Gunung Mulu National Park – Heart of Borneo

One of my childhood dreams was to visit a tropical rainforest.  Gunung Mulu National Park located in the heart of Borneo was naturally a perfect place to visit and a highlight of my trip.  I spent a few days in the Mulu trekking the rainforest and exploring the caves.

Mulu has an immense amount of flora and fauna so there was a lot to see while walking through the forest.  Some insects camouflage well with their environment (such as the ubiquitous stick insect) while others are colourful and distinct.



The Rajah Brooke’s Birdwing is the most protected butterfly in Sarawak and is the national butterfly of Malaysia.


The cracks between handrails are usually inhabited by  scorpions with their small claws sticking out.


Many plants flourish in the humid and warm environment, and are well adapted.  You can find many epiphytic orchids and ferns growing on tree branches, and pitcher plants that trap insects for additional nutrients.



Unfortunately I did not see many animals except for lizards.  A flying gecko was a neat find with its flat body.


Kuching, Sarawak

I was fortunate enough to take a month to visit South East Asia. My first stop was Kuching, the capital of Sarawak. One of the attractions in Kuching is the Satok Weekend Market. Here you can find everything from pets to meats and produce. Since I visited in January, fruits were in abundance as they were in season. IMG_7235 IMG_7236 Kuching is located next to the Sarawak River where you will find Penambang Boats to take you to the North or South side of the city.  Following the river is the Main Bazaar with many antique shops and small business.  The city is nicknamed Cat City and as you can imagine, there are many cats roaming the city.  Surprising the cats are tame (compared to stray cats in other Asian cities) and will relax on a chair next to you at a restaurant patio. IMG_7256 IMG_7272 Another attraction in Kuching is the Semenggoh Nature Reserve, which is known for their orang utans.  At the reserve, the rangers feed wild orang utans daily.  Since it was fruiting season, it was difficult to attract orang utans but luckily they came. IMG_7368


Sarawak is also known for the many tribes that inhabit the area.  The Sarawak Cultural Village is a great place to visit and see the different cultures and their traditions. IMG_7418 IMG_7423 IMG_7442