Back to basics in Mulu Caves

Mulu Caves, Sarawak is probably one of the best things I’ve done in a while. And one of the reasons I reckon is because I can totally disconnect from the Internet (and work, since I work for a web company) and just enjoy my vacation!

I guess I can call this trip an “accidental” one, really one of those sweet little surprises life brings you. As part of my work, I had to organise this trip and it was a combination of great destination and great travellers! I guess in a way, the lack of modern technology (i.e. the Internet, cable TV and even electricity to keep our phones charged) forced all of us to abandon our anti-social habits and engage in some real social interactions.

I had a great time frolicking in the wild with my new friends – playing in the rivers, walking in the forests, exploring the caves, admiring the wildlife, breathing in the fresh air, soaking up the sun and rain too, all in good company! Would I be back? Of course! I still need to do all that adventure caving courses!

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Arriving in Mulu Airport!
Arriving in Mulu Airport!
Walking from our guesthouse to the NP. Hardly any other people around! Surprisingly wide road for such a small local population!
Walking from our guesthouse to the NP. Hardly any other people around! Surprisingly wide road for such a small local population!
Doing the Paku loop around the Mulu NP
Doing the Paku loop around the Mulu NP
Came across this fallen tree across the river and being naughty kids, we simply HAD TO climb it!
Came across this fallen tree across the river and being naughty kids, we simply HAD TO climb it!
And climb, we did!
And climb, we did!
Paku Waterfall. Nice place to do some swimming.
Paku Waterfall. Nice place to do some swimming.
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Getting a ride on the long boat to our cave expedition!
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Having a go at the villagers’ choice of weapon – Hunting Blowgun
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Inviting blue lagoon outside the Clearwater Cave. There’s a deck where you can have your picnic lunch before jumping into the water to cool off from the hot day.
Some pictures from the caves.. after a while, you forget which is taken where. Oops.
Some pictures from the caves.. after a while, you forget which is taken where. Oops.

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Hello snail!
Hello snail!
Preparing to go into one of the adventure caves with only the lights from our head lamps..
Preparing to go into one of the adventure caves with only the lights from our head lamps..
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While waiting for the bat observatory… you need a lot of patience and neck muscles (to prevent cramping up from looking up too long).
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The river behind of guesthouse where you can go for a swim when it gets too hot in the day!
Feeling awed by the huge buttress roots of the tropical rainforests.
Feeling awed by the huge buttress roots of the tropical rainforests.
The canopy walk swings HIGH above the ground. Not for those with height phobia!
The canopy walk swings HIGH above the ground. Not for those with height phobia!

Trip Summary: 5 days in Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak in May 

Day 1
– Flight SIN – KL (1hr)
– Flight KL – Miri (2hr)
– Overnight in Miri town

Day 2 – Day of the Waterfall
– Flight Miri – Mulu (30mins) FINALLY!
– Walk to D’Cave Guesthouse, our home for the next few days!
– Drop into National Park office (This is when you make the registration for all the guided tours. The usual ones like Cave of the Wind, Clearwater Cave, Lang Cave and Deer Cave run daily, but I’d advise you to book in advance for the more adventurous ones.)
– Paku Loop (8km) & Paku Waterfall

Day 3 – Day of the Caves
Cave of the Winds – a natural wind tunnel
Clearwater Cave – cave next to an amazing blue lagoon
Lang Cave & Deer Cave – smallest & largest caves in the national park
Bat Observatory – a spectacular show of nature’s beauty when the bats fly out of the cave in amazing formations

Day 4 – Day of the Rainforest
– Walking around the kampong + swimming in the river
Fast Lane course, a walk in one of the adventure caving caves.
– Bat Obervatory (again! I know.. I can’t get enough of these awesome creatures)
Night Walk 

Day 5
Canopy Walk – beautiful canopy walk above the treeline
– Lunch before flight back home via Miri and KL

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