2014 - Backpacking to Amsterdam day 03

Backpacking to Amsterdam, Netherlands and to Stranraer, Scotland
21 May to 26 June 2014 (37days)

Val Allan and I outside our Youth Hostel on Nieuwendijk Street, Amsterdam

Day 03 (23.05.2014 Fri) – Amsterdam Zaanse Schans Village (21km)

In the early morning we went for a walk along the deserted Nieuwendijk Street just outside the hostel's front door before returning back for breakfast. And after breakfast we walked to Central Station to catch the bus to Zaanse Schans Village. We took the 10am bus No.391 from Amsterdam Central station; it stops right outside and costs 7 euro return journey. The buses leave every 30 minutes and the trip takes 50 minutes. The bus link at Central Station is at the bus station at the east side of the main station entrance, at the bridge. To come back the bus leaves from the same bus stop – right outside Zaanse Schans.

Sleeping: The Flying Pig Downtown Youth Hostel
A cold but sunny day - Temp: min.9 – max.18 °C

Catherine and Pauline Toh admiring the buildings along the street.
The Beurs van Berlage is a building on the Damrak, in the centre of Amsterdam. It was designed as a commodity exchange by architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage and constructed between 1896 and 1903.

We had good hostel breakfast at 8.30am.

Zaanse Schans is a small village on the banks of the Zaan River, where all the attractions like several type of real working windmills, cheese farm and clog factory (wooden shoes), complete with tidy green houses. Visiting the village is free of charge, but entering the windmills, museums and other attractions costs a few euros (3.50 for a windmill).

The main entrance to the village.

You can visit both the wooden shoe workshop and the small but impressive clog museum free of charge.

The wooden shoe workshop is located in ‘De Vreede’ warehouse (1750), which was previously used to store grain and snuff.

The warehouse was originally used by the Molenaar Company (which made baby food) in Westzaan. The wooden shoe workshop also includes a large shop with wooden shoes to wear in all colours and sizes as well as miniature clogs, clog slippers, key rings and money boxes. It also includes a wide range of typically Dutch souvenirs to suit every taste.

Not to be missed, because they feature one of the largest and most attractive collections of wooden shoes in the Netherlands.

Wooden shoe workshop - You can see how an expert makes clogs here every day. It takes much less time than you might think!

There are all kinds of beautiful shoes: painted, carved, ice clogs with iron trimmings, horse clogs, arty clogs and clogs from many countries around the world.

Cheese farm Catharina Hoeve - This replica of an authentic Oostzaan farm is fully equipped for cheese making.

There are also demonstrations all day long, and you can learn all about the different stages of cheese production as well as tasting these delicious types of cheese.

In the farm, the staff, who wear traditional clothing, make a variety of different types of cheese. These include Gouda, goat’s cheese and herb cheeses.

The farm shop has all of these delicious cheeses for sale, and much more. De Catharina Hoeve farm was relocated to Zaanse Schans in the late 1980s.

What could be more Dutch than cheese?

Windmill Het Jonge Schaap

The mills in Zaanse Schans - Het Jonge Schaap, De Zoeker, De Kat, De Gekroonde Poelenburg, De Huisman.

Windmill De Os - Between the saw mills Het Jonge Schaap and Het Klaverblad is the hull of the oil mill De Os. The mill was built in 1663 and is one of the oldest industrial windmills in the Zaan. Until 1916 the mill was operating on wind power. In that year, hood, and wings were removed; the Os was converted a warehouse. The barns are now occupied by the mill. The mill body was restored in recent years.

De Bonte Hen - Oil mill De Bonte Hen is situated at the very northernmost end of Zaanse Schans. Built around 1693, this mill is an octagonal smock windmill with a gallery and a revolving cap. The mill continues to produce oil on a regular basis.

It looks like the bell used in Outward Bound School, Lumut

A wedding photo shoot beside the restaurant.

De Hoop op d’Swarte Walvis is one of the best-known and most attractive restaurants in the Netherlands. What’s more, it’s located in a beautiful, historic setting! The restaurant is situated directly on the River Zaan and has a jetty for boating guests and a large terrace. The front of the building, on the main route through Zaanse Schans, also features a charming terrace.

The Flying Pigs on the ceiling.

The bar at the Flying Pig Downtown Hostel is as spacious as it gets and it sells the cheapest beer! However, on this night we had 2 bottles of wine before going to bed at 1am.

A queen-size bed for two in 32 Bed Queen Size Dorm (Double Beds)
Day1: EU23.90pp   Day2: EU31.90pp     total: EU334.80 for 2 nights.
22 May, 2014
32 Bed QS Dorm
   143.40 EUR
23 May, 2014
32 Bed QS Dorm
   191.40 EUR
                                                                       334.80 EUR
Click below to view daily adventures:
Day 01 (21.05.2014 Wed) – MH16 KUL/AMS 2355hr – 0655hr on 22May
Day 02 (22.05.2014 Thr) – Amsterdam City, Holland
Day 03 (23.05.2014 Fri) – Amsterdam Zaanse Schans Village (21km)
Day 04 (24.05.2014 Sat) – KL.1477R AMS/GLA 1535hr - 1605hr Glasgow Airport
Day 05 (25.05.2014 Sun) – Stranraer, Scotland

Day 06 (26.05.2014 Mon) – Fishing station at Lady Bay (15km) Loch Ryan
Day 07 (27.05.2014 Tue) – Portpatrick and Mull of Galloway Lighthouse (58km)
Day 08 (28.05.2014 Wed) – Lide supermarket (2.8km) and Museum
Day 09 (29.05.2014 Thu) – Exploring Galloway Forest Park (56km)
Day 10 (30.05.2014 Fri) – Kirkland Fishery Farm in Leswalt (4.6km)

Day 11 (31.05.2014 Sat) – Exploring Galloway Forest Park (60km)
Day 12 (01.06.2014 Sun) – Trekking 20.8km Loch Ryan Coastal Path
Day 13 (02.06.2014 Mon) – A free and easy rest day
Day 14 (03.06.2014 Tue) – To Robert Burns Cottage at Alloway (78km)
Day 15 (04.06.2014 Wed) – Fishing station at Lady Bay (15km) Loch Ryan

Day 16 (05.06.2014 Thu) – A trip to the Giant Causeway (153km) by coach
Day 17 (06.06.2014 Fri) – Trekking 4km Ardwell Pond, Ardwell Bay (18km)
Day 18 (07.06.2014 Sat) – Our ladies went shopping in Ayr (72km)
Day 19 (08.06.2014 Sun) – Visiting Isabelle/Robert in Newton Steward (50km)
Day 20 (09.06.2014 Mon) – Overnight stay at Fishing Station, Lady Bay Loch Ryan

Day 21 (10.06.2014 Tue) – Visited a farm using automated milking
Day 22 (11.06.2014 Wed) – Day 1 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 23 (12.06.2014 Thu) – Day 2 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 24 (13.06.2014 Fri) – Day 3 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 25 (14.06.2014 Sat) – Day 4 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland

Day 26 (15.06.2014 Sun) – Day 5 of Scenic West Coast Tour, Scotland
Day 27 (16.06.2014 Mon) – Allan and Pauline 50th wedding anniversary
Day 28 (17.06.2014 Tue) – Mysterious beach walk at Loch Larbrax, Scotland
Day 29 (18.06.2014 Wed) – Lake Loweswater, Lake District, UK (day1)
Day 30 (19.06.2014 Thu) – Outward Bound Ullswater, Lake Ullswater (day2)

Day 31 (20.06.2014 Fri) – Return from Lake District (day3)
Day 32 (21.06.2014 Sat) – Our last visit to the bothy at Lady Bay
Day 33 (22.06.2014 Sun) – A farewell dinner hosted by Margaret Modrate
Day 34 (23.06.2014 Mon) – A farewell tea hosted by Vera Little
Day 35 (24.06.2014 Tue) – To Glasgow for a night stay for next day flight

Day 36 (25.6.2014Wed) Glasgow 6am to Amsterdam 8.40//MH17 12noon to KLIA
Day 37 (26.06.2014 Thu) – MH17 touched down at KLIA at 6.20am.


  1. Thanks Ching for sharing, simply beautiful. If you have yet to explore the other parts of Scandinavian countries, please do so. Simply awesome!!! Thank you

  2. Very nice at first glance. The pictures are much clearer & colourful than the FB posted pictures. Great hires camera you got there. Make you want to buy ticket & travel tomorrow!
    Thanks, Cheers

  3. Dianne Cheong (PM Dr.) Lee Mei13 August, 2014

    Thanks for sharing your travels with me. The trip to Amsterdam is very informative to me. I'll be going to Amsterdam this 21-24 Aug for IEEE Sections Congress. I hope not to miss those places you mentioned.

    Thank you once again.

    Dianne Cheong Lee Mei, PhD, SMIEEE
    Chair of Communication/Newsletter IEEE Malaysia Section 2014
    SIGHT Coordinator IEEE Malaysia Section 2014
    Publication Chair 2014 IEEE R10 Symposium
    ExComm Technology Management Council IEEE Malaysia Section 2014
    Associate Member, UiTM Institute of Forensic Science

    Associate Professor Dr
    Penyelaras RMU/inovasi/Pengkomersilan
    Universiti Teknologi MARA
    Cawangan Negeri Sembilan
    Kampus Seremban 3
    70300 Seremban Negeri Sembilan
    Tel: (+6) 016 6504649/06 6342425

  4. Hi Neng Bin I can see you all are having really good time. Scotland is really nice. It has been a long time since I went there. When you are in Penang let me know n we can catch up.

  5. Wingmills along placid waterways, wooden clogs of all sizes and colours in Westzaan, well-known dairy products like cheese etc reminds us what Netherlands is famous for. As the curious tourists walked along the riverine areas, typical Dutch houses of varied designs lined the road-pleasant sight. It's comfortable strolling minus the heavy traffic of other busy cities. Imagine the once powerful nation colonised South Seas region that included Malacca could present such a peaceful picture of calm. What a feeling!

    Alan Kok