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Ulu Temburong National Park
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Full Day Temburong National Park Nature Escapade
Reviewed 6 April 2018

I did a tour to Ulu Temburong National Park with Freme, who ran an excellent trip, It started with an on-time pick-up at our hotel, from which we were taken to the Subok jetty. A launch took us for 45" trip past floating villages and through multiple channels lined by mangroves and palms, with no sign of human habitation. It was a mesmerizing ride. When we arrived at Bangar, the second largest town in Brunei, we were met by our guide who took us for a stroll around the market area where vendors were selling various fruit, rice, and cooked food. I was delighted to be able to buy a fruit I had never seen before, which was a real treat, as were the food packets we purchased. From there we were taken by van to the Freme Rainforest Lodge where we were served tea along with tasty treats. Then we got into a longboat for a half hour cruise to the spot where we started hiking. Due to low water levels, the boat was barely able to make it up, but our expert boatman was able to negotiate the shallows. It was an exciting ride in the open longboat, with water splashing in on occasion. We then hiked up a jungle trail to an observation deck, which comprised five towers built like scaffolding a couple hundred feet into the air, taking us to the top of the tree canopy, with marvellous views of unbroken jungle stretching in all directions. It was most exciting being up so high. Some in our party saw a most unusual, colourful, rare snake, but I missed it. i did see long plant leaves coming out of the ground that fanned themselves, that is, moving rhythmically without the benefit of wind. Our guide, Nini, was most helpful in explaining various fascinating details about the jungle. On our way back down the river we stopped at a small stream that had a wonderful small swimming hole surrounded by jungle. There was a natural fish spa as little fish nibbled at our feet. We also had a swim in the river, where playing in the current was fun. From there we returned to the Lodge for lunch, which comprised about six delicious dishes of various foods. After that we took a couple runs down the zip line beside the Lodge before returning home by the same methods of transportation we took coming in. It was truly a wonderful, perfect day, well organized in a fabulous setting,. I highly recommend this trip with Freme.

Thank Lesly D
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

The day trip to the Temburong park with Freme travel was very exciting. It included a speedboat trip through the vast expanses between Bandar Seri Begawan and Bangar, followed by a small bus trip to the lodge with nice local sweets for breakfast. This was followed by a shallow longboat trip into the rainforest and the canopy walkway at the top of the trees. On the way back was a stop for a swim at a little waterfall followed by sumptuous lunch at the lodge. There was opportunity for flying fox or rafting activities. Our guide Aquilah was excellent.

Thank NorbertW
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

We went for a day trip activities at Ulu Temburong National Park, started with long boat ride into the rainforest. Hiking more than 700 stairs to the Canopy walk, a breathtaking view Brunei rainforest. After that we went down to the natural fish spa and waterfalls. Both of this attractions are unique as we have to walk through the river to reach both places. The waterfalls are really refreshing and good. We had luch provided with the package and headed back to the city.

Thank LieTazial
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Flying into Brunei, you may get a view of dense forests unfolding below you. But to get to Temburong by land transport now, one still has to exit Brunei, go in and out of Sarawak Malaysia to get back into the other piece of Brunei. This alone required 4 border control stamps where, fortunately for me, the queue of cars was not too long!
We stopped at the river town to have a snack - looks like any other village with stores, hotels and river rides and transport. Buy your water, food and snacks here. Check out the local market for baskets, local vegetables and fruits.
When we drove into the forest itself, I was rather surprised it wasn't as dense as it looked from the plane.
We visited a village and were really surprised. It's basically a linear village along the road of decent homes (not jungle huts) spread out over some distance. Parts of it, especially along the river are breathtakingly beautiful.
Some people are very warm and friendly. Homes plus a mosque. Some tracts of land are farmed simply.

Locals tell us the roads are subjected to sudden floods so one needs to go in 4 wheel drive and be prepared to move fast with an experienced driver.
We met tribal people who introduced us to food and plants we are not familiar with. There were no shops and restaurants nearby.
Still the air is wondrously fresh, you are miles away from town and city and taking time to slow ourselves down, absorb it all was marvelous!
I was not at sections to do the adventure sports and other touristy things. I have mixed feelings about those activities that engage visitors and may lead to slow destruction and "disney-tization" of this truly amazing part of the world!

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Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

This national park is very good conserved and home to a lot of species (even we had not so much luck too see a lot of them). A must see is the canopy walk on sunrise.

Thank Ralph W
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