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Old 09-26-2014, 08:37 AM
 
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Thank you for the info, Tallybalt.

When you did the long treks through the jungle, did you organize them through the parks? Or through a private group? Or just show up and find a guide?
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Old 09-27-2014, 01:13 AM
 
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Thanks, a rafflesia is on the wish list to see.

I'm also been told I must must must try durian.
Heh, you better try it in smaaaall quantity first. If you can survive one bite, then you'll learn to like it. Otherwise it will make you throw up, literally. I love the fruit but it's not exaggerating to say it smells like rotten garbage.
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Old 09-27-2014, 03:48 AM
 
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One of the treks involved going to a remote camp in a distant part of the jungle and required a boat trip up the main river for the first part, before a 10 km hike through the jungle to reach the camp. From the camp we did a day trip up to see the pinnacles. This was organized beforehand as we had to reserve sleeping spots at the remote camp (very basic bunks). Everything else was organized via the visitor center at the main park headquarters.

We were very lucky to get spots in the spelunking tour because two people had cancelled at the last minute, so I would try to book spaces as far in advance as you can. The regular cave tours can be booked when you get there. It's a conveyor belt of groups (this sounds worse than it really is but what they do is organize groups of 15-20 people and take each group through the caves approximately 10 minutes apart, so the caves are never too crowded at a given time. The caves are enormous but you're restricted to a narrow pathway for safety reasons. Be sure to also take the bat tours to watch the millions of bats leave the caves at dusk. It's impressive.

The tree canopy walkway and other localized jungle hikes can be organized when you get there. We found the park extremely well organized and professionally run, much more so than we'd anticipated. And it's for very good reasons - to minimize the impact on the environment and to protect the wellbeing of visitors as it's too easy to get lost or to hurt yourself if you went off on your own.

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Thank you for the info, Tallybalt.

When you did the long treks through the jungle, did you organize them through the parks? Or through a private group? Or just show up and find a guide?
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:32 AM
 
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Excellent, Tallybalt. Thank you. The Lonely Planet guides have served me well. I'm mostly going to take pics of flower, frogs, hopefully snakes, inverts, etc so I don't do that much tour wise... I generally do try to hire someone for night walks though for the extra eyes, and well, more acclimated eyes.
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