Ulu Temburong National Park

Ulu Temburong National Park

Ulu Temburong National Park
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ChiewWeecheng
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
Beautiful waterfalls hide inside the rainforest of Ulu Temburong, Sungai Apan. Travel from Freme Rainforest Lodge located at Batang Duri Temburong require approximately 40 minutes long boat ride to reach Sungai Apan. A 20 minutes hike from river bank through the rainforest to reach the first fall, after that hike and climb are require to go to the second falls and so forth. Require good energy and stamina but definitely worth the hike, these fall are really beautiful hiding inside the unpolluted rainforest.
Written September 30, 2020
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sodesa
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam840 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
The outing to Apan waterfalls (4 tier) is longer & more arduous , than other tours in Temburong; but it is totally recommended. The gradual ascent from Waterfall 1 to 4, is challenging in parts, due to steep & slippery conditions. But the staff from Freme are well trained & attentive, & there are ropes to assist you. Best not to rush , & take ample time to rest, take photos or even plunge into the cool waters. A real nature’s gem
Written January 9, 2022
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Hong Kong, China5,705 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Solo
M Beat and General Levy were right in 1994. Tourists are only able to explore a relatively small part of this beautiful, pristine rainforest but it's an incredible experience nonetheless. The canopy walkway gives an absolutely unparalleled view over miles and miles of the jungle, and it's truly a stunning sight. Only slightly less enjoyable was the fantastic river journey from the end of the road to the jungle activity points (functional rather than impressive), and the ferry over from Bandar was great too! Coming here, even for a day, is reason enough to visit Brunei.
Written May 7, 2019
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Peter S
Rome, Italy4,449 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Day Trip to Ulu Temburong National Park, Temburong, Brunei

And in the way that you can’t always plan what you intend to do with a brief stopover in Brunei – we nearly didn’t take the boat ride to Ulu Temburong National Park; we’d not even thought through what we would do. We had four days in hand.

The tour guide from the travel company was at the hotel reception early morning – our first day there – she had a city tour in her pocket but had lost her client. He had disappeared. No, we had/have no idea of his role in things and never gave further thought to him, but our day in Temburong District came from that casual meeting. The woman offered the city tour to us. We could make our own way around the city – we looked forward to doing so – our pace, etc. So, we said ‘No thanks’, and she offered us a day in Brunei’s world-famous forest reserves in the east of the country’? Now that was another offer all together. Why not indeed.

We accompanied the woman from the travel company into Brunei that morning, found an ATM and paid her for our day out; and took things from there. We’d probably not appreciated at the time that Brunei – the country - is in two parts; separated by the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Foot travellers heading for Bangar – the principal town in Temburong District – take the ferry from Bandar; the terminal is a couple of km out of town heading downstream, and next to the new Sungai Kepun bridge that dominates this part of the Brunei River. Anyone can travel to Bangar, but you can’t get into the rain forest without taking an official guide/tour.

We travelled on Sunday – efficient use of time then given that some of the tourist sites in town are not open on Sundays. Moslem country remember, and the ‘weekend’ is Friday and Sunday (you can work that one out – bits of Saturday too). Company driver collected us at the hotel for 07.20 and took us to the ferry – it was bikes-only morning in town – and we took a circuitous route to get there.

There were 17 passengers sitting inside the single cabin of the boat for the 50 minute/40 km run – 10 km down river, turn right, through the mangrove, islands, channels next to the open sea, then turn right again into the Temburong River to reach Bandar. This is an exciting ride too – the boat travelling at 50 km/h or more and seriously leaning over to take the broad curves in the channels. (There’s life jackets attached to the cabin roof above your head, and flimsy plastic windows behind you. Don’t worry – it’s exciting - well, some local people were actually falling asleep too).

The Malaysian signal on your cell phone enables you to follow the path of the boat as it zigzags at speed through the water world around you - you can figure the channels before you arrive there.

At Bandar you’re taken for a 30-minutes minibus ride to the long-boat terminal at Batang Duri. This is where the forest experience begins. There were just the two of us, and we had the guide, drivers and boat wallah to ourselves – this thing about quality services then. And this too, is where you enjoy the novelty of the longboat experience; sitting up front on a wooden ledge 600 mm wide – guide and boat wallah behind you and, behind them, this enormous Yamaha outboard motor that propels the longboat along the surface of the river – the brown heaving mass of water (rain season remember) with all kinds of forest debris whizzing passed you – you’re travelling upstream. You don’t get wet. You hang on.

Check into the National Park office and then you’re on foot for 45 minutes or so into the forest, climbing slowly, first on a track of packed earth and tree roots and then climbing >1,200 steps up a shallow but wide wooden staircase to the aerial walkway 45m above the forest floor. Key points then? When it’s wet (it was for us) the forest trail is muddy & slippery. The stairs are easy, but decrepit – worn, broken in parts, poorly repaired, etc. and will be challenging for some people – particularly going down.

The highlight of the day is the canopy walkway – once up. Getting up will be another challenge for some; climbing up a steel gantry inside a wire cage; straight up – don’t look down. Once above the canopy you can’t see the forest floor – enjoy that bird’s eye view … of more forest – lowland forest dominated by dipterocarp species – the richest such region in the world. Search for that inner sense of well-being; just you, an occasional bird and a pristine primeval forest to the horizon. All the morning’s tourists had long gone.

Follow the guide and trace your route back down. Return to the river and catch the longboat. They’ll take you to a local waterfall where it’s OK to take a swim – we did. The local fish will nibble scale from your legs if you remain still long enough – everyone has skin scale. (In Bangkok you actually pay for this kind of treatment.) We missed out on the floating activity – you, a truck inner-tube and the river. It would have been challenging ending up in Bandar a couple of hours later having lost track of the boat. The river was just too large, too high and too fast for novice floaters.

The company fed us lunch at their camp resort – cooked meal – chicken, vegetables, rice, etc. from thermal flasks – tasty and plentiful, and bananas for dolce; we could do justice to the meal after six hours or more ‘on the road’. We met others taking the same tour in the dining room overlooking the river. Everything wooden, rustic and open.

Then back to Bandar – return ferry was larger with 35 passengers, but was just as fast. Back to the hotel for 16.30. What a day out. Complimenti to the tour managers, guides, boat wallah and drivers. If you’re coming to Brunei you … have … to … take … this … ride/day out. It cost us BN$137/each. Great value. We travelled with AZBackToNature.

Peter Steele
21 October 2017
Written October 23, 2017
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Gail R
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is not an easy place to get to but well worth the effort. The speedboat, van and longboat journey is part of the whole experience. Unplugged, laid back,, no frills and beautiful this is the ultimate backcountry experience. The guides are knowledgeable and willing to share information. Food is simple and nicely cooked. I only wish it had been an option to do the canopy walk every day as that is the best experience of all.
Written December 5, 2019
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escapedtoThailand
London, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
The day trip to Temburong (Ulu Ulu, meaning "far away") begins by boarding a boat at a jetty opposite Kampong Ayer (BSB) and ends at a sky walk in the Temburong jungle. The last stage of the boat trip was stunningly beautiful and we were lucky enough to see otters on the river bank. The climb up to the sky walk is arduous but the view from the top is magnificent (there is the option of staying at a shelter if you don't feel up to the climb). This is a rare opportunity to see pristine jungle and is a "must" if you are staying in BSB.
Written February 24, 2019
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keongdaryl
Brunei-Muara District, Brunei Darussalam52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
Journey to Ulu Temburong with A 45min Speed boat from Bandar Seri Begawan Jetty till Bangar(Temburomg). Enjoy the Sight seeing of the beautiful mangrove. Arrival to bangar, another 30mins drive to Btg Duri and rested in Trandie Resort for 15min for a nice light breakfast. Then we use a Long Boat (Temuai for Local) to Ulu2 and enjoy the 1000m hiking to the top and 43m High canopy.
Add on activities are like Rafting, kayaking, Tubing, Floating and many more.
Written July 10, 2018
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gunninsi
Brisbane, Australia33 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Best part was the longboat to get to the national Park. Unfortunately our guide was very new and had very little knowledge of the rainforest.
Written January 19, 2020
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950ian
Staymonth=1112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Very good day trip arranged through Freme Travel. Picked up from hotel in BSB, and then fast boat trip through the mangroves to Bangar. Minibus to Freme's base camp, and then long-boat upriver to the Ulu Ulu National Park HQ. Climbed up to the canopy walk - some great views over the rainforest, but not much wildlife - probably scared off by the noisy tourists. Longboat back, and then transferred to a raft for a bit of (very gentle) white-water rafting. All in all a very enjoyable day out. Hadn't been to Temburong for over 35 years - and happily it hasn't changed much!
Written October 31, 2019
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Livetowander
Los Angeles637 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This patch of primary rain forest can be quite rewarding with the help of a knowledgeable birding guide. Without the guide I saw very little.
Written October 25, 2019
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