Gunung Mulu National Park: First Impression
From Mulu Airport, the van turned right towards the National Park. While inside the van, I suddenly felt as if I had gone into another time zone. It was as if I had entered the world of the dinasours! Imagine landing here by plane which soon would be flying away, leaving me here with the other living souls; human and not. Look around! Thick trees and high mountains as far as my eyes can see! There was no way out!!! Ahhhh!
Sorry lah, imagination had gone wild a little!! Hehe.
Before reaching the National Park, I could not really imagine how the Park would look like. What kind of accommodation we would get, what kind of food we would be eating and how our lives for the next few days would be…..
The signboard showed turn right to the Mulu National Park, 1470 meter.
Meter?! Not even km??
Gee, that should be very, very near lei…
Nice sceneries on the way there.
The moment the van stopped to drop us off, we found this signboard.
Let’s go, gals! Let the adventure begin!!!
What did I tell you?
This place really felt like the entrance into Jurassic Park!
Eh, I watched the movie before one!
Rolling, rolling, rolling, we each rolled in our own lugage on this suspension bridge which was hanging over a river.
Instead of feeling fear, a wave of excitement overwhelmed me.
Oh, I love adventures!!!
Lovely glass signages blending with the nature.
This building is the main office.
Look at the flooring.
The walkways are built on elevated wooden platform.
When I first stepped foot on this platform, little did I know that this place would be a meeting place for the next few days!
This was where we checked in and made payment.
This was also the place we had to set our itinerary for the next few days by confirming what this Park has to offer.
Ask for the Mulu Discovery Planner.
This Planner is a map to get around the place,
There are places which you could venture on your own, without any guides but most of the places require licenced guides to be with you and when one is needed, a fee will be charged.
There are different time schedule for each guided tour.
Spend a little time to plan your itinerary so that you can maximise your stay in the Park.
Check out ours in my next few posts! Coming soon…..
Do note that this place will impose 3% surcharge if payment is made with credit cards.
Ridiculous I know, but when you are already there, you will have no choice.
Hence, it is important that you plan your tours properly because once you want to cancel, the surcharge will not be refunded.
They do not allow cancellation, unless you have a valid reason eg. sprained ankle, food poisoning and reasons of such! Be creatively realistic, okay?!
You must be a nature lover to love this place.
The Park is surrounded by beautiful tall, old trees.
Massive, mega and majestic!!!
Look out for my discovery posts of the place; mystical and simply astonishing!!
Things you MUST have or bring along:
1) You gotta walk around to enjoy the place so a pair of good trekking shoes is a must!
2) Make sure you have insect repellant coz you are going into the jungles!
3) Have your sunblock eveready! You still need to walk in the sun to reach places!
4) Pack a poncho or raincoat in your bag because you never knew if the rain will be all over you during your adventure seeking!
5) Bring your drinking bottle, some snacks and sweets or chocolates while on tour. Some tours take a few hours to complete.
6) A good torch light or head lights for your cave trekking.
7) A backpack would be useful to store all of the above!
a) There are some parts of the caves which has water sipping in that would be “shower of blessing” over your head. Maybe you wish to bring an umbrella along too, huh??? Hehe.. I used my hat.
b) A waterproof camera would be good to take along since your DSLR cannot be used in case it rains. Erm, you can bring both if you like!