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THE SIGHTS OF SARAWAK
NIAH CAVESThe caves are located close to the coast a couple of hours South of Miri. They are the sight of the earliest habitation by man in South-East Asia some 40 000 years ago. At the rear of the main cave is the smaller painted cave with its 1000 year old rock paintings of small canoe-like boats, which were possibly used as coffins, which indicates that the cave was probably used as a burial ground.
The caves are also inhabited by bats which deposit guano on the floor of the cave. Guano collection has become another thriving industry based in the vicinity of the caves.
As a result of the swiftlets and the bats living together, when evening
comes along there is a wonderful spectacle of the swiftlets arriving home
as the bats depart for the night.
photographs on this page are courtesy of Sarawak Tourism