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Mount Bunga Buah


Bunga Buah


We set off early in the morning to the small town of Goh Tong Jaya, which is a satellite town of Genting named after the former chairman of the Genting Group. We gathered at the 'Nasi Kandar Genting' mamak shop just next to the Seri Malaysia Hotel at 08:00, where we stocked up on some Nasi Lemak for breakfast as well as bottles of water to sustain us throughout the trek. Read more

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Pine Tree Hill


Pine Tree Hill


The early gathering of the Kuala Lumpur Hiking & Trail Running group at the Fraser's Hill clocktower at 07:15 was very welcome after the long ride in the early hours of the morning. I found the night before to be completely devoid of sleep and as seems to always be the case, weariness began to creep in just as we were setting out. Read more

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Kubang Gajah Waterfall

Tabur West - Tabur East - Tabur Far East - Tabur Extreme

Tabur Hill


The trek to the Kubang Gajah Waterfall ("Elephant Waterhole"), that is also known as 'Sungai Ampang Waterfall', 'Kemensah Waterfall', as well as 'Sofea Jane Waterfall', was preceded by a trek up to Tabur West that had been organized for several couchsurfers. I won't go into the details of the Tabur trek as Tabur (West) has already been covered in one of my earlier posts. The Movescount details for this trek can be found here though if you are interested. Read more

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Rawa Island


Rawa Island Package


The relatively unknown island of Rawa in Johor is different from many Malaysian islands that I have been to in the sense that it is owned by the Johor Royal family and that your entire stay at the island is paid for in a package that includes two nights of accommodation, the boat transfers to and from the island back to Mersing, and all the meals (from dinner the evening of arrival to lunch the day of departure). I would normally be repelled by the idea of a travel package as my regular travel style allows me to completely control every element and fine tune and customize it according to both the necessity as well as the costs involved. Since another friend was organizing the trip, I decided to just put my fastidious and frugal tendencies aside and to just 'go along for the ride'. Read more

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Saga Hill & Waterfall


Saga Hill


Saga Hill was a pretty straightforward trek compared to almost everything else that I had done before. Despite the pace being very slow as the fairly large group had a lot of beginners, the peak was reached with roughly a half hour of steady trekking. The trail up to the peak lacked a view however but due to the low level of difficulty and it's proximity to the city center, it is optimal for those who are either new to trekking and don't want something too strenuous or for those who are looking for a quick trek close by. We followed trail C which had an ascent that was fairly constant up to the summit, with a trail that seemed to be fairly well maintained, even with steps built in at certain points. Read more

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Mount Bromo


Bus from Bangurasih


I had read up a bit on Surabaya prior to the Bromo trip and because it was reputed to be mainly a commercial metropolitan area without many attractions, I had decided to instead head straight for Probolinggo which lies about 45 kilometres from the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park on the North coast of East Java. To get to Probolinggo from Juanda International Airport, I had to board a Damri bus that was heading to Surabaya's Bungurasih bus terminal (also called Purabaya) and board another bus to Probolinggo from there. The Damri bus (pronounced 'bis' in Bahasa Indonesia) just lay outside the airport arrival terminal and the fee only amounted to IDR15k (MYR5). Read more

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