I'm writing this on my iPod so will update this with more detail when I get access to a computer. I'm in the pontiak airport waiting for a flight to Jakarta. Everyone here smokes and in the airport too.
Gunung Mulu was pretty fun, albeit quite tame considering. I flew in on the morning of the 3rd and walked from the airport into the park area stopping by my hostel about 20m from the park entrance. It was essentially one big room with roughly 25 beds. Relatively clean but quite basic. Went into the park and went for a hike for about 3 hours to the moonmilk caves and then to a treetop tower. Every trail here is either boardwalk or concrete. Quite upscale and kills the adventure of being in a remote forest. Moonmilk caves are called that because of some milky like substance secreted by bacteria feeding on the walls of the cave. The treetop was empty of both people and wildlife. Did a tour in the afternoon of 2 of the show caves: deer and Lang. Big group so we walked at a crawl. I swear the millipedes along the railing were passing us. Saw a good number
of bizarre insects including the more famous praying mantis and stick insect. Lots of pictures to come. Went into the Lang cave first. The giant deer cave is only about 40 m from Lang yet Lang was discovered only recently hundreds of years after deer was discovered by a man called lang. It is the smallest of the 4 show caves but has the most interesting cave sculptures. The ceiling was low so we could see up some holes where some bats were safely sleeping. And then onto deer cave which is absolutely enormous. Pictures just cannot do this cave justice. It was over500 m high at points and was the largest entrance in the world and the largest bat population in the world. It is the site of BBC planet earth's caves episodes. There was a constant roar of clicks (bat sonar), swiftling chirps, and fluttering wings. The smell of bat guano was quite pungent but nonetheless bearable. We walked from one side of the cave to the other. Absolutely amazing although entirely on walkways as everything else here. Met a few of the fellow tourists while walking. A Malaysian family currently living in Australia and a Australian couple
with their 16 year old daughter. When we finished we set out to the observatory outside deer to wait for the 3 million bats to fly out although it was a little disappointing. The entrance they actually fly out is on the other side so the few we saw were the ones going in that direction and over the mountain that made up the cave. They would come out in little streams of 100-300 bats way high over our heads. Everyone left pretty soon after it started and I dropped my SD card down between the cracks of the little stands. I tried to stick my arm through to no avail and got rewarded got 100's of little biting ants all over me. They had a death grip on me. I managed to go around and get it. Walked back in the dark to my dorm. I washed my clothes and hung them to dry outside And had a bite riddled sleep.
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