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Jul 1, 2007 - Its a Long Long Walk to Golden Beach! (Matt)

We arrive at the Bintulu bus station in air-conditioned comfort. Each Malaysian bus depot seems identical to the rest. Strange snacks are spread out on the tile floors (shrimp puffs, grass jelly drinks, flavoured Soya milk in tetra boxes, and dried salty sour red fruit-like things with Chinese labels) while an adjacent strip mall offers noodles, coffee, steamed buns, and rice. This mall is particularly large and, in retrospect, we should have stopped for lunch. We don't. Instead, we buy our onward ticket, load our bags into a taxi and...

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Jun 29, 2007 - Bats, Mud and Dark Spooky Places: Niah Caves National Park

Matt: "The boardwalk is under construction now, so you'll need to use the alternate route. It is a little muddy." "Turn here," the woman behind the park's information desk explains while pointing at some coloured lines on her map. We're not too worried. We can handle a little mud. Soon we have loaded our bags into our four bed hostel room that we have to ourselves and have changed into our hiking shoes for the two and a half hour walk to the Niah caves. This morning, we caught a bus from Miri for the 100 km trip south. On the bus we'd met...

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Jun 27, 2007 - A night in Miri (Matt)

A bus to a river crossing to another bus and we reach the Brunei-Malaysia border. We unload, walk our bags to the booth where the traffic also stops, and soon have been stamped into Malaysia. We're only given a 30 day stamp this time, but that shouldn't be a problem. We'll be in Thailand soon. Another bus takes us from the border to the town of Miri. Watching the passing streets and our map closely, we manage to get off before the bus depot. Our guesthouse is within walking distance. Miri seems to be a relatively modern town with few...

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Mar 31, 2007 - Miri

Miri er kun verdt aa besoeke hvis du behoever aa fly derifra. Airasia er soer-oest asias svar paa Norwegian, Ryanair osv., og har billige fly mellom Miri og Johor Bahru (rett utenfor Singapore). Det betyr at vi forlater Borneo. Og siden Miri ikke er verdt aa nevne, er det dags for aa oppsummere Borneo: Borneo er ikke helt den uberoerte, uoppdagede perlen jeg forestillte meg. Det er blandt annet for mange svensker her... Hvis det utvalget av svensker vi har moett her paa 4 uker er representativt for svenskers representasjon i resten av...

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Mar 29, 2007 - Tasek Merimbun

Gaarsdagens tur til Ulu Temburong beviste at guider og turoperatoerer er overfloedige igler! Derfor tok vi turen til Tasek Merimbun kun ved hjelp av vaar utmerkede guidebok - Rough Guide to Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore! Tasek Merimbun er Brunei's stoerste innsjoe og vist nok Borneo's eneste "Blackwater lake" - hva naa det betyr... Uansett et idyllisk sted aa tilbringe en ettermiddag i. Buss til Tutong og et kortere opphold i Tutong med toeffe forhandlinger om taxipris til innsjoeen. Etter vaar erfaring er ubekymret venting den beste...

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Mar 28, 2007 - Ulu Temburong NP

Brunei er et relativt lite land, hovedsakelig dekket av uberoert regnskog, og bebodd av ikke mer enn ca. 400 000 mennesker. Etter 3 uker i Sabah med stor grad av trefelling og plantasjedrift, var uberoerte Ulu Temburong (nasjonalpark) et must! Dagens hoeydepunkter: 1 Spare 250 kroner paa aa ta baat paa egenhaand til Bangar (halvveis) istedenfor aa kjoepe pakketur fra BSB! 2 Kjoere saakalt "longboat" opp og ned smal elv omgitt av uberoert regnskog. Elven var ikke dypere enn at det sto om cm foer motoren tok nedi. Stor navigasjonskunst! 3 60...

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Feb 27, 2007 - Borneo - week 2

So, week two and we spent 5 days in the jungle, 2 hours boat ride up stream from the bantang ai reservoir, where we satyed in a wooden lodge next to the longhouse of an iban village. Its safe to say this was the best thing ive done in my life and undescribable experience so i won't even bother to try. Basically we we're doing some volunteer work which consisted of building a path for the volunteer lodge, price tags for the iban crafts and step building. as u can see from the picture, i am a pretty good step builder. i can't take all the...

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Mouzer's World Tour

Feb 20, 2007 - Borneo - week 1

Arrived in Kuching, the main city in the Sarawak province of Borneo to be greeted by tour guide Robert who'd be lookin after me for a couple of weeks. Met everyone on the tour all of whom turned out to be women leavin me as the only bloke, but they was all real nice so it didn't really matter. Went to Semmengoh wildlife centre where we were hopin to see semi-wild orangutans. this basically means they live free in the jungle but still come back for feeding when theres not much out in the forest. unfortunatley it was fruiting season and none...

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Mouzer's World Tour

Nov 14, 2006 - Around Kuching

The last stop in my quick tour of Borneo was Kuching in the western Malaysian state of Sarawak. I hadn't planned on comming to Sarawak, but ended up with a bit of time after cutting my visit to Mulu short, and I heard positive things from some people I met. I have to say that I'm really glad I took the advice, because it turned out to be a really cool place filled super nice people. After flying out of mulu I grabbed a bus down to the main city in Sarawak called Kuching. It seems like all of the buses in borneo arrive at 3am, or at all...

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Ed in Asia

Nov 10, 2006 - Mulu National Park (Sarawak - Malaysia).

I arrived at the airport in plenty of time for my short hop of a flight to Mulu National Park in Sarawak. With only 30 minutes until flight departure I started to get a bit apprehensive that they still weren't checking in my flight. At first I thought that there was some form of mix up. Terminal 2 at KK, from which AirAsia fly is currently in the process of being built and the check in area is somewhat of a shambles; there is little other than the check in area itself there. I wandered over to one of the counters checking in for KL and...

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Rich Goes Travelling

Nov 9, 2006 - The Jungle of Mulu

Gunung Mulu is a World Heritage Site and National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia. The highlight of the park is the enormous limestone cave network and karst structures of the nearby mountains smothered in dense green equatorial rain forest. And rain it does, at least once a day. Don't leave home without your umbrella. The park is located in an isolated section of the jungle, and the only way in is by plane or two-day boat ride. As cool as a boat ride through the jungle sounds, the plane is much cheaper (~$20USD return, booked 2 months ago) so I...

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Ed in Asia

Sep 11, 2006 - Sarawak - Miri & Mulu

Mandy flew to Oz and I flew to Borneo.... After a brief overnight stop in Miri, in Sarawak, I booked last minute flights to Gunung Mulu National Park where I've been for a few days to see the rainforest and caves - all really lovely despite lots of rain - which really has to be expected in the rain forest!! I didn't know about a possible 2 day hike up to 'the Pinnacles' rock formations until I got there, but it would have taken all my time so I missed out on that. It probably would have been great so it's something for me to come back for...

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