Gunung Mulu National Park

Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
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Trip End Jun 01, 2010


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Flag of Malaysia  , Sarawak,
Friday, December 11, 2009

In order to save about two pounds on a flight to Borneo we decided it would be a good idea to catch a bus from Singapore over the causeway to Malaysia, and get the flight from there... Although this was quite easy, having to split the trip into three parts to go through immigration on the Sing, and then the Malaysian side, meant that it took quite a bit longer than we had anticipated,we then had to catch a taxi from the bus terminal to the airport, which probably nullified any saving... 

The flight from Johur Bahru landed in Miri, and we managed to find a guest house for the night - a good sleep - for the 1.5 hours between 3.30 am when the army barracks stopped playing music, and 5 am when the mosque called for prayer at about 150 decibels through our window!

We left early that morning and set off for a short flight to Mulu National Park, to visit the rainforest and caves inside.

After thinking we were lucky to find somewhere to stay just outside the park for the grand total of RM20 each a night (gbp3.50) we got to the place and saw why it was so cheap - electricity for 4 hours a night, and the washing facility was a tap sticking out of the wall. The location was amazing though and so we set off into the park.

We headed straight for a tour two two of the most famous caves in the park - Langs and Deer Caves. Geek fact - Deer cave is the largest in the world, and can fit St Pauls cathedral inside 5 times over!
After the cave visit we sat down and waited for nightfall, for the 2 million bats which live inside the cave to leave for their nightly feed. (if anyone saw the recent David Attenborough series with the bats - it was filmed here). Unfortunately it began to rain as dusk arrived, but a serious amount of bats left the cave, and it was impressive all the same.

 
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