When the sun goes down, the coastal town of Kuala Selangor is descended upon by tourists, not for its nightlife, but its firefly colonies. April, Richard and I were there recently and checked out the former state capital’s daytime draws.
There’s something raw and primal about the Tengger Caldera in East Java. To look across its vast barren sands and smouldering complex of active volcanoes is to imagine our planet before we arrived.
Often mistaken for Gunung Bromo in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, the charismatic Gunung Batok is frequently photographed but seldom scaled. Which is a darn shame because its aerial view of Bromo is unbeatable.
From Gunung Penanjakan’s view point, Gunung Bromo pales in comparison to the striking form of Gunung Batok next to it and the commanding outline of Gunung Semeru in the far distance. But Bromo’s manageable altitude gain and accessibility make it easily scalable, provided that it doesn’t try to kill you….
The highest peak in Java and third highest in Indonesia after Sumatra’s Kerinchi and Lombok’s Rinjani, Gunung Semeru made me cry. Here’s why….
Located within the 50 hectare Sungai Pandan Forest Reserve on the outskirts of Kuantan, Pandan Waterfall is a dramatic 100 meter vertical torrent that’s almost as wide as it is high. It’s also incredibly accessible with no hiking necessary
I have ridden the public bus from Sorrento to Positano in Italy. At speed. Done the same along the winding curves and granite overhangs of Taroko Gorge in Taiwan. I’ve even survived the precarious ribbon that passes for road between Nepal’s Kathmandu and Pokhara. None of that prepared me for the bus ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi.