- October 2009
Dave Clucas reviewed Chom Ong Cave in Laos
Explored and mapped by the Northern Lao-European Cave Project, the 13.4 km long Tham Chom Ong (Chom Ong Cave) is currently the second longest cave in Laos (. With aid from a German Development Agency, the Tourism Office of Xay district (Oudomxay p…"
Dave Clucas commented on Niah Caves in Malaysia
"The paintings are not in the cave marked as 'Great Cave' but in the 'Painted Cave', an entrance a little further along the hill."
Dave Clucas commented on Kuching Orchid Garden in Kuching, Malaysia
"Now that the new parliament building is complete, I understand that the Orchid Garden is to be re-instated. I will report back when progress is complete."
- May 2008
- December 2007
Having visited the excellent Orchid Gardens before, I was very sad to see on my recent visit to Kuching, that the gardens have now been replaced by a government building. I have asked around to see if the gardens have been moved somewhere else but, as f…"
- October 2007
Dave Clucas reviewed Forts in Oman in Oman
Al Jalali Fort, located in Oman's capital Muscat, commands views of the harbour and the old city, including the Sultan's Al Alam Palace.
Together with its 'twin', the Mirani fort, standing on a rocky outcrop a short distance away, the Al Jalali Fort onc…"
Dave Clucas reviewed Fraser Island in Queensland, Australia
At just over 120 kilometres long, Fraser island is the longest sand island in the world. It is a World Heritage Site and for those who love tropical, white sandy beaches this is a must for visitors to Queensland.
The best way to get there is to drive by…"
For the keen walker and gentle stroller alike, Lambir Hills National Park offers a wide range of visual and aural experiences.
There are currently around 9 or 10 marked tracks open to the public with four of them leading to waterfalls and two leading to…"
- September 2007
Loagan Tasan is an Iban longhouse near to Marudi on the Baram River in Sarawak. In June the Ulu (upriver) tribes or Dayaks all over Sarawak celebrate Gawai, equivalent to a harvest festival.
During this time family members gather at the longhouse and pa…"
Dave Clucas reviewed Mt. Kinabalu Summit in Sabah, Malaysia
Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in South-East Asia. It is located on the tropical island of Borneo but beware, whilst the temperature at sea level is usually around 35 degrees celsius, at the summit it can be as low as a few degrees and can even …"
The tribes of Papua New Guinea are reputed to be ferocious cannibals but, during a three month long caving expedition I was treated with kindness and generosity.
In 2005 the NGS supported Untamed Rivers of New Britain Expedition explored new caves in th…"
Titan is the name given to the longest natural underground shaft (145m) in the UK. Discovered in 2000 by cave explorer Dave ‘Moose’ Nixon after several years of digging in collapsed sections of the Peak/Speedwell Cave System, this shaft has now been conn…"
Dave Clucas reviewed Giant's Hole - Derbyshire in North West England, United Kingdom
Giant's Hole, an ideal cave for beginners has much to offer to all grades of caver. It contains sections which are well-decorated with speleothems , a stream, pitches, crawls, squeezes, climbs, cascades, ducks and a canal offering most of the typical cav…"
When I gained my Pilot's licence in 1994 I went to Marco Island in Florida for some hours building. The highlight of my stay there was a flight to the Bahamas. A flight plan had to be filed and, as the flight passed through a restricted flying area near …"
Dave Clucas reviewed Al Hotta Cave in Bahla', Oman
The Al Hota - Al Fallah cave near Al Hamra, at 4.5km long is the second longest cave in Oman after Khoshilat Maqandeli. Al Hota is the name given to the sink and Al Fallah, the resurgence.
The entrances to Al Hota are in a large 45m deep sink hole and b…"
Mulu has arguably the best caves in the world. Situated in the Gunung Mulu National Park, these caves, described in print as The Giant Caves of Borneo contain Sarawak Chamber, the largest known cave chamber in the world.
Access to the caves is strictly…"