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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
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:

Perlis

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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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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.

Angkor Wat in miniature at Rolous Group

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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
View to Pulau Betong

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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.

Mushrooms to be found in the forest of Botanical Gardens

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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.

Hanoi, a beautiful little temple in the heart of the city
Beautiful little temple in the heart of the capitol

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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!

Dragon boat races at the Mekong in Phnom Penh
Dragon boat races at the Mekong in Phnom Penh

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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.

Teluk Bahang national park
View at Meromictic Lake

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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:

Crag Hotel
Goal of the day: the long abandoned Crag Hotel

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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.

Inle Lake Mynamar

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May 22, 2013

Street Food Tour in Kuala Lumpur including Hawker Centers

Want to find the best street food in KL and have little time to sort it out yourself? This is an excellent opportunity to join the Street Food Tour in Kuala Lumpur including Hawker Centers.

Open food court at Gurney Drive Penang
Malaysian cuisine: the variety seems endless.

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May 21, 2013

Moongate to #5 and Youth Park

There are several trails that connect the Moongate at the Botanical Gardens in Penang with the Youth Park. This page explores 4 different trails. Make your choice of any of these trails and have fun in the forest of Penang for an hour or 2.

Start of Moongate to Youth Park trail

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May 16, 2013

Moniot Road heritage trails

Not a lot of people realize what a treasure the Penang Hills can offer. For example, the Moniot Road is part of the Penang Heritage Trails and ... few people ever take the time to explore!

Moniot Road Information

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May 14, 2013

Hiking to Crag hotel

This is a trail which for certain can not be cycled, not even by the best and most adventurous cyclists. There's some serious climbing to do, especially on an almost vertical hill not far from the long abandoned hotel. But there's more to tell. read more about this great trail.

Hiking Crag Hotel just before the last climb
Just before the last steep climb up to Crag Hotel

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May 13, 2013

Trails around the Botical Gardens in Penang

Although tourist do visit the Botanical Gardens in Penang, not many know there are some awesome trails to hike. Another example of how unknown has become unwanted.

I have been hiking several of these trails, here is what i found:

Botanical Gardens cascades in the hills

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May 13, 2013

Nipah Guesthouse Pangkor

It's still my favorite guesthouse at Pangkor. Many travelers think the same as it was now twice chosen by Tripadvisor as a first choice too! Real travelers don't lie! Check it out.

Yours truly at Nipah Guesthouse Pangkor

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May 07, 2013

Biking the South of Thailand (10D/9N)

South Thailand is lesser known as a great area to cycle. It's quite unfair because there is a lot to see and it's just as spectacular as the north. Plenty of national parks, limestone karst mountains, terrific beaches and much more.

This tour offers a bit of everything.

Ao Nang beach

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May 06, 2013

Golden Triangle (including the Taj)

Walk through Old Delhi-Jama Masjid, Gurduwara, Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place. This is a great (albeit short) tour through an essential part of India!

Taj Mahal Agra India 

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May 03, 2013

Meandering the Mekong by Bike (4D/3N)

The Mekong delta is very different from the rest of Vietnam and worth to spend a couple of days on the bicycle. Meandering the Mekong by Bike starts in Saigon towards the south you will how the Mekong dominates peoples everyday life.

On the way, you will find fruit orchards, rice fields, and Khmer villages on your way to Tra Vinh. The next day on to Can Tho, the Delta's biggest town, as you ride through the Delta with many traditional villages. On the last day markets will show you what the Delta offers the local population.

Life in the Mekong delta

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May 02, 2013

Terracotta Warriors and Big Wild Goose Pagoda from Xi'an

Terracotta Warriors and Big Wild Goose Pagoda are two of the main attractions in Xian. You simply can't ignore both. Yet, the city offers more than these two. So this tour offers both of the main attractions with stops at some others!

Terracotta Warriors Xian
The Terracotta Warriors Xian, one of the wonders of China

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Apr 30, 2013

Prambaban, UNESCO World Heritage site in Java

Few placed impressed me as much as Prambanan. Angkor of course, the Great Wall and Bagan but further... no not even the Borobudur was less impressive than Prambaban, in my opinion. See for yourself.

At the Prambanan, Java Indonesia, left my bike outside though
At the Prambanan, left my bike outside though

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Apr 28, 2013

Cheng Kon Sze (Ching Jee Chan) temple in Penang

Seen enough temples already in Penang and no desire to visit another? I can understand that. After all, not all temples are that much worth to visit. So what about this one, the Cheng Kon Sze?

In fact the name of the temple is Ching Jee Chan and the deity in the temple is the Cheng Kon Sze! But alright, that's not why you should visit. You could however visit because there is a beautiful antique oil lamp hanging.

But the main reason, imho, is to hike to the temple. It's a great little hike and here is where you can start and where to finish. Trust me, it's worth the effort.

Spectacular view from just below the Cheng Kon Sze to Penang
Spectacular view from just below the temple towards George Town

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Apr 24, 2013

Hampi, one of the many UNESCO World Heritage places in India

I don't know how many UNESCO World Heritage places India has but I know Hampi is one of them and it certainly deserves to be included! See for yourself:

temple ruins of Hampi Karnataka in India

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Apr 23, 2013

The Hoge Veluwe in the Netherlands

The Hoge Veluwe is the green heart of the country. This is Hollands main national park, but the Veluwe itself is larger than the National park.

It's a must visit for all cycling enthusiasts and there is an excellent infrastructure for them including road markers with recommended routes to cycle and the local VVV (Tourism organisation) has great flyers and maps with these routes.

No bicycle? Or no desire but prefer to hike? Same story! great hiking routes and excellent material with the trails available. And bicycles can be rented.

The Veluwe
The Veluwe in autumn

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Apr 19, 2013

Hiking from Botanical Gardens (Moongate) to 84

This is one of the many trails leading from the Botanical Gardens in Penang (these gardens alone are worth to visit!) to Penang Hill.

This page tells about a particular interesting trail on the east slopes of Bukit Cendana (which you also can visit) to resting place 84, about halfway on the road. It's a great little hike and has quite a few challenges and surprises.

Moongate to 84, view to Paya Terubong

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