• Datuk
    Datuk,  Hiking,  Malaysia,  Short Trips

    Gunung Datuk (885m): The “Beginner” Trek to Malaysia Mountains

    Mount Datuk (885m) is located at Rembau, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, about an hour away from Malacca. It is one of the most popular treks in Malaysia for both locals and Singaporeans due to the accessibility and ease of doing it. It is also one of the shortest treks in Malaysia but with a challenge and a view at the top. If you ask me, it is one of the best short treks from Singapore. especially for anyone who wishes to get out, or you are a nature or adventure seeker looking for some exercise over the weekend. You can also easily pair it with sightseeing and extremely good food in…

  • Tofo - Nelspruit
    Mozambique,  Short Trips

    Getting from Tofo – Nelspruit : My experience with Tours2moz

    We had completed our dive in Tofo and were done with Mozambique. It was time to make our way back to Nelspruit in South Africa. Now the question was, how were we going to get out of Mozambique/Tofo? There was no way we were taking flights because of the cost. The thought of taking the same Fatimah’s shuttle back to Maputo, before trying to find a transport from Maputo to Nelspruit was unappealing. If we had to take public transport, it would be a nightmare of transfers and full of unknowns. We would have to take an early morning Chappa to Inhambane (no idea what time it opens or where to…

  • Maputo - Tofo
    Mozambique,  Short Trips

    How to get from Maputo – Tofo : My take on Fatimah’s Shuttle Bus

    Tofo beach is popular in Mozambique for diving. It is almost natural for travellers to travel from Maputo (the capital of Mozambique) to Tofo as part of their itinerary for exploring Mozambique. However, Tofo is not a stone’s throw away from Maputo. It is situated 450kms north of Maputo and takes around 8-10 hours by bus. There are a few ways to get to Tofo. By Flight The closest main city to Tofo is the city of Inhambane, about 20kms from Tofo. There is an international airport in Inhambane and there are daily flights from Johannesburg and Maputo to Inhambane. Alternatively, one can fly to Vilankulos which is a 4…

  • Johannesburg - Maputo
    Mozambique,  Short Trips

    A Guide on travelling from Johannesburg to Maputo : via Intercape bus and getting visa on arrival in Mozambique

    Context When we were planning our trip, we decided that the most efficient way was for us to take an overnight bus to Mozambique, Maputo specifically. We decided to leave exploring Johannesburg for the last few days of our trip as our flights were a return trip to Johannesburg and there was an Intercape overnight bus to Maputo. As Maputo, the capital of Mozambique was really close to Johannesburg and Nelspruit, it was a no-brainer to explore travelling overland to Mozambique. Therefore, this was our plan. Our trip was on Dec 2017. Upon landing in Johannesburg, we had half a day to change some money, sight-see or meet a couchsurfer…

  • Leh
    Hiking,  India,  Leh,  Short Trips

    Leh : What to do in and around Leh

    Leh (3524m) is the capital and the entry point into the Ladakh region for Stok Kangri (one of the most accessible 6,000m peaks), Markha Valley or any of the Indian Himalayan peaks. Leh is situated in between the three parallel ranges of the Himalayas, the Zanskar, the Ladakh and the Karakoram as well as the 3 rivers, the Shyok, the Indus and the Zanskar Rivers which flow between these ranges. Littered with fluttering Tibetian flags, surrounded by dramatic and unforgettable landscapes, Leh is an amazing place to visit. Getting in Road-Trips Leh is connected by road via the National Highway 1 to Srinagar or via the Leh-Manali highway to Manali in the south. Both…

  • Sri Lanka Ella Train
    Short Trips,  Sri Lanka

    1 Week in Sri Lanka : My Itinerary

    I was looking for a short getaway for a week and decided on Sri Lanka. If you wish to see it on google map, here is the link : https://goo.gl/maps/7CDjXjzhYU82 This was my Sri Lanka 1 week itinerary. Airport -> Ella ->Travelling Day -> Adam’s Peak -> Dambulla/Pidurangala/Sigiriya-> Kandy -> Airport For a more detailed breakdown, please visit the individual days of my trip. You could also read my tips and guide on how to travel on a budget in Sri Lanka. Expenses My exchange rate was 1 USD for 151.35 Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR).  The following will give you an estimate on how much you spend on items in Sri Lanka. My budget…

  • Sri Lanka Kandy
    Short Trips,  Sri Lanka

    Kandy : A sweet stop for city kids in Sri Lanka

    Every backpacker knows Kandy, maybe because it sounds like “Candy” so everyone wants to visit somewhere sweet. We chose Kandy to be our last stop before flying back to Singapore. Kandy is positioned as the capital of the central province and hill country. It is quite impressive as a city as it is the central hub of Hill Country, where most buses and trains go through Kandy. This contributes to the sprawling mess of the bus station, but also the energy and vibe to the city. There are many restaurants, food places, a growing number of cafes and a better infrastructure built in Kandy as compared to the other areas…

  • Sri Lanka Dambulla Pidurangala
    Hiking,  Pidurangala,  Short Trips,  Sri Lanka

    Dambulla in a day : Dambulla Cave Temple, Sigiriya, Pidurangala

    To the north of the hill country in Sri Lanka, lies most of the historical and cultural sites. Dambulla is host to 2 of the more prominent and culturally significant sites. The Dambulla Cave Temple (aka Golden Temple) and Sigiriya (aka Lion’s Rock) are both declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites and easily accessible from Dambulla. Additionally, within touching distance from Sigiriya is the lesser known and often overlooked alternative Pidurangala. It is also one of the best places to view sunrise or sunset overlooking the majestic Sigiriya. Dambulla is a good place to explore all 3 sites within a day or two as they are all very close to each other.…

  • Sri Lanka Adam's Peak
    Adam's Peak,  Hiking,  Short Trips,  Sri Lanka

    Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) : Climbing Sri Lanka’s most sacred mountain

    Adam’s Peak, or Sri Pada, is often considered a sunrise hike, usually done in the early mornings so that one can see the sunrise at 2,243m on the summit. “Sri Pada”, which is Sacred Footprint” in Sinhalese gets its name from the rock formation near the summit which supposedly is the footprint of Buddha. It is revered as a holy site not only by the Buddhists, but by many other religions such as the Hindus, Muslims and Christians. It is one of the more important pilgrimage site, where Buddhists all over the world travel to scale the mountain. The pilgrimage season lasts from December to May, where it can be unbearably…

  • Sri Lanka Ella Train
    Ella,  Short Trips,  Sri Lanka

    Ella : The Scenic Train Ride

    The train rides around the hill country of Sri Lanka are touted to be the “World’s most scenic train ride”. That is, of course, a grave exaggeration, but it might be the most beautiful train ride in Sri Lanka. Just google that Sri lanka trains/Sri Lanka Scenic trains/Kandy train/Ella train. There are a million travel bloggers spewing the same headlines. It almost seems as if the hype is copy and pasted, with similar pictures of everyone hanging out of the train carriages. The “World most beautiful scenic train ride” to me is actually just another train ride through the hill country. There are many debates on which portion is the…

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