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3D2N camping in Temenggor Lake, Perak

 

A road sign very rare indeed

A road sign very rare indeed

It’s been a few years since my last visit to Lake Temenggor in Perak. This is probably one of the last few places that will still send a feeling of awe down my spine. While the last few trips here were limited to Orang Asal villages and boathouses, the possibility of camping in the wild of Temenggor is simply something that I cannot miss.

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Why go camping in the jungle

Anytime is a good time to go camping…especially in Malaysia

Anytime is a good time to go camping…especially in Malaysia

I enjoy camping in the jungle. Simple day hikes, kayaking or even the occasional jungle camping are activities I look forward to. I have many friends who share the same interest but very few would actually drop everything on a short notice just to go camping. One time I asked my friend Jim what he would consider as a good time to go camping. His reply was…anytime you can.

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More gear testing time…what next? Seriously?

One of my favourite camping spot…near to KL

One of my favorite camping spot…near to KL

I am beginning to wonder if all my recent jungle camping trips are just excuses to go try out more new gear. There’s more and more new stuff being introduced into the market and I can’t help but start to wonder…what the next thing is after all these gear testing. With all the latest gizmos we could carry, Ben and I decided to do a 2 days 1 night trip to a favorite spot of mine. Quiet time and good food in the jungle is conducive for ‘new project’ ideas.

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Camping in Taman Negara, Merapoh; Final part

Striking a post with a nice looking tree Pic by JC Tan

Striking a post with a nice looking tree Pic by JC Tan

This is my 3rd visit to Taman Negara Merapoh within a year. I never thought I’d visit a single place, which is about 5 hours one way from Kuala Lumpur so many times a year. Camping, trekking and spending time in the jungle as pristine and interesting as this jungle is a reward on its own. There are just too many things to see, explore and experience. I cannot think of a better way to spend my yearly (extended) ‘jungle time’ than trekking and camping in a jungle so beautiful like Taman Negara.

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Camping in Taman Negara; putting outdoor gear to the test

Lee setting up his Hex Fly (upper piece). Compare that with the standard flysheet (draped on the hammock)

Lee setting up his Hex Fly (upper piece). Compare that with the standard flysheet (draped on the hammock)

One of the perks I get these days is getting to test out some of the outdoor gear and camping equipment supplied under Outdoor Gear Malaysia. After all, what’s the use of promoting something that has not been tested out in the jungles of Malaysia? I enjoy bringing the gear out for an actual field test, so that I can better understand the pros & cons of each product. In a way, this sets the shop from the rest in the market.

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Camping in Taman Negara with Mycat & friends

The rivers in Taman Negara are simply beautiful!

The rivers in Taman Negara are simply beautiful!

Opportunities to go camping anywhere in Malaysia is always there but to camp, hike and explore parts of Taman Negara is something that requires some special arrangements. Having done the Mycat Trailblazer and the kayaking trip, I seized the opportunity to join Ash from Mycat on a 4 days 3 nights trek along the border of Taman Negara, Merapoh Pahang.

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What do you do when you go camping in Malaysia? Final

Going camping also means you learn more about the new gadgets out there in the market

What do you guys do when you go camping? Do you guys sit around the fire drinking beer and talk about the Malaysian politics the whole night? These are common questions I get when I tell my (non-camping) friends I am going camping over the weekend…again!
So… I thought perhaps I should take this Perting one night camping trip as an example of what we actually do (among many other things) when we go camping. Now, of course we don do the same thing over and over again, like shopping in the malls, there are always something interesting around…if you keep your eyes and mind open to them!

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A short visit to the lake with Sox

One of Sox’s big achievement this time around…walk up to the end of the jetty!

Lake Bera is probably our favorite get away place. We have made some really good friends there, plus Sox is always welcomed there. This time, it is a short 2D1N trip. It was a trip to get away from it all and to work on my Sepuh Crafts project.

Honestly, this is the sort of place I wanna go with just like minded friends. No tourists, no strangers please. It is almost like our second home now and we feel that it’s the same with Sox.
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When you go camping with like-minded people

Learning to camp in the jungle comfortably is an ongoing process

Almost everyone I know claim to love camping or at the very least ‘the great outdoors’. But experience proves that only a handful would really share and respect each others way of approaching this hobby. While I started ‘camping’ more of a job rather than a hobby, I have come to realize that everyone has their own ‘version’ of camping and there is always something to learn from each other. When the opportunity to go jungle camping with like-minded friends, there is no way to refuse!
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Going camping with the Ibans of Batang Ai, Sarawak- Part III

Iban guide Sabang preparing his hunting pack

My aim going jungle camping with the Ibans from the Longhouses of Batang Ai was to experience and learn their jungle/ bushcraft skills. Though most Ibans have adapted to modern style of living, some basic knowledge still exists. The Ibans from the Longhouses in Batang Ai certainly still live off the land and this was a good opportunity for me.

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