08:30 hrs - Depart from Miri city hotel for a 2 hours' drive passing villages, longhouses and plantations to reach Niah National Park. The tour starts with a visit of the Niah Museum (closed on Mondays) to learn about the archaeological importance of the Niah Caves. From here a 3 km plank-walk will lead you to the Traders Cave, which used to be a thriving market some 60-70 years ago, where edible birds' nests which had been collected in the caves were barter-traded for food and other goods. Nowadays the collecting of the highly sought-after swiftlet nests continues, but is a government-controlled activity. Having passed through Traders Cave you will reach the Niah Great Cave with the famous excavation sites, where a 40.000 year old human skull was found. Deeper inside this cave you will see evidence of the on-going collecting of edible birds' nests as well as collecting of bats guano for fertilizer. If you wish you can exit the Great Cave through the east entrance, climbing up several stairs and through a pitch-black tunnel to get to the Painted Cave with its hematite cave paintings. (Please note that the cave paintings in the Painted Cave are protected behind a tall fence and can only be seen from a distance.)
Return to the Park headquarters for lunch before we proceed to a nearby longhouse belonging to the Iban tribe. Settle in with your host family and experience the atmosphere of longhouse living. After dinner with your host family, join the villagers in the communal area of the longhouse and witness the traditional Iban dances and music.
Overnight at the longhouse (simple accommodation).