Saturday, February 24, 2024

CNY sau gung loh sang

CNY sau gung loh sang 收工撈生 hike at Bukit Kiara on Sat 3 Feb 2024. 

Wishing everyone a Happy Chinese New Year of the Dragon. 

祝大家 新年快樂; 龍年大吉, 龍馬精神, 龍飛雲翔.

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A group photo at Kiara park entrance
Preparing the yee sang which is hand-carry from car park to Starbucks in the trails
Preparing the yee sang
Yee Sang sponsor by George Siew
Getting ready to loh sang

Variety of food contributed and brought by team members
Gong Hei Fatt Choy! Chinese calligraphy from KK Lim

Posted by KC Leong

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Lata Perahu_ Berekeh_ Penyel

An action-packed 2D1N hiking and sightseeing trip at Sauk and Sungai Siput from 18-19 Nov 2023. 

(1) Lata Perahu waterfall and Dusun Homestay (Sauk town);

(2) Hiking Bukit Berekeh for sunrise and sea of clouds (Sg Siput);

(3) Penyel Waterfall (Sg Siput).

At Sauk town, we went to the local restaurants to try the famous river-fish dishes. At Sungai Siput, we visited a soy sauce factory, and bought some soy products. En route to Ipoh while returning home, we have a nice coffee and toast at the famous Kin Loong Valley Chang Jiang White Coffee. 

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At Dusun Homestay, Sauk ... Ivy Wong, Ivy Chin, Rachel Thang
At Dusun Homestay, on the way to Lata Perahu waterfall
Lata Perahu waterfall
Delicious and fresh river-water fish

Viewing sunrise at Bukit Berekeh, Sungai Siput
Viewing sunrise at Bukit Berekeh
Penyel Waterfall, Sungai Siput ... Felicia Hew, Wey Tyng, Ivy Chin, Vandy Yap, Ivy Wong
Penyel Waterfall ... Rachel Thang
At at soy sauce factory, Sungai Siput
Actual itinerary and timing of post-event updates

Posted by KC Leong

Sunday, November 05, 2023

Phu Kradueng Second Visit

After a lapse of 4 years due to the interruption of Covid, finally, I assemble a team to revisit Phu Kradueng National Park again from 15-22 October 2023. Four years ago, it was a recce trip with LamKF, and I find the place offers superb experience for hikers. 

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This trip ...

Phu Soi Dao National Park - overnight camping;

Phu Kradueng National Park - 3D2N overnight in chalets with hot water bath; sunset view at Mak Dook Cliff; photos shoot at waterfalls and Lomsak Cliff;

Phu Tubberk - overnight in homestay;

Hotel overnight:

At Lampang City - City2 Hotel;

At Loei town - Loei Village Hotel;

Eve of returning, overnight in Lampang City2 Hotel again.

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Phu Soi Dao National Park - overnight camping 
Phu Soi Dao National Park - overnight camping
Phu Soi Dao National Park - overnight camping
Phu Soi Dao National Park - overnight camping
Phu Soi Dao National Park - overnight camping
Phu Kradueng National Park
Phu Kradueng National Park
Phu Kradueng National Park - the gerai-gerai here have been renovated with totally new facilities
Phu Kradueng National Park - viewing sunset
Phu Kradueng National Park - viewing sunset
Phu Kradueng National Park - one of the many waterfalls
Phu Kradueng National Park - the famous lone pine at Lomsak Cliff
Phu Kradueng National Park
Phu Kradueng National Park - thousands of tents are being set up from Oct to May (following year). 
Phu Tubberk - overnight in homestay. There was too heavy mist that we could not see any sunrise.

Posted by KC Leong

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Johor Hiking 2023

Johor hiking from 10 to 12 June 2023 (Sat-Sun-Mon) covering Gunung Pulai (Day 1), Trans Panti (Day 2) and Gunung Lambak (Day 3 at Kluang).

Round trip timing: G. Pulai = 6 hr; Trans Panti = 7 hr 30 min; G. Lambak = 4 hr. 

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At the start of Gunung Pulai hike

Team members: KC Leong, Chan How Nean, ChongYF, Derrick Tan, Ng LK, Josephine Lee, Mey Wong, Pearly Tan, Rynn, Sabrina Lim, Iris Lee, Wey Tyng, Carrin Kan, Swee Khim.

Gunung Pulai – the peak is a Telekom transmission tower; certain part of the trails is walking by the side of a stream; there are a few waterfalls on the descent journey.
Batu Katak
The group needs to descend this waterfall with the help of ropes
Looking up from the pool below
Another waterfall for this Gunung Pulai hike
Start of Trans Panti from the East

Trans Panti – we took 2 hr 30 min to arrive at the trail head (east) that involved driving our cars and taking the specially arranged 4WD. Traversing from east, to middle and then to the west, this trail would lead one to the Transformer Rock. After 5 hours of hike, we arrived at a nice rest area – complete with tables and benches – overlooking other mountains. The descent journey involved a near vertical drop in abseiling style. The trail head (west) is where Care Haven orphanage home is located where we parked our cars and took bath there.
The famous Transformer Rocks
Apul - the mountain guide from Johor

Mountain guide from Johor – Encik Apul (011-6386 6225) ... he is a good guide in ensuring the safety of all team members; he speaks fluent English; he also boiled water for making hot drinks; for those who are hungry, he even cooked Maggi mee.
A nice rest area up in the mountains (nearer to the west trailhead)
A near vertical rock of almost 50 meters in height
The Care Haven orphanage home at the trailhead of west trail (we parked our cars and took bath after the hike here)
Start of Gunung Lambak at Kluang

Gunung Lambak (Kluang) – this trail is a good exercising ground with the locals with wide and clear paths. The lower parts of the trail are running parallel with a stream with clear water. The peak of the hill is also a Telekom transmission tower. The original plan was to hike Pelepeh Kiri and waterfall (near Gunung Panti) but that venue was closed for maintenance.

At the peak of Gunung Lambak
A stream with cascades of clear water 

Posted by KC Leong.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Danang Holidays

6D5N Danang (Vietnam) trip by Beruas buddies (hometown classmates and schoolmates) from 8 May 2023 ... The weather there was as hot as an oven; a better season is to visit Danang during early April for a cooler weather. Or maybe the heatwave, not only affecting Msia since 9 April 2023, is also affecting Vietnam. 

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(Hoi An 会安) - bamboo basket boat ride at Cam Thanh water coconut village

For a short holiday trip, Danang is a nice place to visit. Facing the east of South China sea, Danang has good sandy beach with many high-rise hotels fronting the sea. The Bana Hills resorts built high up in the mountains with French colonial theme, offers a cooler climate. Located at 1,500m above sea level, the elevation of Bana Hills is 52 meters higher than Cameron Highlands. The most famous landmark at Bana Hills is the Golden Bridge with the signature fingers holding the bridge. 

Hoi An ancient town ... many stalls sell lanterns; they also allow tourists to take photo with a nominal fee

Majority of the tourists in Danang during our visits were from Msia, Taiwan and Korea; visibily missing are the Chinese tourists. The Bana Hills were crowded with people, even on weekdays. On the way back from Danang to Kuala Lumpur, the Air Asia direct flight was almost full, mostly Msian Chinese.

(Hue 顺化) - My Son holyland

(back, left) Goy AC, Yow Choi, Thiam Choy, Le Yoan, Swee Ho, KC Leong, Annie Kwa, Ling CH, Jane Ong;
(front, left) Jen Ying, Lee PM, Loo KH, Thomas Yau, Kee Huat, Nyoke Khuan, Jason Tung, Woo KW.

Danang (Vietnam) trip from 8 May 2023 ... Itinerary:

Day 1 (Hoi An 会安) - bamboo basket boat ride at Cam Thanh water coconut village; Hoi An ancient town;

Day 2 (Hue 顺化) - My Son holyland;

Day 3 (Hue 顺化) - Thien Mu pagoda; Imperial Citadel; Mausoleum of Emperor Khai Dinh; 

Day 4 (Danang 岘港) - Cham museum; Son Tra peninsula, Ling Ung pagoda, Marble mountain;

Day 5 (Danang 岘港) - Bana Hills; night boat cruise;

Day 6 - return to Kuala Lumpur.

Luxury 4-star hotels
Good food
(Danang 岘港) - Son Tra peninsula ... background is Danang beach and the high-rise buildings
(Danang 岘港) - Son Tra peninsula
(Danang 岘港) - the beach at night
(Danang 岘港) - Bana Hills ... main entrance; going up by cable cars
(Danang 岘港) - Bana Hills ... the famous Golden Bridge
(Danang 岘港) - Bana Hills ... with French themed musical show
(Danang 岘港) - Bana Hills
(Danang 岘港) - night boat cruise

Posted by KC Leong.