Niah Caves

Trip Start Jan 01, 2007
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Saturday, June 23, 2007

Niah Caves houses the oldest human archaeliogical site in SE asia, and the three main caves certainly made for an impressive visit to this small but special national park. We got to see banded lnagurs (neat monkey), tons of diferent squirels and tree shrews, and a good number of birds, including a tiny reddish kingfidher, nice! Our second day we decided to skip a swamp walk and go on a trail through primary forest. It was magacial. The animals were numerous, butterflies everywhere, and the trees astounding! Borneo was an absolutley amazing place, and this area especielly. Too bad for Malaysia being the largest exporter of tropical hardwoods in the world, and destroying almost all of its forest. The trip out of the park cemented these ideas even more as every river we passed by was lined with logs fron the vast interior forest. Malaysia has one fo the lowest areas of proteced land and primary forest in this area of the world, and yet acts as an ectourism paradise, what a crock of shit.  But Borneo still has a few remnants of magic left in it....
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