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May 01, 2015

Bukit Laksamana, Western Hill and Tiger Hill

Probably the longest hike I did in Penang. It started in Batu Ferringhi with a hike up to the 2nd highest peak on the island: Bukit Laksamana, and further to the highest peak: Western Hill. From there I went to Tiger Hill. A truly trailblazing effort.

Batu Ferringhi Dam

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Apr 27, 2015

Bukit Laksamana

One of the longest treks on Penang leads from Batu Ferringhi to Penang and the Botanical Gardens (or loops back from Western Hill to Batu Ferringhi). Last Sunday however I choose to climb Bukit Laksamana and turn west to the Tropical Fruit Farm, another interesting twist in hiking in Penang.


Apr 20, 2015

An easy way up to Penang Hill

Penang Hill is for many travelers a must do. But why take the train up if there is an easy and scenic walk? Here's how to do that:

Bungalow at Penang Hill

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Apr 20, 2015

The Batu Ferringhi Loop

Batu Ferringhi, home to 4-5 star hotels and beaches. Few realize there's some awesome hikes to do here too. These hikes typically are for the more experienced hikers as they are more physically demanding and more experience in finding the right trails. This page will help you finding an amazingly beautiful and quiet trail in the vicinity of the Chin Farm Waterfall:

Chin Farm Waterfall

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Mar 23, 2015

Anjung Indah to the southern Relau Pass

This is not a trail for beginners. In fact some of the trail is quite challenging in finding the right track. That said, it's not THAT difficult if you follow my instructions:

Path to the hilltop

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Mar 03, 2015

An alternative way from Paya Terubong to Balik Pulau

This is a reasonable easy hike except at the pass where you have to take care. For the rest it's all nice cement trails and enjoyable hiking. See for yourself!

Banana plantation

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Feb 19, 2015

5 Way Junction to Air Putih

This is one of those trails where you have a good mix of farm land hiking and secondary rainforest. The trail starts at 5 Way Junction, see elsewhere on the website how to get there and from there it's about finding the junction to 4 Way Junction and getting into the valley back to Air Putih. In parts a very challenging and exiting trail!

Bridge over the stream

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Feb 19, 2015

The Anjung Indah - Nan Shan Hills - Nibbinda Loop

If you want to spend as much time in the secondary rainforest and as little time in any other area, this is your trail.

It starts at the Anjung Indah pass to Balik Pulau and from here you will cross the ridge of the Bukit Relau Permanent Forest Reserve to the Nan Shan Hills. once on arrival, it's a short walk steep uphill with some nice views (if weather permits) to the other side where you go straight back in the forest and hike back at the ridge to the Nibbinda Forest Monastery.

Living in Balik Pulau and sometimes having no more than about 3 hours available, this is the trail I love to do!

Bukit Relau Forest Reserve

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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.

Ridge path

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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!

The Hill

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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.

The road to nowhere

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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.

View to Bayan Lepas

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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.


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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!

Nibbinda Loop Map

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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.

Top of the hike from Paya Terubong to Balik Pulau
View to the 2nd Penang Bridge from the top of the Nan Shan Hills

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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!

Bukit Relau Permanent Forest Reserve

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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!

5 Way Junction
5 Way Junction, follow the direction to Tua Pek Kong (the red board)

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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!

Nibbinda Forest Monastery
Goal of the day: to reach the Nibbinda Forest Monastery

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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:

On the way to rain gauge 28
The beautiful forest in between on the way up/down to rain gauge 28

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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

View from rain gauge 28

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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.

Air Itam Dam from high above
The Air Itam dam from high above at the Lean Wah Tong temple entrance

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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.

Bukit Kerajaan

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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.

Balik Pulau to Air Itam road
The forest of Bukit Penara with an easy to follow trail.

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.

Jungle Stream

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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.

Lost in the jungle 

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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

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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.

Beach around Sating Phra

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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.

Yingo town center

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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.

Pak Meng beach
Black Dragon Lake in Lijiang

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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:

Pak Meng beach
A bit further out of Pak Meng Beach

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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:


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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.

Bicycle on the plane
Ready to fly at the airport in Guilin, China

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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!

Cycling in Penang
One of the one way roads into George Town on a quiet day.

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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

Angkor slideshow

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:

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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:

Phanom Rung

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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!

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap Cambodia

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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.

Phimai in north east Thailand

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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!

I'm big, I'm strong and I know it!

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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.

Borobudur, central Java

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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:

My bicycle somewhere down the road

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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.

Kratie, Mekong river dolphins
This is where you hire a boat to see the Mekong dolphins

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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.

Stone House

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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.

Phanom Rung

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Jun 30, 2013

Bicycle materials

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.


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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!

The Golden Buddha of Amnat Charoen

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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.

Monks in Myanmar

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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.

Ladies on the way to the market in Muang Sing
Ladies on the way to the market in Muang Sing

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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 ...

Festivities in Vredeburg
Festivities in Vredenburg, Yogyakarta

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