August 2008

A trip to Malaysia in August 2008 encompassing some adventure caving (intermediate level) and forest walks around the Mulu Caves in Sarawak (Borneo), plus trips around Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands, with some jet skiing, swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and parasailing on the islands of Penang and Langkawi.
Batu Caves - main statue  The main statue at the Hindu shrines in Batu Caves, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Batu Caves - Ganesh  A statue of Ganesh at the Hindu shrines in Batu Caves, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Deer Cave  An exit from Deer Cave, one of the many caves in Mulu Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Stalactite in Deer Cave  A stalactite in Deer Cave, one of the many caves in Mulu Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. This particular stalactite is called "Adam's Shower" and is at the top of a huge cavern near Eden Pool. The reason it is called Adam's Shower is that there is a shower of water dripping down from it which we used to clean off the bat guano from our bodies! Here it has been lit up by my high-powered LED torch. Photo taken in August 2008.
Racer Cave  A chamber in Racer Cave, an intermediate-level adventure cave, one of the many caves in Mulu Park, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. This cave is named after Racer snakes of which we saw a few. Lovely! And apart from the odd bat or two, the creatures that I noticed the most were large hand-sized spiders and the reflections from their eyes was most eerie! Had to be careful here when I was changing lenses on my camera as large amounts of dust were generated and hung in the air when various rock formations were disturbed. We didn't explore much further than this chamber and we had a welcoming rest-stop here before turning back. Racer Cave certainly gave me a thirst to try further adventure caving! Photo taken in August 2008. Mulu Caves  An air-shaft in one of the caves in the Mulu Caves, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Boat on Long Iman River  Boat moored alongside the bank of the Long Iman River, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Long Iman River Journey  Hired a boat in Mulu to get to Long Iman and Long Langsat. Near the Mulu Caves, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008.
Long Langsat River Fun  Tried to get to the rapids of Long Langsat, but a tributary of the Sungai Tutoh was very shallow due to lack of recent rainfall. Our boat couldn't go upstream any further so we decided to go for a river-walk and have a bit of fun. This is me cooling down. Near the Mulu Caves, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Long Iman - Woman  A woman of the Penan community at Long Iman. Near the Mulu Caves, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Long Iman - Fan lady  An old woman of the Penan community at Long Iman. Near the Mulu Caves, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Long Iman - child  A child of the Penan community at Long Iman. Near the Mulu Caves, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008.
Long Iman - lady with earring  A woman of the Penan community at Long Iman wearing distinctive earrings. Near the Mulu Caves, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Mulu - Spiral  Plant near the Mulu Caves, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Mulu - Plant  Plant near the Mulu Caves, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Mulu - Plant  Plant near the Mulu Caves, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008.
Mulu - Plant  Plants near the Mulu Caves, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Miri Waterfront  Miri waterfront, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Flower Tea Plantation  Flowers and tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Red flower  Red flower in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008.
Cactus  Cactus in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Tea Plantation  Mei Ling in one of the main tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Parking meter  Parking meters in Georgetown on the island of Penang, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Tea Machine  A tea machine at the Boh Tea Plantation in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008.
Red Flower  Red flower in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Door  A door in Georgetown on the island of Penang, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Furnace  A furnance at the Kuan Yin Temple in Georgetown on the island of Penang, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Joss Sticks  Joss sticks in Kek Lok Si Temple on the island of Penang, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008.
Langkawi Sunset  Sunset at Langkawi Island, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Langkawi Beach Sunset  Sunset on a beach in Langkawi Island, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008. Matharu on beach  Kulvinder Matharu on a beach in one of the many small islands near Langkawi Island, Malaysia. Photo taken in August 2008.