have refridgerators, although there are no cooking facilities. Aircon chalet rooms cost RM150 per room, non-aircon cost RM100.

Camping There are no real camping facilities at Niah, although it is possible to set up a tent on one of the lawns in the grounds of the HQ. There is a public toilet but no shower or cooking facility for campers - although you might be able to use the washing facilities in one of the hostels (check with the park staff). Camping costs RM5 per person.

Accommodation is also available in several hotels in Batu Niah.

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Food & Drink

There is a canteen at Niah HQ which serves excellent food, although a bit on the pricey side. There is also a small cafe just outside the entrance to the HQ, and snacks can be bought from the little coffee shop situated in Pangkalan Lobang.

Otherwise, there are a number of restaurants in Batu Niah itself, including a Chinese vegetarian place (which is unfortunately only open for breakfast and lunch). Strolling into town for dinner and back can be quite nice if you haven't had a big day, but remember your torch.

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Miscellaneous

Information Centre - The Park HQ has a good information centre, with information on a number of aspects of Niah's flora and fauna. Not to be missed is the excellent Museum (across the river), which has a more extensive range of information about the caves, history and prehistory, and local cultures. The museum also has a little shop selling postcards and other souvenirs.

Swimming - Swimming in the Niah river is not recommended - it can have nasty currents, and crocodile attacks have been reported.

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