• Gunung Belumut
    Hiking,  Malaysia,  Short Trips

    Gunung Belumut (1,010m): Kluang’s “tougher” mountain

    Gunung Belumut (1,010m), is located in Kluang, Johor, Malaysia, just beside the other more popular hike, Gunung Lambak. The name “Belumut” is supposedly derived from the word ‘Berlumut’, which kinda means mossy. The trail itself isn’t really mossy, but I can tell you it is definitely forest-y. The hike itself isn’t particularly difficult even though it might seem higher than Gunung Lambak or Gunung Datuk. In fact, at 1,010, the third tallest mountain in Johor, and slightly shorter than Gunung Ledang or Mount Ophir. Therefore, many people use Gunung Belumut as a training hike, to prepare them for tougher hikes like Kinabalu or Mount Ophir/Gunung Ledang. Gunung Belumut is frankly not the…

  • Gunung Angsi
    Hiking,  Malaysia,  Short Trips

    Gunung Angsi (825m): Trans Hike via Ulu Bendul – Bukit Putus

    Gunung Angsi (825m), is located in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Many people compare it to the other hike in Negeri Sembilan, Gunung Datuk (885m), as it is similar in height and in the same area. The good thing about Gunung Angsi is that it has 2 different trails to the summit. One can choose to ascend from either Ulu Bendul, or from Bukit Putus. This means that you can do a “trans hike”, or a loop, ascending from one trail and descending from the other. However, there is a 4 km distance between both trail-heads, so if you do a trans hike you would have to cross that distance! The trail…

  • Broga Hill
    Hiking,  Malaysia,  Short Trips

    Broga Hill (400m): A Detailed Guide to Hiking Broga by Yourself

    Broga Hill (400m), also known as “Bukit Lalang” by the locals is located in Semenyih, Selangor, Malaysia, and just about 45 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur. It is an extremely popular weekend hike because of its panoramic view and various viewpoints (3 hilltops). This is especially so for most Malaysians, or for the urbanites who live in KL. For Singaporeans, it is a popular beginner sunrise hike, one that gives you a chance to see the “sea of clouds”. I honestly think the idea of seeing the “sea of clouds” is overrated. It is a beautiful sight for sure, but you see it in almost every hike in Asia. In…

  • Lambak
    Datuk,  Hiking,  Malaysia,  Short Trips

    Gunung Lambak (510m): A Detailed Guide to Hiking Kluang’s Mountain

    Gunung Lambak (510m) is located in Kluang District, Johor, Malaysia, 2 hours from Singapore. It is another extremely popular hike in Malaysia for both locals and Singaporeans. It is free to hike with no logistical hassle, short in duration (~2h of hiking), has a variety of routes and also only a short distance from Singapore. Additionally, one can easily combine it with some famous Kluang coffee for a day trip from Singapore! Don’t be confused with Klang (which is much further away) However, the hike itself isn’t particularly spectacular. There isn’t much of a view at the top of the summit. It can also be quite confusing as there are…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

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