• Asahan
    Hiking,  Malaysia,  Ophir

    All You Need To Know About The Asahan Trail For Gunung Ledang/Mount Ophir!

    Gunung Ledang (1,276m), or Mount Ophir, is a popular hiking destination for amateurs or first-time hikers. Gunung Ledang/Mount Ophir is only 1,276 m but it is the highest mountain in Johor, Malaysia. There are 2 main trails to the summit. The commonly used Sagil trail (or also know as Lagenda) and the lesser known and supposedly tougher Asahan trail. To find up more about the Sagil trail, you can read up on my original post. This post concerns the lesser known and used Asahan Trail.  I only decided to do the Asahan trail because I was quite bored of organizing the Sagil trail. The Asahan Trail is a slightly more…

  • 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 Ella Train
    Short Trips,  Sri Lanka

    SRI LANKA : HOW TO TRAVEL SRI LANKA ON A BUDGET

    Why Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka isn’t as massive as its gigantic neighbour India, but it makes for an inexpensive 1-2 week trip in Asia. I spent only 500 SGD in total for my 1 week trip in Sri Lanka. This is inclusive of my flights which is 300 SGD. Sri Lanka is a country of many diverse sights. She is rich in historical and religious sites, has idyllic beaches to relax in and scenic hill country to explore, as well as some of the best national parks in the region for leopards and elephants. We hiked to the summit of Adam’s Peak, explored the scenic hill country using its scenic…

  • Ophir Sagil
    Hiking,  Malaysia,  Ophir

    Gunung Ledang/Mount Ophir : DIY Full Day Hike in Malaysia

    Gunung Ledang, or Mount Ophir which is what us Singaporeans are more used to calling it by, is a popular hiking destination for amateurs or first-time hikers situated in Malaysia. Gunung Ledang is only 1,276 m but it is the highest mountain in Johor. It is an achievable day hike of 4-5 hours up and 3 hours down, peppered with the thrill of some ladders and rope sections but nothing too dangerous. It is also an inexpensive journey (relatively) which makes it a good weekend day trip to do. This post is on the Sagil route. *There are 2020 updates in this post! WHY YOU SHOULD GO Mount Ophir is…

  • Pico De Loro
    Hiking,  Philippines,  Pico De Loro

    Philippines : Day Trip from Manlia : Pico De Loro

    Pico De Loro : The Monolith Mount Pico de Loro, a name which sexily rolls off your tongue like a place to rendezvous with a lover, is a dormant volcano located in the Cavite province on the island of Luzon, Philippines.  It is also known as is also known as Mount Palay-Palay, but Pico De Loro sounds way nicer. The mountain has a clearly distinctive monolith summit, which is also known as “Parrot’s Beak”. Rumors has it that Spanish sea-farers coined it as the pointed summit resembles the shape of a parrot’s beak from far. They used it as a signal to turn east to get to Manila Bay.  According to the some locals, the monolith is…

  • Agung
    Agung,  Bali,  Hiking,  Indonesia

    Hiking Mount Agung (3,031m) – See The Milky Way With The Mother of Volcanoes

    Mount Agung has huge spiritual significance to the people of the island, being the home to the ‘Mother Temple’, temple of Besakih. According to Wikipedia, it “dominates the surrounding area, influencing the climate. The clouds come from the west and Agung takes their water so that the west is lush and green while the east dry and barren.” Balinese legend has it that Agung was created when the Hindu God Pasupati split Mount Meru (the spiritual axis of the universe) and formed Mount Agung with a fragment. 2020 Update: Agung is still not open for hiking due to its constant volcanic activity. This has been the case for a few years.…

  • Batur
    Bali,  Batur,  Hiking,  Indonesia

    Hiking Mount Batur (1,717m) – The Appetizer to Trekking in Bali

    Mount Batur Mount Batur is an active volcano at 1,717 metres. Most visitors do the sunrise trek or hike, which means doing a night climb and watching the sunrise from the summit (if you make it in time). The climb is extremely suited for beginners, with a great view at the summit, a variety of scenery and trail which makes it slightly fun as well. The only downer is that it is usually misty/rainy but that adds to the feel of it most of the time.  It is a good warm-up to Mount Agung. It is an easy climb of about 1.5h up, ending with 15-20 mins of volcanic ash which…

  • Agung,  Bali,  Batur,  Hiking,  Indonesia

    Bali : Double Trouble – Mount Batur + Mount Agung

    Most people go to Bali for a relaxing holiday, dreaming of being in an idyllic setting; lying on the beach chair in one of the numerous resorts or slow walks through small towns and the paddy fields. You could do that, or you could be exploring the active Volcanoes in Bali and gazing at the milky way while waiting for sunrise. Welcome to my 4 days 3 nights 2 Volcanoes and 1-actual-full-night-sleep itinerary for you. Bali boasts 2 active volcanoes. The majestic Mount Agung and its little sister Mount Batur. You can hike both volcanoes within 2 days as both are overnight hikes of varying difficulties. Mount Batur(1,717m) is one of the…

  • Rinjani
    Hiking,  Indonesia,  Rinjani

    Gunung Rinjani : The trek you will never forget

    All You Need To Know About Trekking Rinjani (Almost) Gunung Rinjani ( 3,726 m) contains one of the best treks South-East Asia has to offer. In fact, in my opinion, it was one of my most memorable and enjoyable treks. Okay, “enjoyable” might not be the best word to use. This trek is a pretty holistic and all-encompassing trek, with its breath-taking amazing sights, wide variety of trails, tiring yet not too technically difficult which makes it possible for amateurs to complete. “If I had only 1 trek that I could do in South-East Asia,  it would no doubt be Mount Rinjani.” Just a teaser : volcanic lakes to swim in, savannah grass…

  • Bromo
    Bromo,  Hiking,  Indonesia

    Climbing Mount Bromo : An Alternative Backpacking Route

    Surabaya – Mount Bromo – Malang Looking for a weekend getaway? Hiking Mount Bromo(2,329m) is a simple trip that can be easily done over a weekend. In fact, only 1 day is needed for Mount Bromo. It only takes 15 minutes to climb Mount Bromo from the base of it. Most travellers either book a pre-arranged tour or take the conventional route which is from Surabaya – Mount Bromo – Yogya/Surabaya. This is almost always done through the Probolinggo Bus Terminal Route. My suggestion is to do this alternative circular route, which pays a visit to Malang. From Bromo – Malang, the trip itself takes you through the mountains and…

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