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Peter van der Lans
Living a life on bicycle
Living a life on bicycle


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A great and challenging trail in the Batu Ferringhi area of Penang!

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Hiking in Penang, a good and certainly not too difficult trail to the summit of Bukit Papan in south Penang

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More hiking in Penang

Into the wilderness. Yes, there is still quite a bit of raw secondary rainforest in Penang. And even better, it's not only to be found in Penang's National Park: Teluk Bahang.

This page tells the story of a hike right through the heart of the island in the Relau Permanent Forest Reserve and it's as tough as you can get it. Wildlife is to be found here too (though as usual I missed them on the photos) with snakes, squirrels and even an occassional wild boar.

The area described on this page is as remote as you can get it, in other words, if you get in serious troubles, you have a hard time to get out. That said, is it dangerous? Not at all!

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Hiking the Nan Shan Hills in Penang

Although the Nan Shan Hills in Penang (Paya Terubong) are largely an agricultural area, it's still worth to explore it. This is because there are 1. some awesome views to Paya Terubong, George Town, Bayan Lepas and the airport plus views from the higher point to Balik Pulau and Pulau Betong. For that alone it's already worth the effort.

However, there is more. Some of the trails pass virgin secondary rainforest and that is beautiful.

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Hiking Balik Pulau to 5 Way Junction

You might think all trails in Penang are nice tar tracks, motorbike friendly etc. Nothing is further from the truth. There is still a lot of secondary rainforest to explore. This trail starts as many, with a nice road that (partly) steep swindles up to Bukit Elvira.

That however is just the surface. The road ends, just like that. So there's no going through? Oh yes there is... but it ain't easy... It took me visits to get it all right. Here's the whole story:

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Found yesterday in the forest of Penang on this trail:

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Crazy Hiking in Penang

If hiking is on your to do list and you're in Penang, Malaysia, this is a trail you should sort out:

Reason is simple: it's challenging and beautiful.

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Kek Lok Si to Penang Hill

Earlier today someone told me he went to Penang Hill but it was so crazy busy in the funicular train. I said, why didn't you hike up? His answer ... I didn't know that was possible.

So, here's one possible route up to Penang Hill:

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The Nibbinda Loop (a hike in Penang)

An interesting trail leads away from the Balik Pulau town center into the hills to a forest monastery called Nibbinda. It's a cool walk through the orchards to a hilltop nearby. There's some awesome views on the way up.

However, the people you meet on the way will tell you there's no way further it turns out not to be true.. there is a trail and if you want, you can make it through the Bukit Pulau Forest Reserve back to Balik Pulau. Here's how to do that:

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Earlier this week I hiked the Penang hills above the Kek Lok Sio temple. Here's what it looked like:
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