Friday, March 11, 2016

Summervilles in Thailand - Four Days, 3 Nights in Borneo


I am drafting this blog in Sarawak, Malaysia also known as Malaysian Borneo

Borneo is an island comprised of Brunei, sections of Malaysia and sections of Indonesia. 

When people think of Borneo they are most likely thinking of the rural areas of Sarawak and Sabah– which are known for caving, scuba diving, volcanoes, trekking and Orangutans.  

Historically, Borneo was home to numerous nomadic tribes, and is still very sparsely populated and wild.

Malaysian Borneo is home to Gunung Mulu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the largest cave chamber in the world as well as the largest cave system. 

We came to Borneo primarily to see the caves, so we headed to Gunung Mulu. 

We left the kids at home this time…which was a very good idea (They would have LOVED this trip but it would have been a logistical nightmare and not safe at all). 

A few things to know about Borneo:

1. We didn’t think it was possible for any place to be more humid than Bangkok…then we got to the rainforest.  We really need to schedule some cold weather trips.

2. It is going to rain every single day.  Most days it will rain multiple times a day.  It will rain when the sun is out and shining and it will rain with no warning.  Bring your rain jacket and come prepared with multiple pairs of shoes!

3.  It is very difficult to take pictures in a cave.  But that didn’t stop me from trying!

Travel:  Getting to Malaysian Borneo was pretty difficult.  We needed to get to Mulu airport, the local airport near Gunung Mulu Park.  The only airline that flies into Mulu is Malaysian Air and there is only one main route –through Miri Airport (on the eastern coast of Malaysian Borneo.  From Bangkok you need to hop from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Miri to Mulu.  Flights into Miri and Mulu are limited.  So, depending on the timing of flights your trip can take as little as 8 hours or up to 20 hours.

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