Madai Caves

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Entrance to Madai Cave
A swiftlet's nest from Madai Cave

Madai Caves are famed as a source for swiftlet's nests used in bird's nest soup.[1] The caves are located in Kunak, Sabah, eastern Malaysia, on the island of Borneo.

A Black-nest Swiftlet

Twice a year (between February and April, and between July and September), licensed collectors risk their lives climbing to the roof of these caves using only rattan ladders, ropes, and bamboo poles precariously attached together. It is a special festival event for the local Idahan[2] villagers, who have held the rights to Madai Caves for over 20 generations.

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  1. ^ Malesich, Laura. "Expensive Eats-Birds Nest Soup". Retrieved 30 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Cheung, Sidney. Idahan of Madai Caves. Retrieved 30 December 2012.