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Mulu Caves and Pinnacles, Sarawak

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28 Jan - 2 Feb 2010 - Mulu Caves, Camp 5, Pinnacles and Longhouse


Air asia flight to Miri


Meet Yazmi


Curry Pasta... to eat famous Sarawak Laksa


Taking orders... the chinese cook...


Makan Lunch


Yummy yummy....


We all just nice can fit in Yazmi's viva...


Stop by near a river....beware of crocs...


Stop by at Chinese Temple...


Drop by at Yazmi's house for a few seconds....


Rosmah, the one eyed cat...


Target practice


Yazmi showing Ong and the rest how to use the bow and arrow..


Very cool and high tech looking archery equipment...


Ok, time to take MasWings flight to Mulu


Meet John our guide...


Get on the transport to Mulu National Park HQ


Starts to rain...


Walk short distance to HQ office


Office


John help us to check in to the hostel .. carry plastic bags with the bedsheets and towels.


Ok, this is the hostel/dorm .. where to sleep...


Fix your own bedsheet


Got a nice space for exhibition


John gives briefing.. decide to go caving tomorrow
today just walk around.. see some bats..


Everybody get ready for a walk


Ok, just walk down this platform and you will reach the Deer cave... about half hour walk if 'baca buku'


On the way can see lots of plants and insects...


Take photo of bug..


Walk walk...


Ok reach the place...


Here they have a platform for tourist to sit down, and wait for the bats to come out


Millions of bats coming out... starting from 5.30pm


More and more bats coming out.. our lucky day...


Getting more and more tourist...


Ok, finish, go back...


Meet up with other trekkers


Long walk back


Dinnertime, order food... this is the kitchen cafe..


Lots of mat salleh and other tourist...


Order Nasi Lemak


Bug in the corridor..


Next day, walk to canopy walk...


Canopy walk guide showing us around...


Big tree


Ong and Mee Ling


Very educational...


Walk lah... I think we spent about 1 hour here...


Interesting bark


Ok finish canopy walk...


Take some more photos...


I can't take clear photo of the bugs, so I show photo of Ong taking photo of the bug....


Ok, next time to take a boat to our adventure caving


Introduce ourselves to the Adventure Caving guide....


Whoo hoo


Ok reach the Racer Cave


Racer Cave, named after the snakes you can find there..


Adventure caving, they provide the helmets with headlamps
better to wear gloves... Our guide demonstrates how to go up the first rope section


Cute snake waiting in a hole...


Lots of spiders too...


Looking at some bugs/cave formations


Cricket.... food for the spiders...


Who put the handprints on the walls


Another climb up with rope ...


John (Spiderman) is the sweeper


Jenny explaining something...


Ok finish, everybody all dirty already


Wait for the sampan


Go back to National Park HQ to have our pack lunch


Nasi Goreng, with fried chicken, with a green apple and some chocolate wafer


Next, go visit the show caves ... Deer Cave and Lang Cave


I guess this is the only close up bug photo that turned out on my camera..


Deer Cave ... long time a go used to have alot of deer here...


Abraham Lincoln profile


Bugs eating guano


In the Deer cave .... got steps


Baby bat fallen down... still alive... some bugs trying to eat it...


Garden of Eden ....that's the end of the Deer cave... where the roof caved in and all the rocks accumulate there, so trees started growing..


Lang cave... smaller cave with beautiful cave formations


Limestone gets disolved by water, then the water deposits the limestone to form amazing shapes...


Looks better in real life... don't turn out in photos...


Nice


Not stalagtites.... looks like sharks fin


Ok, want to see bats again... but raining.. bats not coming out..


Back to our room....


Can boil water to drink here...


Dinner time... ordered some veg to go with rice...


Next day breakfast... ready to check out....


All packed ...


Stop by at office, met Jenny again (our adv. caving guide) .. sign log book


Get in the boat... put everything in the boat...


Edwin and Kelly all set....


First, stop at the Penan village


Penan village... John's kampung....


Gereja..


See some kids


Misty view


Got something to read here


Villagers selling some handicraft


Liana tree seeds...


Basket


Move on to the next stop....


Pick up our lady cook...


Next stop windcave and clearwater cave


Walk up to wind cave


Like many other caves around here, formed by rivers many years ago,
and you can see ripple formations ....


This feature is called moon milk... some bacteria covering the cave walls and formations, making everything look white....


This part there an opening in the roof... you gotta see it with your own eyes lah...


Short 10min walk to clearwater cave


Mini pinnacles


Can swim here...


This is suppose to be the famous single leaf plant
This particular species that looks like banana leaf, only can be found here in clearwater cave... the only place in the world you can find this leaf...


Single Leaf Plant


Makan time... yeah John prepare lots of food....


Must eat...


Ok... start of the trek to Camp 5... was raining abit on the way here in the boat..


Jalan jalan... this trail we walk very fast.. finish in 2 hours... 8km only I think


Yeah...


Almost there


Yeah reach already...


Camp 5... meet up with other trekker new friends..


Unpack... sleep here...only 6 of us in this room...


Nice suspension bridge to the headhunter trail


Take a bath


Mee Ling help me wash hair...


Tea Time


Our cook cooking in the kitchen


Dinner time


Dinner with John... we get to see his Penan style haircut...


Next morning, all set for Camp 5


Up up and up.... I'm wearing kampung adidas...


Mini pinnacles.... these are hard limestone...


walk some more....


Almost reaching the ladders part


First ladder... better reach here by 11am or else you gotta turn back...


This part with the ropes and ladders quite nice like an
obstacle course... got 15 ladders altogether ... and now can see some moss..


Use the rope, but don't put your whole weight on it...


Is it misty or is my camera lense misty


Yay reach already, before 11am


The pinnacles... amazing sight ... beautiful


Got signal... Meeling and Ong give Ben a call...


Me...


Have our pack lunch.... Ong carried up 4 cans of 100plus for us...


Ok... climb back down... becareful...


Walk down slowly... starts to rain ....


I reach back camp 5 around 3.30pm .... huh... tired...


Dinner time....


Next morning at camp 5


All set .. all packed


Start the Head Hunter's trail...


View of camp 5 from other side


This place got some durians... can come here to pick durians..
but we didn't eat here lah... how to carry


Saw a green snake... this snake is suppose to be more poisonous than a cobra


Huh... 9 more km... mee ling kena a leech...


Cross a rope bridge


Rest here for a while


Finish.... horible horrible !!!!


Get on a boat...


Park HQ on the other side... have lunch here and toilet


Nice boatride to Limbang longhouse


About 2 hours boatride, lucky thing just rained, so river flows faster...


Some villagers


This part is already teh tarik water


Ok reach the village


Welcome to Kg Panjang Kuala Mendalam


Short walk to longhouse


Chickens...


Living room


Can play football here


One of the uncles/boatman open durians for us


Yummy yummy... since camp 5 already asking for durians.. now can enjoy


Close up of durian


Some other durian species... long torn


Jalan jalan outside in the kampung


This is Jamry... apparently he goes to KL to train in Bukit Jalil
He's is an Olympic swimmer.... freestyle and butterfly


Mata kucing


Go visit a school nearby... nice school....


Take photo with kids


Singing songs..


Ok finish...


Oh, our neighbour also let us sample some durians...


Orange colour durian... taste like nangka...


See them doing some weaving


Langsat


Dinner time .. aunty cooked some food for us


Cabbage, Curry chicken, pumpkin, and some soup


Selling some stuff


Sleep here... use mosquito net..... ah.. the kampung life


Ok, next day ready to move


Bye bye to aunty and the uncle Payung ...


lots of chickens...


Ok ok bye bye.. sit boat again


Boat to limbang


Van pick us up and take us to town


Have lunch in limbang


Pork.... wan tan pork.... intestines...


Lepak here in the Limbang shopping mall while waiting for flight


Limbang airport


Can dry clothes here... heh heh...


Back to miri.... its Yazmi again !!!


Quickly go out ... limited time.. go and try this Durian...
different species...


Kelly and meeling ta pau some back to KL... the smell not so strong so its ok..


Last meal in miri... have a quick dinner... some rojak/roti canai ....

 

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