Lambir Hills National Park
Visitors to this lesser known park in Sarawak are often amazed by the simple beauty of nature and the astounding diversity of life contained within its borders.
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Although the Lambir Hills National Park is one of the more accessible parks in Sarawak, it is often overshadowed by other, more famous national parks in the state, such as Mulu National Park and Niah National Park. Lying a mere 30 kilometres from Miri town, the park encompasses 6,592 hectares along the Lambir Hills and has been open to the public since 1975.
The park's importance should not be overlooked as it has an extraordinarily high concentration of differnt species, especially plants and insects, within its forest. This amazing biodiversity makes the park an ideal place for botanists and researchers keen on nature conservation. The conservation efforts involving the park include an ecological project by the Smithsonian and the governments of Japan and Malaysia to identify all of the different types of species found in the park.
Being foremost a research and conservation site, the park's beauty and diversity may not be as obvious as other national parks in the state. The Lambir Hill National Park is not without its own unique appeal, though, and does have some noteworthy attractions for its visitors. Along the Sungai Liam there is a series of small but breathtaking waterfalls that are ideal for picnic spots. There is also a tree tower situated on the Pantu Trail where park visitors can climb and see the forest from a bird's eye view. There are also twelve different trails with differing hiking time for hikers to choose from. Most of these trails, except the Summit Trail, are well-marked and does not require the presence of a guide.
The Lambir Hills National Park is accessible by the Miri-Bintulu road and is 30 kilometres away from Miri town.
Visitors can opt to board public buses heading towards any of these places – Batu Niah, Bintulu, Tinjar, Bakong or Bekenu bazaars – to reach the park.
Accommodation is available within Lambir Hills National Park. There are lodges and chalets available for those who wish to stay in the park. Camping is allowed and campers are charged with nominal fee by the park authorities.