"Borneo Jungle Adventure 4 - 10 Mar 09" Top 5 Page for this destination State of Sarawak by AlbuqRay

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Treetops Lodge Up-Country Longhouse Tour

I visited the State of Sarawak (East Malaysia) portion of the island of Borneo during 2 - 14 Mar 09. Four of the nights were near Miri and two in Kuching. The rest of the time was in the Borneo jungle of northern Sarawak, which was formerly headhunter territory. The up-country longhouse tour portion was organized by Mike Richardson at the Treetops Lodge, which is located about 20 km south of Miri, Malaysia. Transportation was by 4WD and longboat. The tour included one night at Long Atip and two nights in the Tenyok Rimba jungle retreat near Long Bedian. The last day of the up-country tour started with a 4WD trip to Long Terawan and then finished with a 2-hour longboat ride on the Tutoh and Melinau Rivers to the Gunung Mulu National Park, a World Heritage Site. I spent parts of three days in Mulu touring the caves, doing the canopy skywalk, and watching the bat flight. It was then a quick 30 minute flight back to Miri on MASwings to complete the loop. There were amazing things to see (including the bugs), and unique cultures and food to experience. BTW, JourneyMalaysia is a very good online resource for information about Sarawak and so is the Sarawak Tourism Board.

Miri to Long Atip By 4WD

There are not a lot of detailed maps of the area in which I traveled, but I think I figured it out with Google Earth. I'll try to describe the basic route from Treetops to Long Atip:
- south on coastal highway toward Bintulu and Batu Niah (~08:45)
- left (east) at Kpg. Kejapil turnoff on two lane paved road
- past washed out place (one lane gravel)
- left toward Beluru and Loagan Bunut National Park (~09:20)
- right (east) to Loagan Bunut on Trans-Borneo "highway" (road becomes gravel; actually ruts with mud is a better description) (~09:40)
- past Bakong Estate and R.H. Palm Oil Mill turnoff (~10:30)
- past Long Lapok (~10:45)
- cross the Australian-built bridge over the Tinjar River at Lapok (~11:00)
- past Loagan Bunut turnoff on the way to Long Lama (~11:10)
- cross old bridge over Teru River (~11:30)
- Baram River ferry near Long Lama (~12:10)
- lunch break in Long Lama (~12:15 - 13:00)
- enter forest clear cut blasting area (~13:10)
- past Long Wat turnoff (~14:20)
- turn left off main road toward Long Atip (~14:30)
- arrive at Long Atip (~15:00)

Long Bedian, Tenyok Rimba, Long Terawak and Mulu

By getting a little more resolution in the Long Atip, Long Bedian and Tenyok Rimba/River part of the trip, you may see that instead of turning off to go to Long Atip, you could continue east on the main road. It is not that much further to Long Bedian. However, I was spending the night at Long Atip. The next day I went to Long Bedian via longboat on the Apoh River, which took a little less than an hour. From Long Bedian it is only a 30 minute drive to the Tenyok Rimba jungle resort.

After spending two nights at Tenyok Rimba, we left for Long Terawan by 4WD at ~07:30. First we returned to Long Bedian, then east for a short distance before turning north toward Long Terawan, arriving there ~09:00. After a durian and tea break, we left for Mulu via longboat on the Tutoh River at ~10:30. We had a lunch break at the confluence of the Tutoh and Melinau Rivers (~12:20 - 12:45) and arrived at Mulu Park headquarters at ~13:00.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Equatorial natural wonders, unique culture and wonderful people
  • Cons:Most roads are unbelieveably bad
  • In a nutshell:Should be seen before jungle logging changes everything
  • Last visit to State of Sarawak: Mar 2009
  • Intro Updated Jan 12, 2013
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  • AngMimi's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2013 at 4:11 AM

    Did Abraham Lincoln says Hello!! "Inside Deer Cave" - State of Sarawak Things to Do Tip by AlbuqRay

    • AlbuqRay's Profile Photo
      Jan 10, 2013 at 7:25 AM

      LOL, Lincoln was very stoic and quiet that day. Terima kasih for the ratings!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    hi Ray! thanks for your link to your page and tips here! Im waiting til I get to Sydney before taking on a bit more weight with Lonely Planets guide to Singapore, Malaysia and Borneo and will come back to your I can see very helpful info here. I had such a great time with www.gadventures.com tour through Peru, Bolivia and Chile (when i normally dont like tours but also some difficult routes and sites so logistics worth taking a tour for that destination too!)

  • longsanborn's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    You really go where most tourists dont go. Yes, that logging roads are really bad....that's why I dont travel in land...

  • SangAji's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    durian on the rocks, n you flew the river jumbo... thanks for a comprehensive coverage

  • Wild_Orchid's Profile Photo
    May 9, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    wow-you've done lots in a short time Ray.-durians and jungle ferns for lunch? sounds great!!!!

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Sounds like you had quite an adventure, well and truly off the beaten track away from the majority of tourists. Yes, its a pity about the logging, you can really see it from the air.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Excellent page. We are visiting Singapore mid May and booked a 2 night side trip to Kuching. Looking for a day tour from Kuching to obtain a glimpse of the real Sarawak. Any suggestions?

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