The jungle canopy
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First stop today was the Canopy Walkway, followed by the Bukit Inda Trail. We arrived at the start of the walkway, to be greeted with the sight of approx. 100 Malaysian schoolkids waiting to go on it. After waiting for about 10mins with no sign of the queue going down, we went back down and explored the riverside for a while. We returned a while later to find the queue diminished somewhat, and after another wait, we finally had our turn in a much quieter forest.
The canopy took some getting used to, as it looks and sounds very creaky, sways, and is very high up at 30m above the ground. The canopy is made from aluminium ladders lashed together, covered with wooden planks, and supported with ropes - it doesn't at first, instill one with confidence. However, we soon got used to it, and began to enjoy the tremendous views. The canopy is supported at 20-60m intervals by 250 yr old Tualang trees, around which are built sturdy wooden platforms, where people can take a break from swaying and take a photo before negotiating the next stretch.
We walked part way along the Bukit Inda trail before the heat and humidity took its toll and we returned to the posh Taman Negara Resort. None of the floating restaurants on our side of the river, or any of the shops, sell alcohol - the only place that does is the resort's restaurant, so we ordered a beer each with a sandwich. At 2pounds 50p for a small beer, we had just the one.