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04/15/2014 – 285 days/25260 miles

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After heading east across the Belum Rainforest and the thai iced tea-looking Kelantan river, I arrived in Kota Bharu, capital of the state of Kelantan.

One very big difference I’ve noticed in Malaysia, compared to Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos, is that it’s very common to see signs in various languages. In the other countries, it seemed like you typically saw…

04/12/2014 – 282 days/25125 miles

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With 25125 miles on the clock since leaving Denver, I’ve gone further than the 24860 mile circumference of the earth. I thought that was kinda cool…
I’ve left Thailand and entered Malaysia.  I’m already missing eating pad thai on a regular basis, but at least the wonderful roads make up for that loss.  So far, I’d say the roads here…

KRIS KRAS MALEISIË

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KUALA LUMPUR
Weerzien met familie en vrienden, Sinterklaas en Kerst achter de rug én een verhuizing van onze zoon. Op de terugvlucht rusten we uit! Bij het inchecken van de vlucht kunnen we met kleine bijbetaling Businessclass regelen, dat maakt de reis een stuk aangenamer.
We landen in stijl en worden afgehaald door Joe, die ons naar het appartement brengt…

START OF THE ASIA-ADVENTURE

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MALAYSIA – PENANG
After Indonesia, Malaysia, we find a nice country. The moist heat is getting used: as if a warm humid blanket beaten over you. Only when it rains, as it cools down.
We land in Penang, an island connected by bridge to the mainland. The capital is Georgetown, a delicious mix of many different cultures. So you’ve got Little India and Chinatown…

Malaysia – A Race, A Game, A Birthday And A Boat

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Day view of Petronas Towers
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Exiting Thailand was really easy. Entering Malaysia was just about as simple. A small fee (3.80 Ringgit) and a stamp of the passport was step one. Easy. A visit to the immigration inspection booth lead me to the office of the head honcho to get my carnet de passage (Boris’ passport) stamped…

Are those the Petronas Towers? They sure are!! – Leg 3 is complete!!

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Me and my Dad
(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Hi All,
Boris, Kiwi Ted and I raced into Kuala Lumpur yesterday to complete Leg 3 of The Great Game Expedition in fine style. We made in right on schedule to meet my Dad for his birthday, and watch the All Blacks smash the Aussies 47 – 29 in the Bledisloe Cup rugby test.…

Malaysia – mixed feelings….

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We look back onto our three weeks in Malaysia with mixed feelings. Did we like the country? This question is difficult to answer: we had some fantastic experiences there, but at the same time also some moments that were definitely not amongst the highlights of our trip.
We crossed the border from Thailand to Malaysia near Beton, which lies…

Revenge of the Monkeys

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“It’s all about trust. And when it comes to monkeys, I have none.“ — Anthony Bourdain
This is a good quote to live by. I should have learned my lesson a few weeks ago. Brad and I had just awoken and were strolling down a sleepy street in Cherating when we saw kitten sized baby monkeys swinging in the trees and…

Lost at Sea

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With every wave that crashed over the bow, our small boat took on more water. The panic on our young captain’s face shattered any hope that we would make it out of this tropical depression without a miracle, and my brain wouldn’t stop humming the theme from Gilligan’s Island. I wonder how the brain can have a sense of humor…

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish…what the #*@!?

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After a stifling day, young people loitered on the cement wall alongside the coast enjoying the sea breeze and eating take away from the bustling outdoor market just a parking lot away. Down below, a mess of boulders formed a wave break.  Cats pounced between the rocks, unhindered by their strangely peculiar tails;  some were stumps, others crooked, and a…

The Dreamer

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The sound of jungle insects reverberated through the dense, humid night air. A slow loris crept along an overhead electrical wire strung between a tall wooden pole and a cinderblock structure where a woman cooked rice and noodles for the few people who lived around these parts. The loris stopped midway across the wire to give us a wide-eyed stare,…

The Apprentice

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“I think team Apec was totally corny. The way that the girl flung her arms around-”
“Cut! Can we roll that again? Listen, the team’s name is ‘Apex’, not ‘Apec’,” the director said.
“Oh, okay, sorry about that. Apex? Got it.”
“Three…two…one…ACTION!”
“I think team Apex was totally corny. The way that the girl, like, flung her arms around and…

Hand to Mouth

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Like all of the businesses on the block, the lights were out.  All of the shop owners had migrated out to the streets, conversing with others, watching the night continue on.  We eventually left the moonlight and entered a restaurant that was five shades darker inside than the sky was outside.  A wall of heat and humidity built up like…

Malaysian Invasion

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It’s early afternoon and the sun is high overhead, heating the humid air into a sauna that speckles our shirts with perspiration. Vines climb from the ground into the canopy of a tree, out across the limbs, and then dangle in the air above our heads.  We sit on a bench and watch people go by.  A Chinese couple passes,…

Malaysia and Thailand

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- Updates -
The humblest of my apologies for the wait. I’ve been quite busy lately. No wait – that’s not the word. Lazy. Yeah, that’s it. Also, the computer goblins absconded with a nearly complete version of this at one point, so consider my responsibility shirked.
So whither art thou, Adam?
I’m in Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya…

Boss! De Bike, De Bike!

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Shockingly enough everything with the arrival of the bike went off without a hitch!  Instead of giving you all the details, here’s some photos of the uploading.

Then it was off to the jungle for riding and special meet that’s been 2.5 years in the making!…

No motorbike, No cry

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So, with my bike safely (?) aboard a wooden vegetable boat, it was time to get me to Malaysia.  In this day an age in Indonesia it involved going to the airport, walking up to the check-in counter and buying a ticket for the next flight.  That’s it- no ‘you-didn’t-buy-it-on-the-internet-and-print-your-own-ticket-so-we’ll-charge-you-all-sorts-of-handling-fees’ silliness.  As it turns out, my flight was delayed, so since…

Ahh the frustration…trying to get to Indonesia

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Getting up bright and early, we felt reluctant to leave Malaysia.  We had made so many great friends that we felt so much at home!  Tuesday had rolled around and no word from Hakim.  We decided…!  We were getting on that ferry on our own with or without Hakim.  As we decided this, I still had a weird feeling inside. …

Langkawi, Penang, Cameron Highlands

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To get to Langkawai we had to take a ferry, but we couldn’t take the bike.  We left the bike in Alor Setar and boarded a cramped, freezing ferry to the island.  We had heard a lot about Langkawai, people raved and raved about it.  When we got there it was a real let down.  The area with the budget…

The Andaman Coast & Getting to Malyasia

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It didn’t take us too long to get to Krabi, but when we did, we were so happy!  We found a decent place with air con, showered and got settled in.  Felt good to not be sandy and sweaty (at least for a little bit!).  After taking all the coastal roads and spending the night on the beach, the sea…

Maleisië – Melaka & richting de eindbestemming!

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Ons vertrek uit kuala lumpur duurde wat langer dan verwacht: de general manager van ons 5-sterren hotel had een medewerker een briefje laten brengen, of we ons even bij de balie konden melden … Dus wij hadden zoiets van: wat is dit nu? Toen we bij de auto stonden om de laatste spullen in te pakken voor vertrek bleek de…

Maleisië – Cameron highlands, Taman Negara & Kuala Lumpur

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Hoi allemaal!
Inmiddels zijn we in Maleisië! En dit land bevalt ons uitstekend! Het land is een stuk moderner, modernere gebouwen, uitstekende wegen (maar dus ook weer tol betalen) en hele vriendelijke mensen.
Onze eerste echte stop was de Cameron highlands, de hooglanden van Maleisië. Dus een stuk kouder dan de rest van het land, het scheelt zo’n 10 graden!…

Swapping bikes for beaches

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(Em) At the end of our little road trip from Kuala Lumpur across the Malaysian Peninsula with Henry, we arrived in Kuantan on the east coast at lunchtime. Henry had parked up at the Hyatt (very flash) where he was having an afternoon meeting but his appointment wasn’t until 2pm so we sat down for cup of tea at the…

All go in Kuala Lumpur!

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(Em) Kuala Lumpur – what a cool city! And so bike friendly; no sooner had we hit the outskirts than we were getting waves and thumbs up from every man and his dog! Our first encounter with a super-friendly local occurred when we first arrived; we took an exit off the highway in what looked to be the direction of…

Living it up in Penang!

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(Emily) ‘Welcome to Malaysia’ was emblazoned in big bold letters as we crossed the border, and welcome is certainly what we felt! Customs was a breeze and while James was inside getting the carnets done, I chatted with one of the border guards who taught us a few useful phrases – this is how we usually get some initial familiarity…

Another day, another garage. 11-17/12/10

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I’ve finally worked out how to make money out of this trip: I’m going to write a book at the end of it all entitled ‘Garages of the World’. Yes you’ve guessed it, more problems with our (slightly less, it has to be said) beloved Land Rover. We last left you in the jungle with the leeches and the sweat,…

Hot and steamy 1-10/12/10

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I hope you are sitting down people, we have a lot to get through in this blog: It’s been a while since my last big one so I’ll do my best to fill you in with two week’s worth of adventures, hopefully without losing your attention half way in…..
During the week following Langkawi we spent three nights in Malacca,…

It’s here! 3/12/10

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After getting a phone call on Thursday it turns out that Harriet the Land Rover arrived about a week early to Port Klang! We cut our plans in Malacca short and went down to unpack the container and more importantly, to see if she would start. Our agent, the charismatic Mr $1, said that no Land Rover he had ever…

….and still we wait 21-30/11/10

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We’re getting itchy feet, and not because that persistent fungal infection has flared up again. We are stuck, stuck waiting for our car that is hopefully on a ship making its way to Port Klang, Malaysia. Admittedly there are worse places to while away couple of weeks but still, we are getting to that stage where we just want to…