A great getaway
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For nature enthusiast.
The middle of the afternoon is a sleepy time in Mulu National Park - the heat of the day has blanketed the jungle, and it seems other travellers. It is a quiet peaceful time to take a walk along the boardwalks through the park. Stroll along slowly and listen out for the birds and insects. Beautiful jungle foliage borders the pathways.When taking...more
The Canopy Walkway is one of the guided activities in Mulu National Park. It involves a walk of about 20 to 25 minutes along the boardwalks in the direction of Deer and Lang Caves but turns left before reaching the caves. From there you climb a tower before heading into the canopy. This is not an activty for those who are scared of heights, but it...more
Mulu Village is located about 3km from the National Park entrance. It makes for a good morning walk. Head back to the airport and continue around past the perimeter of the airfield. There are a couple of rough tracks that head down to the river. Perched up on the river bank lies the village. There is a pictorial history of the area located in the...more
One of the highlights of a trip to Gunung Mulu National Park is witnessing the evening Bat Exodus from Deer Cave. Millions of bats leave the cave at dusk in search of a feed. A viewing area that contains both open air and undercover seating has been purposefully built for this incredible sight. Wave after wave of the flying mammals swarm from Deer...more
The Garden of Eden is a full day walk that takes you through Deer Cave and out into a scenic jungle area where you can lunch beside and swim in a beautiful pool constantly filled by a waterfall. The walk through Deer Cave ventures off the tour boardwalk and involves some scrambling over rocks and wading through water - possibly up to your neck....more
Having been successful in my beginner/intermediate caving venture, I decided I would take the challenge and attempt the full day 'advanced caving' involving the 'Clearwater Connection'. Head torches and helmets are supplied but you need to bring your own lunch - you could be underground for 8 hours. Carry your gear in a waterproof pack - read on to...more
One of the reasons I came to Mulu was to try caving for the first time. If you want to do a full day 'advanced' caving trip, you are required to show evidence of previous experience. This can be done by completing a half day beginner or intermediate caving activity.For me, the intermediate caving was a great experience. Head torches and helmets are...more
While activities that involve entering caves must be done with National Park guide, there are several walks that you can undertake independently. A good morning walk is the Kenyalan Loop. This walk takes you down the boardwalks towards Deer and Lang Cave but then veers off for a couple of kilometres onto a clearly marked walking trail before...more
A jungle night walk is offered every night in Mulu National Park. A guide leads the way on a walk of several kilometres along the boardwalks in the park. Group sizes can range between 4 and 16. Somewhere in the middle is probably best - enough eyes to spot the creatures of the night but not too large that the group is unduly slowed down.I really...more
I felt Racer Cave was one of the best tour caves available to the public. It is a beautiful 15 minute long boat ride from park headquarters and then a 10 minute walk in the jungle to the base of the cave. There are steep steps leading to the entrance of the cave, but once inside it is an easy walk. There are many impressive stalagmites covered in...more
Both the Show Caves and the Adventure Caves at Mulu National Park offer the opportunity to spot a range of 'cave creatures'. While bats abound in Deer Cave, there are many other creatures to find. Perhaps the ones that fascinated me most were the waxy web worms - I'd never heard about these before. Living in the darkness of the caves, these webs...more
The pinnacle formations of Gunung Api and Benarat are spectacular examples of this limestone feature. Mulu’s Pinnacles tower above the surrounding landscape, some reaching heights of 40 to 50 metres. Centuries of water have eroded and dissolved the rock into razor sharp spikes which knife skywards through the surrounding rainforest.The trail to...more
The Mulu Canopy Skywalk at 480 metres is the longest tree-based walkway in the World.As you walk among the ferns and vines 15 – 25 metres above the forest floor and river you will enjoy this unique opportunity to get closer to the rainforest ‘web of life’. You need to join a guide tour from the park HQ which set you baqck for RM30. It is...more
The trail takes its name from its historical role as the route taken by warring parties between the Tutoh and Medalam rivers. The trail runs between park HQ and Limbang, a picturesque town on the Limbang River, north of the park. Trekkers can start from either end. To get to Camp 5 from Park HQ there is a 1 hour longboat trip to Kuala Litut which...more
If you are staying in the National Park, your accommodation comes with free breakfast that you get from Mulu Cafe. The cafe also has a fair range of meals for lunch or dinner catering for both Asian and Western tastes. Some people say the food at the cafe is expensive, but considering all goods have to be transported, mostly by plane, I thought the...more
Mulu Cafe which is located inside the park office premises serve normal local food such as fried rice, noodle soup and some local fried vegetables. It cost about RM7 for a plate of fried rice or RM10 for a bowl of Mulu Laksa. If you are looking for some good food, try the restaurant located just outside the park compound. You can have rice with 2...more
Thousands of species of animals prefer the dark of night to hunt, nest and raise their young. On this two hours tour, your park guide will help you spot the wildlife you hear calling for a mate. You will smell the sweet fragrances of night flowers and the strong scent left by a passing moon rat. If you are quiet then perhaps a civet or a porcupine will cross your path.
From 'The Plants' leaflet
Several of the activities that you can join in at Mulu including caving, trekking and visiting tour caves may require a trip along the river in a longboat. This is one of the most enjoyable ways of seeing the jungle. The sunlight through the trees and the canopy creeping over the river make this a really invigorating experience. When travelling in...more
On arrival at Mulu airport it is easy to get transport to the National Park entrance. Several vans wait for arrivals and the small kiosk as you exit the arrival hall will sell passage for 5 MR. It is less than 2 km so easy to walk if you choose, but it can be very hot so the 5 ringgit really is well spent. It also means you will be near the head of...more
It is a short flight from Miri to Mulu - only about 40 minutes of actual airtime. There are very scenic landscape views and it is easy to see the winding rivers cutting through the forest, so try to get a window seat.There are two flights a day on Maswings from Miri - morning and afternoon. Check times carefully, and check emails about time changed...more
The handicrafts are laid out on the grass for you to choose.
What to buy: Weaved mat, hand fan, wood carving, fly swat, baskets, bags, etc.
What to pay: How good are you at bargaining??
Guano or bat droppings are everywhere in the caves. Not only they smell really bad, they're quite dangerous especially when you slip and fall on the walkway or worse, on the rocks. That's exactly what happened to a friend of mine. She slipped down the walkway after she slipped on some guano and her whole back was covered with the stinky stuff.
Hat, Poncho or waterproof jackets (they do sell them at the park but good to bring your own), waterproof boots, walking sandals, handheld fan, sunglasses, waterpoof trousers tucked into your top (you won't want leech bites)ps. waterproofs as it rains most afternoonspps. no highheels PLEASE, planked wood pathways Mosquito Repellent, suntan...more
You can take a regular size luggage to Mulu but when trekking to the caves, bring a light backpack to bring the essentials Make sure you pack cotton clothes (T-shirts, pants, shorts) and extra socks because it will be very humid during the trek. You will probably get your feet wet more than once. Wear comfortable walking shoes (I have seen...more
Be sure to check the weight allowance on Malaysia Airlines before going to the airport.It isn't much on those twin otter flights. Take a rain poncho and a change of shoes, if you can. You are going to get wet while you are there. Take everything that you think you will need.There are a few supplies in the gift shop but not much. We got there...more
Just sitting on a log outside the park office waiting to go on a guided tour when a white praying mantis decided it like the look of my shorts. It walked across the log and climbed up my leg and started 'praying'. A beautiful, delicate piece of nature.Just wanted to share some photos...more
Just outside the Mulu Cafe there is a gazebo containing a cluster of ferns and other greenery. One afternoon we were walking past and a friend pointed out a long, fat, green snake curled around a beam under the outer eave of the gazebo. We watched for a while. It didn't move an inch, appearing to be a rubber toy snake.The next evening we heard...more
One of my fondest memories of Mulu was spotting the wildlife either in the jungle or in caves. During my walk through Racer Cave, we were lucky enough to spot a Racer Snake. Living in the dark, these snakes are attracted to the bright torch lights. The snake we saw was only metres from the boardwalk we were walking on and then gradually slid...more