Thursday, November 6, 2008

Mulu - A Place Like No Other

Gunung Mulu National Park near Miri, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, is encompasses of incredible caves and karsts formations in a mountainous equatorial rainforest setting.
Today Mulu continues to retain the sense of adventure associated with its original exploration through the provision of adventure caving and other adventure activities.
The primary focus however has shifted to the promotion of an awareness of the significance of the park and its environment through the provision of ecotourism activities that foster understanding and appreciation of the parks values.
Accommodation is available at the five star luxury resort Royal Mulu Resort, or there are cheaper lodgings across the river. The park HQ also has limited accommodation. And of course, my trips to Mulu lodge at a wooden lodgings which provide a cheaper price. But comfortable enough.
Mulu is a very inaccessible area; the only practical way of getting to and from it is by air, mainly from Miri airport. It is possible to travel to the area by riverboat, but it requires a chartered long boat for the last part - and the whole trip by river would take around 12 hours to complete from Miri, while the flight takes only 30 minutes. Two companies offer the flights which are MAS and Hornbill Skyways.

I only have the chance to explore the Deer Cave, Wind Cave, and Clearwater Cave which exposes parts of a long underground river going through the park.
Other interested area within Gunung Mulu National Park is the world's biggest natural enclosed space - Sarawak chamber, found in Gua Nasib Bagus.
It is 2,300 feet (700 m) long, 1,300 feet (396 m) wide and at least 230 feet (70 m) high; according to the guides it is big enough to fit several jumbo jets inside and Benarat Cavern.

Our first day was a canopy walks from Park Headquarters through a plank walk leads through forest to Dear Cave and Lang’s Cave.
On the sunset, we are furnished with the amazing black river of million bats pour out from Deer Cave on their nightly forage for insects.

Our second day was exploration by Long Boat to Wind Cave and Clearwater Cave and later to a waterfall as our last journey.
Visiting the caves remind me on our origin, on how brilliant are our predecessor human beings fighting for survival against the nature. And the caves are the answer.
Nowadays, we convert the caves to build our home. It is a modern cave anyway.
The nature is always the best teacher….

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