Temburong - Back to Brunei

Trip Start May 18, 2009
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Trip End Jun 03, 2009


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Temburong National Park

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Our second and final day in the jungle. A longboat ride upriver to a new, developing tourist centre, to experience a canopy walk. The trek up the riverside was very steep and the same mixture of hundreds of short wooden steps and slippy trails. In the jungle heat though it was a bit of a challenge - great exercise and a good way to lose lots of fluid. We reached the aluminium tower eventually. A complicated structure, a bit like climbing stepped sections of scafolding with walkways in between. The first tower was 42 metres high and the second was 50+m. The photos don't tell the true story I'm afraid. You do need a head for heights to scale this monster. The views from the top were eye-catching - they never come out well in photos though. We had the place to ourselves fortunately, so we could take our time viewing or climbing. Then back down to the river again and the longboat ride back. Steph and Vanessa finished the trip with a second float downstream to cool off.
Lunch and then back to the main river for a second motorboat ride from hell courtesy of Lewis Hamilton at the wheel.

Back in Bandar, we tried to fit in a trip to see the proboscis monkeys in the mangroves. Our mini-bus driver knew a friend who could help us out. (Strange how tourism people know someone who can ........). A swift deal was struck to hire a water-taxi to give us a tour of the main river sights, the water village and the mangroves+proboscis monkeys and we're off again on a white-knuckle ride across the river. Sights of the royal palace were from some distance, but the Omar Ali Safuddien mosque, complete with gold-plated dome, was pretty impressive, especially with a foreground of stilt-house accommodation much preferred by the locals. Up the river into the mangroves and our first sighting a couple of proboscis monkeys, seen only in Borneo. Strange creatures with a drooping red nose. They are shy and can be difficult to find. Our driver has been on this trip three times already today and knows where to look. He finds a larger group further up the mangroves and also a monitor lizard snoozing on a branch.

White-knuckle time again as we do a James Bond boat tour of the water village, a maze of stilted house littering the water front opposite the main corniche of Bandar. A great way to round off the day.

Finally it's back into the car for the 90 mins journey back down the only highway in Brunei to Kuala Belait. 
 
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