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Monthly Archives: April 2014

From tall towers to the tallest: Dubai

How fortunate! Not only friends in Dubai, but a friend who works for Emirates, willing to add James (he arrives tonight!!) and Sarah to his staff travel quota. So we’re enjoying time with a lovely kind and generous family, and our own lovely children too.  Who knows when we will be together again, sadly Sarah … Continue reading »

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Kuala Lumpur: the last post from SE Asia

Neither of us had given much thought to spending time in Kuala Lumpur. Straightaway we realised that there would be no more cycling! The city is criss crossed by huge six or eight lane roads and one way systems. In fact it is difficult to cross from A to B in the city centre on … Continue reading »

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Tan and Chieu

This is Tan and Chieu, a remarkable and generous young couple that we met in a teashop in Tana Rata. They took us in their 4×4 to visit an organic farmstay deep in the highlands, along narrow rough tracks. We dined together and laughed a lot. Their English is superb! It was good fun to … Continue reading »

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A cool climb

Malaysian traffic is awful, too many vehicles going too fast! We find rural roads but some sections are impossible so we catch a train. There’s huge investment in infrastructure, brand new stations all along the line, prompt trains that allow bikes. We notice villages that are completely Chinese so I did some research: 25% of … Continue reading »

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Georgetown, Penang and the longest bridge in SE Asia

Kualah Kedah really has nothing to offer cyclists/ tourists except it’s a stopover between Langkawi and a coastal route south. We stayed here, nice people but the only room with a window is at the front, and the cafés and traffic continued noisily until 3am. Dinner was either battered tofu in soup or fried with … Continue reading »

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