2. KUALA LUMPUR TO KOH LANTA, THAILAND 18/03/15

2. KUALA LUMPUR TO KOH LANTA, THAILAND 18/03/15

2015-03-28T15:03:55+00:00March 20th, 2015|Lee & Paul Update|
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Dinner with Feizal, Zahed and Emir (N.B. over 50’s seem to wear glasses!)

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Tili and the Twin Towers

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Getting out of Dodge!

Riding out of KL along the freeway with the twin towers on the horizon and the long road in front was a very liberating feeling – we are on our way! Feizal is leading us out of town and Pete has hired a bike to join us for the day. The Genting Highlands is like a racetrack to the top with spectacular views of KL – a place for expats and locals to get away from the heat. Then we carve up some old favourites on our way to the Cameron Highlands. We always said that the ultimate would be to bring our own bikes here to ride these roads – awesome dry tarmac with no speed limits, no cops, perfect temperatures and the bike you know inside and out! It was very special  for Pete to experience Feizal’s charisma. Paul, Mark and I headed off and stayed in a wonderful little inn just behind the main street. We met some Dutch expat bikers from Singapore over dinner who gave us great tips for our border crossing to Thailand.

Sungai Koyan to Ringlet (Susan's Road)

Sungai Koyan to Ringlet (Susan’s Road)

Tea Plantation in the Cameron Highlands

Tea Plantation in the Cameron Highlands

Great day with Feizal

Great day with Feizal

The boys have planned a route to Gerik which means carving up more amazing Malaysian roads. The paranoia of a cop over the next crest with a speed gun is now long gone!! We are the only vehicles at times and all of sudden – with very little warning – the road is no more! The massive bridge ahead was taken out just before New Year and there is no choice but to backtrack – and do a two hour diversion. We travel through a lot of mountainous country and miles and miles of palm oil plantations which always evokes the question of our planet and what are we doing to it! The temperatures soar later in the day and we are drinking copious bottles of water – luckily they only cost 33 cents AUD! We find a little cheap hotel in Gerik run by Chinese. Coming from Oz I’m always fascinated by the lack of bugs in Malaysia – very few flies, cockroaches, spiders – but lots of cats and dogs!

Where's That Confounded Bridge!

Where’s That Confounded Bridge!

Our last day in Malaysia has another beautiful road past a hydro lake – no traffic again – and we discover a barricade with a huge slip beyond it. Local bikes are going round so we decide to do the same but Paul breaks the little bridge and my bike is still to come! The boys prop one side with rocks and over we go…the sign to say the road is closed is interpreted for us by some truck drivers at the other end! The three of us are riding well now and making good time. On previous advice we head to the duty-free shop near the main border crossing to Thailand and purchase our third party insurance. Then we carry on west over some interesting, rough rural roads to the smaller crossing nearest the coast. Our carnets and passports are stamped and we get the important “Information of Conveyance” which is a must-have document to get out of Thailand! In under two hours we are on our way – we have the first of many border crossings under our belts! We are now in another land – of gentle people, temples, heat haze, rubber trees and no helmets. A long days riding comes to an end in a wonderful little local resort – we are the only guests and they deliver cold beers and a meal to our little balcony overlooking the river – bliss!

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The sign DID say that the road was closed…!

 

We head north and stop for fuel and food in Trang – the town that eats Mark’s Qantas Cash Card for breakfast! We get local currency at the bank instead and decide to not wait for someone to clear the machine! The roads in Thailand are a different tar mix and can be quite slippery on the corners if you’re not careful. We are on pleasant rural roads – lots of little villages, rubber plantations and heaps of little bikes! We’ve decided to avoid Phuket and head for Lanta Island to the south – it involves two ferry crossings – just like going to Straddie (maybe a one stubby trip!) except they are more frequent. Lanta’s sea front is jam-packed with accommodation and bars and we find a very reasonable one that doesn’t disappoint! Food in Thailand is beautiful – always fresh and lots of subtle flavours. Our breakfast earlier in the day was $2 AUD each and the little resort is also very cheap. We will have a full day off the bike here and give the boys time for more route planning with good wifi – Paul is as meticulous as ever with his planning and paperwork. The water is warm and the beers are cold…say no more!!

Special People

Feizal

Feizal

We left KL with Feizal as our escort – riding us off into the wide blue yonder of Malaysia – it was a privilege to spend the day with him as he was due to fly to Australia in two days time with his family. Malaysian Motorcycle Getaways (http://www.ridemalaysia.com.my) will be at the Ulysees Convention in Albury, Victoria, to find new business for their great tours. That is how we met Feizal and it was in 2013 when we took a group up there (including Mark) that Feizal asked us to ride overland to the TT Isle of Man! Back then we just said “yes”, came home and started thinking about the logistics. As it turned out, the seasons do not work in favour of a timed overland trip to the UK and he also could only allocate 3-4 weeks off work. We each designed our own trips and the planning began. Feizal and a group will meet in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2016 to ride to the UK over 3 weeks. Paul and I decided we would go from Malaysia in 2015 – even if it meant just the two of us. Mark was by now very interested and we were well into the planning when we advertised at the Cavendish HUBB meeting for people interested in sharing the costs across China. Pete and Tili took our info and committed in November – we had five riders for China and the booking was made!

Gotcha!

Gotcha!

These three characters have been captured on our Polaroid Z2300 – the fun is watching their faces as it prints out and then being able to gift them the print.


Malaysia

Malaysia

A Day Trip to Melaka

A Day Trip to Melaka

 

20 Comments

  1. Jordan Jones March 25, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Sounds fantastic! Safe travels and wishing you all the best. I look forward to hearing more!

  2. PvG March 23, 2015 at 2:14 am

    I remember all my life being told how important it is for family and friends to eat together, drink together and laugh together. So I will be eating and drinking and laughing with you all the way around the world. You cannot get away so easily!!!
    Thai food now, Turkish and Greek coming up after China and stuff. You can see how important it is now to keep everyone informed about the food. And Cheers Big Ears!!!

  3. Toni March 23, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Gotta watch out for those strange road signs suggesting detours and washed out bridges! 🙂 All part of the adventure……am thinking of unsubscribing from your site – it just makes me want to pack up and go again!

  4. Vicky March 22, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Hi Lee and co great to follow your adventures, the smiles say it all!!!!!!

    Vicky

  5. Raewyn March 21, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    So finally on your way! That is such a great part of the world and I really enjoyed your detail Lee. We will be thinking of you and looking forward to future updates. We just returned from skiing in Colorado, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Sedona, stood on the corner in Winslow- Arizona!!!, and a visit with Beverley in Tucson. A great trip!
    Stay safe
    Raewyn

  6. Phil and Evol March 21, 2015 at 3:27 am

    hi guys
    Looks like things are falling into place – hope the beer is cold and plentiful. Have just returned from Morgan and Wacker in Brisbane after purchasing Evol a new Tour Shell Jacket for our trip to NZ at the end of the year. Keep safe.
    Cheers

  7. Lynn Edwards March 20, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    Wow…great read Lee! Looking forward to the next installment xxx

  8. Annemieke March 20, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Looks fantastic guys.

  9. Bev & Geoff March 20, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    This is great – sharing your travels with relish. I can hear you having fun. x

  10. Sarah March 20, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Sounds awesome, very jealous. Someone’s got to pay taxes hey Dad? Had the same thing happen with Jamie’s card in the machine then he fell asleep on the train and a cleaner found his wallet, I decided to keep everything in my money belt from there on. Enjoy Thailand! Xīk s̄xng khn Singha! (No Changs that’ll blow your socks off)

  11. Mary Batty March 20, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Wow Lee, you will be a travel writer by the end of this trip. Your descriptions are so vivid and entertaining and certainly evoke memories of past trips to Malaysia and Thailand, minus the bike on my part !!

    Looking forward to No 3 x

  12. Suz and John March 20, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    So jealous and some kind of ache in the hip at the mention of Susan’s road, onward!!!

  13. Gillian March 20, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Sounds great, Lee! Loved reading this, take care xo

  14. Beverley March 20, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Sounds like a blast!

  15. alison March 20, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    So much enjoyed your read Lee sounds amazing love alison xx

  16. Keith and Carolyn March 20, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Interesting read. Keep it coming. It is just so interesting to read over a morning cuppa.

  17. E Emma March 20, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Great trips so far, can’t wait for next post. 😉

  18. Pete March 20, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    I am so so jealous!

    Looks like you guys are having a blast!
    Makes me want to go for a ride myself, but its raining damn it!
    Take care over there and i’m looking forward to your next post.

    P.S, I love all the photo’s, the more the better

  19. Jill Stonnell March 20, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    WOW great read Lee. So exciting I would so love to be with you guys, sounds amazing. Look forward to the next chapter. 🙂

  20. Aunty March 20, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    How exciting it sounds! So much to see and take in. Very happy you are able to share it with us! Love you! Go well!

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