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Gunung Gading: Home of the Rafflesia

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Located in Borneo Sarawak, Gunung Gading is a great place for both nature lovers and jungle trekkers to truly feel the park’s natural surroundings. Home to a range of wildlife such as the civet cat, wild boar, giant squirrels and many more, Gunung Gading is also home to one of the biggest flowers in the world – the Rafflesia.

Rafflesia is a parasitic plant that can be found in Borneo. It is known that there are 17 species of Rafflesia, with some being extinct already. However, 3 species can be found in Borneo Sarawak, which are Rafflesia Pricei, Rafflesia Arnoldi and Rafflesia Tuan-Mudae. The only one that can be found in Gunung Gading is the Rafflesia Tuan-Mudae. Rafflesia

Tourists from all around the world would come over to Gunung Gading to witness the plant blooms. The best time to watch this amazing process is during the wetter months, sometime around November to February. It is best to seek for advice from the park’s staff about the best time to visit Gunung Gading if you wish to watch the plant blooms.

There are waterfalls and streams nearby, where you will get to sit down and relax, surrounded by nature. Those who wish to go for jungle trekking are free to explore the forest, as long as they watch out for themselves as wild animals also live there, but most of them live at the upper slopes of the park’s mountains. There are also villages that surround the park. Therefore, in case of emergency, there is always help nearby.

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Snakes and humans

Snakes have always been regarded to evil and danger. The creature often appears in horror movies. It is also mentioned in the Bible, in which it was described as an evil form that plays with the human mind. As for ancient Egyptian, snakes represent judgment and death. Although most cultures view snakes as an evil present in an individual’s life, they are endangered species that have to be protected.

Snakes are found worldwide and they come in different sizes and colours, with many different lifestyles. The King Cobra for instance is a dangerous snake whose bite is capable of killing a human in just 15 minutes! Did you know that the world’s smallest West Indies thread snakes are dangerous too? Surprisingly, they’re just about the size of a pencil lead!

Yes, King Cobra is beautiful, especially when it shows off its hood. Pythons on the other hand are ancient snakes; it is believed that their ancestors might have had legs a long time ago. In India, the pythons inhabit the jungle and they can grow to as long 20 feet! Unlike the Cobras that spray out venoms to their prey, pythons kill their prey simply by squeezing the body of their prey and then crush their bones that will eventually kill the unlucky animals. Bear in mind that pythons are extremely active predators and they normally hunt at night. If you think you can escape from a python by jumping into the water, you are wrong. Pythons are good swimmers too and the water is probably the last place that you would want to go to when being chased by a python!

Pythons have beautiful skin and the patterns on their skins help them to camouflage and then strike their prey. They will hide in the bush and when there is heat, this is when the action starts. Since a python can grow as long as 20 feet, it can also swallow a deer instantly. Once a python has already consumed such a big meal, it will not eat again; well, at least until the following year. 

Pythons may live more than 18 years and throughout its life, it will keep searching for its mate for the purpose of reproduction. Baby pythons will hatch from eggs that are incubated by a female python and make their way out to the wild; not all will make it out and survive until adulthood as they are hunted by eagles, crocodiles and tigers.

Snakes may be one of the animals that you would probably want to stay away from, but they play an important role in controlling the amount of pest such as rodents and insects. There are people who keep snakes as pets; well, if you are planning to have one, just be careful as animals can be unpredictable at times.

Let’s climb Mount Kinabalu!

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For those who love adventures, head down to Malaysia & climb Mount Kinabalu! Located in Sabah, this 4095m mountain is the tallest mountain in South-East Asia! Thousands of tourists visit Kinabalu National Park each year and most of them for the sake of climbing the mountain. You may take about 2 days in order to reach its peak & it’s best to have enough rest before you start your journey. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could tell the world that you have already conquered Mount Kinabalu? Try it today!

Visit Brunei today!

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If you’re planning to visit Brunei, get on board with The Brunei River! Explore the water village & capital city of Brunei. You get to check out its modern development & the simple life of the water villagers. This River Safari will also pass by The Sultan of Brunei’s palace. You’ll probably get the opportunity to witness the blue-throated & small red kingfishers, catching small fishes! The River Safari will make a few stops under the mangrove trees & check out for the local proboscis monkey that usually comes near the water in the early morning & dusk. They have large bright pendulous nose, which would probably paint a big smile on your face. These monkeys can be found in Borneo & Sumatra of Indonesia.

The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Brunei

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The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin mosque is one of the famous mosques in Brunei and it was named after the current Sultan’s father. The mosque displays a modern Islamic architecture with colours of white & gold. Located in a man-made lagoon connected to the Water Village banks, this mosque reflects the significant influence of Islam in the country. Taking photos of the mosque at night is a wonderful experience where it shines beautifully during as the lights are turned on.

Ambuyat

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Ambuyat is a special dish from Brunei which is derived from the interior trunk of the sago palm. It is a starchy bland substance that is similar to tapioca starch. This sticky delicacy is also popular among the natives of Sabah and Sarawak. The Ambuyat is eaten with a bamboo fork called ‘Chandas’. The starch is rolled around the prongs and then dipped into a sour fruit sauce.

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