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Saturday, 31-Jul-2010 03:55 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Road to China dec 2009 - January 2010

Finally after many days on the road, China here we come
Crossing Mekong, bike on boat
Crossing Mekong River, 280bh
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We have heard it is possible to ride overland from Malaysia into China. During our last trip to Myanmar, we noticed that from North Thailand if we headed east into Laos, we can easily get into China from a little border town Boten. After returning from the trip, we made researched and planned out for this next big adventure.

Late December 2009, a group of 5 of us set out to do an overlander on small bikes to the Chinese Border. We had 18 days leave and a budget of rm2000 each to do it. We left KL at midnite, taking the PLUS hihway, north bound, and enter Thailand at Sadao. Piece of cake so far. We then headed North, sleeping at towns such as Cha-am, Kanchanaburi, Sukhotai, Nan and finally Chiang Khong., a border town with Laos seperated by the great Mekong River. We crossed Mekong on a little boat (easy for us as we travelled on small bikes 150cc) and enter PDR Lao. People's Democratic Republic of Laos. From Houay Xai we travelled westward to Luang Namtha. From then on ,... it s into China at Boten. It was late December, and temperature at nights were below 10*C. Bone chilling experience at some guesthouses we stayed.

All bikes make it safely, and on the return, after rententering Thailand we made a detour, touring the northern sates of Thailand.


Wednesday, 29-Apr-2009 13:23 Email | Share | | Bookmark
North Thailand, Golden Triangle and Burma Dec 2007

The Golden Traingle, where Thailand, Laos and Burma meet..
Katchanapuri death railway..
Death Railway, a grim reminder of horror from the past..
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Cubchais? Did I hear right? ... These are the words I heard rom friends, after I told them that I wanted to do a tour to the Golden Triangle on a cubchai. I know it sounds crazy, but with proper preparation and good planning, it could be done..nothing is impossible.

Travelling on small bikes have their advantages too. Its light, easy to manouvre, consume less petrol and parts are easily available too if it gets damaged. The only factor here, it is slow,. but who needs speed for adventure tours. Being slow you will have more chance of seing places as you passed by, and stopping immediately to take pictures would be a breeze.

We spent a total of 13 days on the road. Its was a fantastic journey. 3 cubs and 2 clutch-type150cc. Total distance was probably in the 5000km region and 3 incidents where the riders were thrown off their bikes. Read on guys, the captions on the pictures will tell the story....



Wednesday, 29-Apr-2009 12:20 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Taman Negara on Bicycles

Our bicycles on top the car upon reaching Bentong Resthouse.
A friend, Zul just before strating off
The writer , at the juction to Taman Negara
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I had always wanted to do something different. I have seen places, a lot of places to be precise and I had spent a freezing night on summit of Gunung Brinchang in a tent too. Boy oh boy, that was crazy. but somehow I simply need a little bit more, an adventure to boost up my morale and someone suggest that we cycle. Bicycle? yeah why not? All these while I had been travelling on motorcycle and I presume cycling should be good for a change. Or at least to give a try? hehe

So on October 2008, me and some friends left for Taman Negara Kuala Tahan. The plan was to ferry our bicycles from Muar to Bentong on a car and from Bentong we will cycle to Jerantut, a distance of 120km. Put a night somewhere at Jerantut and continue cycling early following morning to Kuala Tahan Taman Negara which is approximately 66 kilometers.

Well, the plan worked out fine, and I survived... probably losing a kilo in weight in the process.


Wednesday, 22-Apr-2009 14:17 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Trans Peninsula Ride 2006

Along the hiway reaching Kuantan
At our favorite Chalet, Cherating
The rest of the gang, Cherating
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I have done this a number of times. Traveling from west to east and head north to south, all within the Malaysian Peninsula. The sceneries are breathtaking. Most of the times I would travel with my male counterparts, however for this particular trip most of us brought our wives along. My wife Dr.tt had always wanted to feel how its like to travel the peninsula on her own bike.And this is a chance for her to do so. Its a 3 night 4 days trip and everyone had a superb time on the road, plus a bit of holiday on a boat touring the hinterland of Lake Temenggor and Belum Forest.

From Kuala Lumpur we head on east, taking the newly built LebuhRaya Pantai Timur, and stayed at Cherating. From Cherating we head on North to tour the east coast. If you want to see east coast on it's pristine season, allocate your time during May to October. Its the dryer season and the Monsoon has come to an end. Teh sea is always calm during this time of the year, great time to bask in the sun and have fun in the water. The water is clar too during this season.

Tok Bali was also on our list to stay. Strange name, Tok Bali used to be a small fishing village, but now slowly its been turning into a tourist destination. Also in our list is Tasik Temenggor, where we will stay on a floating Chalet, near Pulau Banding. We will also do a bit of boat tour around the lake and the many islands.....


Monday, 20-Apr-2009 12:56 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Cherating Weekend Retreat 2005

Nice cosy landcape.. Tanjong Inn
Getting there along the Tun Razak Hiway..
Dr Tt, wie were allowed to park bikes right at doorstep
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We had always love cherating. A good place to rest for a night or two. And the location from Muar is not that too far away.

And easy ride for both of us on our easyriders, Dr.tt on her Virango 535 and me on my trusted Vulcon 500. In just 4 hours of leasure ride, we could be at Cherating, enjoying the cool seabreeze and unwinding ourselves. There is a place called Tanjung Inn, a nice cosy resort with reasonable price. The landscape is simple, yet has this relaxing atmosphere.....


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