Knapsack Treks

travelogues, adventure stories, book reviews, Asian culture by Chan Joon Yee

Taroko Gorge

You can read all about Taroko Gorge at Wikitravel. In this blog post, I’ll touch on my personal encounter. There are several trains (but not the High Speed Rail) travelling along the east coast of Taiwan. I booked seats on Ju Qiang 筥光号 online, printed out the acknowledgement and collected my tickets at the counter. […]

Maharaja Standard Train Travel

This is the kind of trains which backpackers and other budget travellers to India would be quite unfamiliar. Is this Indian luxury of the highest order? Before you make a booking, you may want to check out the fares. I’m not advertising for them. Go google their website yourself. This is incredible India. Check Out […]

Desaru Trip

Of course it’s “only” Desaru and there isn’t much adventure here, but for a short getaway, it makes perfect sense. We got up and left home at about 0600. It was still dark and the trains were not crowded yet. The queue at Kranji MRT station was also pretty short. Nevertheless, we did encounter some […]

Ostrich Farm

The drive to the ostrich farm (Taman Burung Unta) took about 30mins. It is located near the SE corner of Johor and appeared to be a family business run rather informally inside a kampung. Before we entered the farm proper, the lady boss gave us a brief introduction to ostrich eggs and baby ostriches. We […]

Crocodile Farm

The crocodile farm or taman buaya is located in the west. Wahid took about 30mins to drive us there. We were the first “group” at the farm that day. Those who came direct from Singapore arrived when we were leaving. “Want to buy some chickens to feed the crocodiles?” the lady boss asked me. “Eh […]

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