I don’t like the expression ‘best kept secret.’ But if there’s one such thing, you’ll find it here. Ignored by travel books and bloggers, Gopeng is where Malaysians go Kampung. Situated about 2 hours drive from KL - 20 kilometres before Ipoh - it’s the ideal place for rafting, caving and chilling. Ulu River Lounge - Welcome to Eden When we drive up the porch of Gopeng’s Ulu River Lodge, we can only say one word: WOW! The place is a set of pavilions, wooden Suria (mosque) and
They say that hell is in the centre of Earth. They’re wrong. Hell is situated 3726 meters above the ground, on the Indonesian island Lombok. And it’s called Mount Rinjani. Abandon all hope, ye who enter here. This IS going to hurt. But as the great Murakami wrote: 'Pain is inevitable, suffering optional.' Whether you’re shooting a commercial or climbing a mountain, there’s no secret to success, it’s all in the prep. To save yourself from trouble, you need 3 things: 1. the rig
KL might not be as cheap as Bangkok, but it’s still a lot of city for little money. Especially with this list that shows 10 great things to do at zero cost. So long live the crisis. The best things in Kuala Lumpur come for free. 1. Selfie with the Petronas Still haven’t figured out whether Petronas Towers are cool or kitsch. Fact is: they’re big. They’re shiny. And they’re free. At least from the outside. The neighboring KLCC Park also offers a 1 K jogging lane, tons of exoti
In Taman Negara there are basically 2 things you can do: hikes and boat trips. Everything else is just a variation on these themes. That’s why most package tours might be disappointing. Not because agencies are mean or greedy (they’re actually very friendly and helpful), but simply because most activities are not up to standard. I mean: watching a video or a doing a night safari in a palm oil plantation is not very Stanley ‘n Livingstone. Hike ‘n Seek Unlike Bako National Par
Although the map is marked with 14 trails, nobody really hikes in the Cameron Highlands. Most Malaysians just come here to pluck strawberries, drink tea or get stuck in traffic jams. Hiking seems reserved for courageous foreigners with a naïve, romantic vision of the jungle. I’m one of them. And as a result, most trails are badly marked, badly maintained but badass beautiful. My favorite combination: trails 7-3-5 Both trail 5 and 7 start at Agro Technology Park in MARDI - jus
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Travel blog started in Malaysia, the land of the tapir. I am a creative with a passion for traveling. Ideally outdoor & off-the-beaten path. Here are my best travel tips and tales.