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Malaysia

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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Last stop Malaysia

Koh Lipe to Langkawi was an easy boat trip, bikes transferred by long-tailed boat then roped onto the back of the ferry!  We visited Langkawi 26 years ago and read that it had developed after an airport was built. So we expected ( there are those expectations again!) an island like Koh Samui, urbanised on … Continue reading »

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