Gunung Pulai

View from Gunung Pulai to Johor
View from Gunung Pulai halfway mark

Forced out of Singapore by the closure of our Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, three nature-starved friends and I crossed the border to Malaysia Gunung Pulai for a hike this morning.

Gunung is the Malay word for mountain but this is actually a hill (bukit) just over 650m (2,000 feet) high with two telecoms towers on its summit and a 4.7km tar road cut through virgin rain forest.

Its a popular walk with the locals who turned out to be an extremely cordial bunch with ready smiles, friendly eye contacts and warm greetings.

It was just a two-hour climb and less to descend. But that’s enough for our fix – the fresh country air, sounds of birds and insects, sights of lush greenery, the simple sweet scent for nature. Will certainly be back again.

Joan Yap

Towering Seraya trees

Adorable kampong village kids happy for a photo with fellow hikers
Adorable kampong village kids happy for a photo with fellow hikers
Kampong house where you can park your car in their yard for a small fee.
Kampong house where you can park your car in their yard for a small fee.
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