Canopy Walk at Ulu Temburong
Kuala Belalong, Temburong, Brunei
Canopy Walk at Ulu Temburong Reviews
Upclose and personal with nature Dec 12, 2008
In case you haven't heard of Brunei, it is a small kingdom lies on the island of Borneo (that's in Southeast Asia). Most of Brunei lands are still untouched and quickly become the habitat of thousands of species some cannot be found in other places on earth. To keep the virgin jungle and its habitat and preserve them for many years to come, the country has established an research centre deep in the jungle of Temburong in an area called Kuala Belalong. The best time to come here is somewhere mid of the year when it rains a little because the stream can quickly be filled with water when it rains there. To get to this place is easy, all you have to do is go to the nearest travel agency (the famous one is Sunshine). The trip to Temburong district would cost you around 6 Brunei Dollars and the journey takes about 45 minutes using speedboat locally known as The Flying Coffin as the boat has a shape that looks a bit like coffin (I hope I am not scaring you. Temburong district itself is a very unique place as it is very different than the other districts in Brunei. It has a very small town with a few shops selling things for the people everyday use. The district also have other facilities for both the local and tourists to use such as a hospital, a rest house, bank, post office and pubic toilets.
Getting to Kuala Belalong-
To get to Kuala Belalong you must first take a boat trip using a special boat called Temuai (It means boat in Iban). Basically Temuai is a boat with flat bottom, built in such fashion to help the boat move when its low tide. The boat ride takes about 2 hours. It might not be a smooth ride as the bed of the river consists of gravels and rocks of different sizes. There will be times when you actually have to get out of the boat and help the boat driver to push the boat forward (challenging yet exciting), hence it is advisable that you wear sandals or cheap running shoes (you might want to throw them away after the trip).
One thing you have to remember is that Kuala Belalong is a rainforest, and as the name suggests, it rains a lot there so be prepared and bring along a raincoat with you. It is also advisable to bring along some insect repellant (you can get this at any local pharmacy) and bottled water as the trip could be hot and humid and this can be very exhausting. Small towels and extra shirt would also be handy just make sure you wrap them in airtight bag to keep them dry.
The canopy walk -
Once you reach the jetty, you will be assembled by the ranger there who will give you some briefing of the place. Then you will disembark and walk a few miles into the forest. The buttress roots and broken branches might be in the way of your journey so do becareful and never touch any insects or plants without asking the people there if they are safe to touch. It is also advisable for visitors not to wear any perfume as you might attract the bees.
To do the canopy walk, you have to climb up a very high scaffolding (about 3 to 4 storeys high). Hence this trip is not recommended for people who are scared of height. Once you get up there, you will get an amazing and panoramic view of the whole Temburong Rainforest. Do take some pictures!!!
The whole trip takes half a day to finish. If you want to stay there overnight, you can stay at the Jungle Resort that offers a very comfortable place for you to rest.If this is too expensive for you, you can always opt for the rest house there in Temburong Town.
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