Approx. 10 months in SE Asia visiting majority of countries on motorbikes, camping & backpacking style. Photos taken by iPhone 4s + iDry. You can reach me on blogs /at/ davss /dot/ com.
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Tioman Island, Salang Beach
Tioman Island, Salang Beach
Mersing, Malaysia
A good place for diving & snorkelling. It's the end of the monsoon season so the weather is not that stable. Our fifth day & managed to snorkel 3 times although only once excellent visibility. Still, the reefs are an amazing experience.
Feb 14, 2012 1:50PM
Tioman Island, Salang Beach
Tioman Island, Salang Beach
Feeding fish with biscuits will make them all come to you & eat from hands. They are very curious & playful. Some seem to even play hide & seek game. The colours & views better than pictures. It's tempting me to do a scuba refresher session then dive
Feb 14, 2012 4:52PM
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Taman Nagara Narional Park
Taman Nagara Narional Park
Setting off for a 3 days 2 nights trail into the jungle without a guide cause packages are ridiculously expensive for us. Bumbum Kumbabg is a hide above the ground used for night stays & wild animal spotting with a proper torch.
Feb 18, 2012 10:10AM
Taman Nagara Trails Map
Taman Nagara Trails Map
A simple map of Taman Nagara trails for those interested (download then zoom in for details). Some river crossings are impossible after rain so check which before setting off. A bumbun night has to be booked a day before (5RM/pp) & camping's free.
Feb 18, 2012 10:15AM
Taman Nagara Narional Park
Taman Nagara Narional Park
We take a 7 hours east side trail leading to Bumbun Kumbang via Kuala Terenggan which is about 12km long & rated as very difficult. Only Ada & I going. There are also 5-9 days trips to climb up mountains for those looking for some extreme trekking.
Feb 18, 2012 12:11PM
Taman Nagara Narional Park
Taman Nagara Narional Park
Our trail is mostly climb ups & downs plus small torrents crossings. It gets very muddy thus slippery so it's very easy to slide down causing injury. Holding onto small trees may also shake off some creatures living above onto your upper body.
Feb 18, 2012 12:54PM
Taman Nagara Leeches
Taman Nagara Leeches
Leeches! Nasty creatures get to your blood unnoticed/quick. Ada had over 40 on her feet. Her socks are expensive trekking they easily attach to. Mine cheap artificial slippery nylon so they fall off. Use 2 pairs of socks over trousers to seal up.
Feb 18, 2012 1:23PM
Taman Nagara Narional Park
Taman Nagara Narional Park
Leeches are tough to take off & we use leaves to avoid them attaching to our hands. Some burn them with cigarets or lighters.
This chap was on our trail - it's dead though. Keeping eyes wide open anyway.
Feb 18, 2012 1:39PM
Taman Nagara National Park
Taman Nagara National Park
Massive trees reminding me my trip to the Amazon. The jungle's flora is looking similar with the exception of some plants & spiecies eg. piranhas or tarantula spiders in ground holes. We didn't see snakes neither or maybe I just didn't spot them :)
Feb 18, 2012 3:53PM
Taman Nagara Narional Park
Taman Nagara Narional Park
Reaching civilisation. The trail's quite hard & my knee is bad/sore from carrying a 7-8kg backpack mainly filled by food & water. Ada takes over & proudly carries it most of the trail for me even saved it once from soaking when fell into a torrent.
Feb 18, 2012 4:07PM
Terenggan Hide
Terenggan Hide
Finally! This place looks like it's not been maintained for a longer while. We can replenish water supplies from a tap using purifying tablets (just to be safe) then head off to the Kumbang tower 6 meters above ground to spend night safely.
Feb 18, 2012 4:25PM
A night in the forest
A night in the forest
At the Kumbang tower we meet 5 other trekkers. Teamwork results in fixed toiled & hot drinks. Tap water, candles & food storage box available.At night a rat eats a bit of my backpack where we left forgotten food packaging.Rains & saw no wild animals.
Feb 18, 2012 8:56PM
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Kuala Terenggan
Kuala Terenggan
Pahang, Malaysia
We turn around as we couldn't safely cross a high-water river after rain on an easy west trail leading to Lata Berkoh where intended to spend our 2nd night & do some swimming. A boat ride's to Kuala Tahan base a bit like thrilling rafting.
Feb 19, 2012 11:56AM
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Jeti Kuala Tembeling
Jeti Kuala Tembeling
Jerantut, Malaysia
We were told that can cross the river here. A small & wobbly boat turns up to take all of us with motorbikes. There is no bridge close but getting the bikes onto this boat seems like too hard work so we decide to ride back & to the closest bridge.
Feb 21, 2012 1:02PM
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Road No 8 North
Road No 8 North
Kuala Lipis, Malaysia
Riding on road no 8 to Kota Bharu is a great attraction itself especially for bikers. This old palm plantation is situated between two massive rocks visible from the road. Once one gets in between them it feels like in a very calm & peaceful jungle.
Feb 22, 2012 11:23AM
Road No 8 North
Road No 8 North
Kuala Lipis, Malaysia
Feb 22, 2012 11:25AM
Road No 8 North
Road No 8 North
Padang Tengku, Malaysia
I don't know why this route's not mentioned in guides but we love the sights. There are plenty of rocks composed into very green landscapes.
Feb 22, 2012 11:53AM
Road No 8 North
Road No 8 North
Gua Musang, Malaysia
Feb 22, 2012 12:41PM
Night Market, Kota Bharu
Night Market, Kota Bharu
Kota Bharu, Malaysia
This market's marked on a local city map. We go there to experience food. My first impression was a resemblance of
Myanmar experience. The sounds, scents & surroundings. There was a bad smell of a dead animal coming from a food counter's side.
Feb 22, 2012 8:26PM
Night Market, Kota Bharu
Night Market, Kota Bharu
Kota Bharu, Malaysia
This a typical dish consisting of a dried fish, blue rice (Nasi Kerabu Ikan), eggs, marinated garlic & some other spices. Some things taste like they were 100 years old. The experience is hard to describe but certainly unforgettable.
Feb 22, 2012 8:37PM
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Kota Bharu Trade Centre (KBTC)
Kota Bharu Trade Centre (KBTC)
Kota Bharu, Malaysia
A mixture of fresh fish, headless chickens, spices, vegs+. The outer ring is mainly fruit looking rather tasty & tempting to buy. The inner is where meat & fish are being prepared for sale so expect to soak your flippers in water used in processing.
Feb 23, 2012 2:36PM
Craft Village, Kota Bharu
Craft Village, Kota Bharu
Kota Bharu, Malaysia
Opened in 1991 to preserve & show history about Kelantan's state craftsmanship. There is few shops selling selling wide range of handicrafts souvenirs as well as restaurants serving meals & beverages.
Feb 23, 2012 2:58PM
Craft Museum, Kota Bharu
Craft Museum, Kota Bharu
Kota Bharu, Malaysia
For a symbolic 1RM/pp we visit a craft museum located inside the village.
Feb 23, 2012 2:59PM
Craft Museum, Kota Bharu
Craft Museum, Kota Bharu
Kota Bharu, Malaysia
A collection of examples encompassing textiles eg. batik, ceramics, silver, tools & more. It's a quick visit as the museum is rather small but nevertheless worth coming here. We also pop into an art learning session with kids drawing colourful crabs.
Feb 23, 2012 3:04PM
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Perhentian Islands
Perhentian Islands
Ketengah Jaya, Malaysia
Change of plans - we are not crossing to Thailand. Instead we end up in a paradise on earth. Excellent reefs with crystal clear water. Two islands: small & big more expensive. It's not crowded at all & we often had an entire beach to ourselves.
Feb 24, 2012 3:42PM
Perhentian Islands
Perhentian Islands
Kuala Besut, Malaysia
There is one camp site. It's very basic with filthy toilets & water from a well so no luxuries here but the views are spectacular & snorkelling 20 meters from beaches. So far best place ever.
Feb 24, 2012 6:50PM
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Perhentian Island
Perhentian Island
Reefs
Feb 25, 2012 3:35PM
Clear Water Pulau Perhentian
Clear Water Pulau Perhentian
Ketengah Jaya, Malaysia
Found Nemo! We spotted many colourful small & big fish as well as turtles / sharks. Marine park's live is very rich & diving / snorkel spots located close to each other often not requiring any boat trips.
Feb 25, 2012 5:17PM
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Perhentian Islands - Abdul Beach
Perhentian Islands - Abdul Beach
Feb 26, 2012 3:57PM
Perhentian Islands
Perhentian Islands
Ketengah Jaya, Malaysia
Feb 26, 2012 4:01PM
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Abdul Beach
Abdul Beach
Ketengah Jaya, Malaysia
Feb 27, 2012 6:54PM