Journey 02 – Gunung Mulu National Park, Miri, Sarawak

Apart from preparing myself for the expedition, I planned my transportation requisite such as booking of plane tickets, getting car rental in Kuala Lumpur and other travel arrangements. However, I was concerned about the lodging or hotel facilities but it turned out to be really simple as there were several guesthouses along with home stays available near Gunung Mulu National Park for tourists. I booked my plane ticket in advance and bought required items from the market. It proved highly convenient for me to book a dormitory bed at one of the lodges.



Gunung Mulu National Park is situated at Miri, Sarawak. It is often referred as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The national park mainly encompasses caves and other rainforests. As an adventurer, I always wanted to discover unknown destinations in caves and rainforests.

It seemed that Gunung Mulu National Park was the ultimate destination for adventure. I had no experience in caves and enclosed places, so I decided that I should pack my luggage accordingly with necessary equipments. I planned to prepared myself with emergency equipments such as batteries, ropes, helmet etc. But, later I realized that most of the equipments are provided at the site on rental basis.



As planned, I boarded one of the standard airways with operational services at one of the airport near Gunung Mulu National Park. I felt quite tense in the beginning but slowly I started to adapt my surrounding environment. Upon landing at the small airport near Gunung Mulu National Park, I boarded a taxi to reach my booked lodge. As expected, the lodge was quite close to the airport. It proved worthwhile to hire a taxi as it would have been strenuous to walk all the way towards my lodge.



The lodge manager greeted me warmly and assisted to check in to one of his dormitory bedroom. The space was quite small but it was clean. I managed to get all my queries answered from him. He guided me efficiently towards adventure caving at Gunung Mulu National Park. I planned by day ahead of time.


Since, I reached my lodge near the park in the evening, so I decided that I would start with adventure caving in the morning. The morning was great as the lodge caretaker offered me a hearty meal which filled my stomach full. Prior departure, I checked my necessary equipments and went straight towards Gunung Mulu National Park Headquarter Office. The charges to enter the adventure cave and other facilities in the park were quite nominal.



The entry fee or permit for the park was around RM 30 while the travel guide charges were around RM 20-25. As planned, I went straight ahead for the adventure caves. In order to facilitate my cave experience, I had to complete an intermediate course for caving. Upon successful completion, I moved to advance level.


The cave proved to be challenging as it was quite dark insie with no visible sun rays or any other form of light. As planned, I switched on my head lamp and moved ahead with others keeping up with the pace. The most threatening features of the caves were its creatures. These creatures were rapid snakes and giant spiders. I was shivering with fear as I often stay away from spiders. It was quite challenging to move through all corners of the cave as there were hundreds of bats sleeping with feet clung to rocks in the cave ceiling. I feel quite lucky as I manage to avoid these creatures and overcame my fear. The feeling of coming out of cave and seeing the sunlight was incredible.

Journey 01 – Merdeka Square Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Merdeka Square is one of the most memorable locations for me in Kuala Lumpur. Merdeka Square or Dataran Merdeka reminds me of pre-colonial period. I visited Merdeka Square with my friends upon recommendation of my grandfather. The symbolic flagpole represents Malaysia as an independent nation. I often hear my grandfather saying that it was one of the most historic moments when the Malaysian flag was hosted for the first time on August 31, 1957.


The Union Flag also known as the Union Jack was lowered for the first time in Malaysia in Independence Square or Selangor Club Pedang. There are several historical structures near Merdeka Square such as Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, St. Mary Anglican Cathedral etc. The most exquisite of them all is Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It resembles Mogul architecture along with a clock tower similar to Big Ben in London.

I was quite fortunate to hire a car rental in Kuala Lumpur as it plays a crucial role in terms of transportation within the city. My friends drove the rented car from one destination to another within the city. We went inside the Sultan Abdul Samad Building near Merdeka Square. It serves as the office for Ministry of Information and Communication in Malaysia.


Moreover, we were fortunate to witness the annual Merdeka parade. It was truly remarkable as the artists performed jubilantly and the parade moved in full swing. The historical significance of the parade really astonishes me along with nearby places of interest.


The flagpole situated at Merdeka Square is tallest in the whole world.

It is situated at a height of 95 meters from the ground. My friends insisted me to click few pictures at the base of the flagpole. The base of the flagpole is decorated with round black marble plaque.

It commemorates the struggle of Malaysian people from the British Rule. The Union Jack symbolizes the power of British Rule throughout the world. The location of Merdeka Square plays quite a strategic role apart from Malaysian freedom struggle and hosting Malaysian flag. It hosts several concerts, carnivals, races etc.

Merdeka Square is quite popular among the locals. I first came to know about it through the popular televisions series – The Amazing Race Asia 1.

Below is the video for Amazing Race Asia Episode 1

The race commenced from Dataran Merdeka with thousands of fan following around the world. It is one of the most popular hubs for tourists as they prefer to relax and chat among themselves.


My friends and I weren’t tired as our rented car saved time & money. Nowadays, people visit Merdeka Square for enjoyment & relief. Its peaceful location exhibits historical importance along with other structures such as Muzium Sejarah National. We saw thousands of artifacts along with statues and historical items. I plan to tour the Muzium Serajah National again as it displays hundreds of artifacts. Overall, I managed to save quite a lot of money along with my precious time by renting car in Kuala Lumpur. It proved highly convenient for me.

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