You don’t wanna know. I replace Leech Socks with Football/ Soccer Socks. Have you thought about it? Well, at least the leech wouldn’t go in to the socks that it’s ok enough. I brought plastics when I’m trekking to the volcano mud because you just need to carry your stuffs after soaking in the Mud Volcano. You don’t want to touch your clothes after going into the mud right? Try to think now, how can you pack everything with mud cover your whole body? (Remember to share a plastic with your friends. We are looking at protecting the environment). Also, wet tissues. Why? Read through and you will know.
On the First Day:
Reaching Tabin Wildlife Reserve with an exciting mood but sadly, we are way beyond schedule due to the muddy road. So, we just have to postpone our plans to the next day in Tabin since we are staying there for 2 nights. Keeping ourselves cosy and clean, all of us shared 3 bedrooms because there are 6 of us. After settling ourselves, got to prepare for the first activity, which was Night Safari.
We were up early for Dawn Drive. Yes, it’s part of our activities. In fact, the first we saw was the Bucerotidae Hornbills and it’s everywhere! Then we came across the tall highlighted Mangaris Tree, is the tallest tree of the Bornean rainforest.
We started off with a simple jungle trek to the Mud Volcano. Trail to Lipad Mud Volcano is just 700 metres. Not easy, not hard, just ok. It was really muddy, I could say. Walking under giant trees, we saw different kind of plants.
Climbing up the tower for 3 minutes to enjoy the view of Mud Volcano. You wouldn’t be surprised to see the wildlife around! Bear in mind that you must pack your stuffs in your bag before going in to the mud because you are going to get all muddy. And if you don’t, everything will be covered with mud... And for my advice, please prepare wet tissue and I did and I share to everyone because they didn’t expect it. On my first college trip to Tabin, I didn’t prepare anything and it was so pain to wear the boots, trekking back to the 4WD because your foot will be covers by mud and stones. I don’t want you to get hurt like I do last time, but you can try maybe, at least? If you don’t mind. :P But really, wet tissue helps a lot as you can clean your hands and carry your bags, if you bring any bags. Also clean your foot before wearing the boots. If not, poor guides need to help you all to carry all the way.
After soaking in the mud volcano, we visited the waterfall called Lipad Waterfall and it’s beautiful. Washed away the mud on our body and face, I saw... LEECH! I hope I have the pictures of the waterfall but too bad, my hands are wet. Anyway, after some light swim, we need to do some adventurous trekking back to the 4WD... Without any insect repellent! So, leeches are welcome ;)
It was raining once we reached the restaurant. So we took a rain bath! Well, when you are in the rainforest, you just need to try taking a rain bath. It was fun! We had some coffee and tea before head to our bedrooms to clean up.
After shower, took some rest and continue with Herbal Foot Soak before the Dusk Drive. Herbal Foot Soak was awesome and it’s so relaxing after a long jungle trek. For Dusk Drive, we saw lots of monkeys, the Pig- tailed Macaque, and they are stealing foods from the trees. Plus, we witness the flying squirrels swinging from tree to tree. I bet you will see it when you are there too!
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