A 125-day adventure by Eric
  • Langkawi

    August 17, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    After a short 35min flight, we arrived at Langkawi. If was a tough decision between Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands. We had booked the honeymoon sweet which was a spacious wooden hut. It was bloody hot out so we relaxed in the room before heading to the main drag to find dinner. We had a few days to explore and relax and plan before heading Borneo.Read more

  • Penang Hill

    August 17, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    On our last day we got up before dawn and climbed Penang Hill. The hike started at the botanical gardens and it was interesting to see how busy the gardens were before sunrise. Everyone was exercising before the days heat. The hike itself was a grueling jungle stair climb followed by 3 km on very steep road. Not a bad pace, we finished the climb in 2 hours. The views at the top were great but the sky was a little hazy. We enjoyed a funicular ride back to the ground and off to catch a flight to Langkawi.Read more

  • Penang National Park

    August 16, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    We had a rewarding trip to Penang National Park. Local transit took us to the gates where we purchased an entrance ticket. This was followed by a 2 hr hike through jungle shoreline, across beaches and up a hill to a secluded lighthouse. Great views but really hot. Some young locals that had run the trail wanted to a take pictures of us at the top of the lighthouse. Following the same track back down the hill we stopped at Monkey Beach for a couple hours for a refreshing swim and a drink. The beach had a few vendors selling refreshments and foods. Given the heat we opted for the more fun water taxi back to the park entrance. Back in town we bought some dinner and a few more Indian treats to snack which we had been really enjoying.Read more

  • Georgetown, Penang

    August 15, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    We hopped on an early bus towards Georgetown, Penang. 3 hours later we arrived. George Town is the colorful, multicultural capital of the Malaysian island of Penang. Once an important Straits of Malacca trading hub, the city is known for its British colonial buildings, Chinese shophouses and mosques. It is also classified as a UNSECO World Heritage site. We started our exploration of the old town and walked colonial district toward the waterfront and by Fort Cornwallis. The heat got the better of us and we retreated to our accommodations for some AC. Georgetown is also famous for it’s street art and street food. We ventured back out in the evening to locate both and were not disappointed. The street art was interesting and mixed real objects with the art. The food was delicious, a mixture of Malaysian, Chinese and Indian.Read more

  • Cameron Highlands

    August 14, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Today we crammed in a few more trails: 10, 2, 3, 6 and 4. Nothing too long or challenging but enough to fill our day. We ended up in Brinchang for lunch but struggled for an hour to find a place we felt like eating. Brinchang is filled with Chinese restaurants but we just weren’t in the mood for Chinese. We capped the night of with dinner in Tanah Rata at a local roti place.Read more

  • Cameron Highlands

    August 13, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We arrived in Cameron Highlands the night before after a 4 hr bus ride that winded its way up to 1,500 metres of elevation. The last portion of the drive was really scenic as we became surrounded by jungle covered mountains and steep drops off as the bus wound around curves. Finally a little relief from the heat. There was still humidity, but a big improvement.

    We stayed at the Cameronian Inn. The accommodations were moderate but we really liked the staff, location and the breakfast. The owner was a lot of fun to talk with and gave us everything we needed to know about hiking in the area. We were warned to stay off one trail where people were frequently mugged.

    For day 1 we packed a lunch and headed to Trail 1. This was the longest and hardest trail which started a short distance from our accommodations and took us up Mt Brinchang to the famed BOH tea planation. We hike through the jungle to the peak of the mountain then followed the road down to the tea planation. The views were great but the tea was served in more of a cafeteria then a tea room (and way too many people). We started our return walk along the road, which we realized was going to be a long one, and accepted a ride from some locals and hopped in the back of their pickup truck.

    The truck ride was great. They dropped us off at the Brinchang weekend night market where we wandered the stalls and purchased our dinner. Everything worked out really well today.
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  • Kuala Lumpur

    August 12, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We enjoyed our accommodations in Kuala Lumpur at the 1000 mile hotel. They were inexpensive, well-kept and in walking distance to many of the city center attractions. Using local transit we made our way to Batu Caves. Batu Caves, one of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions, is a limestone hill comprising three major caves and a number of smaller ones. This 100-year-old temple features idols and statues erected inside the main caves and around it. Incorporated with interior limestone formations said to be around 400 million years old, the temple is considered an important religious landmark by Hindus. The place is over run with tourists, religious worshippers and monkeys.

    We spent the morning exploring and paid for a cave tour. To assist with renovations, tourist are recruited to carry bricks up the large flight of stairs. Interesting method, and efficient. After returning to KL we grabbed our bags caught a late afternoon bus to the Cameron Highlands!
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  • Kuala Lumpur

    August 11, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    We have arrived and Malaysia and are beginning a whole new leg of our trip. I’ve noticed a few things since we have arrived:
    1. The temperature. It’s reaaallllly hot and humid. Bali was hot, but at least there was the ocean or pool to cool off in.
    2. This is a real city. I was surprised how modern Kuala Lumpur is. They have ambitions of being comparable to Singapore by 2020.
    3. The price. Our dollar takes us a lot further here; we can eat a full dinner for about $3 CAD if we go to local stalls.

    Our day was filled with typical city tour stuff. Jungle Park Walk, KL Tower, Petronas Towers and KCLL Park. We bought an iPhone attachment to get wide angle shots of the towers from some sketchy hawkers and felt like typical tourists. To get out of the heat, we would duck into one of many giant malls. In the afternoon a storm rolled in so we tried to hop on a local bus to get us to a mall but the bus sat in traffic not moving for 15 minutes before we decided to get off and run for it. As the storm thundered on we caught the movie Suicide Squad.

    The highlight of Kuala Lumpur came at the end of the day with our food tour. We had heard good things about the food in Malaysia and were blown away. Our guide took us around for 4 hours to local stalls to try interesting food. It was amazing. We had to be rolled home we were so full. The food here is a blend of Chinese, Indian and Malaise. The classic meal being Nasi Lamak, a Malay fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf and typically filled with an egg and other ingredients.
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