Malaysia

Malaysia

The Tiger was loaded onto a banana boat (literally) at Belawan, Indonesia and took a couple of days to ship to Penang, Malaysia.  As passengers aren’t allowed on the boat, I flew and met the bike at port customs.

 

Malaysia Shipping Agent – CAKRA Shipping – Mr Lim (speaks good English and arranged everything – great bloke!). 2nd floor,187 Lebuh Pantai, Penang. GPS ref N5 24.860 E100 20.284.

Belawan Shipping Agent – PT MELDA JAYA – Mr Adnan (speaks OK English).  JL. BANGKA TIMUR, BELAWAN.  GPS ref N3 46.831 E98 41.120. 

 

Penang is a wonderful city – full of history, old forts, beautiful beaches, lively bars and  great food (it was the old British government seat of Straits Settlements, an extension of the British Raj).

 

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George Town on Penang Island. These ‘Clan Jetties’ are a complete village on stilts established by old Chinese immigrants

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You’ll never go hungry in Panang with all the delicious food markets

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Cornwallis Fort

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Mr Lim and his fantastic Touratech Team. Mr Lim had ordered me new Heidenau tyres

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My new tyres 🙂

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The best bike mechanics I’ve ever met – Guan and his son Murphy. I arrived around midday and we all worked on the bike until 01:00 the next morning – 13 hrs! She was like new afterwards: New ‘Surflex’ clutch, brake pads, tyres, chain & sprockets, plugs, oil, filter, plus a whole host of other minor problems…

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Clutch plates almost completely burnt out. The new Surflex clutch has been great ever since

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Guan hard at work

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Backstreets of George Town

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I was feeling good and felt much younger. I think my hair had even started to grow back!

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I thought I needed some exercise and so swapped with a local rickshaw rider for about 2 minutes (it’s hard work!)

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Yep – he’s still got it!

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Penang’s beautiful beaches

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I headed south for a few beers with a friend of a friend, Khan and his mate at Lumut

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I treated myself for 1 night at the local luxury hotel, as I couldn’t be bothered to stumble back too far from the pub

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Exploring some nice little palm oil tracks

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My brother was in Kuala Lumpur for a few days at work, so I timed a meeting. The Petronas Towers are impressive and even beautiful, and were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004

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The Petronas Towers – 451.9 m (1,483 ft)

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I then headed over to the East Coast

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I popped into my old employer, Club Med, at Cherating Beach (I worked in the Bahamas), to say hello

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My Club Med Tour Guide

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Club Med Pool. Luckily I’d missed the ‘Crazy Signs’

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The East Coast is renowned for the nicer beaches

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North of Cherating Beach

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She sells sea shells on the sea shore….

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Great roads, and not much traffic

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I’ve seen camels, wombats, emus, kangaroos, cows, deer, sheep, pigs, chickens, fowl, dogs, cats, snakes, rabbits, rats, mice, ox, donkeys and horses, but this was my first elephant sign, and I hoped I didn’t hit one

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Keyir Dam

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I headed inland to the tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands

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Fancy a cuppa?

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Old British tea plantation

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I loved Malaysia – the roads are some of the best I’ve ever ridden. Everyone speaks English and they’re all really friendly and welcoming. Did I mention the scenery was amazing?

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Heading north to the Thai border

 

 

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