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Who are they and what they do

Pro-Eco Adventure (PEA) is a private company that offers nature adventure tours throughout the Malaysian Peninsula and offers activities that allow you to discover Malaysian culture and traditions.

Annie Le Mens and Stephen Sequerah who started PEA in February 2006 are two camping-in-the-jungle lovers. Both share the same interest – and passion – for trekking in remote wild areas of the Malaysian forest to meet Orang Asli, (the original inhabitants of the peninsular‘s rainforest) and to observe wildlife and fauna. They met during a camping weekend in one such remote Malaysian jungle a few years ago and became close friends. The idea of PEA grew slowly from their willingness to share this unbeaten path with others. They first tested their tours on their own friends and family before extending the experience to the Kuala Lumpur expat community. “Stephen has friends in almost any village in the peninsula, it’s unbelievable, and he knows his own country deeply. As a French expatriate I would understand the expectation of the occidental tourist. We are complementary and we are lucky to work from our passion and enjoy so much sharing it with others”, says Annie. Read the rest of this entry »

Who are they and what do they do

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Anna Pierrot and Larry Scuccato opened the Flying Rhino guesthouse in September 2008, in Kuala Kubu Bharu (KKB for the locals), in Selangor. Before the Flying Rhino, the husband and wife used to work in China, Anna in Education and Lorenzo in Industrial Engineering. They visited Malaysia several times and appreciated the diversity of the many still unspoilt natural areas. Why did they leave their comfortable expat life in China and open the Flying Rhino guesthouse? “We fell in love with the place, and wanted to make a difference by sharing environmental concerns and a life style with other people” said Anna.

Aware of culture and heritage, and keen to not disturb the forest with another land-consuming lodge, they settled on building the guesthouse in the middle of busy KKB, at the foot of Fraser’s Hill. It took them about two years (to find a house, buy it, renovate it, find a local partner, fill up the administrative papers… the list goes on). A huge amount of energy and determination was required to implement the project that lead to the Flying Rhino guesthouse. Read the rest of this entry »

A memorable trail in the jungle with a Semai guide: a unique opportunity to see rare and endangered Rafflesia and Raja Brookes butterflies in the Malaysian Peninsula.

Who are they and what do they do

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SEMAI or the Friends of Eco-tourism and the Conservation of Nature is a non-governmental indigenous community organization formally launched in April 2005. The aim of SEMAI is to protect the rare and endangered Rafflesia and Rajah Brookes Bird-wing butterfly’s habitats in the Bukit Kinta Forest Reserve that surrounds the village. SEMAI is the acronym for Sahabat Ekopelancongan Memuliraan Alam Indah as well as the name of the indigenous people or orang asal (orang asli) of the Kinta forest. Ulu Geroh is the name of the village made up of three Semai settlements. Read the rest of this entry »

A nature escape just 2 hours from KL

Who are they and what they do

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Janice Heng and David Foon live and work in Ipoh. Nature lovers and parents of three boys, they enjoy spending their spare time in natural sites and traveling around Malaysia and South East Asia at an unhurried pace.

A few years ago, they bought a piece of land, a durian orchard, at the foot of the Cabang mountain (Gunung Cabang) and the Cameron Highlands, 6.5km from GOPENG so that they could spend their weekends exploring the jungle, trekking or just enjoying their area. Read the rest of this entry »

Who are they and what do they do

This Special Interest Group, the Heritage Guides, formally known as the Heritage Group, is a professional group of tourist guides able to conduct Heritage tours. They are all licensed tourist guides for Malaysia (that means that they have a tourist guide blue-badge given by the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism).
Initially, the Heritage Group was initiated to enable guides with a special interest in heritage and history to develop their skills and enhance their knowledge in these fields. The Heritage group is part of the Malaysian Tourist Guide Council.
They trained themselves by organizing talks given by experts on heritage and history, by doing research and going on fieldtrips. Read the rest of this entry »

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