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Exploring Niah Caves

Exploring Niah Caves

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One of the must-visit caves in Sarawak that I had the opportunity to explore is no other that the world famous Niah Caves, which is located just two hours from the city of Miri in Northern Sarawak. The massive cave system is located in the Niah National Park, which is one of the top three national parks in Sarawak Borneo.

Niah Cave was once a trading cave, where traders from around the world would pay a visit to trade wares with the birds nest that was gathered by the locals from around here. The caves were also discovered by Alfred Russel Wallace in an expedition done back in 1855.

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The wooden stair climb up to the Niah Caves 

A hundred years later, couple Barbara and Tom Harrison made an attempt to excavate part of the Niah Caves and found some interesting discoveries. Till this very day, the Niah Caves are still being excavated. Scientific facts claim that the Niah Caves have been occupied since 40,000 years ago, and proof of human remains have been found here.

My trip to the Niah Caves coincided with a visit to the Patrick Libau Longhouse where the Gawai celebrations or Harvest Festival were held in June. It was my first time and the experience was something that I was looking forward too. From the longhouse, it was an easy trek for about 20 minutes to the cave entrance.

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At the Trader’s Cave, can you see the person in the photo?

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Remains of the traders outpost inside the cave

Trader’s Cave

From there, wooden stairs take you upwards into the Trading Chamber. This was where the Swiftlet Traders set up shop, and you can still see the remains of their wooden structures built into the cave walls.

The chamber is massive, with one side of the cave left open for more than enough light to come in. From the Trading Chamber, it was a short trek up into the main chamber of the caves. Here, I needed to climb a few flights of wooden stairs that had railings.

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Tom Harrison’s House inside the Great Cave

Great Cave

Arriving at the main chamber, Great Cave or Tom Harrison Chamber as I call it, you will be greeted by a house that was once lived in by Tom and his wife. The wooden home sits in one section of the cave entrance and has been preserved by the museum department. You are not allowed to enter the house though.

When looking into the main chamber, you see on your left, an area fenced up to about eight feet. This is where current excavations are ongoing by relevant departments. If you look carefully, you can see what has been dug up or what is in the process of being excavated.

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A fence surrounds the cave paintings at the Painted Cave

Painted Cave

Heading in another 150 meters will bring you the the star of Niah Caves, which is the Painted Cave. This section is also fenced up to preserve the amazing cave paintings discovered. The rock paintings also date back to some 1200 years old and some of them are in good condition while most of them have faded a little.

After attempting to take some photos, at the Padang Area, which is lightly deeper inside the caves, it was soon time to make that return back to the longhouse, as celebrations were still on going. In general, you can visit Niah for half a day, just to explore this fascinating caves.

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Part of the excavation area that is fenced up

Niah National Park

Some of the beautiful cave formations inside Niah Cave

If you are coming from Miri, you will make a stop at the Niah National Park office, where you buy your ticket in. From the park office, it takes about 40 minutes walk to the Trader’s Cave entrance. You will also be walking on a boarded walkway with the beautiful rainforest surrounding your journey.

The entire journey here is worth the visit, provided you love trekking, hiking, caving, nature and adventure. This would easily be listed as one of the main things to do out of Miri City, so if you are in Miri, do look up a tour company that organises trips to the Niah Caves.

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Photos by David Hogan Jr

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Harvest Festival – Tadau Ka’amatan

Harvest Festival – Tadau Ka’amatan

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Date: 30 May – 31 May 2015 during 23:59
Venue:  KDCA Hall, Penampang, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Organizer: Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA)
Phone:
Dr. Benedict Topin, Secretary
088 713696, 088 715924

The Harvest Festival facilities informative activities, normal displays, singing, lots of dancing and, of course, traditional. Basically it’s Sabah’s biggest celebration of a year and a Harvest Festival draws thousands of people, internal and visitors, to a Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA), that is heart of activities

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Festivals and celebrations in Malaysia

Malaysia has a series of festivals and celebrations,  many of that are possibly eremite or informative in origin, and are swathed in traditions and rituals.

Malaysia. A nation where one can knowledge a crowd of informative celebrations and festivals, as good as, and many importantly, good food(!) all year round.

Almost each month of a year, tourists and locals comparison douse themselves in one jubilee or another, interjection to a different informative practices we have.

To assistance a unfamiliar friends have a improved overview of a festivities to demeanour brazen to when visiting Malaysia, and also for a advantage of locals, here is a list of a monthly informative celebrations and festivities Malaysia has to offer.

(Note: Some celebrations might change from year to year as they are formed on lunar calendars.)

Thousands group to Batu Caves to attend in a Thaipusam Festival.

January

Thaipusam
Celebrated by a Tamil community, a phenomenon of Thaipusam is best witnessed during Batu Caves in Selangor, or in Penang. The jaw-dropping steer of devotees carrying ornately flashy frames, improved famous as kavadis, would stay with we prolonged after you’ve gifted it; this singular festival is a steer to behold.

February

Chinese New Year
Celebrated worldwide by a Chinese to symbol a initial day of a New Year in a Chinese lunar calendar, a celebrations final for 15 days. Expect fireworks, lion dances, a inflection of a colour red, and open houses with delicious Chinese meals!

Chap Goh Mei, or a 15th night of Chinese New Year, symbolises a finish of a festival. To applaud a Chinese chronicle of Valentine’s Day, immature women print messages or well-wishes on oranges and chuck them into lakes or ponds.

April

Good Friday
Held in churches to symbol a “saddest day” in a Christian calendar, it is distinguished in observance of Christs’ Passion, crucifixation and death. On a Sunday that follows Good Friday, Easter Sunday is distinguished to commemorate a rebirth of Christ.

Malaysia Water Festival
A nation with healthy settings of lakes, beaches, seas, Malaysia hosts this eventuality annually with a accumulation of water-based sports. Activities such as kayaking, fishing, and cross-channel swimming promises a whole bucket of adrenaline-pumping time!

May

Wesak Day
Celebrated by Buddhists to compensate loyalty to Buddha and to symbol a 3 poignant events in Buddha’s life (his birthday, enlightenment, and feat of Nirvana) a festival starts with imagining and prayers. Donations are done to a bad and needy.

Harvest Festival
Known to Sabahans as Pesta Ka’amatan, it is a invocation festival to applaud a rice harvest. The festivities embody normal sports such as a buffalo race, a best tapai (rice wine) competition, and a “Unduk Ngadau” or Ka’amatan Queen Competition.

June

Hari Gawai
The Gawai Dayak is distinguished in Sarawak to symbol a finish of a paddy harvesting season. It also outlines a commencement of a new planting season, and activities such as dancing, singing, and a substantial volume of jubilee tuak (rice wine) take place in a longhouses.

Dragon Boat Festival
Known also as a Chang Festival or Duanwu Festival, it commemorates a loyalist and producer in China named Qu Yuan. The best place to declare a celebrations is in Penang, where a annual Penang International Dragon Boat Festival takes place on a grand scale.

Rowers going all out during a annual dragon vessel foe in Penang.

July

Rainforest World Music Festival
Held in a drift of a Sarawak Cultural Village, a annual three-day song festival is quick apropos a largest low-pitched eventuality in Malaysia. It celebrates a farrago of universe music, while during a same time highlighting a use of normal acoustic universe instruments.

August

Independence Day
Commemorating a autonomy of a Federation of Malaya from a British in 1957, Aug 31 binds a special place in a hearts of all Malaysians. The biggest jubilee of a eventuality takes place annually during Merdeka Square, or some-more ordinarily famous as Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Also famous as Hari Raya Puasa, it outlines a perfection of Ramadhan, during that Muslims a universe over quick for a whole month. Traditional Malay food such as rendang, ketupat, and lemang is served. This is also a time to pardon and forget past quarrels, where family members ask for redemption from friends and family members.

Hungry Ghost Festival
Observed among a Chinese, a festival commemorates a opening of hell’s gates for a spirits from a reduce area to ramble openly for a month. Things to note during a festival are a incomparable than life papier-mache total and performances of Chinese show and Ko-Tai (energetic singing and dancing with performers in festive costumes).

September

Malaysia Day
Sep 16 commemorates a investiture of a Malaysian association in 1963, with a fasten of Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore to form Malaysia.

Mid-Autumn Festival
Fondly famous as a Tanglung (Lantern) Festival or a Mooncake Festival, it is distinguished by a Chinese to symbol a finish of a harvesting season. Mooncakes are a contingency as it also commemorates Chang Er, a moon goddess.

Father and daughter inspecting a unresolved Tanglungs (Lanterns).

October

Hari Raya Haji
To commemorate a Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, a arise is noted many significantly by a end of a annual Haj (pilgrimage to a holy city of Mecca). Sacrificial-slaughtering, or korban, takes place in mosques, and a beef is distributed to a bad and needy.

November

Deepavali
Also ordinarily referred to as Diwali or Festival of Lights, a festival is poignant to all Hindus as it symbolises a delight of good over evil. Oil lamps are illuminated to sentinel off dark and evil, and like each other vital informative festivals in Malaysia, open houses are held.

December

Christmas
A eremite festival to symbol a birth of Jesus Christ for Christians, Christmas in Malaysia is distinguished like everywhere else in a world. However, Christmas is also noticed as a concept jubilee by many, one that that carries a physical rather than eremite meaning. Even but a normal “white Christmas”, a celebrations lift on with a kaleidoscope of lights, unconstrained Christmas displays, and crazy selling deals for all!

Kaamatan

Pesta Kaamatan

Oil Lamp or Vilakku

Deepavali – The Festival of Lights

Miss World Malaysia 2009 Thanuja Ananthan

Colours of Deepavali [PIC]

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