After over a week spent in big asian metropolis there was a time to change a scenery and try some new experiences. From windows of our plane we saw lands covered with an endless canopy of the rainforest being cut through with a ribbon-like river and mountain peaks sticking out somewhere. We came to Borneo well known from its wilderness. People are not in charge here, but the nature. For our first rainforest experience we went to Lambir Hills National Park.
We were caught by a massive rain at the airport in Miri. The air was different – thick, very hot and humid. Our clothes became wet and very sticky after a few minutes and we didn’t even walk in the rain yet. Taxi took us to the city centre where we found accommodation. We came there without any bigger plans for that place. All we knew was that we wanted to do some jungle trekking, climb up some mountains, see orang-utans and stay on a nice island with paradise beach, but where or when? We didn’t know at all. That’s why we stopped in Miri for few days so we had time to plan next couple of days and prepare ourself for longer jungle treks.
How to get to Lambir Hills?
It was only 19 miles south from Miri and it was possible to get there by public transport. There are no direct buses going there, but any bus which goes south has to pass that place so all you need is to ask driver to drop you there. The only drawback is that you have to pay for ticket to Niah, but do only one third of the journey. Luckily it wasn’t very expensive – just £2 per person.
Two different prices..
We were expecting a lot of tourists at that place (June – July is high season in Borneo) because it was one of not many easy accessible parks in that area. When we reached that place, it was other way round what we expected. Place looked deserted with only one person around in a ticket office.
We don’t know what is wrong with Asian people (or better to say: government people as they set stupid rules), but they like to charge foreign tourists at least two times more than own citizens. After 4 months travel we still not used to this kind of straight in our face discrimination. Cashier from ticket office was the first one to feel embarrassed because of that so did sell us entrance for foreign handicapped person ( :O !). Finally we paid the same price as Malaysian not handicapped person (we always argue about that and not because of money as it was only £2 but for the fact of us being equal, right?). We didn’t know why they had tickets for handicapped anyway – paths through the rainforest were not easy accessible and even we were struggling there sometimes too.
Trails in Lambir Hills
Here is a map of walks in the park. We went to see Latak Waterfall first, then turned around to house on the tree, then to Nibong Waterfall and came back to headquarters on Inove path.
We did over 3 miles in 3h in total, but the path was very steep, went up and down. Rain wasn’t helping at all and leeches were a little nightmare too. They were sticking to the shoes and then sliding under trousers to suck our blood, awful! We didn’t expect them so we didn’t take lime or lemon with us to make them let go, so we had to pull them off… (Leeches with contact with lime juice de-attach themself. )
Update: After 3 weeks traveling around Borneo we can say the jungle in Lambir Hills was the wildest and the most beautiful one!
Such a views we had all the time! A real, dense rainforest. 🙂
Going back by bus?
Buying bus ticket one way we were told that would be a lot of buses on the way back and all we had to do was to wave to the driver and he would stop. That was theory, but a real life was completely different. For almost an hour nobody stopped. We were going to stand and just hitch-hike, but we didn’t have to. A mini van stopped by us and one Malayan girl offered us a lift to town. She dropped us right in the front of our hotel. This is what we experience in Asia – in one hand we have to pay much more for entrances and on the other hand regular people are so nice! Btw, we are very lucky with cars stopping for us an giving a lift. 😉