Thursday, July 02, 2009

Lang Cave in Mulu National Park Sarawak

Mulu Park Lang Cave

The Lang Cave or Langs Cave in the National Park of Mulu in Sarawak is one of the caves worth a quick visit if you are planning a trip here. 

The cave is located just next to the Deer Cave in the park and a few minutes walk from the Bat Observatory. For your added information, this is one of the smallest caves in Mulu National Park.

Lang Cave at Mulu National Park

Entrance to Lang Cave
The main entrance that leads inside the Lang Cave
From my research, I found that the Langs Cave was named after a guide who led an expedition in the late 70s to research the caves in Mulu. Therefore this small show cave was named after the local guide.

You are required to bring a torchlight for your cave exploration at any of the caves. In the Lang Cave, there is a wooden walkway and concrete one with rails that lead you inside and then out again.

The beauty about the Lang Cave is the formation of the limestone, which has accumulated for thousands of years.

The Lang Cave is also well lit by the National Park Management so you get to see all the different formations, stalagmite, and stalactites. You are also reminded not to touch any of them.

The cave is also a wet cave as there is water dripping off the stalagmites almost everywhere. I even tried drinking the water as it is super pure.

Photos of Lang Cave

Rock Formations inside Lang Cave
The beautiful rock formations inside the caves
Wooden walkways guide visitors through the cave.
Sarawak David Hogan Jr
Taking a moment to pose inside the cave.
Photos of Lang Cave
The natural beauty inside Lang Cave
Again I want to stress, please be dressed for your cave exploration as you would not want to fall and hurt your self. Worst, get laughed at by the park guides.

In my 4 times of going to Mulu, I have seen the best to the worst. From fully geared foreigners right to the Asian-going-to-the-mall dressing. I kid you not!

wish I had taken pictures of these local Asians. There were those who came in their mini skirts and heels.

Some visitors even came as if they just finished a weekend clubbing session, complete with the bling-bling and LV or Gucci handbags.

If you have sharp eyes, you may be able to see cave critters like bats, swiftlets, spiders or even small cave snakes inside the Lang Cave.

Do ask your guide about it and do not scream if you stp on squishy stuff. It could just be bat droppings or bat guano.

The Lang Cave is also a great challenge to photograph. Again, professional photographers will have a field day here while the amatures will struggle like how I did.

Do not bother with your flash as it will probably ruin the overall effect of the beauty this cave gives.

Mulu Gua Lang
Walking through the Lang Cave at Mulu National Park.
The time you would take to visit the Lang Cave would probably 20 to 30 minutes before you proceed to the main Deer Cave.

I personally find photographing this cave a challenge as every time I visit this cave, I spend too much time fiddling with my camera. One day I will get it right!

Information about Lang Caves
Lang Cave Information

Other Caves to Visit in Mulu National Park 

For anyone who is visiting the Mulu National Park, you should know that there are numerous caves found all over here, and can be visited. 

During my visit here, the most favorite cave for me was the Clearwater Cave as this one has so much character and is quite challenging. 

The main star cave for Mulu National Park is no other than the Deer Cave, where it is world-renown and is very popular among those visiting the park.

But when you start to explore the entire area, your park guide will also recommend you visit the Wind Cave, which is also in the vicinity of the other caves here.

Where to Stay in Mulu? 

There are a few types of accommodations available for anyone wanting to come here and also depending on your budget or package you choose.  

The most luxurious place would be the Mulu Marriott Resort, which was once known as the Royal Mulu Resort before they underwent a brand change in 2014.

The main park area also has its own lodging services which range from chalets to dormitories, and are quick access to the many caves and trails here. 

Outside the national park area, there are also homestays and guesthouses available at a much cheaper rate for those traveling on a budget. 

Conclusion

To be very honest, I would recommend you take one of the Mulu National Park tour packages which come with a guide and proper accommodation.

Otherwise, for those who travel solo or are backpacking, you can always explore the guesthouses in Mulu or even the simple dorm lodging in the national park area.

There is no doubt that you will be introduced to the show caves here, and visiting the Lang Cave in Mulu National Park is included in all of these cave visits. 

7 comments:

little prince's mummy said...

Nice view in the cave.. never been there b4...

IHSAN KHAIRIR said...

awesome photos of the cave!

I haven't been in a cave for years... now that I have my own camera I'd love to take pictures of the many rock formations in a cave.

Do they let you stay as long as you want in the cave? Coz I'd think some long exposure photos might be great in there =)

David Jr said...

Hello Little Prince's Mummy, thanks for the visit. You should go there once in your life. It is really nice.

Ishan, thanks for dropping by! Yes, pictures there are awesome and fun to try.

As for staying long there, actually the guide will follow you so best is to go for the early trip. You can arrange with the park guides and they are very friendly. I spent a few hours in each cave. Most of the tourist, Asians mainly go there, look-see and move along.

David

Karee said...
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Karee said...

Hi David,

Really agree "You should go there once in your life. It is really nice."

If time and pocket money allow, must visit again!

Can ask few question regarding the photo shooting?
Are you used the SLR Camera for Lang caves because really look so nice.

If you are using the normal digital camera, please share your setting (such as ISO etc)
My email is klpan102@yahoo.com

I hope never miss out the photo shooting during my Mulu Trip.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Hi David,

As I am going to Lang Cave soon, please share with me the camera you used for these photos as well, coz I adore all those photos.
My email address: azian_wahab@yahoo.com

Thanks.

David Jr said...

Hello Azian,

Thanks for the comment. Back then I used a Canon DSLR 450 for the photos and also a Fuji compact.