This post was written by Anna Lee and was originally published by Vulcan Post.
Wanderlust is a common feeling not only for the millennials but for everyone in general, because there is always a sense of curiosity on how the grass is on the other side. While traveling is a great, not all are mobile or well enough to commute long distances to their dream spot.
Besides that, a certain level of fitness is required in order to perform more physical activities, such as skydiving in Philadelphia, diving in Costa Rica or scaling our very own Mount Kinabalu. As such, it is easy to miss out on these picturesque views, and out-of-this-world experiences.
Photo credit: Google Maps
In Malaysia, we are blessed to have an abundance of spell-binding views, including the one you will experience on the highest mountain in our country—Mount Kinabalu. It is a beautiful place but not many are able to get a chance to hike all the way to the top. Due to this, we can only rely on photographs to satisfy our curiosity.
To capture moments on the summit of a mountain is certainly no simple task. In order to get a street view location of a place, one must utilize a Google Street trekker and the device itself weighs close to 20kg! That is why Google Street View imagery is usually created by mounting the street view equipment on a vehicle, typically the roof of a car.
Inside of buildings, the data recording device are placed on trolleys; and in Venice, the canals are photographed from boats. In efforts to capture the beautiful imagery of Mount Kinabalu on Google Street View, the device was strapped onto a mountain guide—imagine lugging the equipment on one’s back!
Malim Gunungs, otherwise known as mountain guides, are considered expert hikers and they are also the ones responsible for snapping Google Street View shots of Mount Kinabalu.
This picture of a Malim Gunung carrying the Google Street View data recorder recently went viral on social media.
Photo credit: SABAH, Malaysia Borneo Facebook page
Over 1000 people “liked” the photograph of a Malim Gunung carrying a Google Street trekker on his back, with a huge smile plastered on his face. The picture also received more than 300 shares and has plenty of comments praising the Malim Gunung’s efforts.
Facebook user Rena Joan added her comment to the post stating: “Cool! Finally I can ‘climb’ the mountain with my 2 year-old son! TQ.”
Photo credit: Google Maps
Street View Operation Lead for Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, Nhazlisham Hamdan said, “We want to showcase the beauty of our own country and attract more visitors to visit and enjoy Malaysia,” adding that Street View now covered 80 per cent of East Malaysia and 90 per cent of Peninsular Malaysia.
Do you want to scale to the highest point of Malaysia? You can do so now without any hard work thanks to Google Street View here.
- 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Malaysia’s Car Number Plates
- 9 F&B Chains That Fooled You Into Thinking They Were NOT Born In Malaysia
- 9 Brands That Actually Weren’t Born in Malaysia
" ExpatGo welcomes and encourages comments, input, and divergent opinions. However, we kindly request that you use suitable language in your comments, and refrain from any sort of personal attack, hate speech, or disparaging rhetoric. Comments not in line with this are subject to removal from the site. "
0Food & Drink
Elevated Afternoon Tea at Sheraton Club
Located on the 31st floor of the Golden Tower, Sheraton Petaling Jaya prepares and elevates its Afternoon Tea set to be served...
The Simple Joys of Cambodian Cuisine
Last year, after editing a dear friend’s cookbook, I wrote the following in dedication to the opportunity: “My few short years as...
Mister Coffee: Malaysia’s Complete Coffee Company
Coffee is enjoying a sustained surge in popularity throughout Malaysia, with hipster cafés cropping up seemingly every week, taking their place beside...
It’s Official: The MM2H Programme Has Been Suspended
Recent articles in the New Straits Times and other local media indicate the “temporary suspension” of the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H)...
Cuti-Cuti Malaysia: An Island Sanctuary Just Off Kota Kinabalu
Lying just off the coastline of Sabah’s Kota Kinabalu is a small gem of a marine park offering recreation to the human...
US: 230K Deaths Projected by November; Malaysia’s Covid-19 Management Holding Steady
Updated August 3 A number of countries around the world which have had relative success battling the coronavirus pandemic are facing new...
Limited Crossing Agreement with Singapore Suggests Borders Won’t Fully Open Anytime Soon
The recent announcement that some limited travel will be permitted across the Causeway to and from Singapore was welcomed, but it is...
Cuti-Cuti Malaysia: Rediscovering Historic George Town
While I usually carry a map on my travels (hardcopy, not on a hand-held device), I prefer to just wander around some...
Study: Three Simple Acts Can Beat Covid-19
Even without a vaccine, if enough people just do three simple things, all of Malaysia’s excellent efforts so far in fighting the...
Government: No More Home Quarantine Allowed; Cops Now Taking Harsher Action Against Those Who Defy RMCO
Ismail Sabri has announced there will be no more second chances or warnings given; violators will now face compounds or jail. As...