It was time to head to the airport very early morning after an eventful last evening in Kuching… I tried to turn the bathroom tap off before bed and unfortunately it broke and screwed off in my hand and water was gushing out…. they didn’t seem to understand me screaming you need to turn the mains off! Oops, the room flooded and we had to change floors! Don’t think the hotel was very happy with me! Hehe
There are only two ways to get to Mulu and that is by a long and very narrow boat or by a prop plane…. We boarded our little plane and made the 30 minute flight to be greeted by jungle! We had planned to do a night tour that evening of the jungle however torrential rain started at lunchtime and didn’t stop until about 8 hours later…we were left with a foot of water!
Day 2 consisted of walking 18 km’s….we saw snakes, centipedes, millipedes, hammerhead worms, stick insects, hornbills, moon rat which was the size of a cat, and various critters that we have no idea what they were! We visited Deer Cave which is the world’s largest passage cave….home to 3 million bats, 12 different species…. God, did it smell! We were surrounded by 15 metre high mountains of bat poo….and it was certainly a pile of shit! Boom boom! 🙂 we sat at the entrance of the caves to watch the show! Come 6pm, hundreds and thousands of bats flew out of the caves in a spiral formation, all twisting and turning in unison…it was an incredible sight and sounded like millions of bees swarming above us. The cave itself was beautiful….water formations trickling down from the ceiling 360 metres above, and if you focused on one drop of water, the time slowed down and you were almost in a state of hallucination…. Very magical!
Day 3 in the jungle…. Started off early and went to the canopy sky walk which is the longest sky walk in the world, 30 metres off the ground and soon enough we were amongst the tree tops of the rainforest. We then did another trip, which consisted of a long thin narrow boat ride and trek into the jungle to the cave entrance. We went inside, turned our torches on and started to hunt for animals, saw big spiders, white crabs and huge crickets….if you pointed your torch to the ceiling, bats would fly at you in the pitch black. Dripped on constantly, not knowing if it was water or bat poo! Made it back to camp before the big storm. Night tour cancelled yet again due to heavy rain!
Day 4… Took a walk to the local village…..and then walked to Paku Waterfall, got in up to our knees but we were too scared to swim out to the waterfall because of leeches and snakes! Night tour cancelled again due to rain! It rains here for 260 days of the year…..I guess we are in a ‘RAIN’ forest after all! 🙂
Didn’t feel quite right listening to Christmas carols in the jungle cafe….especially ‘let it snow’!
Loved our time in Malaysia (especially Borneo)….Will miss falling asleep to the jungle lullaby…..
Next stop, civilisation in Singapore!