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banks of the Sungai Subis, passing through alluvial and Treks and Trails
peat swamp forest to the foot of Bukit Kasut. There are
plenty of wild orchids, bizarre mushrooms and giant Most of Lambir’s trails are interconnected, so it is easy
pandanus plants along the way. to do quite a few in a day. The Latak Waterfall Trail
The Park Headquarters
Upon arrival visitors are required to register at the
Park HQ (Tel: 737454). There is an informaion centre
where video ilms about Niah are shown nightly (upon
request), as well as an excellent Archaeology Museum
(just across the river) and a cafeteria serving a range of
local and western food and drinks.
Accommodaion consists of Type 4, 5 and 6 Forest is the shortest, easiest and most popular - if you are
Lodges (RM 238, RM 159 & RM 79.50) a Hostel (RM looking for peace and solitude, come on a weekday. The
42.50 per 4-bed room or RM 15.90 per bed) and a trail (red/white markings, 20 min) follows the course of
Campsite (RM 5). Contact the Naional Parks Booking a clear, fast-lowing stream past two very prety small
Oices in Miri or Kuching to make reservaions. If you waterfalls to a large forest pool surrounded on three
need to stay in Batu Niah (to catch an early bus, for sides by steep rock walls and fed by the 25-metre Latak
example), there are a range of lodging houses and small waterfall. Changing rooms, toilets and picnic areas are
hotels. Batu Niah is a bustling litle township and is well provided and the pool is safe for swimming, but non-
provided with cofee shops and restaurants. swimmers and small children should take care, as it is
deep in parts.
Travel Connecions
The Pantu, Bukit Pantu and Pantu Waterfall Trails are all
Niah is within easy reach of both Miri (109 km) and branches of the same trail system. Shortly before the
Bintulu (131 km). There is no public bus from either Latak Waterfall, the Pantu Trail (white markings, 1 hr.)
Miri or Bintulu directly to Batu Niah or the park HQ. branches of to the let up a series of steep steps past an
From Miri Pujut Bus Terminal or Bintulu Long-Distance abandoned tree tower, then downwards through dense
Bus Terminal, take an express bus to Batu Niah. the Park forest to the Nibong waterfall, an idea place to cool
HQ is about 3 km from Batu Niah. Chartered taxis and of. A few hundred metres further along are the Bukit
tour buses will take you straight there. Alternaively, Pantu Trail on the right (yellow/white markings, 1½ hrs)
a motorised longboat from Batu Niah to the Park HQ ofering superb views, and the Pantu Waterfall Trail on
brings you through delighful jungle scenery. A taxi from the let (red/yellow markings, 1 hr.).
Batu Niah is a good idea if it is raining. The Park HQ is Beyond the Pantu Waterfall Trail the terrain gradually
also a pleasant 45 minute stroll along the river bank. rises, passing through rugged, dense forest illed with
the sounds of Lambir’s wildlife. Ater 4 km, the trail
LAMBIR HILLS NATIONAL PARK forks, the right fork leading to the summit of Bukit
Lambir. The Summit Trail (red/blue markings, 3½ hrs)
Introducion is hard work for the not-so-it, but the abundant wild
orchids and the superb view from the summit (456m)
Lambir Hills Naional Park is probably the world’s make it worthwhile, and trekkers can cool of in the
pool below the Dinding waterfall on the way down.
most complex and diverse forest ecosystem. Its 6,952 Lambir also ofers a variety of tougher trails for serious
hectares of lowland dipterocarp and heath forests rise trekkers; for further informaion, please consult the
to a height of 450m and produce the greatest known park wardens.
level of plant biodiversity on the planet. This provides a
home for 237 diferent species of birds, lying squirrels, Accommodaion at the Park Headquarters (Tel:
wild pigs, gibbons, many diferent types of monkey, 491030) consists of Type 5 and 6 Forest Lodges (RM
various species of deer, and untold insects and other 159 & RM 79.50) and a camp site (RM 5.25 per person).
invertebrates, as well as dozens of internaional Please contact the Naional Parks Booking Oice in Miri
research scienists who are permanently staioned or Kuching to make reservaions.
in the park. Lambir also ofers fascinaing trekking
trails leading to sparkling waterfalls and bathing pools An interesing and comfortable alternaive is the nearby
scatered about the rainforest, all within 40 minutes Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort, which also has more
drive of downtown Miri. dining opions. See Miri accommodaion lisings.
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