Our reason for Borneo.

Trip Start Jan 28, 2009
Trip End Sep 05, 2009

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Mulu Resort

Flag of Malaysia  , Sarawak,
Thursday, July 9, 2009

So after a three-day overland/sea journey we finally made it to Miri, the town we had to fly out from to reach Gunung Mulu National Park. The park is surrounded by mountain, rainforest and ocean so the only other possible way to reach it would be by a ten-hour boat ride.. which although sounds adventurous we had travelled enough to get there already.

The park is very popular, so popular infact that when we called the park's accomodation to make reservations we found that they were booked solid through the month. Except for one lucky break - a cancellation on the 10th which left a room open for us. We booked it and hoped for the best for the night we arrived (the 9th).

Thankfully, when we arrived at the tiny Mulu airport a woman selling magazines referred us to her sister-in-laws' homestay. It was a simple and clean room right outside the park and perfect for what we needed (rest!). We stashed our stuff and headed to the park to explore.

Some facts on Mulu:
Gunung Mulu National Park is a Unesco World Heritage site, stretches 754 sq km and boasts the worlds largest underground chamber in one of its many gigantic caves. The Sarawak Chamber is big enough to fit several jumbo jets inside.

..Unfortunately we didn't get to see it because it requires a several day walk underground and I'm pretty sure only scientists, explorers and certified ppls are allowed to view it. Oh well, I'm not a cave person anyway. What I did enjoy though was walking through the rainforest and seeing all the huge plants, colourful lizards (and even insects! I didn't mind them for once) and just enjoying the fact that we were somewhere beautiful, natural and wild. We booked a couple guided tours during the two days we stayed there, one was of caves... which were the biggest I've been in yet, but still kinda boring for me (not a cave person!), and the other was a walk across Mulu's famous Canopy Skywalk.

The 'Skywalk' is a wood-and-rope bridge that hangs 20m above the rainforest floor and takes about 20-30min to walk. The main point of it is to see the activity in the canopy which you wouldn't normally be able to view, but craning my neck and stopping to look around the whole time didn't show me anything special. It was cool in itself though, being that high up and seeing the rainforest from a different perspective. A little scary as well, there were times the bridge tilted to one side or another and I had to keep from looking down. Good thing my fear of heights is minimal!

Our last big thrill was onthe way back to Miri airport in our tiny 60-seater plane. A half-hour journey was turned into one and a half hours because the turbulence was so bad we couldn't land. The plane rocked from side to side and dropped suddenly several times, and one of the passengers in front of us was making vomity-sounds (poor guy.. but, yuck!). As for us, we love flying but that journey was a white-knuckled one.. both of us gripping the armrests and each other, wide-eyed. We finally landed safely but I think it killed our love of flying for the next little while. 

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vino_voyageurs on

I can't believe you dont like caves!
I friggin love caves!

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