Ayer Itam – Balik Pulau, Penang
Penang itself is a beautiful island full of nooks and crannies rich with all kinds of history and scenery, but this particular route is not often traveled. Kicking off from one of the most spectacular Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia, the Kek Lok Si temple, this trek takes you into the little road through the jungle that leads up to the Ayer Itam Dam, where you can disembark to go on a hike, or continue on spiraling asphalt roads and backyard cement roads all the way to Balik Pulau across the island. Stop by the modest Ngoh Han Hill temple, where the best view of the island is to be found. The entire adventure is over 12 km, so pace yourself accordingly, and watch out for motorbikes and slow walkers.