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welcome to the jungle

taman negara national park- malaysia

sunny 28 °C

after lounging on the beach for a week dad and i headed out to our next adventure on the jungle frontier. we could tell we were descending deeper into the jungle when there was road kill of moniter lizards and and baboons jumping out in front of the road. this was our jumping off point to the rainforest. that night we went on a jungle walk to see all the night time animals and insects in forest. we seen stick insects, spiders, trantulas, massive ants and a plethora of other poisenous insects. dad and i were at the end and he spotted a wild jungle cat. pretty interseting to see it was very close to us and just watching us as we walked along the path.

we signed up for a overnight hike to start the next day. we had no idea what we were in for. the next morning we got ready and packed our bags along with our gear on our back. sleeping bags, food, plates, clothing, 6 liters of water, flashlites, etc were strapped to each of us for the remainder of the hike. first off a small canoe shaped boat ferried us up the river we stopped at the canopy walkway. a huge connection suspended rope bridges above the jungle canopy. after walking along a few of the bridges we jumped back on the boat and went further and further upstream.

we were finally dropped off at a dock and an abandonded resort and began our hike. i was worried briefly about having to pee on the path but as we hiked and sweated out all of our water we soon realized that 6 hours had passed and no one had had to pee the whole time! it was a strenuous hike over dead trees, balancing on logs across massive drop offs of water below. slippery, muddy and sticky hot seemed to the the theme of the hike. the paths were covered with leeches! that stand up and attach to your shoes and climb up and into your socks. i had stylishly tucked my pants into my socks in order to protect myself from the leeches, but one fellow wasnt even wearing socks and at one point took off his shoes and we counted 14 leeches on his foot at that exact moment. his feet were a complete mess by the end of the hike, bloody and bruised! but dad myself and the young couple from england who were with us and our 2 guides trudged on. finally we completed the 8 km hike in to the cave. exhausted and sweaty we settled into the massive cave which we would sleep in for the night. we made a fire and explored the massive cave glad to have a place to call home and put our packs down. dad went down and bathed in the stream and i watched our guide build the fire and make supper. by the time we finished eating the cave was dark as the sun had gone down and the guide had lit a few candels placed on rocks. i unrolled my foam mat and sleeping bag and passed out on the cave floor almost immedietly. dad had a bit of a harder time settling into sleep after seeing all the poisenous insects the night before and knowing what types of animals live in the jungle. as well as seeing the elephant foot prints in the cave from their last visit there as the elephants also sleep here from time to time. the next morning we woke up sore and stiff. after breakfast we set off on another route to hike out. the hike out was another 8 km full of the same obstacles as the first. we did see a couple monkeys in the tree tops, trampled forest from the elephants intruding on the path and fresh elephant poop! there is also tigers, tapir, leopards, rhino and sun bear's in this jungle to name a few but we seen no evidence of them. we did however see evidence of the orang asli village tribes that live within the jungle as there was hunting darts and old blow guns on the trail. in fact the only other human we seen these entire days was a man from the village out to hunt. our guide then pointed out how the people use some of the trees in the jungle, such as poison from the epoh tree to rub on the hunting darts, cotton trees, glue trees, trees that make good boats etc. we finally reached the dock port of a burnt out old resort and waited for the boat man to come pick us up and take us down the river back to the mainland. we had survived the 16 km hike in order to sleep on the ground in a massive cave! what an experiance!

on the boat ride back we stopped at a orang asli village, complete with thatch roof housing, and naked village children running around with leap frogs. we bought a blow dart hunting gun here to support the village and thank them for letting us tour their way of life. we were dropped off at the floating resteraunts, ending our amazing journey in the malaysian jungle. one that dad explains "im glad i did it, ill never do it again".

Posted by karen_411 09:55 Archived in Malaysia

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