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Dec 26, 2014
Nibbinda to Nan Shan Hills via the ridge path
A hike of about 4 hours that starts in Balik Pulau, leads to the Nibbinda Forest Monastery and follows the ridge path to the Nan Shan Hills. A truly beautiful trail through secondary rainforest in Penang.
Nov 28, 2014
The Anjung Indah Loop
An interesting reasonable short but not to be underestimated hike starts and finishes at Anjung Indah at the Thai restaurant on the pass to Balik Pulau.
The trail leads through forest to The Hill and from there into the Relau Permanent Forest Reserve over the ridge back to Anjung Indah. It's a very rewarding hike through unspoiled secondary rainforest!
Nov 13, 2014
Balik Pulau to Air Putih
The hills north of Balik Pulau town are not much visited. Yet, there are good cycling/hiking trails to explore. This page explores a nice trail which is great on either foot or bike.
Nov 10, 2014
Relau Pass to Paya Terubong, hiking Penang
A short hike through the Nan Shan hills can start at the Relau Pass and lead through the vegetable field into the Nan Shan hills opposite of Paya Terubong. Some caution is essential, but with this description, you can't go wrong.
Oct 20, 2014
Nan Shan Hills, Paya Terubong to Anjung Indah
This hike is more challenging, especially the part that goes over the ridge to Anjung Indah. The first part is the same as described elsewhere when hiking Paya Terubong to Balik Pulau. However, after the 6 way junction and the junction after the hut described elsewhere now it goes on the ridge right through the heart of the Relau Permanent Forest Reserve. It's all secondary rainforest and it's very beautiful and quiet.
Oct 13, 2014
Hiking the Nan Shan Hills
Nope, not for cyclists, not even for the diehards. This trail starts at the Balik Pulau road, crosses the Nan Shan Hills and leads back to Balik Pulau. It's a great challenging trail!
Oct 07, 2014
Hike or bike from Paya Terubong to Balik Pulau
This is a good trail to both walk or cycle although on the bicycle you probably wouldn't enjoy much of the scenery. Yet, the road is mostly reasonable paved though at several points steep. It's a great walk/ride with some amazing views on the top of the Nan Shan Hills.
Oct 03, 2014
Balik Pulau to Relau Pass
One of the most challenging hikes I did on Penang went from Balik Pulau to the Relau Pass (actually it's near the Relau Pass). This hike went first through orchards followed by an hour and a half through secondary rainforest of Bukit Rekau Permanent Forest Reserve with no real paths. Ultimately it lead me to a beautiful ridge and more cultivated lands. Indeed a wonderful walk!
Sep 11, 2014
The Second trail to Sungai Pinang
The trail starts at 5 Way Junction and leads (despite cultivated lands) into a remote part of Penang. It's one of my more favorite hikes!
Sep 02, 2014
The Nibbinda Loop (hiking Penang)
There are many paths to explore with Balik Pulau in Penang. One of them is a 3 hours or so hike just around the northern part of the town.
Don't expect it to be easy! It's not, in fact you won't get much rest at all as it all goes through orchards to the Nibbinda Forest Monastery and from there through the jungle back to orchards and back to the Balik Pulau market. It's a really nice and cool trail!
Aug 30, 2014
Around the Air Itam Dam in Penang
Penang in Malaysia is not really known for its hiking options. To be honest, I do not understand why that is. There's some awesome trails to hike here. Earlier this week I explored the area in between the Air Itam Dam, rain gauge 28 and rain gauge 29. And boy there was something to explore. See for yourself:
Aug 19, 2014
Air Itam - Kek Lok Si to the Old Ridge Path via Rain Gauges 28 and 29 (yellow trail)
An attractive and challenging trail leads from the Kek Lok Si temple in Air Itam all the way straight up to rain gauge 29. It's a long 2 hour climb through secondary rainforest. A real trailblazer
Aug 16, 2014
Hiking Kek Lok Si to Penang Hill
A great day to spend in the hills of Penang is to hike from Air Itam, better, the Kek Lok Si temple via the Lean Wah Tong to Penang Hill. The 6 hour hike is worth your efforts.
Aug 12, 2014
An alternative trail to Penang Hill and Tiger Hill
Penang Hill is frequently visited by travelers. That said, not many take the time to hike up. This page offers an opportunity to visit either Penang Hill and/or Tiger Hill on foot via a little visited (and I think) mostly forgotten trail.
Aug 04, 2014
Hiking Balik Pulau - Paya Terubong
This is a really cool hike which starts in Balik Pulau (Penang, Malaysia) and leads via plantations to the Ngoh Han Hill Temple and further via Bukit Penara to Cheng Kon Sze and Paya terubong.
Jul 23, 2014
Crazy hiking: 5 Way Junction to Balik Pulau
If you are crazy like me, you will want to try this. It's only 3 hours from 5 Way Junction (and another 2 from Air Itam) so it's not that bad. Unless you go wrong. Here's what happened that particular when it went wrong and I got stuck in the wilderness.
Jul 08, 2014
5 Way Junction to Sungai Pinang
An interesting and remote trail (despite partly hiking through cultivated land). The trail is not always easy to find but as long as you keep the main trail and go steady down, it can't go wrong.
Jun 30, 2014
Cycling in Thailand, find the treasures of the Land of the Smile on bicycle in Thailand
Cycling in Thailand, explore the treasures of the Land of the Smile on bicycle in Thailand
Jun 30, 2014
Songkhla to Phattalung and back
The Gulf of Thailand, at least just north of Songkhla sees few if any visitors. Understandable but for those few who do have the time and the desire to explore some unseen Thailand, this is a great opportunity to see a piece of the country which is virtually unexplored.
Mar 27, 2014
South East Thailand
Considered by many to be too dangerous but in the 20 years I have visited, I've never encountered anything dangerous at all (contrary to Amsterdam, London and Paris where I seldom felt safe) in south east Thailand. This page takes you on the road to Pattani, Narathiwat and back to Yala. Stories about the road and the sights will convince you this is a must visit part of Thailand.
Nov 02, 2013
Lijiang, Yunnan province
Lijiang is a travelers favorite since many years. I have visited a few times, the first time a year after an earthquake destroyed most of the old city. Sicne than a new city was build and an extension of the old city was created. That is what is nowadays the place to be, But lijiang is still a great place to visit.
Oct 26, 2013
Unseen South Thailand
Thailand has many sights people "have to see", there are many more few even bother to check out. On the bicycle you have more options so here are some roads of Unseen Thailand you might want to check out:
Oct 24, 2013
The Thai-Malaysian border posts
Some border posts between Thailand and Malaysia are well known. Others no one knows about. And yet, some are worth exploring, for exploring Wamng Kelian, Durian Burung or Betong. Here';s more why:
Oct 16, 2013
Take your bike in the plane ... a how to guide
What do you have to do to bring your bike in a plane? This how to guide leads you in steps through the process of what to do and what to expect.
Oct 14, 2013
The worst bicycle road in Malaysia
Malaysia is a great country to ride your bicycle but like everywhere else there some places you better use other forms of transport. This page offers you the top 3 worst routes to cycle in the country!
Oct 05, 2013
The rock monasteries of Meteora
Meteora is a must visit in Greece. it's location, in the far north is for many a turn off as they want to see the archeological sites of the country. However, Meteora is a really spectacular place to visit. See for yourself:
Sep 21, 2013
Over the 5 visits to Angkor I have made hundreds of photos. Of course it's way too much to share them all with you. Or not? Through a friend I got my hands on a program that makes awesome slideshows. I did one about Angkor:
Sep 13, 2013
Cycling Khorat to Surin Visiting Phimai, Phanom Rung and Muang Tam
North East Thailand is not too much visited. Some places do get at times, Surin, for example with the elephant roundup) a lot but most travelers give it a miss.
It also means they miss some of the most beautiful Khmer complexes in the world, some that can rival with Angkor itself. Of course I mean Phi Mai and Phzanom Rung. This page tell you how to get there:
Aug 28, 2013
Coast to Angkor, 9 days biking tour!
The Coast to Angkor tour is a terrific tour to explore the rural countryside of Cambodia with Angkor as the summit!
Aug 22, 2013
Phimai, north east Thailand
One of the largest archeological sites in Thailand and can easily compete with Ayutthaya and Sukhothai. Still, it seems many traverles give Phimai a miss as many seem to think they will visit later Angkor which is "similar".
Of course there are similarities but there are differences. Here's how to get there and what to see.
Aug 21, 2013
Visit Komodo and/or Rincon to see the magnificent Komodo Dragon
There is a story that the Chinese dragon is modeled to the Komodo fragon. It's a bit of a strange story as the Komodo Dragon looks nothing like a dragon. It's in fact the largest lizard alive in our time.
I've admired the Komodo Dragons from the first time I saw them. They are amazing survivors but even at the remote Indonesian islands of Komodo and Rincon these animals are becoming quickly an endangered species. Men needs more land when the population grows. Therefore, if you want to see these magnificent animals in the wild, do not hesitate and visit either Komod or Rincon... This 6 days is an excellent option... check it our!
Aug 15, 2013
The Sunda Express - 6 Days / 5 Nights
Some people love to go in larger organized tours, others prefer to gon their own.
This Sunda Express is especially for those who love to do things on their own. You will travel Jakarta to Yogyakarta in 6 days and see everything there is to see and more.
I've cycled this area but I did it also b6y car and train, just as in this tour. And trust me, both ways are great. Traveling by train in Indonesia is an experience in itself! Highly recommended.
Aug 06, 2013
Adventure Bicycle Touring Newsletter
Finally it's there, the Adventure Bicycle Touring Newsletter! I've tried to make it as valueable for you as possible but it can always be better. I hope you subscribe and let me know what you think:
Aug 01, 2013
Attractions of Kratie, Cambodia
Kratie is not on everyones to be visited list. Understandable if you consider the competition: Angkor amd Phnom Penh. However, there are some things worth to visit in and around Kratie. One of them is certainly the bredding center for the endangered Irrawaddy River dolphins, a fresh water species which is close to be extinct. So visit Kratie... here is more.
Jul 27, 2013
Savannakhet attractions: That Phonh & Stone House
Savannakhet has several interesting attractions including That Phonh & Stone House. Check out why you should visit these attractions.
Jul 07, 2013
Cycling in Thailand
North east Thailand is not as spectacular as other parts of the country. Or so they say. But there are things to visit, like Phi Mai, Muang Tam and (photo below), Phanom Rung.
Jun 30, 2013
Just before the start of yet another bicycle adventure, I found out I need some repairs done. In Bangkok I will have to spend a day to replace my old v-brakes for new ones. No time to buy it online but had I have the opportunity, I would certainly have done so.
Jun 28, 2013
Cycling into North East thailand
From Sunday on I'll be back in Thailand for some cycling. The road will go into north east Thailand. This time I won't cycle out of Bangkok but take the train to Khorat and cycle from there further to visit some ancient sites as Phi Mai, Phanom Rung, Muang Tam and further to Laos and Cambodia. It will be the first time since 1992 I will see Phimai again!
Jun 25, 2013
Mandalay To Bagan Cycling (9D/8N)
The tour starts in Yangon where you will explore some of the capitals famous sites as the Shwedagon pagoda.
From Yangon, you will fly to the former royal capital of Mandalay and start your cycling journey to Bagan. Along the way, you'll get a glimpse at the real face of Burma.
You will visit the villages of Myitche and Monya, filled with glittering temples in whose shadows the farmers gather to sell their produce.
Continue your journey down the mighty Irrawaddy river to the plains of Bagan. See what life is like for the city's inhabitants as you join in the haggling at the Nyaung Oo Market and visit lacquer ware workshop. Then head out of the city, to bike through verdant plains among dozens of gracious stupas and pagodas.
Jun 24, 2013
Splendors of North Laos Biking Tour (5D/4N)
Northern Laos is an adventurer's delight. Quiet roads, diverse terrain, and friendly locals present a side of Laos not often seen by travellers. This 5 day biking tour allows you to discover the hidden splendor of Northern Laos on two wheels. With full vehicle support, you can opt to rest your legs and soak in the view from the comfort of a van! Starting from Luang Prabang, you head north by bike to Oudomxay and on to Luang Nam Tha and further to Muang Sing, Xieng Kok and finishing the tour by boat on the Mekong river.
Jun 23, 2013
Yogyakarta Sightseeing Tour
There is a lot to explore in Yogyakarta/ This tour will show you some of the best and most spectacular sights of the city. Not for nothing, as you will see, is Yogya over the centuries associated with culture.
This 4D/3N tour will show you everything from the Sultan's palace to Borobudur, Prambanan and much more ...
Jun 21, 2013
Saigon To Angkor Wat Bike Ride (11D/10N)
Vietnam cycling tours offers a great bike ride starting in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). It takes a few days to cycle through the Mekong delta to Phnom Penh. From here you will continue following the south of Ton Le Sap lake to Battambang and further to Siem Reap and Angkor.
The journey includes a boat ride from Chai Doc to Phnom Penh and from Battambang to Siem Reap over the Ton Le Sap.
Jun 19, 2013
Hiking to Pulau Betong (Pasir Panjiang)
One of the best kept secrets of Penang is Pasir Panjiang, better known as Pulau Betong beach. Even less known is an interesting hiking trail that leads from the very south point of Penang Gertak Sanggul through fruit yards to Pulau Betong. Here is what that looks like:
View to Pulau Betong
Jun 13, 2013
Hiking tours in Penang
Penang is widely known for it's heritage, its food, it's culture but it is hardly known for it's possibilities to go hiking. Not only the National Park Teluk Bahang is an excellent option, there are some amazingly beautiful trails to hike around the Botanical Gardens.
We offer 3 excellent hikes for beginners and experienced hikers, click on the photo or the link below to see what we offer.
Jun 11, 2013
Cycling from Hanoi to Saigon
In a few weeks I'll be there again, I'll be in Vietnam again and I will cycle a part you can do in the Hanoi to Saigon trail. This is a 10D/9N tour through the most interesting part of Vietnam... check it out.
Jun 07, 2013
Classic Crossing Cambodia: Bangkok to Saigon (15D/14N)
Classic Crossing Cambodia from Bangkok to Saigon shows you the best of the best in Cambodia and a little of Thailand and Vietnam.
The tour starts in Bangkok and goes via Ban Pakard to Battambang, a less explored route for most Cambodia travelers.
You will see Battambang followed by Siem Reap and Angkor. The tour continues to Kampong Thom and Phnom Penh with it's temples and other sights in the capital.
Via Chau Doc, you will enter the Vietnamese Mekong delta and travel to Ho Chi Minh city with a visit to the Cu Chi Tunnels.
You will be amazed how different Cambodia and Vietnam are!
Jun 04, 2013
Hiking at Teluk Bahang
Hiking at Teluk Bahang is different than the region of Botanical Gardens and Air Itam or the south of Penang. The jungle is lusher and wetter die to the sea which is closer. Thus if you are "in" for an afternoon sweating, Teluk Bahang is your place. Apart of that, it's also a beautiful and wild area of flora and fauna. Highly recommended.
May 30, 2013
Updated page of Penang's long abanonded Crag Hotel
Yesterday's hike to Crag Hotel offered me with another series of photos and experiences in the protected rainforest of Penang. It also urged me to update the map I have added on the page of this excellent hike (so far my favorite hike in the area of Botanical Garden and Penang Hill). So here are the updates:
May 26, 2013
Bike & Trek The Shan Hills (7D/6N)
East Burma is the mountainous part of Myanmar. With the Bike & Trek the Shan Hills you will explore this beautiful part of Myanmar. You will start your journey in Heho, from where you'll cycle to Kalaw, a former British Hill Station.
Continue onward on foot as you take a four-day trek to the small town of Pindaya. Along the way you will visit villages home to Danu, Palaung, Shan, and Pa-O people who are all have been living on this land for generations. These people have preserved their culture through the centuries. You will be not only be amazed by their culture but also by their friendliness and warm welcome.
From Pindaya, take a short drive to Nyaung Shwe, one of a handful of towns along the banks of the immense Inle Lake. The lake is home to many Intha families, who live entirely on stilted villages, their crops grown on cleverly suspended floating gardens.
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