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Batu Caves is a large limestone outcrop famous for its temple which draws in thousands of Hindu devotees every year. The main attraction is its 272 steps leading up to the main temple which is situated 100 meters above the ground and inside a large cave. However what I came to know only recently is that Batu Caves is also a hot spot for a very different sort of activity. What I’m referring to is rock climbing the limestone and granite walls of the mountain. In total Batu Caves has 8 different crags and a total of 170 routes.

Gunung Brinchang (Mount Brinchang) is located in the Cameron Highlands and it is classified as the highest mountain in peninsula Malaysia accessible by road and stands at 2,032 meters (6,667ft) above sea level. Gunung Brinchang is also the second highest mountain in Cameron Highlands. Taking the road up is no challenge so the obvious route to the top is to hike through the jungle which I would personally consider very different compared to other hikes I have been to. 

Gunung Datuk (also known as Mount Rembau or Mount Datuk Rembau) located in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan. Standing at 886 meter above sea level it is by far not the highest mountain around but it does provide hiker with a good view.  The mountain was to become the setting for my first night hike. The original plan was to reach the starting point by 6am and then start hiking up the mountain at the break of dawn. However due to the fact non of the members in the group were able to sleep, we decided to make a move early in order to reach the peak before sunrise.

It had probably been 10 years since I last visited Pulau Pangkor, anyway my family and I decided to have small vacation so we decided to give the island a try. One of the reasons was that its located relatively near to Kuala Lumpur. It took us about 3 hours to drive from the capital to the jetty town of Lumut. Upon arriving in Lumut we realize that much had changed over the years, there were now convenient covered car parks for travelers to leave their cars, a new jetty terminal and many restaurants and shops.