Approx. 10 months in SE Asia visiting majority of countries on motorbikes, camping & backpacking style. Photos taken by iPhone 4s + iDry. You can reach me on blogs /at/ davss /dot/ com.
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Jan 11, 2012   Day 70-97
Malaysia
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Malaysia border
Malaysia border
Kedah, Malaysia
On Malaysian's side about 200 meters RHS frm immigration booths where we got stamped in we paid insurance 83RM/3 months including translated from Thai alphabet registration stickers for our motorbikes to allow locals read our reg plates numbers.
Jan 11, 2012 6:15PM
Malaysia border
Malaysia border
Kedah, Malaysia
Then to transport dept office next to insurance agent to get this cert free of charge. They requested a translation of the motorbike's green reg book only possible on Thai side & it took us long talking to persuade them to issue this cert without it.
Jan 11, 2012 6:57PM
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Kedah, Malaysia
Our second day in Malaysia & we are impressed by food / portions. Thai food was nice but we got a bit bored by few dishes they can offer. At this restaurant we could finally satisfy our stomachs for 2RM per plate! Petrol is also crazy cheap 1.90 RM/L
Jan 12, 2012 12:06PM
Malaysia - Alor Setar
Malaysia - Alor Setar
As soon as we approach Malaysian border it starts to rain & continues pretty much every day. There is only few attractions in this town but nothing exciting. We stop here because of the rain & later decide to catch a ferry to Langkawi island.
Jan 12, 2012 3:38PM
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Malaysia - Alor Setar Mosque
Malaysia - Alor Setar Mosque
Alor Setar, Malaysia
A Masjid Zahir Muslim mosque we came across nearby a famous tower in the city centre. Quiet & pretty plain inside i.e. no ornaments, paintings nor sculptures but only soft carpets to walk on. We were told people gather to pray @ 1PM.
Jan 13, 2012 11:18AM
Malaysia - Kuala Kedan port
Malaysia - Kuala Kedan port
Kuala Kedah, Malaysia
Going from Kuala Kedan to Langkawi island.It's a bank holiday & few agents insisted on leaving motorbikes as there is no cargo.We found out there is an overnight one & checked them in. It's sad to part until pickup next morning.Bikes 70rtn/ferry 23pp
Jan 13, 2012 1:54PM
Langkawi Eagle View
Langkawi Eagle View
Langkawi, Malaysia
Langkawi meaning "Strong Eagle" in the old Malay. Classical literature claims this island as 1 of d resting places of Garuda, the mythological bird that became Vishnu's vehicle. Bird watchers will find here plenty of circling eagles on the sky + more
Jan 13, 2012 6:20PM
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Motorbikes Cargo Pickup
Motorbikes Cargo Pickup
Langkawi, Malaysia
This went very smooth. The cargo company gave us back our keys, security booth issued a card & a slip for customs after taking IDs. We went to fetch the bikes from an internal parking, got signed out, left the signed slip then returned cards for IDs.
Jan 14, 2012 11:52AM
Langkawi - an off-road beach
Langkawi - an off-road beach
Langkawi, Malaysia
A remote beach just before Cenang beach. I don't think it's suitable for swimming but a nice spot if you decide to camp nearby a remote beach.
Jan 14, 2012 1:12PM
Where we camp tonight
Where we camp tonight
Langkawi, Malaysia
Cenang belongs to most popular beaches in Langkawi & you feel it right after arriving. Apart from the usual touristy "things to do" you will find an underwater world attraction which we skip & rather save cash for snorkelling or diving.
Jan 14, 2012 3:42PM
Plenty of tourist attractions
Plenty of tourist attractions
60-70RM for one loop lasting roughly 5 mins. I've never done it & it's tempting.
Jan 14, 2012 6:23PM
Hello from Cenang beach
Hello from Cenang beach
Langkawi, Malaysia
At last we feel like on real vacations, can chill out & not have to think nor deal with any logistics. The weather is nice with some quick showers & spectacular thunders usually @ nights. The beaches are very nice here & waters pleasant for swimming.
Jan 14, 2012 7:10PM
Parachuting @ Sunset
Parachuting @ Sunset
Langkawi, Malaysia
It looks quite amazing although speedboats can be a bit annoying for those looking to have a quiet swim. They pack up before the Sun goes out tho.
Jan 14, 2012 7:16PM
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Home sweet home?
Home sweet home?
Langkawi, Malaysia
Not a bad spot he? No cold, no bills but also no bathroom & occasional showers ;) At late night locals gather to catch some seafood for next day restaurant dishes.
Jan 15, 2012 10:00AM
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Langkawi Oriental Village
Langkawi Oriental Village
Langkawi, Malaysia
Looks & feels more like a shopping mall built into a park. It supposed to contain 30 buildings architecture designs that occur across Malaysia. Frankly, I wouldn't notice any differences if not read before about it.
Jan 16, 2012 1:05PM
Langkawi - Cable car & Sky Bridge
Langkawi - Cable car & Sky Bridge
Langkawi, Malaysia
Apparently it's the best & breath taking attraction on this island. We thought 30RM is a bit too much & the feeling of a over-commercialised thing help to skip it. Also, the visibility was bad as seen on the pic so make sure you check the weather.
Jan 16, 2012 1:56PM
A camp
A camp
Langkawi, Malaysia
It was a rough nigh. Some guy was trying to sneak into our camp three times. We had to do watch turns & set up an alarm around trnts in the end. Then it started to rain as soon as I fall asleep (sleeping under mosquito net) & had to put up a roof.
Jan 16, 2012 6:30PM
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Four Seasons beaches
Four Seasons beaches
Langkawi, Malaysia
Jan 17, 2012 1:13PM
Tanjung Rhu Beach
Tanjung Rhu Beach
Langkawi, Malaysia
A very nice if not the best beach on this island (there are few others but private - odd that you can buy a beech right to water line which is usually impossible in the EU) maintained by locals with some restrictions so no camping here.
Jan 17, 2012 1:55PM
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Widelife Park - Birds Paradise?
Widelife Park - Birds Paradise?
Langkawi, Malaysia
So called but there is few birds like this chained for 10 hours / day to a branch @ the entrance for photos taking that rather feel / look unhappy. It's putting off. For that reason & only we are not going in. Cost: about 23RM.
Jan 18, 2012 12:02PM
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Ulu Legong Hot Spring
Ulu Legong Hot Spring
Baling, Malaysia
We were the only whites here ;) Very hot springs with waters reaching 49C degrees. There are many pools including separate for ladies & children. People usually gather late night & it gets very busy weekends. Cost: 4 RM admission, 5 RM tent inside.
Jan 21, 2012 12:27AM
Palms plantations
Palms plantations
Kuala Ketil, Malaysia
On the way to Tree Top Walking. The plantations & roads are spectacular on motorbikes.
Jan 21, 2012 12:23PM
Tree Top Walk
Tree Top Walk
Karangan, Malaysia
Plenty of flora @ the Tree Top Walking. Though, we thought the price of 10RM is a bit too much for what you get unless you are passionate about trees.
Jan 21, 2012 1:26PM
Sg Sedim Tree Top Walking
Sg Sedim Tree Top Walking
Karangan, Malaysia
Jan 21, 2012 1:39PM
Tree Top Walk
Tree Top Walk
Karangan, Malaysia
At the bottom there is a river with accommodation & rafting attraction (140RM p/p max 6 ppl). You can camp by its shore free of charge & go fishing too.
Jan 21, 2012 2:11PM
Penang Bridge (Jambatan Pulau Pinang)
Penang Bridge (Jambatan Pulau Pinang)
Penang, Malaysia
Longest bridge in Asia.Getting to Penang island. It turns out to be a very populated & busy island particularly east coast with China town where cheap accommodation can be found. We'd like to celebrate our second New Year's Eve but this time Chinese.
Jan 21, 2012 4:27PM
Georgetown - Restoran Kapitan
Georgetown - Restoran Kapitan
George Town, Malaysia
Delicious Indian food @ this place in Little India district with average prices eg 4-11 RM/meal. We enjoy chicken tika masala & butter with nan bread. Indian nan pizza's are delicious too. Free wireless Internet like in many places too.
Jan 21, 2012 7:25PM
Georgetown Town Hall
Georgetown Town Hall
George Town, Malaysia
This was the previous social venue for Penang's elite back in 1880's. Its classic colonial elegance was the backdrop for a scene in the movie, Anna & the King. Located nearby is an ornate fountain presented to the public by Koh Seang in 1883.
Jan 21, 2012 8:48PM
George Town street art
George Town street art
George Town, Malaysia
Jan 21, 2012 9:20PM
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Georgetown - Teochew Temple
Georgetown - Teochew Temple
George Town, Malaysia
A Teochew architecture temple built in 1855 & relocated to Georgetown's china section in 1870. A local told us an interesting story about his grandfather & his multiple wives. The name plates inside represent passed away family members.
Jan 22, 2012 12:17PM
Restoran Kapitan
Restoran Kapitan
George Town, Malaysia
Ohhh man I just love Chicken butter (11.50RM) with nan bread & could have it every day. They have hands wash points in almost every restaurant. This is because many locals eat food with their right hand.
Jan 22, 2012 1:01PM
Kapitan Keling Mosque
Kapitan Keling Mosque
George Town, Malaysia
Founded in 1801, it is the largest historic mosque in George Town. Designed in Moghul architecture, it features beautiful minarets & domes. Video to be added soon.
Jan 22, 2012 1:31PM
Kapitan Keling Mosque
Kapitan Keling Mosque
George Town, Malaysia
Jan 22, 2012 1:35PM
Lanterns
Lanterns
George Town, Malaysia
There are many beautiful lanterns for sale in streets for Chinese NYE.
Jan 22, 2012 1:59PM
George Town - Komtar Tower
George Town - Komtar Tower
George Town, Malaysia
Kompleks Tin Abdul Razak (KOMTAR) is Penang's tallest building, rising 65 storeys. Thr complex is a shopping mall, business hub + admin office for the Penang State Gov. The 60th floor is a public viewing point - unfortunately close for renovation.
Jan 22, 2012 2:27PM
Goddess of Mercy Temple
Goddess of Mercy Temple
George Town, Malaysia
This popular temple is dedicated to Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. The first foundation was laid in 1728 by Chinese settlers and completed in 1800.
Jan 22, 2012 3:55PM
Goddess of Mercy Temple
Goddess of Mercy Temple
George Town, Malaysia
People pay respect to those that passed away.
Jan 22, 2012 3:59PM
Goddess of Mercy Temple
Goddess of Mercy Temple
George Town, Malaysia
They are represented by these plates with names written on them. Though, these are slightly different & have little sculptures of faces embedded.
Jan 22, 2012 4:06PM
Goddess of Mercy Temple
Goddess of Mercy Temple
George Town, Malaysia
Beautiful lamps inside the temple.
Jan 22, 2012 4:10PM
Penang Art Gallery
Penang Art Gallery
George Town, Malaysia
The Penang Art Gallery was officially opened in 1964. The gallery showcases outstanding works by local & international artists including those from Japan & Thailand. Cost: 1RM adult & it's absolutely worth the money.
Jan 22, 2012 4:36PM
Penang State Art Gallery
Penang State Art Gallery
George Town, Malaysia
Some press-cuttings from the old days.
Jan 22, 2012 4:40PM
Penang State Art Gallery
Penang State Art Gallery
George Town, Malaysia
Jan 22, 2012 4:41PM
Penang State Art Gallery
Penang State Art Gallery
Exhibition examples.
Jan 22, 2012 6:08PM
George Town - Little India District
George Town - Little India District
George Town, Malaysia
Loud music, lots of clothing & accessories all from India. I've never been to India & can't compare but it's an interesting area anyway. The indian cuisine is awesome.
Jan 22, 2012 7:44PM
George Town - City Hall
George Town - City Hall
George Town, Malaysia
New Year's Eve trees decorations.
Jan 22, 2012 9:09PM
George Town - City Hall
George Town - City Hall
George Town, Malaysia
Some shows & music were played until midnight. It's funny at the beginning cause there was plenty of mistakes from a performing group but all watching had a good laugh & didn't take it seriously. Performances even include young Michael Jackson!
Jan 22, 2012 11:52PM
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George Town - City Hall
George Town - City Hall
George Town, Malaysia
Spectacular & well organised fireworks for Chinese New Year's Eve (this time it's Dragon's year in their calendar). They are going to celebrate for up to two weeks! I'm kind of starting to like & enjoy no alcohol events = no headaches next morning.
Jan 23, 2012 12:12AM
Masjid Terapung (Floating Mosque)
Masjid Terapung (Floating Mosque)
George Town, Malaysia
Jan 23, 2012 1:07PM
Masjid Terapung (Floating Mosque)
Masjid Terapung (Floating Mosque)
George Town, Malaysia
A modestly designed inside of the mosque.
Jan 23, 2012 1:11PM
Tropical Fruit Farm
Tropical Fruit Farm
Tanjong Bungah, Malaysia
Sorry for no better pic but once we got here they ask for 35RM for a 1 hr guided tour around the farm which we thought was a bit too much. We often see these fruit growing by roads hence ended up ordering a juice @ their shop.
Jan 23, 2012 2:12PM
Le Scarf
Le Scarf
Air Itam, Malaysia
This scarf has put so many smiles upon fellow bikers faces that decided to load this pic up. It does have a purpose tho & protects from the Sun while riding when it's so easy to get burned (we only found out once after we stopped).
Jan 23, 2012 3:46PM
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Kuala Sepetang
Kuala Sepetang
Kuala Sepetang, Malaysia
Kuala Sepetang Recreational forest. Full of mosquitoes & ants with plenty of interesting trees that can be viewed from a wooden bridge which also leads to bungalows. It's still under construction & there is a dead end. Walk time around 25 mins & free
Jan 24, 2012 12:44PM
Kuala Sepetang
Kuala Sepetang
Kuala Sepetang, Malaysia
Jan 24, 2012 12:54PM
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Kuala Kangsar
Kuala Kangsar
Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia
Stopping for 3 nights cause our 4k Yamaha service is due. We first came across Cicada bugs @ hot springs. They look like bats in the sky at night & emit very loud sounds when disturbed but don't bite - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7glP8eSPgM
Jan 25, 2012 12:30PM
Kuala Kangsar
Kuala Kangsar
Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia
Some interesting architecture found in the city.
Jan 25, 2012 12:34PM
Kuala Kangsar
Kuala Kangsar
Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia
A UK's manufacturer William Hillman car @ a hotel we are staying. Signs of colonisation from the old days. More @ http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillman.
Jan 25, 2012 5:42PM
Restoran Benteng Kuala Kangsar
Restoran Benteng Kuala Kangsar
Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia
Delicious food, big portions &
cooked / presented almost to perfection. This meal is called Nasi Goreng Benteng ie traditional fried rice accompanied with chicken meat cooked in tumeric sauce, price 5.50RM. EN speaking, free fast Wi-Fi. Opens @ 1PM.
Jan 25, 2012 6:20PM
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Ubudiah Mosque
Ubudiah Mosque
Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia
Often regarded as Malaysia's most beautiful Perak's royal mosque located in the royal town of Kuala Kangsar. Designed by Arthur Benison Hubbak & built in 1917 during reign of the 28th Sultan, cost: RM200k. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubudiah_Mosque
Jan 26, 2012 12:45PM
Perak Royal Museum, Old Palace
Perak Royal Museum, Old Palace
Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia
Built in 1926 for Sultan Iskandar Shah by the Malay carpenter Enci Sepian & 3 sons. An official residence between 1931-33 & upon completion used as a place where guests stayed.
Jan 26, 2012 1:30PM
Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery
Sultan Azlan Shah Gallery
Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia
Built & conserved from the ancient castle named Istna Ulu/Kota in 1898 then completed in 1903. Designed by Maurice Alexander Cameron. Adults 4RM. Quite a collection of Sultan's items from various aspects of his life. No photos inside.
Jan 26, 2012 2:01PM
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Yamaha Service
Yamaha Service
Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia
We've done 4000 kilometres so it's time for another bike service. They changed engine & gearbox oils (33RM). No other checks like at Chiang Mai service after doing 1k. We are ready to go now & heading to Cameron Highlands.
Jan 27, 2012 10:24AM
Cameron Highlands roads
Cameron Highlands roads
Kampung Kepayang, Malaysia
It's a paradise for motorbikes! So many bends surrounded by awesome scenery full of mountains & plantations. There are dangerous spots though so watch out for sand or rocks laying on roads.
Jan 27, 2012 3:37PM
Tringkap Cameron Highlands
Tringkap Cameron Highlands
Brinchang, Malaysia
We stop by at bee, fruit, flower & other plantations. It's more of a market combined with small plantations located behind stalls. All the big ones are scattered around mountains. Flowers smell nice & fresh fruit taste good but pricy.
Jan 27, 2012 4:24PM
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Cameron Highlands Hiking Trails
Cameron Highlands Hiking Trails
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
Cameron Highlands trails map. We start off with number 10. PM me for photos of detailed maps of each trail. The temp has dropped & oscillates around 20 degrees C so less sweating!
Jan 28, 2012 11:09AM
Cameron Highlands
Cameron Highlands
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
Trail number 10 can be steep in certain places and we were a bit out of breath in particular at the beginning. Suppose it's caused by to many hours spent on motorbikes that do the hard work for us & climb hills.
Jan 28, 2012 1:34PM
Cameron Highlands
Cameron Highlands
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
An example how trails look like. We are a glad it's not raining cause they can quickly turn into muddy torrents making it difficult or impossible to climb up.
Jan 28, 2012 1:39PM
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
A view by Gunung Jesar peak (1704m). It's a cloudy day & visibility's limited. We enjoy the climb and can't wait to see the rest of the trail.
Jan 28, 2012 2:06PM
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
Flora
Jan 28, 2012 2:32PM
Camreon Highland Flora
Camreon Highland Flora
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
Jan 28, 2012 2:35PM
Cameron Highlands
Cameron Highlands
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
Mystique forest - walking in the clouds can give a horror movie like experience. Watch out for the vampires! ;)
Jan 28, 2012 2:45PM
Cameron Highlands
Cameron Highlands
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
Flowers on the way down. It started to rain and we were lucky to be close to the end of this trail.
Tomorrow we're going to the famous Mossy forest. Apparently, it's an unforgettable experience. We only need to find out whether 2 take a guide or not.
Jan 28, 2012 4:14PM
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Boh Tea Plantation
Boh Tea Plantation
Brinchang, Malaysia
These leaves taste very bitter and resembling nothing like tea we enjoy drinking. This is BOH tea plantation. The views from the road as well as shop/restaurant are magnificent. A walk inside the plantation is possible between orderly tea bushes.
Jan 29, 2012 10:59AM
Gunung Brinchang Watch Tower, Cameron Highlands
Gunung Brinchang Watch Tower, Cameron Highlands
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
Mossy forests usually develop on the saddles of mountains, where constant mist & moisture introduced by settling clouds is more effectively retained, creating an ideal biotope for moss, ferns, lichen & orchids. It's also a rich repository for fauna.
Jan 29, 2012 11:28AM
Mossy Forest
Mossy Forest
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
The trail starts before the peak of Gunung Brinchang & is about 2km long. Filled with oak trees with stunted stumps, wrinkled leaves & gnarled branches that clump together forming dense crowns that protrude furiously from the ground like mushrooms.
Jan 29, 2012 12:16PM
Mossy Forest
Mossy Forest
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
A creepy view of the forest.
Jan 29, 2012 12:27PM
Mossy Forest
Mossy Forest
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
Flowers are rare but when occur very beautiful. We still haven't encountered a spectacular & giant Rafflesia flower. Guides don't want to tell us where to find them. Apparently, they are blooming for about 7 days.
Jan 29, 2012 12:31PM
Mossy Forest
Mossy Forest
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
Moss close up.
Jan 29, 2012 12:36PM
Mossy Forest
Mossy Forest
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
An average trail path.
Jan 29, 2012 12:48PM
Mossy Forest
Mossy Forest
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
We are very energetic & excited about what's still ahead of us.
Jan 29, 2012 12:51PM
Mossy Forest
Mossy Forest
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
Yoga in between short stops. I'd say it's the toughest trail I have been to in my life but also the most interesting & adventures.
Jan 29, 2012 12:53PM
Mossy Forest
Mossy Forest
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
Jan 29, 2012 12:56PM
Mossy Forest
Mossy Forest
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
Vines, orchids, pitcher plants &'zither fascinating epiphytes hang loosely from the canopy, perched silently on branches & stems in this chillingly quiet labyrinth.
Jan 29, 2012 1:17PM
Mossy Forest
Mossy Forest
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
A close up of trees covered in moss. Some sources claim the forest is 1 million years old othes say 200k is more accurate. Still it's a wonderful Avatar movie like piece of nature to explore.
Jan 29, 2012 1:24PM
Mossy Forest
Mossy Forest
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
Watch out what you step on. Venturing below the broadwalk leaves imprints. We joke that there is another world right underneath & that one of us could fall straight into it. Maybe there are Hobbits inhabiting it and would offer us a cup of tea.
Jan 29, 2012 2:48PM
Mossy Forest
Mossy Forest
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
My knee is sore & am struggling a bit to keep the pace after 4.5 hours of hiking or shall I say roots climbing. This activity requires to be almost as agile as monkeys.
Jan 29, 2012 2:58PM
Mossy Forest
Mossy Forest
Tanah Rata, Malaysia
Our shoes were clean most of the time but then there was some very steep parts of the trail & dumps so there is no way one could come out clean. BTW - Keen shoes rock! They're very durable & sustain most of our activities whether in wet or dry.
Jan 29, 2012 3:14PM
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Strawberry Farms
Strawberry Farms
Gua Musang, Malaysia
We got here by accident while looking for a road to Orang Asli village. This area is full of plantations growing various fruit & vegetables.
Jan 30, 2012 1:02PM
Seeds
Seeds
Gua Musang, Malaysia
Jan 30, 2012 1:16PM
Cameron Highland
Cameron Highland
Gua Musang, Malaysia
This road is only there because of tar holding together what's remained. Rain and torrents cues real problems to infrastructure.
Jan 30, 2012 1:27PM
Asking Directions
Asking Directions
Gua Musang, Malaysia
It was a bit difficult to find out where Orans Asli village is. We came across these kids that help us to get back on tracks. They live in a small village & It's name remains unknow.
Jan 30, 2012 2:18PM
Orang Asli - Rafflesia search
Orang Asli - Rafflesia search
Gua Musang, Malaysia
We finally find a guy who leads us to the village but we didn't expect a swinging bridge on our way there. I loose my glove which fall into the river during crossings :(
Jan 30, 2012 2:44PM
Orang Asli village
Orang Asli village
Gua Musang, Malaysia
We finally made it! The village consists of few houses situated by a river inhabited by first Malays tribes. A very modest place surrounded by jungle. I doubt they even have electricity. Locals behave very naturally & are a bit shy to talk to us.
Jan 30, 2012 2:49PM
Gua Musang, Malaysia
Our "guide" takes us to the forests to seek Rafflesia but first a river crossing which is uneasy one. It flows fast & there are slippery stones plus some sand patches in the water to walk on.
Jan 30, 2012 2:50PM
Rafflesia Flower
Rafflesia Flower
Gua Musang, Malaysia
We find the Rafflesia (some are 1.4m wide). Unfortunate for us it's not blooming & next to it are remains of a rotting one. Our guide decides to go further into the very dense jungle. We enjoy the views & trail almost as hard as the mossy forest.
Jan 30, 2012 3:00PM
Gua Musang, Malaysia
We are hiking along the river most of the trail & soaked up to knees. The guide suddenly tells us to stop. There was a snake hanging on a branch we didn't spot. It reminded me why people should not go on their own into unknown places like this one.
Jan 30, 2012 3:05PM
Orang Asli people
Orang Asli people
Gua Musang, Malaysia
We headed back to the village after not finding a blooming Rafflesia. Curious local kids surround us visually inspecting our gear. They are not shy like the older villagers & engage into conversations.We conclude this adventure by paying half ie 50RM
Jan 30, 2012 3:40PM
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Gua Tempurung Cave
Gua Tempurung Cave
Perak, Malaysia
One of the best I've been to. There are few packages you can go for. Number 4 takes 3.5 hours & include all attractions ie dry & wet. You'll have to crawl in water to squeeze through very narrow passages. It's a lot of fun & recommend it. 22RM p/p
Jan 31, 2012 10:25AM
Gua Tempurung
Gua Tempurung
Not shown on this picture are plenty of natural painting resembling figures & our guide was making funny jokes about them so we had som good laugh too.
Jan 31, 2012 11:17AM
Gua Tempurung
Gua Tempurung
Antek is about to get wet by crawling under this rock in water. We did it a couple of times & absolutely loved it. Without this activity it would have been just another nice cave. It's spiced it up.
Jan 31, 2012 12:20PM
Gua Tempurung
Gua Tempurung
We made to an exit somewhere on another side. The place seemed very natural & unspoiled jungle. The min is 8 ppl to start the tour. We almost miss it & these ppl luckily arrive in time we were leaving the place feeling sad so many thanks to you guys!
Jan 31, 2012 12:49PM
Gua Tempurung
Gua Tempurung
Little particles shining in light. At some point the guide asks to turn off all lights. There is a complete pitch black & feeling weird not being able to see your nose nor anything close to it. You'll only hear flowing water & bats in some parts.
Jan 31, 2012 1:08PM
Gua Tempurung
Gua Tempurung
Descending down from steep walls is not easy & requires coordination of more than one person. It's thrilling & challenging at the same time.
Jan 31, 2012 1:53PM
Gua Tempurung
Gua Tempurung
We found plenty of shoe pieces lying around the cave. One of girls from our group looses both. They simply fall apart as we walk through difficult sections of the cave. Our keen sandals again prove to be superb robust & up for the job.
Jan 31, 2012 2:03PM
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Fireflies at Kampung Kuantan
Fireflies at Kampung Kuantan
Kuala Selangor, Malaysia
None of our night pictures came out but we enjoyed a boat ride along this river watching fireflies gathering on special trees to have dinner & blink synchronously. At first we thought they were Xmas lights hanged on trees until they moved.40RMboat
Feb 1, 2012 9:01AM
Melawati Hill in Kuala Selangor
Melawati Hill in Kuala Selangor
Kuala Selangor, Malaysia
Silver leaf monkeys are the usual guests of the hill & very friendly to humans. We met an Indian guy with a stall who trained this one to kiss a lion & bite snake toys. I've never felt so comfortable around monkeys before. One even sat on my back.
Feb 1, 2012 9:32AM
Kuala Selangor, Malaysia
They come to sit on the same barrier every day.
Feb 1, 2012 9:32AM
Kuala Selangor
Kuala Selangor
A posible mother holding her babe. They pass them onto other females for carrying. Toddlers characterise by orange fur during their first months then become dark & silver.
Feb 1, 2012 9:40AM
Kuala Selangor
Kuala Selangor
Kuala Selangor, Malaysia
We found this massive butterfly chilling out by our table. It was calm & willing to cooperate during a photo session.
Feb 1, 2012 10:33AM
Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque
Shah Alam, Malaysia
The first in Malaysia & second in SE Asia largest mosque in Shah Alam called Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah in Malay. Its most distinguishing feature is a large blue/silver dome. Erected on each corner are four minarets.
Feb 1, 2012 12:04PM
Blue Mosque architecture
Blue Mosque architecture
Shah Alam, Malaysia
We visit prayers area where men family leaders gather to pray. There is a section for women on the second floor too.
Feb 1, 2012 12:14PM
Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque
Shah Alam, Malaysia
Inside a carpeted floor & standing fans. As before the interiors are very modest & less distracting. Suppose this helps to stay focused while praying but this is just my theory.
Feb 1, 2012 12:15PM
Blue Mosque architecture
Blue Mosque architecture
Shah Alam, Malaysia
We spent some time in the library asking many questions about their religion & habits. It was a very interesting lecture given by very friendly tourers. It's free.
Feb 1, 2012 12:22PM
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Royal Thai Embassy (Kuala Lumpur)
Royal Thai Embassy (Kuala Lumpur)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Getting tourist visas which will allow us to travel at a slower pace on motorbikes through Thailand on the way to Cambodia after visiting Malaysia & Singapore. A 60 days visa cost 110RM, 1 form + 1 photo. Allow 2 hours & next day pickup.
Feb 2, 2012 11:25AM
Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
With population just over 1.6m this is the fastest growing capital town in Malaysia. Plenty of skyscrapers, shopping malls, cafes & some parks resembling proper forests allowing to rest in shade.
Feb 2, 2012 1:53PM
Kuala Lumpur Parks
Kuala Lumpur Parks
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
One of the parks with very tall trees situated at a base of skyscrapers. I've not seen this before & felt more like being in the country side than a cosmopolitan place. There are some trees & bushes growing on buildings too - they really go green!
Feb 2, 2012 3:27PM
Petronas Twin Towers (Kuala Lumpur)
Petronas Twin Towers (Kuala Lumpur)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This city doesn't sleep even at 4am there are restaurants still open serving food & other places night life entertainment. The city centre even though crammed with buildings doesn't feel as busy as some others I've been to which is kind of nice.
Feb 2, 2012 10:46PM
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Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Level 3
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Level 3
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Visiting a photo exhibition. The pics are amazing although majority of them in a disasters, violence & death theme. Now I start regretting not taking DSLR gear with me on this trip.
Feb 3, 2012 1:41PM
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Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Small but packed with many interesting artefacts & information related to Islamic religion. We've seen mini sculptures of mosques' designs from around the world, read about Islamic religion history & saw jewellery plus various day to day used items.
Feb 4, 2012 12:20PM
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Old Koran (Qur'an) books some reaching back 12th century AD.
Feb 4, 2012 12:43PM
Orang Asli Museum (Gombak)
Orang Asli Museum (Gombak)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Unfortunately closed for renovation without any notice anywhere. A souvenir shop remains open with some kids handling the business. Am wondering if this little girl is by any chance a descendant of the Orang Asli tribes. Probably will never find out.
Feb 4, 2012 2:38PM
Melaka, Hainan Food Street (海南美食街)
Melaka, Hainan Food Street (海南美食街)
Melaka, Malaysia
We've arrived to Melaka after changing our plan to hang out for 3 days in KL to attend the Taipoosam event. Basically, there was not much more to do there for us until the 7th that wasn't overcommercialised. We also had to skip Batu caves.
Feb 4, 2012 10:02PM
Melaka, Chan Koon Cheng Bridge 曾昆清橋
Melaka, Chan Koon Cheng Bridge 曾昆清橋
Melaka, Malaysia
In China town enjoying walking along its colourful streets. We like the atmosphere very much & decide to spend more time here before setting off to Singapore on Mon morning. The Chinese NYE celebration hasn't ended yet & livens up the streets.
Feb 4, 2012 11:43PM
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple (青雲亭)
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple (青雲亭)
Melaka, Malaysia
Malaysia's oldest traditional Chinese temple.
Feb 4, 2012 11:55PM
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Cheng Hoon Teng Temple (青雲亭)
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple (青雲亭)
Melaka, Malaysia
More interesting info at official website:
http://www.chenghoonteng.org.my
Sorry but am struggling to give extensive descriptions because of limitation on max text characters.
Feb 5, 2012 1:20PM
Masjid Kampung Kling (清真寺 / Mosque)
Masjid Kampung Kling (清真寺 / Mosque)
Melaka, Malaysia
A traditional mosque in Melaka that retains its original design which is also a cross Sumatran, Chinese & Melaka Malay.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kampung_Kling_Mosque
Feb 5, 2012 1:52PM
Jonker Walk/Street
Jonker Walk/Street
Melaka, Malaysia
Another temple which name remains unknown. Anyone knows it?
Feb 5, 2012 1:58PM
Porta De Santiago (A Famosa Fortress)
Porta De Santiago (A Famosa Fortress)
Melaka, Malaysia
Once a gate to Dutch fortress, now one of the oldest standing remains of European architecture in Asia. More @ http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Famosa
Feb 5, 2012 2:17PM
Melaka, Sultan's Palace Replica
Melaka, Sultan's Palace Replica
Melaka, Malaysia
Replika of Sultan's palace. It tells a story about Melaka city & its beginnings.also, shows how people dressed up & lived during those times.
Feb 5, 2012 2:44PM
Melaka, Sultan's Palace Replica
Melaka, Sultan's Palace Replica
Melaka, Malaysia
There are few more attractions worth to see in this town but it's pretty packed with tourists & didn't manage to take any good pics worth posting here.
Feb 5, 2012 3:09PM
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Melaka
Melaka
Melaka, Malaysia
Chinese NYE celebrations still on! We are off to Singapore.
Feb 6, 2012 11:30AM
Johor Bahru
Johor Bahru
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
We've stopped in this town to find out next morning what's required by Singapore's immigration authorities to cross the border on Thai registered bikes. This is our hotel from the outside. Only joking. Ours is slightly better & opposite.
Feb 6, 2012 6:28PM
Johor Bahru, Hindu Template
Johor Bahru, Hindu Template
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Colourfuly sculptured temple with cheering hindu music. We met some locals that offered us rice with sugarcane. People are preparing for tomorrow's Taipoosam event.
Feb 6, 2012 7:38PM
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Terminal Bas Sentral Johor Bahru
Terminal Bas Sentral Johor Bahru
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
It turns out getting into Singapore by Thai reg motorbike is a rather complicated thing requiring time & money. Therefore, going by bus seemed like a more realistic idea especially with only two days planned to spend there.
Feb 7, 2012 5:20AM