Vacations to Gunung Mulu National Park, Borneo

The breath-taking beauty of Borneo's Gunung Mulu National Park is hard to comprehend until you arrive in person. Accessed only by plane or an ancient tribal path known as 'The Headhunters’ Trail, the adventure becomes clear to see even before you arrive. With such remarkable geological importance and diverse fauna and flora, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Area in 2000 - Malaysia's first such area, and is the most the most studied tropical karst area in the world.

The National Park home to around 300 kilmeters of explored caves which first emerged from coral-rich lagoons 20 million years ago. There are four so-called ‘show caves’ that are the most visited – Deer, Lang, Clearwater and Wind. They're spot lit in places for visitors to appreciate their size and beauty, and plank walkways have been built in parts for deeper access inside. The winding passages of Clearwater Cave has a subterranean river, some of which you can experience by boat. The mysterious noise you’ll hear in Deer Cave is the three million strong cloud of Wrinkle Lipped bats. Brave cavers can gleefully explore deeper inside and even have an unforgettable overnight cave camp. The Benarat Cavern, Asia's third largest cave at 50 kilmeters long, and the Clearwater Cave, accessed via a four hour trek or longboat, offer ample opportunity for adventure. Once you're done exploring for the day, you can cool off with a dip in the river and watch the swarms of butterflies. At night, watch as vast colonies of bats erupt suddenly from their day-time cave dwellings, darting for food between the rich array of fauna and flora that grow in this unique rainforest.

The Mulu Skywalk is a 480-meter walkway that’s suspended 20 meters above the forest floor. It twists through the tree tops presenting adventurers with aerial views of the river below and the majestic limestone cliffs above. But if heights aren’t your thing, you don’t have to miss out on the adventures of Mulu. Following the easy Botanical Trail through the rainforest will take you to some of Mulu’s beauty spots, minus the fear-factor.

Highlights

  • Adventurers paradise with peaks to scale and various treks

  • Vast cave network to be explored

  • Jungle treks and a canopy walkway

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My first sighting of a wild orangutan in Malaysian Borneo will stay with me forever. Subsequently spotting pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles was an incredibly special bonus!

Gunung Mulu National Park trip ideas

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Places to stay in Gunung Mulu National Park

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When to go to Gunung Mulu National Park

Due to its tropical setting, rainfall is high in Gunung Mulu with around 280 days of rain per year. Visiting between June to September is generally drier with a better chance of spotting wildlife, but weather can be unpredictable whenever you visit so check the forecast in advance.