Gunung Stong, Kelantan Malaysia

Introduction

The Gunung Stong State Park (GSSP) also known as Jelawang Jungle lies in central Kelantan.  There are several peaks in the area, the most popular among climbers and hikers are Gunung Stong, Gunung Ayam and Gunung Baha. The other popular attraction is the seven-tiered Stong Waterfalls, reputed to be the highest in Southeast Asia. Not far from GSSP lies a group of caves formed over 225-million years ago. Collectively known as the Dabong limestone caves, the caves have now become a staple part of the tourism packages offered by tour operators to GSSP.

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Mount Rinjani

Introduction

Mount Rinjani is an active volcano on the island of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia.  At 3,726 metres, it is the second highest mountain in Indonesia (excluding West Papua). On top of the volcano is a crater lake called Segara Anak (Child of the Sea). At the eastern edge of the lake is a smaller volcanic cone (post-caldera cone) called Gunung Barujari. The lake changes colour (steel grey, cobalt blue or green) with the direction of sun rays falling on it. At higher elevation, the mountain peaks, floating clouds, crater rim and lake combine to give one of the most spectacular scenery on earth. Mount Rinjani and its surrounding areas are projected by the Gunung Rinjani National Park. At 41, 330 hectares, it is slightly bigger than half the size of Singapore(714 sq km). Although animal sightings – apart from monkeys, are quite rare in the park, there are a few decent hot springs and waterfalls to dip in. Continue reading

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Goechala Trek – (India, Sikkim)

Day 1 (Singapore – Kolkata)

Our trip began with a Silkair night flight from Singapore to Kolkata. We felt our minority presence even before actually reaching India as almost all the passengers on board were Indians. The in-flight dinner served was also typical Indian cuisine- a choice of fish curry or vegetables with basmatic rice.  Our plane landed at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (a.k.a Dum Dum Airport) around 12 midnight. Continue reading

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Gunung Panti

Introduction

Gunung Panti is located just a few kilometers north of Kota Tinggi in Johor. The mountain is part of the Gunung Panti Recreational Forest – a protected secondary forest (from other online sources, it seems that the forest is not really protected after all – presence of logging and quarrying activities). At 531 metres high, the mountain is considered a training ground for those aspire to climb higher peaks like Mount Kinabula, Mount Rinjani etc. Other activities in the area include birdwatching (in Panti Bird Sanctuary) and waterfall trekking (in Kota Tinggi and Pelepah Falls).

Intinerary

We embarked on a day trip to visit the below places in Kota Tinggi:

  1. Gunung Panti
  2. Kota Tinggi Waterfall
  3. Taman Buaya (Crocodile Farm)
  4. Firefly river cruise

The above attractions are all located within an hour drive from one another and we had a vehicle at our disposal. In order to cover all the attractions, we planned an early start and a late return for our trip Continue reading

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Istana

Introduction

The Istana (“Palace in Malay”) is the official residence and office of the President of Singapore. It is also where the president receives and entertains state guests and as well as the working office of the Prime Minister of Singapore. It is located within a large compound along the bustling Orchard Road.

The Istana is built in the 18th Century, modelled after the neo-Palladian style with a tropical layout, similar to a Malay House. It is surrounded by verandahs, louvred windows and panelled doors to promote cross ventilation, giving rise to an airy and cool interior.

The complex was built by the British Colonial Government to house its Governors. Completed in 1869, it was then known as the Government House. During the Japanese occupation (1942-1945), the house was occupied by Field Marshal Count Terauchi, commander of the Japanese Southern Army, and Major General Kawamura, commander of the Singapore Defense Forces. In 1959, the building was handed over to the Singapore Government when Singapore gained self government. It was renamed as the Istana.

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Mount Belumut and Mount Lambak

Introduction

Mount Belumut, standing at 1010m,  is the second tallest mountain (after Mount Ophir at 1276 m) in the state of Johor. It is located about 30 Km east of Kluang town. Mount Lambak, standing at 510 m, is a favourite nature hangout for the locals of Kluang. It is located only 5 km from Kluang town.

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Tan Moh Hong Crocodile Farm

Introduction

“Six decades ago, not long after the end of Second World War, an enterprising Chinese man by the name of Mr. Tan Gua Chua decided that he wanted to share his home with these unloved reptiles. Thus, he set to work, with the help of his family, he transformed the one acre of land that surrounded his home at Upper Serangoon Road into a crocodile farm, which was the first of its kind in Singapore.They started with only ten crocodiles, and with careful breading, the numbers grew rapidly, Being the entrepreneur he was, Mr. Tan opened his farm to the public. Within its premises he set up a factory and a gift shop, where the crocodile skin was processed, made into products then sold at the gift shop. Visitors were free to come in to take a look around without having to pay an entrance fee and this is still the case today.

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Mount Ophir

Introduction

Mount Ophir also known as Gunung Ledang is located in Gunung Ledang National Park. The summit is located between the border of Muar and Melaka. Standing at 1276 m, it is the highest peak in Johor and 64th tallest mountain Malaysia (including Sabah and Sarawak). It is possibly the most climb mountain in the Malaysia.

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