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Dec 20, 2009 - Caves and Canopy Walk in Mulu

MORE CAVES today - this time we visited them by boat. Cave of WINDS was my personal favourite. it's not as big as the others but is probably the most ornate of them all. There is an incredible display of stalagmites and columns in what they have called the Kings Chamber. CLEARWATER cave.. this is a veritable labyrinth - over 150km of known cave passages. Running water goes through the cave. It's possible to walk back (the hard way) by Moonmilk Walk so we did the 5km and got drenched as the rain came down. Five caves later (6 if you include...

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Susan ar Strae 2009

Dec 19, 2009 - Mulu National Park

We flew from Miri straight into Mulu national park. Scary swathes of palm oil plantations really revealed the amount of deforestation On arrival, we all checked into the Mulu accommodation. The Longhouse was surprisingly posh and the restaurant in the place was ok value and reasonable menu... The first afternoon we did various caves. All very civilised as you walk along wooden walkways so no risk of leeches or other yucky things. There are hundreds of caves in the park but only 4-5 open to the public. Limestone formations. LANGS Cave was...

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Dec 13, 2009 - Shopping Centres and Swans in Sibu

Caught a taxi to the departure point for Sibu. 4 and half hours over the sea and down river. They clearly believe the tourists are - films included 'Gorillas in the Mist' and Might Joe Young (a bit of an updated King Kong remake) . That said there were only 7 or 8 of us on board. Rest were locals who slept through them all. We arrived windswept and deaf from the engine motor. I had remained on board so everyone else was pretty sun and wind burnt after their 4 hours. Sibu (pop 260k or so) is the largest port and commercial centre on the...

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Aug 23, 2009 - Return to Miri

It is late in the evening, and I am writing this entry from the very comfortable common area of the Dillinea Guesthouse in Miri. Upon our return to Miri today, we changed guesthouses from where we had originally stayed here based on the glowing recommendation of one of the other guests at the Nancy & Harriss Guesthouse in Bario. It is a comfortable place with a welcoming owner - Mrs. Lee - , so we definitely made the right decision. We flew standby on a flight from Bario to Miri this morning, and as luck would have it, they had several open...

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Break From the Law

Aug 22, 2009 - Day Trek on the Outskirts of Bario

Having had to abort our plan to do a multi-day jungle trek from Bario over to Long Bewan in Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo, we are intending to try and fly back to Miri tomorrow morning on standby. The flight today had no available seats. Tomorrow getting seats is questionable, but we have our names on the waiting list. Given that we were essentially stuck here today, we went with our Kelabit guide Richard, who had shown us around Bario and its environs yesterday, on a hike to a salt mine some 10 kilometers away from here....

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Aug 21, 2009 - Trip to the Kelabit Highlands

It is evening and pouring rain outside of the Nancy & Harriss Guesthouse, our homestay in Bario, the main town in the Kelabit Highlands. Vikki and I, along with a German student and a French couple, are the only guests here at the guesthouse. So like most of our evenings here in Malaysia, it has been a pretty laid back one. The Kelabit Highlands rank as one of the more remote regions of Sarawak, accessible only by prop plane, a dirt road from Miri - some 8 hours away - or by trails through the jungle. Tribal peoples populate the Kelabit...

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Aug 20, 2009 - Visit to Niah Caves in Niah National Park

We are flying to the Kelabit Highlands in Sarawak's interior tomorrow morning, so we filled our day today with a visit to the Niah Caves in Niah National Park, some 115 kilometers south of Miri. Some of the Niah Caves number among the largest caves in the world, and a 5½ kilometer walk leads hikers through some of the caves open to the public. There is also at the national park headquarters an archeology museum built in the Malay architectural style. Our visit to the Niah Caves lasted around 9 hours, including our return trip back to Miri....

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Aug 19, 2009 - Musings from Miri, Sarawak

“Welcome to Sarawak!” read the sign shortly after we passed through the immigration controls in Sarawak after disembarking from our AirAsia flight from KK. Because there are no direct flights between Tawau and Miri, today we flew first to KK and from there caught a connecting flight to Miri. Sarawak may be a state within Malaysia, but entering Sarawak from Sabah at Miri’s sleek modern international airport seemed indistinguishable from entering an entirely different country. Upon landing at the airport, each passenger must pass through...

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Jul 9, 2009 - Kuching

Kuching ist meine einzige Destination in Sarawak und bietet vor allem kulturellen Einblick in den Vielvoelkerstaat. Neben dem ueblichen Mix von Malaien, Chinesen und Indern kommen hier noch eine unglaubliche Anzahl Volksstaemme hinzu. Diese stammen aus dem Dschungel, sind teilweise Nomaden oder leben in sogenannten Langhaeusern, wo eine ganze Grossfamilie unter einem Dach wohnt. Wegen diesen Staemmen wird Sarawak auch das Land der Kopfjaeger genannt - denn frueher musste jedes maennliche Familienmitglied einen Kopf eines Feindes erbeuten,...

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Nina in Malaysia

Mar 17, 2009 - Miri and the Niah Caves

There was a little bit of an adventure involving arriving in Miri via a 4 wheel drive, a coach and finally a local bus (why is always the last mile that is the most frustrating?) but we got to Miri in the end. Our reason for stopping in Miri was to use it as a travel hub for visiting the Niah Caves where the oldest record of human life in Borneo has been discovered dating human existence on the island at 40,000 years ago. Today the caves are also used to harvest birds nests which the Chinese are happy to pay large amounts of money for. We...

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Where's Malcolm?

Mar 14, 2009 - Belaga and the longhouse adventure.

Belaga has been our destination since we took the first of the boat trips into inner Borneo and now we've finally arrived. The final leg of the boat trip had its memorable moments including the Pelagus Rapids where the water was fortunately high enough to allow us to pass, and of course there were many longhouses on the riverside en route that wetted our appetite for adventures ahead. One of the more depressing sights is the extent of the logging, of course economic realities mean that logging will always take place but in Borneo corruption...

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Mar 13, 2009 - Kapit

Its another boat trip up the Rejang River as we continue our journey inland. Kapit for most travellers is another town in which to spend the night on the way to more remote destinations upriver. We arrived about midday and so spent the afternoon exploring about town. There's not much to see apart from the fort but the people seem friendly enough.

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