Rainforest adventure beckons convoy

Wani Roslan

Forty Mercedes-Benz owners with their partners, accompanied by Jati Transport Sdn Bhd officials, participated in the ‘Hungry for Adventure’ campaign to Miri, Malaysia recently.

The campaign is a festival that highlights the premium attributes of the Mercedes-Benz SUV range which complement adventurous demands in an array of exciting activities.

This year saw participants experiencing the thrill of driving their Mercedes-Benz vehicles of various models including GLA, C-Class, E-Class, ML, GLC, A Sedan, C-Coupe, GLC Coupe, SLK and CLA to the Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort in Miri.

Local members of the media from Borneo Bulletin and Media Permata were invited to the two-day, one night adventure.

Hungry for Adventure

Day 1 – The adventure begins

The flag-off for the convoy of Mercedes-Benz vehicles was at the Mercedes-Benz Autohauz in Beribi.

General Manager of Jati Transport Alfred So officiated the first flag-off, while Market Manager for General Distributor Markets for Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Gerald Ho flagged off the second.

Sales Manager Ho and Senior Sales Executive of Jati Transport Sdn Bhd Ivan Chia led the journey.

Prior to departure, we were briefed on the itinerary, including the route being used from the Mercedes-Benz Autohauz and pit-stop area. There was also a Doa recitation, seeking for safety and a smooth journey.

We set off for the resort at 9.25am, and made our way down to the Sungai Tujoh Control Post and Paris Levain Bakery & Café in Miri for our first pit stop.

The journey took roughly 180 minutes, and after a 15-minute break, we hit the road again for 25 minutes to reach the security post of the Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort. After passing the security post, we had to drive four kilometre further in and faced a half-gravel road.

The arrival of the convoys at the Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort. PHOTO: WANI ROSLAN
Participants enjoy the Nature Walk.
Participants in a group photo.
Riding the giant slide.

We arrived at the resort at 2pm, and enjoyed a hearty lunch before moving on to our first set of activities – a discovery ride on a farm trailer and boat, nature walk and waterfall visit.

For most, it was a first visiting the Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort, located 50 minutes from Miri centre, and 120 minutes from Bintulu town.

My first impression of the resort was that it was unique, full of greenery and a magnificent way to experience the natural beauty of the tropical rainforest with its offering of boat rides, nature walks, night trails, flying fox and other fun activities.

Given its location, most of our mobile phones did not receive any signal, while wireless connection was very slow and only available at the lobby area.

This taught us to get away from our busy lifestyles, bond with each other and enjoy nature. After lunch, we hopped onto the purpose-built trailer behind a farm tractor known as the ‘farm trailer’ and embarked on a fun nature tour, with everybody excited to see the natural beauty of the forest around the resort.

We then took a boat ride, fed the fish and enjoyed a nature walk, heading down to the waterfalls. After over an hour of adventuring around parts of the resort, we headed to our rooms to rest.

At 6.30pm, we gathered and had dinner before departing for a night walk.

At 8.40pm, our adventure continued with a night walk, which began with a safety briefing by the resort’s tour guide, before we proceeded to discover the splendour and mystery of the forest surrounding the resort.

During the 1.5km walk, we witnessed the wonders of nocturnal wildlife as they entertained us with their night time symphony of howls. After minutes of walking, we stopped.

The guide asked us to switch off our lights and keep silent for five minutes to feel the darkness of the forest, hear the nature sounds and breathe in the fresh air. It was a new experience for me, indeed, and marked the conclusion of the first day of our trip.

Hungry for Adventure

Day 2 – The final day

On the second day, the final day of the trip, we were all wide awake and ready for our next activities, where the participants got to enjoy the flying fox and the ride in the giant water slide at the water park.

We left the resort at 1pm and the local media group drove the latest Mercedes-Benz GLC 300, with me taking over the wheel from Sungai Tujoh Control Post to Bandar Seri Begawan.

I would say the GLC 300 is impressive, especially on long rides. It is able to deal with even intense driving sections, proving the SUV’s stability. I felt confident driving back home with the GLC 300.

The adventure left everyone with a deep sense of appreciation. One participant said trips like this should be continued and thanked Jati Transport for organising it.

The brief trip organised by Jati Transport aimed to strengthen relationship with valued customers.