Sarawak in June: Hiking in Mulu


Mulu Park provides good hiking trails, from the extreme difficult ones to relative simple ones on boardwalk. If you have the time and fitness, a 2-day hike and climb to the Pinnacles should provide some adventure and reward you with a beautiful scenery. If, like my group, you are either lazy or unfit, then it’s recommended to stick around the park.

On our first day of arrival, we took a three-hour hike (both ways) to Paku Waterfalls. For safety, we were told to register our walk with the park security before we left. Directions are clear and the first section were on boardwalk and then on trails. It was humid and hot in the June afternoon but the leafy canopy overhead provided some respite from the sun. The sounds of Borneo jungle were loud and exotic – loud calls of cicadas, queer barking of toads, and lively chirping of birds. Along the way, we observed insects and geckos. and the patterns of the strangling rattan as they wound and twirled across the forest sky.

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It had been a dry month and the Paku Waterfall was trickling.

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We were hesitant about treading into the water as I spotted some weird insects darting about. (Anyone knows what these are?)

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Mike, my husband, a photography-fanatic, had a field time photographing the insects along the way.

That night, we went for a guided night walk (RM10 per pax). Night walks are so much fun and I would recommend folks going to Mulu to sign one up for every night you are there. Every night presents new discoveries. A man told us how he saw a Loris one night, which we didn’t get to see. We wanted to sign up impromptu for the rest of our stay but were told all the night walks were full.

We met at 7pm and were handed torches by our guide. At first, it was difficult adjusting to the darkness. Even with our torches, we couldn’t spot anything. Soon, however, we got the hang of it as various members of our group would spot some insects or animals, which looked particularly exotic in the dark.

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Hammerhead worm

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Stick insect

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Another type of stick insect

A colourful kingfisher. Can you spot the mosquito resting next to its foot?

A colourful kingfisher.

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I was ecstatic for spotting a centipede (yes, I am very competitive!) as almost everyone in the group spotted something.

Two nights later, which was our last night at Mulu, Mike and I decided to go for a night walk ourselves. I wanted another route but Mike was adamant on staying on the boardwalk and not ventured onto the trails, for he remembered the centipede and the scorpions we had seen. Being alone in the dark jungle was a scary experience. Once our torches were turned off, we couldn’t see anything. As we walked from plant to plant, searching for insects, the tasks took our minds away from the eeriness of the jungle. But when I shone my torch ahead into the dark, the misty forest plus the loud chorus of jungle sounds frightened me. Still, we had a great time taking macro. I was Mike’s lighting assistant and didn’t really like the close-up of some insects he was photographing.

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Some other free hikes around Mulu which we went to included The Botanic Trail and the Tree Top Tower.

 

The guided Mulu Canopy Skywalk (RM 35 per pax) was fun for the long swaying suspension bridges, making the sturdy suspension bridge at our own MacRitchie a no-adventure.

Our visit to Mulu was a wonderful experience. Don’t you agree?

 

 

 

 

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