After our beach- and lazytime we felt like jungle-boogying and hiking again. And so we did. From KK we flew to Kuching, in the Sarawak province, the south of Borneo. Kuching itself is nothing too crazy. There are some very hip and happening places, we were there during the annual celebration of their most important Chinese temple, but it’s mostly a central place to visit other things in the area like Bako National Park.
Bako is a Peninsula that’s only 40 km northeast of Kuching, but actually feels like it’s worlds away. You get there by bus and boat and you leave when the boat decides to pick you up again. We did some amazing hikes there. And lost an astonishing amount of body sweat as well. It’s not that the hikes are nothing we’ve done before, but the heat was truely striking. Five minutes and it looked like you just took a shower. Luckily it was just us two and the jungle. And luckily after -almost- 6 months, we got to know each other quite well. So no need to try to look better at those moments.
We stayed overnight in the hostel of the park to rise and shine on the sounds of the jungle to start… another hike! In the distance we heard thunder but luckily it only started to rain after we arrived a few hours later at the headquarters again. With muscles starting to get sour we felt it was time to go back to Kuching and get some rest before heading the next morning to Mulu National Park.
Where Bako was beautiful, Mulu was out of this world! Not ever did I see so many untouched and primary jungle in my life. And I’m quite sure it’ll not happen soon to witness something like this. We flew with a small propeller plane with only 5 passengers to Mulu and landed it the absolute middle of the rainforest. We started making some good friends and immediatly after started with a visit to the Deer cave. The Deer Cave is the second biggest cave in the world and is home to around 2-3 million bats. At sunset they come out to start their nightly hunt. At sunrise they go back to sleep. We saw something similar in Cambodia, but this time it was the stunning surroundings and the scale that made it so impressive.
The cave itself is absolutely amazing. It’s so big and impressive that none of the pictures does justice to the real deal.
When you go further into the cave you discover the Garden Of Eden behind one of the cave entrances which we explored two days later. With a small group of 7 people we climbed, crawled and swam through the cave and eventually walked from the Garden Of Eden to a remote waterfall. There were some leeches on the way. But we both were the only ones who didn’t host one of them.
The rainforest is truely an amazing place. It smells, looks and sounds so different than anything else you know. Flora and fauna are crazy smart adapted to survive the sometimes difficult jungle conditions. Some need to stand out, some need to blend in. Some are extremely small, others are extremely huge.
After a few amazing weeks in Borneo it’s time to start thinking about our next and final -for now- destination: West Malaysia. Read soon.
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