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Malaysia’s best kept secret: Gunung Mulu National Park

By Vishnu Krishnan
Gunung Mulu National Park can only be described as pure magic. The UNESCO World Heritage Site has a plethora of animal and plant species that dwell within the confines of its lush primary forests, dozens of caves and Mulu Mountain.

One of the most unique features of this national park is its vast cave system that is centuries old.

The Wind Cave system, as its name suggests, is famous for the strong winds that gust through its chamber. The crowning glory of Wind Cave is the cathedral-like cluster of stalagmite and stalactite formations in the King’s Chamber.

A chamber for Kings (Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/visitmalaysia/4677581017)

A chamber for Kings
(Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/visitmalaysia/4677581017)

Take a 400 metre suspended plank walk to Clearwater Cave. Here you’ll get to see the mighty Clearwater River gushing through the cavernous expanse that leads to a clear pool at the end. The locals believe that swimming in the pool will rejuvenate your youth.

Clear Water is an emerald dream! (Source: http://mulupark.com/tours-activities/advance-level-adventure-caving/clearwater-connection/)

Clear Water is an emerald dream!
(Source: http://mulupark.com/tours-activities/advance-level-adventure-caving/clearwater-connection/)

To get to the next cave system, you need to cross the world’s longest suspension bridge between trees. The Canopy Skywalk stands 30 metres high and is 480 metres long.

On the other end, you’ll come across an ancient Penan tribal burial ground. Beyond that is one of the greatest caves in the world, Deer Cave. The cave dimensions are hard to fathom until you step into the 122 metre tall gaping hole.

In the middle of the cave, is perhaps the most gorgeous sight in the world, the Garden of Eden. Imagine a pristine patch of forest illuminated by the evening sun, shining brilliantly like emeralds. It’s a slice of paradise!

You don’t get much closer to heaven then at the Garden of Eden (Source: http://www.wondermondo.com/Countries/As/Malaysia/Sarawak/GardenOfEden.htm)

You don’t get much closer to heaven then at the Garden of Eden
(Source: http://www.wondermondo.com/Countries/As/Malaysia/Sarawak/GardenOfEden.htm)

Once you exit Deer Cave, don’t rush off yet. Stay until 6pm to see billions of bats streaming out of the cave to feed. If you have a pair of binoculars, watch the cunning owl hawks swoop on their prey.

Sarawak Chamber is one of the largest known cave chambers in the world by area and the second largest by volume after the Miao Room in China. Its surface area is a whopping 162,700 square metres with a volume of 9,579,205 cubic metres.

Experts say it is so large you can fly a jumbo jet through the middle of the cave without touching the walls. Crazy! The trail to the chamber takes about three hours before reaching the mouth of Gua Nasib Bagus or Good Luck Cave.

The Sarawak Chamber is basically the gaping mouth of the world! (Source: http://afwan.blogspot.my/2006/03/sarawak-chamber.html)

The Sarawak Chamber is basically the gaping mouth of the world!
(Source: http://afwan.blogspot.my/2006/03/sarawak-chamber.html)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The primary forests of Mulu are among the best places in Malaysia to observe local flora and fauna. The primordial serenity of these jungles are so tranquil and vast. If you are lucky, you can spot bearded pigs, hornbills, clouded leopards, vipers, tarsiers and even tigers.

The trees are extremely tall and beautifully buttressed. If you trek deep enough, you’ll be able to see pitcher plants and many other exotic species.

Finally, for the more adventurous trekkers, Gunung Mulu Mountain is a tough but exciting climb. The rock pinnacles of Gunung Api and Benarat are unique jagged rock formations that tower above the landscape and add to the mystical feel of the park.

The Pinnacles of Mulu Mountain (Source: https://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/borneo/exp/gunung-mulu-national-park)

The Pinnacles of Mulu Mountain
(Source: https://www.experiencetravelgroup.com/borneo/exp/gunung-mulu-national-park)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on Gunung Mulu National Park, including where to stay and how to get there, head to their website: http://mulupark.com/

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Penang Durian Fair

Penang Durian Fair

Durian lovers should not skip a Penang Durian Fair where a King of Fruits is featured as a categorical item. Savor uninformed durians categorized according to grades as good as wealthy delicacies done from durians. Although it is an acquired ambience for a uninitiated, this argumentative fruit will win a hearts of those who are dauntless adequate to try!

Date: 1st – 31st Jul 2015

Venue: Anjung Indah, Balik Pulau Penang Times Square

Organizer: Penang Tourism Development Culture Office

Phone: +604-650 5316 / +604-210 8000

http://www.visitpenang.gov.my/

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Durian, adore it or hatred it?

“Its ambience can usually be described as… indescribable, something we will possibly adore or despise. … Your exhale will smell as if you’d been French-kissing your passed grandmother.”
– Anthony Bourdain

With a pointy and troublesome exterior, a King of Fruits gives a ominous impression. Coupled with a clever aroma, a argumentative fruit has degraded many, including culinary consultant Andrew Zimmern, a aristocrat of eating uncanny stuff. However, for those dauntless enough, a tawny strength from a artistic fruit is simply divine.

In Malaysia, over 300,000 metric tonnes of durians are constructed yearly, with a vast apportionment grown in Johor, Pahang and Penang. There are over 30 forms of durian varieties, any with a possess characteristics. Some are sweet, some are bitter; some are creamy, others are firm.

Become a durian consultant with a visible beam of a many renouned durians in Malaysia.

Durian, Durian - A beginner's beam to a King of Fruits

 


 

Want a ambience of a King of Fruits? Head over to a nearest fruit farm or go on a durian tour with a special travel packages.

For some-more information, revisit www.tourism.gov.my

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Wat Chayamangkalaram Thai Buddhist Temple

The Reclining Buddha is a steer to behold. ‘Reclining’ for about 33 meters in length, a large Buddha is also a gold-plated statue. The Reclining Buddha in this Wat Chayamangkalaram is deliberate to be a 14th biggest recumbent Buddha in a world.

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According to history, Queen Victoria has postulated a land for a Thai church to be built in 1845 and even until this day about over a hundred years later, a Thai church still attracts throngs of devotees and visitors alike, both internal and from abroad.

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With good fact in a architecture, a church and a recumbent Buddha within is really value a visit. The church opens from 6am to 5.30pm daily and a opening is giveaway though it is always good to present to minister to a maintain of a temple. There are also books for sale here where deduction will go towards a temple’s funds.

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This colorful Thai church is situated usually conflicting a Burmese Temple. As we set feet into a drift of Wat Chayamangkalaram, dual ‘guards’ of dual fabulous dragon-headed serpents on their feet hail and acquire we into a temple. Upon looking around a temple, we will see that a church drift have many shrines along with brightly colored statues of Devas as good as other fabulous creatures in Buddhism mythology.

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As we travel serve inside a pagoda, you’ll find a gold-plated statue of a Reclining Buddha and on walking behind a statue, we will see copiousness of urns containing a remains of devotees behind a statue. With a pacific and smiling face, this Buddha lies on his right side with his conduct resting in a palm of his right hand.

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The recumbent Buddha represents a chronological Buddha during his death. It is pronounced that a Buddha knew genocide was coming and asked his disciples to ready a cot for him in a grove. Having a singular mix of Chinese, Thai and Burmese architectural designs and was built in a 19th century and announced open in 1956 by Thai King Bhumipol Ayudayej, Wat Chayamangkalaram even has a 12 idols representing a animals in a Chinese zodiac. As a Reclining Buddha is simply a stately sight, we could take a design with a statue as visitors are given a accede for photography. Remember to take your boots off before entering a church and honour a monks who go about a church with their eremite duties.

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How to get to Wat Chayamangkalaram Thai Buddhist Temple

To get to a temple, there’s an easy RapidPG train float from a core of Georgetown. Be certain to take a one that’s streamer to Burma Road (bus series 103 should take we there). Every cab motorist knows a place, though it competence be formidable anticipating a motorist that agrees on regulating a meter. If we are exploring Penang by rental car, we can park it directly in front of a temple. When we leave a parking man comes to collect a few ringgits.

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Opening hours opening fees

The church is op daily between 6.00am and 5:30pm and a opening is free. The best time of a day to revisit a church is early in a morning before other tourists arrive. We had a illusory time during a temple, as we were roughly a usually ones there (around 7.30/8am). While we are there, we could also conduct to Dhammikarama, a Burmese church usually a stone’s chuck divided (directly conflicting a Thai Temple), for another sip of learning. During Buddhist festivals like Wesak Day (in May) it is generally engaging and fun to revisit both temples.

Video Wat Chayamangkalaram Thai Buddhist Temple

Map of Thai Buddhist Temple

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