I'm a malaysian, and it would be my dream to conquer my final states
which is Sarawak before leaving for UK (Provided the BHC approve my WHM VISA).
I've never been to Sarawak before. So I'm currently planning a 1 week trip to Miri with my colleague on March 2005.
We're trying to gather as many information as possible and shortlisted
Mulu National Park and Niah National Park and not missing out to climb the Gunung Api for the pinnacles.
We're now trying to get about 10 or more ppl to join in where we can share the cost. I'm always into a shoestring backpacking. So currently we are trying to scout for the budget flight, "Air Asia" for the lowest fare. It stated there around MYR79.90 for one way trip.
Anyone out there have been there before? Or do have any contact for accomodation/trekking reservation or sound of "budget $$" needed for that mere 1 week time. Appreciate if someone can give some tips or guidance. Btw, is March a good month to go? Will heavy rain or strong wind to be expected?
pls help. Thank you.
Any recommendation on the best route & transport from Miri to the mentioned National Park? How much per head if trave by boat or fokker cost?
Now I'm undecided on which Park to go first. Whether to head to Mulu National Park 1st or Niah.
Here you go Nick,
To go to Niah, just take a bus from Miri bus station. Can't remember how much the bus ride cost but think it is in the region of RM10. The bus from Miri will take you to Niah town which is bout 2.5 hrs away. From Niah town you can charter a boat at the jetty. Better to reach there before 3 or 4pm as I don't think the boatman will want to take you there after. I think it takes RM10 or RM15 each for a 10 min ride to the Niah National park. Need to book a logging beforehand. I think you can book it in Kuching at the Tourism center near Padang Merdeka.
As for Mulu, m clueless on the cheapest route there. Just know you can take a flight there and it cost a bundle to stay and hike to the peek now that it's privatised. Perhaps, try calling up the Sarawak Tourism Board and ask them.
Hope that helps. Have fun!
I did Niah first, then Mulu cave. Niah is erm, how should I put it .... less grand-ier than Mulu, so it will take away the ooh and aaahhh if you have already visited Mulu prior to that.
Mulu national park has plenty of caves and pinnacles and more things to do there, so you'll need to spend at least couple of days. It'll be a nice and relaxing way to end your trip that way.
Let's see what the others have to say.
Thanks for the brief info.
Well, in that case do you think 6 days are sufficient to conquer both places?
I think that's possible. You may want to consider flying to Mulu if time is a constraint. It takes some time to reach there by boat. Having said that, the boat ride is really fun.
I think will take the boat then. Coz' not much of us willing to spend hehe. All heading with "thin wallets"
Thanks once again.
I didn't get a chance to go over there but I've heard it's unbelieveable .. have a great time!
Borneo indeed is such a nice place to trek and do some jungle rain forest trekking. As my plan, I'll be only heading there at the end of February 2005 from 26th of Feb to 6th of March.
You still have time to plan for it. It would be great if you could join us as well.
If you are interested in Niah National Park, or trekking in Sarawak generally, you should visit the Trekking Sarawak websitehttp://www.sarawaktourism.com/TrekkingSarawak.
TrekkingSarawak has heaps of information about all the main national parks in Sarawak, including practicalities (accommodation, getting there), detailed trail descriptions, info on plants and animals, myths and legends, lots of photos, etc, etc).
The Mulu pages are still being developed, but there is some general information and photo galleries from Mulu already up and running.
My spouse and I made the website last year, and are still updating it. Hope you like it! I would welcome any feedback on the website (see the "feedback" or "contact us" links on the website).