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“Trip to Nature” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mulu World Heritage Area

Mulu World Heritage Area
Miri, Malaysia
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Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Miri
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The forested mountains feature spectacular razor-edged pinnacles and hide one of the largest limestone cave systems in the world.
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“Trip to Nature”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

If you are a cave junkie, this is the perfect place to be! The park offers tours to show caves and adventure caves with difficulty levels ranging from low to extreme. But even if you don't like caving, there are other activities you can do to explore and learn more about the rainforest or the Penan tribe. But be sure that you are ready! Bring a backpack, a lot of water, flashlight, raincoat, and non-slippery shoes. If you're interested in the advanced adventure caves, you can get the shoes you need at the gift shop for less than 20 RM.
You will need to arrange everything (accommodation and activities) ahead of time by email. The place was fully booked when we were there, and we were very lucky to be able to have decent accommodation and sign up for the tours in such a short notice.
However, there was a little inconsistency regarding the park rules. The brochure contained information that visitors who wish to book an advanced adventure caving (Clearwater Connection and Sarawak Chamber) should first join the tour to Racer Cave, where they will be assessed by the guides. Only the ones who can provide certificate/membership of international advanced caving groups are allowed to book the advance adventure caves without assessment from park officials. But one of the visitors we met there was allowed to join the Clearwater Connection tour without providing any certificate nor having to complete Racer Cave. Later on we heard from him that he felt he actually wasn't qualified for the tour, because it was too strenuous he could only complete 1/3 of the tour. The park should be more careful in this matter for safety reasons.
But other than that, we had a very pleasant stay and great experience!

Visited July 2012
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“Absolutely Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Spent 5 days in the park, and had a fantastic experience. All the guides were fantastic, i can't praise them enough. All the raised walkways can be done at any time (even at night), just sign out on the whiteboard next to the security desk when you come over the footbridge. We didn't see a single leech, and didn't get bitten by any mosquitoes.

We tried to book accommodation at the park headquarters, but couldn't get rooms (3 months in advance), so if you want to stay there book early. We stayed at the Royal Mulu Resort, which was terrible and extremely expensive.

We did the following walks/tours;

- The Valley Walk (Garden of Eden) - It was a big day, all up about 8 hours. You walk to Deer Cave visiting Langs Cave along the way. You leave the walkway at the end and then scrabble up the river to the other end of the cave to the Garden of Eden. The last bit of the hike to waterfall is steep in sections, but the waterfalls are very nice. You stop at the exit of Deer Cave on the way back to watch the bat exodus. They provide lunch.

- Clearwater/Wind Cave Connection - Very hard day physically. We did it the day after doing the Valley Walk, so were pretty exhausted. You enter in Wind Cave, then leave the walkway and scramble for a few hours to reach the Clearwater River, and then walk/swim/float down the river for a few kms to reach the entrance to the cave. There are 3 squeezes, so if you don't like tight spaces, don't do it. It is also very physically demanding, both lower body and upper body, and you'll need a decent level of fitness to do it. If you're not used to the humidity take lots of water, you'll sweat like crazy (we went through 3 litres each). Also, buy a set of gloves from the shop next to the cafe at the park headquarters, as you'll get very muddy and you will end putting your hand in bat crap. Take food with you, as you eat lunch underground. The river is stunning, crystal clear and in a large cavern. There are also some amazing stalagmite/stalactite formations. A big day, but so worth it!!

- Canopy Walk - Gives a good view of the rainforest canopy and a nice view of the Paku River.

- Night Walk - You'll a lot of insects, frogs and spiders. We didn't see a lot of mammals, but that could have been due to the massive storm that was rolling in. Also saw 2 pit vipers which was fantastic.

- Fast Lane - Nice cave, all on raised walkway. Not very demanding physically. Nice rainforest walk to get there. You'll go up river on a boat first (though you can walk there in about 30 mins from park HQ if you want to walk back after the tour instead of getting the boat)

- Moonmilk Cave - About an hour walk from the headquaters. You can do this whenever you like, just sign out at the security desk. When left in the afternoon and walked back a night. The stairs up to the cave entrance are very steep. The cave itself is small, takes about 3 minutes to walk through, where the path continues on towards Wind and Clearwater Caves.

- Paku Waterfall - Nice walk, but there was only a trickle coming out when we got there due to a lack of rain. However the next day it was apparently raging due to a big storm the night before, so it might be worth checking with the park HQ before you leave. You leave the raised walkway and walk on the ground for about 25mins.

Visited May 2012
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“Great Nature and Caves”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

Definitely worth the money to visit mulu cave. We stayed in the Headquarter and Rm160 per nite for 4 person for the long house stay. The nature is great and tranquil. You may have a night walk from Royal Mulu resort to Headquarter with torchlight. Try to turn off the torchlight and you may see alot of fireflies surrounded you. It was so beautiful with blinking fireflies on the tree and blinking stars in the sky. It was really an amazing experience I had in the Mulu trip. The caves are beautiful especially the deer cave and the lagangs cave.

Visited December 2011
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant caves and decent accommodation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Wonderful caves. Deer and Lang caves are a must-see - bats exiting the cave mouth at dusk is a sight like no other. The canopy walk is great in early morning. The 'fast lane' through Lagang cave offers a brilliant 2 hour walk through the cave, allowing you to see stalactites and stalagmites up close, stand right underneath sleeping bats and birds, and later opening up into vast caves. If possible, try to book some activities ahead (or at least go for 2 or 3 days to leave enough time) as some things were fully booked for us. The hostel dorm was clean and roomy, with single beds, not bunks. The on-site cafe serves a wide variety of food at decent prices.

Visited May 2012
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“Fantastic trip! A must do!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

This was just incredible - the caves were amazing - highly highly recommended! I had heard how amazing Mulu was before we went but didn't appreciate how wonderful the area is. We stayed at the accommodation at the Park HQ which was great and very clean and comfortable. The food at the cafe was delicious too and brilliant service. There is accommodation for everyone too - lovely Chalets which would suit families and people who want a bit more comfort and privacy to longhouse rooms to dorm rooms (e-mail enquiries@mulupark.com).

You can easily book this trip on your own without an agent - flights can be booked on the MAS wings website and you can e-mail the park HQ to organise your trips while you are there. Guides are provided from the Park HQ and there are a number of activities (such as walks to waterfalls) that you can do on your own too. It is worth booking the most popular activities before you go as some were booked up when we arrived, but this is very easy and can be done easily by e-mail (enquiries@mulupark.com).

Visited April 2012
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