For me, hiking is about the journey rather than the destination, and the reward is in summiting or completing the journey. But that’s not true of every hiker. I’ve plenty of hiking buddies who won’t sweat it out for anything less than a peak with a view from the top. If that sounds like you, then you’ll want to set your Waze in the direction of PD and make for Bukit Batu Putih.
At just over 25 square kilometres, Penang National Park is purportedly the smallest national park in the world. Except if you Google “smallest national park in the world” you’ll realise it’s not. Moyenne Island in the Seychelles stakes that claim too, and at 22 acres, the equivalent of 0.09 square kilometres, it’s mathematically a better bet. But hey, who needs superlatives like world ‘s best, worst, biggest or smallest when you have astounding biodiversity, golden beaches and historical attractions that can be visited within a day? Am I right, Penang?
There are plenty of reasons to head to Kuala Kubu Baru. The picturesque park of Taman Millennium and rushing waters of Sungai Selangor are just two of them. Whether the nearby Bukit Batu Pahat, which I climbed with the KL Hiking crew, is another remains debatable.
For me it’s home, for others it’s a stop on the tourist trail. Putrajaya has some impressive buildings, a multitude of parks, a number of lakes and too many bridges – many to nowhere in particular. This long but easy walk, gets you a little bit of all of that.
Bears. They’re so cute and fluffy. Until you see their claws.
You could say the same about the aptly named Bukit Beruang in Melaka. Directly translated from Malay to English as Bear Hill, at a mere 116.3 meters tall, it may sound tame but, depending on your route to its peak and back, it’s ferocity can vary.
Never judge a book by its cover, or a hill by its height. At a mere 120 meters above sea level, Bukit Jugra isn’t immediately obvious as a hiking destination. Yet, rising out of the monotony of monoculture, this virgin forest covered hill surprises for its dramatic views and short but sweaty challenge.
To sum up your adversary you must first size it up, and Mount Ashigara aka Mount Kintoki is supposed to be one of the best places to view my next day’s challenge – the iconic Mount Fuji. If it weren’t for the clouds….