If you ask Sarawakian, what’s the tourist attraction we have here, I think most of the people will answer you MULU and follow by Gua Niah. So what is MULU? Gunung Mulu National Park is one of the World Heritage Site, and that’s the world’s largest natural rock chamber – big enough to accommodate 40 Boeing 747 aircraft park side by side.
WAH… So proud to be Sarawakian right?
But then I tell you the truth, most of the Sarawakian has never been there! And the opposite, it’s mostly visited by tourist.
That is why, I tell myself, this is what I should do one day. So here I did it, with a bunch of friends to MULU on the Christmas Holiday. =)
Mulu World Heritage – Day 1: Getting There
How to GO?
The easiest way to reach Mulu is using aircraft, MASWING. You need to fly to Miri, Sarawak and transit to Mulu. We had booked the promotional fares, which is only RM172 for both ways.
The cute & comfy ATR that carry us from Miri to Mulu.
Arriving Mulu airport, it’s a very simple building. No aircond, and even the toilet were also limited.
Welcome to MULU =) Gunung Mulu National Park !
The whole airport sounds peaceful, no crowd, and just a few tourist. Look at the manual baggage system, haha, classic right?!
Useful Tips: Things you must bring to MULU.
1. A lot of Mineral Water. Get 1 carton since you have free Baggage up to 20Kg using MAS.
Why: It’s because most of the resources there were expensive. Including drinks, which will cost you RM6 – 8 for 1 bottle. You will consume a lot of water depends on your activities.
2. A lot of FOOD.
Why: Of course there’s limited choice, and the price for each meal will cost up to RM10. So its better you keep some canned food and instant noodles for backup.
3. Torch light & Raincoat
Why: Easier for your jungle walk, and the rain comes anytime!
4. Repellent & Medicine
Why: Too much different kind of flies and insects. Better be safe.
You will need to pay RM5 per ride to go National Park or to your hotel Royal Mulu Resort. Sorry, there’s no taxi but it’s all using local vehicles. This is the only transport you could get in Mulu, pay it or take a 30 mins walk on the rocky road to the park.
Where to STAY?
1. If you are rich, you can stay at the Royal Mulu Resort.
2. If you are on budget, then stay at the National Park, which you don’t need to take a ride from hotel to the park.
This is the National Park, hmm, what happened to the K, eaten by the monkey!
The entrance to the park also the place you can wait for your transport.
Going through a bridge, and you will reach the GREEN tourist information counter.
As it is managed by Australian, so the office does looks like the parks in Australia too!
Pictorial as a guide for your trip in National Park.
We reached there before noon. Somehow, we need to register at the information counter and get the tour information from here. The officers will arrange you the suitable tour by using a map. By then, we will know the budget needed as well as boat fees.
This is what they arranged for us. We have a total of 12 people.
Day 1 : Moonmilk Cave
Day 2: Wind Cave & Deer Cave
Day 3: Paku Waterfall
Day 4: Going home
But this is also something that I will never gonna forget for my entire life! Stay tune…
We booked the “Longhouse” chalet type, with the name “Tongkat Ali” Wtf!
No aircond, but complete with towel, bedsheet, pillow and blanket. Sharing toilet.
The Cafeteria & Giftshop.
The only place we can find FOOD & DRINKS.
You have to take off your shoes to this canteen. No good… no good…
Canteen is surrounded by the green and river. WARN* a lot of mosquitoes!
They have computer system for the very simple transaction, looks great but their service is super slow and face is super dark. Ok, unless you are “Orang Putih” then you get special privileged.
Lunch Hour.Nasi Goreng RM10. No ingredients just fried with carrots and eggs…..
Check In Done.
Program List Done.
So better take a good rest before the afternoon program.
We did not start the main attraction on Day 1 as we need to wait the other 5 tour members to arrive in the afternoon flight. Therefore, we can only can some “simple” walk around the park. WARN* it’s gonna be very adventurous on my next post. Stay Tune!