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?
When I think of Kemensah in Ampang I imagine Bukit Tabur. The Kemensah trail is different. Rather than hike up and along the country’s longest quartz ridge, it wanders its foothills through forests, small fruit orchards and an orang asli village, to provide a different vantage point of this landmark.
At 825 meters, Gunung Angsi in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, is a hill rather than a mountain. But approach it from the Ulu Bendul side and you’ll understand why hikers have made a mountain out of this ‘molehill’.
Located 15 kilometres from Putrajaya, Puchong Hill in Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve isn’t just where I learned to hike, its proximity to home has made it my go to training ground. Let me show you around.
My first visit to Sydney was in 2010. Stephanie had recently moved there and as I was in Queensland for a press junket I had to visit. She introduced me to some of the neighbourhoods – Potts Point, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, took me to the most amazing eateries, and on one ridiculously sunny winter’s day drove me out to Bondi Beach.
Since my Gunung Kinabalu climb was off, and the week was wide open, Matt decided to whisk me off to the wonderful wilds of The Dusun for a night.