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Ulu Temburong National Park, protected since 1991, was Brunei's first national park to be established. Ulu Temburong National Park is located in Temburong District in Eastern Brunei, covering 40% of the district in the south at 550 square kilometres (210 sq mi). Ulu Temburong National Park contains virgin forests and is widely known as 'Green Jewel of Brunei'. It is often described as the most successful forest protection policy of the sultanate. There are two principal rivers in Ulu Temburong National Park: the Temburong and Belalong Rivers. Ulu Temburong National Park has become an important ecotourism centre in Brunei. The national park also hosts the Ulu Ulu Resort. The Peradayan Forest Reserve is also located in Temburong District.
Take Ulu Temburong National Park Tour For Your Best Experience
As soon as visitors reach the National Park headquarters, they can find an extensive network of wooden boardwalks leading to the surrounding forests. One of the great things at Ulu Temburong National Park is that visitors can spend several days in Ulu Temburong without putting their feet on the forest floor! However, visitors need to take an extra care and watch their steps, since in some places the wooden planks are rotten. The suspension bridge criss-crossing the rivers is in a much better condition.
To reach the Canopy Walkway, visitors of Ulu Temburong National Park must climb a set of stairs about 1,200 steps high, on a hill 950 meters high. From the forest floor to the level of the highest trees, this steel structure is about 50 metres. As soon as you reach the tower and climb to the top, a view unrivaled in majesty and greenery is there to greet you. The best times to visit the Canopy Walkway are during sunrise and sunset; visitors are to experience serenity and peace.
The main attraction of the mini waterfall is the looming underwater; visitors can find “fish spa” in the pool of the waterfall. When you stand in the water, little fish will nibble your feet.
How to Get Tickets?
If you wish to visit Ulu Temburong National Park independently, you need to apply for a special permit; the easiest way to visit Ulu Temburong National Park is booking a tour. Consider the cost and quality of the tour before purchasing one. If you stay in a hotel, the staff should be able to help arrange a suitable tour, yet you need to make your booking in advance. Most day tours commence at 6:30am. If budget is not an issue, consider spending the night at the environmentally friendly Ulu Ulu Resort.
How To Get Around?
You can only explore Ulu Temburong National Park on foot.
What Should I Wear?
It is recommended to wear comfortable good quality clothes and shoes or sneakers. The steps can be quite slippery after a rain. Always bring some spare clothes and shoes or sneakers, as you can get wet easily. It is recommended to put your clothes and footwear in a waterproof bag.
Best Time to Visit
Between January and May is the best time to visit Ulu Temburong National Park. During this time, the weather is dry and warm, but not too hot. The driest months are February and March. Better avoid the rainy season.
Will I Need a Guide?
For your own security and comfort, it is recommended to purchase a tour with a professional guide. However, keep in mind that most tours have a minimum of two people. Solo travelers need to arrange their place as far in advance as possible.
How To Get There?
Visitors can reach Ulu Temburong National Park only by boat. From the capital of Bandar Seri Begawan, visitors can take water taxis; they take about one hour to ply the route to the main town of Bangar in Temburong District. From Bangar, the bus takes 30 minutes to reach Batang Duri. Batang Duri is the base for Brunei's Outward Bound School and the embarkation point for Temuai longboats which carry visitors up the Temburong River. When water levels are low, passengers need to climb out of the craft and help push the boat to deeper water. Visitors then continue their journey for two hours reaching their accommodation in the National Park Headquarters near the confluence with Sungei Belalong.
Ulu Temburong National Park is hot, humid, and sticky. Visitors need to bring enough water. Mosquito repellent lotion and wipes can also be useful.