Hidden Gems – Niah Caves
If you are thinking of going camping this summer, why not broaden your horizons and consider something a little more exotic than good old Great Britain.
Whilst trawling through masses of amazing camping destinations, we were most impressed with the wonderfully enchanting Niah Caves, which lie within Sarawak, Malaysia. Malaysia is already a well established holiday destination, but we are sure you’ll agree that it’s best to break the rules and go against the grain of the ‘regular’ tourist and see something a little more spectacular whilst on your travels.
The Niah Caves National Park is home to its own beautiful camping area, as well as being surrounded by a choice of equally stunning parks and fantasy-like limestone rock formations. The Park is dominated by a 394m-high limestone massif, Gunung Subis, which was discovered during an excavation led by the parks curator in the late 1950’s. It is believed that the Painted Cave section of Niah Caves was a burial site for members of a higher status. This was reaffirmed by the artefacts that were buried with the remains – Chinese stoneware, carved bones, glass beads, bronzeware, and local pottery. The associated artifacts also date the burial sites as being some 1,000 years ago from the presence of Tang and Sung Dynasty Chinese stoneware. Another sign that those buried here had important standing in the community is the polished, solid ground area at the cave mouth – possibly stamped down and refined during heavy ritual or mass dancing conducted at ceremonies.
The history surrounding the caves really is immense; as well as being surrounded for miles by breathtaking scenery and views. We can’t think of a better place to pitch your tent and discover another world!