Hiking Mount Batur in Bali – A Guide for First-Timers

Fun fact: Mount Batur was the FIRST mountain I’ve ever climbed. Now, 11 years later, I went back and fell in love all over again with the mountain.

How could you not fall in love with a sunrise view so surreal when standing at over 1700m elevation overlooking a village covered in morning mist? That feeling of standing at the top of the world witnessing the birth of a new day, a new beginning is what draws me to hiking.

I first climbed Mount Batur in 2008 when I was in my final year of university. Back then, I was still slim and fit, I managed to reach the summit quite early at 5.17am.

Now, the not-so-fit thirty-something me managed to reach the summit at 5.50am, just moments before the actual sunrise at around 6.10am. Guys, if you’re in your twenties, go climb a mountain NOW!

Now that I’ve climbed Mount Batur twice, I wish to offer some advice for first-time hikers through this post. (more…)

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Siem Reap International Airport: What You Need to Know

Siem Reap International Airport (REP) is the second busiest airport in Cambodia, after Phnom Penh International Airport.

Sieam Reap Airport is the nearest airport to Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes famous remains of Khmer Kingdom, such as Angkor Wat temple. In fact, the distance between Siem Reap airport and Angkor Wat is only 6km!

If this is your first time visiting Siem Reap and you’re worried about what you need to do upon arriving at Siem Reap, don’t be! In this post, I will walk you through the process of arriving at Siem Reap airport, how to get from Siem Reap airport to the town as well as the process of flying out of Siem Reap. (more…)

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