Thursday, December 25, 2008

Mulu National Park- Day I Part One

In August this year, my close friends and I decided to take an unprecedented move and hung out our office attire, kick off the high heeled shoes and substituted them for backpacks, jeans, t-shirts and hiking boots and flew off to Mulu National Park, in Sarawak. I have always wanted to visit the place dubbed as the World Heritage Area and what better way to do so during the month of my 34th birthday.

We took the first flight out from Low Cost Carrier Terminal, Sepang to Miri, Sarawak. From Miri, we took another connecting flight with MasWings, at around 2.50 p.m. There is only two connecting flights from Miri to Mulu, one at around 9.20 p.m. and the other being the one that we took.

We had a lot of time, while waiting for the connecting flight to Mulu, which gave us some time to discuss the activities that we wanted to do in the national park.

Before we made the journey to Mulu, we came up with a list of the do's and here it is:

  • Things you should do
  1. Bring some canned food from home because food can get a bit expensive in the national park;
  2. Bring water or water containers along with you as you will be doing a lot of walking in all the activities in the national park- Hence, quenching your thirst is a must;
  3. Hiking boots, sport shoes or flip flops are the most comfortable foot attire. High heeled sandals or shoes should only belong at home;
  4. You are advised to get accommodation in the National Park itself, as that's where all the activities are held;
  5. Bring along a torch light for caving activities plus a pair of binoculars for that "awww-I-should-have-brought-my-bino-along" moment;
  6. A good camera is essential as it is a great place to stumble upon small and interesting creatures as well as beautiful plants;
  7. A pair of good eye and ear are also a compulsory, if you are nature lover, like yours truly, everything that you came across will be extraordinary and worth capturing on your camera.
  8. A good book or a few good books is also important for times when you possibly may encounter any flight delays during the trips.
  • Day One: Post-Mulu National Park

The bags

The happy troupers, while waiting for our ride to LCCT, Sepang

The strategist

Here we go people, heading towards the sunset

People, we have landed. Let's start MULU-ing around.

Once we landed, we headed straight to the baggage counter. Since, the sorting of the baggage was done manually, it took us around 30 minutes to retrieve our bags.

Then, we headed straight to the taxi counter to get a ride to the Mulu National Park. It is only a 10 minutes drive to the national park. Walking to the park was also an option (yes, a friend went there earlier, did advise me on that) and possible but judging from the heat and the weight of our backpacks, we made an informed decision and opted for the taxi ride.

The chronicle of my journey in Mulu will continue in my next blog entry. For now, I would to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Selamat Menyambut Maal Hijrah and here's to a productive and positive new year ahead.

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