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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!
May 15, 2013
Getting through KL
I am going to be flying into KL with my bike in July. As I have never done this before I am not sure how its going to go. a) Is it best to unpack my bike
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Apr 17, 2013
Hiking to Tiger Hill
The hike to Tiger Hill is a challenging one. It's not so much the difficulty but more the will to explore a part of the island few people ever visit. Some might have the fear to get lost in the wilderness. Others simply fear to loose the path.
During my first hike to Tiger I had that feeling despite very good descriptions where to walk. I KNEW I wasn't lost but ... I was in a valley all surrounded by hills and I didn't even know it existed!
So have a look at my Tiger Hill/Penang Hill hike and see if you are interested. Trust me, it's a beautiful trail, easy to find, challenging but not too difficult!
Apr 14, 2013
Hiking to the Ngoh Han Hill and Ngoh Han Hill Temple
This is a great 3-4 hours hike in the hills of Penang. It's also in an area not a lot of people ever come (contrary to Penang Hill, it's always quiet on the trails).
Bonus are the waterfalls on the way up to 4 Way Junction!
Apr 13, 2013
Hiking and cycling in Penang
Penang is known for the Batu Ferringhi beach, the UNESCO heritage area, the fantastic food but did you know there is a lot of beautiful nature to explore. Of course there is Teluk Bahang, the smallest national park in Malaysia but there is more. This page is an introduction into some of the lesser known trails to hike and bike in the hills of Penang.
Apr 12, 2013
Cycling around Penang
Explore Penang on bicycle. No, I do not mean the city center, I mean the areas a bit further away. This page shows you how and where to cycle in Penang where a lot less tourists ever come:
Apr 09, 2013
When I am on the road and meet other cyclists, I can not wonder how some even can cycle. It looks like they don't car5e at all for their bike at all. When you're on the road, your bike is your best friend and, imho, you should take good care of it. Here are some tips how to maintain your bike in perfect condition so you don't need the bicycle repairman too much.
Apr 05, 2013
My top 10 bicycle vacations
Making a top 10 of best bicycle vacations is difficult. In fact it is so difficult that I could every day make a list and every day it would be different. There have been so many wonderful places I have visited on bicycle. Anyway, here's a list ... from 10 to 1 .... click on the photo ...
Apr 02, 2013
Cycling in Malaysia: Kuala Sepetang
The west coast of Malaysia has a lot to offer to cyclists (and other travelers). Unfortunatelt many skip most of West Malaysia because they seem to think there's little of interest.
Take for example a little day trip from Taiping 15 km west to Kuala Sepetang. Foreigners seldom come here but it is certainly worth a visit. What to find? Spectacular mangrove forest and charcoal factories. A great day out.
Mar 27, 2013
Hunza, north Pakistan
One of the most beautiful and spectacular places I traveled (and cycled, yes I did both by bus and a year later by bicycle). Hunza is one of those valleys you have to see to believe it...
Mar 23, 2013
Iran, a wonderful country to cycle
Iran is one of those countries with a bad reputation. And yes, politics suck here too. But one thing can't be ignored, the people of Iran belong to some of the most hospitable I have ever encountered. Absolute amazing. Read more...
Mar 21, 2013
Daishen, the man who cycled China with one arm and one leg
Daishen was a man who had only one arm and one leg and was able to ride his bicycle all over China. He wrote a book about it. The first time I met him was in the late 1990's in Dali only to meet him again 10 years later in Yangshuo.
Mar 18, 2013
Brunei is a little oil state in north Borneo with borders with Malaysia. There isn't much to keep you here for a long time but as an overnight stop it certainly has some things you want to explore.
Mar 18, 2013
My Son ruins in Central Vietnam
These ruins are not as extensive or as spectacular as for example Angkor in neighboring Cambodia but they rival easily any other complex, including those around Nha Trang in beauty and setting.
Despite it's more remote location, this is a must see in Central Vietnam. It's easy by motorbike from Hoi An.
Mar 16, 2013
Stung Treng and the road to the Cambodian and Lao border
North Cambodia doesn't see a whole lot of tourists but its increasing since the Cambodian-Lao border is open for international tourism. The road is on both sides in excellent condition too.
Some might disagree but I think it's a great road to cycle, pretty easy, very empty too. But I enjoyed it very much.
Mar 03, 2013
Few countries in Asia have a better infrastructure than Vietnam when it's about organized tours. The Vietnamese have, or so it seems, for everyone and everything a tour available. Here's a selection of tours you might consider:
Feb 20, 2013
Darshan, the entry village to Mt Kailash
Mount Kailash is holy mountain for Tibetans. Interesting the mountain has never been climbed to the top. Several climbers went up to close but decided not to reach the top out of respect for the Tibetan believes.
The kora, a great 3 days walk, is a wonderful experience which I did once in late November. Here is the story:
Feb 19, 2013
Why would you consider traveling by bicycle?
There are many reason why you might consider taking your bicycle for a holiday or a long journey. Reasons can include your desire for adventure, getting off the beaten path or simply the desire to find wide open spaces without any other traffic than ox carts and farmers. This page explains you what other reasons there are to take a bicycle on holiday.
Feb 15, 2013
Sonargaon, the City of Panam (Panam Nagar)
One of the best preserved archeological finding in Bangladesh is the City of Panam (Panam Nagar). It's not far from Dhaka and can easily be done on a day trip. Here's what the old city looks like and I'll tell you a bit of the history.
Feb 14, 2013
The Gwalior Fort is one of the largest forts in northern India. Yet, many skip it "because we have no time to visit yet another fort"! That's sad as this particular fort is very interesting!
Feb 13, 2013
Perak is much overlooked ...
Take for example the possible roads to explore from Taiping to Ipoh! Malaysia is much more than what Malaysia Tourism wants you to believe but you have to dig a little deeper yourself.
Taiping to Ipoh ... ask the locals and they say... nothing much... just highway. They're wrong... see for yourself.
Jan 22, 2013
What kind of shoes are you going to use on the bicycle?
You can of course cycle with normal sport shoes or sandals in tropical countries. Not a problem. Many do so.
I however choose to use sandals with SPD system. It's very comfortable, gives more stability, especially in climbing. Some will claim shoes are better than sandals but that I find only true to some extend. Here's more about the pro's and contras of shoes versus sandals for cycling use.
Jan 11, 2013
Prambanan complex, central Java
The Prambanan temples are World Heritage. The temples are such brilliance that it's even today hard to believe humans have build them. So what must people have thought in the past when they saw the complex? A gift from the gods, I guess... This is a must place to visit...
Jan 05, 2013
Plaosan Temple Complex and Ratu Boko Palace
The Prambanan area has more to offer than Prabanan alone. Just north of the complex the smaller but no less spectacular Plaosan temples are worth to spend time. They're unrelated to Prambanan (strangely) and beautiful.
Just south of the Prambanan complex, the Ratu Boko palace is worth your attention. Although there are some temples, this was a civilian building. It's just 3 km south.
Jan 03, 2013
Bicycle Tours in Cambodia
Get your kicks on route to Cambodia .... personally I think Cambodia is a beautiful country to travel on bicycle. True, most travelers see no more of Cambodia than Angkor Wat and the city of Angkor Thom. But Cambodia has so much more. And on bicycle you'll experience the "real Cambodia"!
Jan 03, 2013
It's named "The Golden City", in reality it's more a sandstone castle but what a castle! It's also a great starting place for some dessert camel trekkings...
Dec 31, 2012
Trekkings in Ladakh
One of the most spectacular provinces in India is without a doubt Ladakh. Here is a good set of potential trekkings with quality guides available.
Dec 28, 2012
Traveling and Tours in Indonesia
The Indonesian archipelago is so big thta when you put the map of Indonesia over Europe and place the most western point of Indoensia on the west part of Ireland, the most eastern part is located on the Ural mountains in Russia.
Hence the tours I can offer you is limited. I can only give you a glimpse of what is possible and what I have traveled myself. So, here are the tours I can recommend:
Dec 27, 2012
Hong Kong Hiking Tour: Sai Kung East Country Park, Beaches and Hakka Villages
Hong Kong is a small place in size but it has a large amount of people living. Obviously these people like to have their fun too. Consequence is that there is a lot to do in Hong Kong. Take this great one day hiking tour and find some amazingly beautiful place you didn't know exist in Hong Kong!
Dec 23, 2012
Time to book your next years bicycle tour
December is usually a good time to think about next years summer bike holiday... so I offer you here a good site with all the great Asian destinations.
Dec 22, 2012
The story of Jim, or how to choose your bicycle
The story of my bicycle which I named Jim. After almost 13 years, he and me have quite some stories told, but what is the story about the bicycle itself? In other words, this is the story how to choose your bicycle
Dec 21, 2012
Cycling in Guangxi, south China
Guangxi is more than Guilin and Yangshuo (plus Liuzhou if you insist. I've cycled across Guangxi several times and was surprised how much natural beauty there is to explore. This page explores some of it.
Dec 20, 2012
Tours in Myanmar
This is the best time of the year to visit Myanmar. Not too hot, little rain, much to see... but what to see? Have a look at what I recommend... and trust me, these tours are really, really good....
Dec 19, 2012
Cycling at Langkawi
Langkawi is not known for it's cycling adventures but for the beaches. Still, you can have a couple of good bike rides around the island and visit some of the best beaches in your life. Langkawi and cycling go very well together:
Dec 16, 2012
Cycling in Asia, what to do, what to expect
Cycling in Asia, what to do, what to expect. Difference in cycling in Asia for long distance cyclist and short holidayers
Dec 16, 2012
Betong to Yala in Thailand
It's not a journey everyone does, in fact, in the 9 years or so I cycle this road regular, I have never met any traveler on this road. Why? There's some nice limestone karst mountains, a dam with a lake side and some more scenic beauty. But unknown makes unwanted. Betong has too much competition from Langkawi/Penang in Malaysia, I guess it will ever be popular. But if you are interested in finding some remote areas in Thailand, this is worth exploring... I've just done it a few days back... again... and again I enjoyed it very much!
Dec 10, 2012
Cycling from Penang/Butterworth to Taiping
There are several possible roads to take out of Butterworth for going to Taiping. Most cyclists take the trunk road via Parit Buntar and Bagan Serai, an uninspiring busy road. There are alternatives... here is one of them:
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