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Light Ray in Deer Cave Opening, Mulu National Park - Sarawak, Malaysia (by Everything Everywhere)
Light entering Deer Cave, Gunung Mulu National Park

I’m back from my three days in the rainforest at Gunung Mulu National Park. It was a really amazing experience. My muscles are still sore from all the walking and climbing I did. I’m spending today going through photos before I head off to Kinabalu National Park here in Sabah.

Oddly enough, even though I flew on a domestic flight within Malaysia, I still needed a separate passport stamp for both Sarawak and Sabah.

I took a ton of photos in Mulu, but as I started going through them I realized how many of them came out blurry or over/under exposed. Taking photos inside of caves and under a canopy of trees is not the best place for photography. I think in Kinabalu I’m going to use my tripod for photos with lower light. The vibration reduction on my camera just isn’t enough to take detailed photos of things like spiderwebs.

I’ll be doing a bigger post on Mulu later, but let me say the combination of spelunking, walking in the canopy, experiencing Deer Cave (the largest cave passage in the world. 100m wide x 120m tall), and watching the millions of bats leave the cave for the evening was one of the highlights of my trip so far. It was all rather affordable too. Mulu is a very well managed park.

I haven’t decided if I’m going to try and climb Mt. Kinabalu. It is an overnight trek and I’ll have to get some more information.

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  1. RWS says:

    Hi,

    Gunung Mulu National Park is in the state of Sarawak.

    For foreign visitor, the Sarawak Immigration Department require passport for recording of statistic of inbound tourists to the state. In addition, Sarawak still hold her autonomous power in Immigration matter even after becoming a Malaysian state.

    Glad that you enjoy your trip to Mulu.

    Regards

  2. David says:

    I’d suggest climbing Kinabalu – it’s not that hard, it’s a fun and beautiful hike, and if you have a bit of luck, it’s an AMAZING view of the rest of SE Asia. Be on the loo-out for the many transitions of flora and fauna – especially the Nepenthes, or pitcher plants. If you get a chance, I would also strongly recommend going to the other side of the park and checking out both Poring Hot Springs and Mesilau where your chances of seeing mind-bending wildlife are quite high. Cheers!

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