Welcome to Niah National Park
Niah’s caves have provided groundbreaking insights into human life on Borneo way back when the island was still connected to mainland Southeast Asia. In 1958 archaeologists discovered the 40,000-year-old skull of an anatomically modern human, the oldest remains of a Homo sapiens discovered in Southeast Asia. Rock paintings and several small canoe-like coffins (‘death ships’) indicate that the site was used as a burial ground much more recently. Travellers who have been (or are going) to Gunung Mulu National Park may feel caved out at the thought of Niah, but for anyone with even a passing interest in human prehistory it is not to be missed.