Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ung Falls, Sarawak, Borneo

After my kayakking experience, I was sent back to my budget accomodation in the middle of Kuching town. This time it was in the budget accomodation of Tune Hotel. It's RM40 a night and the price is amazing for a frugal person like me. The notion of paying RM150/night for a room and spending only 9 hours in there just doesn't make sense.
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Tune Hotel

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The bed with no space on either sides

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Smallest bathroom on the planet but clean
Here's how small Tune Hotel is :
- Tune Hotel bathrooms are so small and narrow that when you press the toothpaste, the toothpaste gel immediately goes out the window.
- Tune Hotel rooms are so small that midgets are requesting for an upgrade.

My flight was at 4pm back to KL and I had at least 7 hours to kill. During kayakking, my guide told me that there were plenty of waterfalls in this area and he mentioned about the Annah Rais Falls in the village of Annah Rais(also a tourist destination). All he had to say was 2 words which are waterfall and accessible and I immediately made arrangements to rent a vehicle Upon arriving at Annah Rais, I was informed that it takes at least 3 hours to reach this waterfall. Man, I hate being misled because my guide told me it was just only an hour's trek. I asked about other nearby waterfalls and one of them mentioned about a waterfall in Kg Sibakar. Without wasting time, I zoomed towards Kg Sibakar and passed by some awesome landscapes.
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View from above

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We should save trees like these

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Cute Bidayuh kiddo


Two kids were curious about the stranger in their village and some exchanges later, I unofficially made them my guides. They led me to a path in the jungle and within 5 minutes, I had reached Ung Falls :
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Well marked path

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Guide leaving me behind

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Slightly hidden by the foliage

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Ung Falls as named by the locals

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First circular pool

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My underage guide risking his life to carry my tripod

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My underage guides risking their lives walking on a slippery slope carrying my belongings. Don't worry, they were well compensated

Me jumping into the first circular pool

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Inside the second circular pool

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8,9,10,Click..Setting up the timer and running downhill on slippery slopes for a pose is risky

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Compensation for their hard work:Ferrero Rocher and a can of 7-Up.Frugalism at its worst


After spending an hour or so there, I said farewell to my guides and ventured to a couple of rock cascades which I saw along the way. I took a couple of dips and it was already 2pm. Time to leave for my flight back to KL.
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Cascades

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Cascades 2

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Cascades with my red speedos


All in all, it was an awesome weekend trip. I did not take leave from work and squeeze every last hour of my weekend for my activities. Woooooooooo!!!!!

2 comments :

jonie said...

ooo... annah rise... my cousin was going to take me there one day

Anonymous said...

What a cheapo u r! Child extorter! LOL!!!! Only choc & a can of drink! I'm gonna report u. LOL!!!!

p/s Throw away d red speedo. LOL!!!