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Old 02-22-2013, 09:26 AM   #16
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Crazy place

Genting Highlands…The fun city in the clouds…we came, we saw, we left!

It was a case of do we or don’t we go to The Genting Highlands, we had heard various reports about it, some say its tacky, some say they loved it, but we really wanted to keep an open mind about the place and decide for ourselves! Plus the main reason for us to go there was we wanted to go on the Skyway that goes up the side of the mountain!

And ride the twisty bits up and down
So after getting up to another beautiful morning we were off to our next destination, with the bike loaded up, off we go. As we set off down the winding mountain you could feel the temperature rising, after a while the heat got too much for us, its wasn’t so bad going along but having to stop at traffic lights all the time it got a bit unbearable…so we had to stop & take off our bike jackets, with the jackets secured, we set off again towards the Genting Highlands.

We had to stop again going up the mountain to put the jackets back on!!! As it was drizzling slightly and there were thick clouds rolling in.

Twisties!!!

The roads all the way up the mountain were mainly 6 lanes (3 each way) and they were fantastic roads, they would have been ‘awesome’, if it wasn’t for the speed bumps dotted every few hundred metres!
And they were quite high, i had to slow right down for them or they would rip my bash plate off

We arrived at the top in thick mist you could only see about a metre in front of you, and trying to find a car park was a challenge, cars & buses everywhere, no real directions on parking, after riding around for a while we eventually found a spot to park.


We headed of to an entrance to be greeted by slot machines galore, people were everywhere and this is out of season!
The clouds were so thick they were coming into the lobby so it looked like there was fog on the inside,bizarre!
We took the escalators down and down to where we were going we weren’t sure, it was a bit hard to find your way around the maze of corridors and hallways… It felt a bit like going to Ikea!,trapped and cant get out!

Crazy!!!


We eventually arrived at what looked like an indoor fair, all sorts of rides and amusements to keep any child happy… After having a drink and a wonder we decided we better look for some where to stay, so back on the bike and riding down the misty hill we went, to search for a hotel…with one found and all settled in we set off to find what we came here for ‘The Skyway’ It cost RM6 each…20 minutes later we were off, heading into the unknown, as we couldn’t see anything as the mist decided to cover us as we headed up the mountain!

Sky lift

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With all this fresh air it was making us hungry, so much to choose from, we really were spoilt for choice in the end we choose ‘Kenny Roger’s Rosters’ even though it was ‘cool’ we decided on a chicken salad and let me tell you it was the best chicken salad we have had plus it was only RM16.50 which is just over $5.00, but wait there’s more we also got a muffin with the meal, and boy it was delicious.
So after feeling rather full we headed off back to the Skyway, we only just made it! It was the last one for the evening as well! It would have been a long walk back to our hotel!!!
We decided one night in Genting was enough for us.

In morning we could’nt resist riding up those twisties one more time to the Chinese temple sin chow,which was perched on the side of mountain.
With all the twisties out the way we were of to the Cameron Highlands.


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Sin Chow

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Here’s a little bit of info about the Genting Highlands, Its only about fifty kilometers from Kuala Lumpur so it should only take about an hour to get there. It’s also the most developed hill resort in Malaysia. At 2,000 meters above sea level, many Malaysian people come to the Genting Highlands exclusively for the discos, Casino, slot machines and kids amusements!!!
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Old 02-23-2013, 03:06 AM   #19
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Congrats on your adventure , Can I be cheeky and ask what the shipping cost?
from Eagle farm to KL! Brisbane hasnt changed a bit, enjoy
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Hi,Shanebaby
It ended up costing over $3,500 in the end ,in hindsight you can get it a lot cheaper,but everything was included,we didn't have to deal with customs or anything and they run us around all day getting Temp road tax and insurance.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:19 AM   #21
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Ok thanks for letting me know, I cant decide too many options!!! Im just on here lurking, Sounds like I havent saved enough yet for my dreams to become reallity as yours are. But I WILL get there. Keep posting please you guys are an inspiration
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Sorry for the late update guys, we can only seem to get it done when the wifi is fast, so yet again as we sit here were on to it....

Hmmm Tea

After getting up early so we could go in search of some breakfast, as the Hotel we were staying at didn’t do food! When we got outside of the hotel all the restaurants that were open the previous day were shut…dam…they wouldn’t be open till about 10.30am…WHAT

First of all oil the chain and check oil and tyre pressures , all good on all fronts

So we had to leave with our stomachs rumbling, So without brekky we head of to the Chin Swee temple which is half way up the mountain so we could take a few photos…without the fog and mist, plus a oppertunity to ride those twisties one more time

Ok with that all done we head off back down the mountain and ride towards Cameron.

Cameron Highlands

Riding up to Cameron was not what we expected, we thought the roads would be similar to that of the ones at Genting, how wrong could we be, the roads were quite bad, like a tar patch work quilt with many holes and a few really low branches that hit you in the head if you weren’t looking!

As there was only one lane the traffic was very slow, especially if you got stuck behind a truck with a smelly exhaust and would have to wait until the road was either clear or wide enough to overtake…
On the sides of the roads were littered with sad looking bamboo huts with the locals trying to sell their products it was the total opposite to Genting, it reminded us of the mountain roads in Laos.

Land Rovers everywhere!

As we arrived you couldn’t help notice that there were loads of Land Rovers, apparently the Cameron Highlands has the highest density of Land Rovers on the road anywhere in the world (outside a British Army Garrison) there are more than 4000 Land rovers found in the highlands! Most of them are mainly used on the tea plantations.

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We arrived at The Planters Hotel in Tanah Rata, the only problem was the bike had to beparked on the street , but i was assured there is a guard at night who would watch it.

Once settled in we went off to explore.
After having a good dinner at a restaurant that the locals use we headed off back to the Hotel for the night.
The next day we knew we needed to cram a lot into one day…thank goodness we have our own transport!

cold bride

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Riding up to the Mossy Forest (also known as cloud forest) was just beautiful, the roads were twisting here and there around the lush green Tea Plantations, as we got nearer to the Forest the weather grew cooler and mistier, with cameras in hand we set off to see the mossy forest, well it didn’t disappoint it was beautiful, even though you couldn’t see past 5 metres, I kept expecting to see elf’s peeking through the hollows in the tree’s… no elf’s but a young couple getting their wedding photo’s taken, the bride looked stunning even though she was shivering, the things you do to get the perfect photo!!!


Highest drivable road in Malaysia
Gunung Berinchang


Back on the bike and up to Gunung Brinchang, which is the highest point in Malaysia accessible by road!

The road was really narrow and twisty,we were blowing the air horn on every corner as there was nowhere to stop if something was coming the other way in the fog!

The road was very slippery and lots of pot holes,my tyre choice proved to be the right one so far!.

There is a look out tower to climb, which we did, but we couldn’t see a thing…lol

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Back on the iron horse, we headed back down the slippery mountain road trying not to use the brakes only engine brake has it was very slippery ,only to find ourselves stuck in a traffic jam, two way traffic on a really narrow lane don’t work well, we couldn’t even get through on the bike, so after watching the ‘show’ for about 15 minutes the traffic started to flow finally.

Traffic jam

Waiting!!!

We sped off to try a cuppa at the Cameron tea planation,it was so good we ended buying some tea!

Tea plantation

Hmmmm Tea!!!


Next stop the Big Red Strawberry Farm, not only did they grow strawberries there but also grew an amazing selection of salad vegetables…I had a massive bowl of strawberries and cream, I could the mrs. was rather jealous of what i had as she just had plain strawberry scones.

Strawberries and Cream

Strawberry Picking

Cameron Highlands


Next on the list was to take the bike back to the hotel, so we could go to Robinson Falls which was not too far from the hotel, the walk was relaxing and just what we needed after a full on day, the falls would have been stunning if they were in full force, but we still enjoyed them.
on the way back to the hotel we stopped at a local stall to buy some banana fritters with soft brown sugar sprinkled on them 5 for RM1 = AU 30cents OMG they were so delicious we had to buy more…

We fuelled the bike up and the young girl petrol attendant wanted to get on the back of the bike so how could i refuse!

She wants to come with me!!

When we returned back to the hotel i did some routine stuff with the bike,oiled the chain,checked engine oil and tyre pressures for our ride to Ipoh the next day.

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Thanks Simon, wifi is very hit and miss here in Laos , just got are invite from China so have got some sorting out on that front as well!!
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Slowly catching up guys we are busy at the moment sorting out are chinese permits....

Lost World


On our way to down from the Cameron Highlands it was drizzling for most of the way, we saw many cars in ditches due to speed…like most people Malaysians can’t drive in the rain either! Luckily it looked like no one was hurt.

The entire way from the top of the Highlands was down hill, nearly 70ks of it! with quite a few twisties!….
We got into Ipoh (pronounced E Poh) at our usual time of 1pm.
The hotel we were staying in was called Hotel Station 18, http://www.hotelstation18.com.

2 nights cost us $34!!! We had read all the reviews on Trip Advisor and all the reviews had said how fantastic it was, so when we arrived an enthusiastic doorman who promptly moved all the scooters so we could get the strom under cover greeted us.


After checking in we checked out the room, and was pleasantly surprised the room was spacious and clean…what a bargain.

We needed to go to the DHL post office so Ian the owner of the Hotel, took us in his Mini Cooper (I want one now), Ian asked us if we would like to have dinner with him and a young Austrian couple who where arriving later in the day, WOW…ok, Ian had it all planned for us, later we went to dinner in a large Chinese area of Ipoh, Ian even ordered for us! Chicken Chop, It probably wasn’t what we would have ordered but we had a go!


Night out with our Austrian friends


The next morning we all (Ian, Lisa, Gerard and our selves) met at 9.30am to ‘do’ breakfast.
we all piled into Ian’s Proton and were taken to a small Malay restaurant that apparently has never had any westerners eat there before, Ian again ordered for us we ended up with Roti tissure (plain) and Roti canai (egg) and a dipping sauce which was quite spicy but it was delicious…We also tried some rice wrapped in banana leaf,but it was just a bit to spicy for breakfast…

The staff in the restaurant were really friendly and wanted photos of us all!
Next on Ian’s list was a deserted tin mine town named Papan,
A little piece of trivia: The 1999 movie Anna and The King (Jodie Foster) was filmed mainly in Ipoh, King Mongkut’s Grand Palace was recreated at a secret location, but part of the palace was filmed in a Mandolin mansion in Papan.

Paplan
Paplan


Even though the town was run down and many buildings have been left to decay there were still a few people living there, the whole town has a magnificent charm about it, it would have been a beautiful little town years ago.

Old brick work

can we get it going!!
can we get this going......


its strange how we find crumbling old buildings beautiful, this town would be a photographers delight with a perfect shot everywhere you looked and this is not mentioned in any of the guide books, so no bus loads of tourists only us!….

Next on the list was old tin dredger, which hadn’t been unused for many years and has been recently opened to the public.

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There was no guide so we could clamber all over it

Coming down!


Big Hook

The last dredge

In its hey day working inside it would have been deafening and dirty work, going 24/7.
I managed to climb into the huge tumbler in the heart of the ship where the tin was separated from the dredging’s and of course I couldn’t help myself and had to climb to top of steel gantry’s, which gave a great view of the city.


Next on the list Ian whipped us off to visit some caves, not before stopping in a little village where they are the only place still making by hand these rice sweets

yum! sweet rice.


Then next off to a local soy factory where these two old guys showed us how they make soya sauce and we got to taste a bit straight from the big jars, they have been doing it this way for generations…

Soy Sause being made


We arrived at Guatempurung, which is the largest natural limestone structure in Peninsular Malaysia. The cave measures 1.9 km in length and 120 metres in height. It is a cavern inside Gunung Tempurung (Tempurung Mountain) standing 497 metres. The cave which starts at the bottom of this enormous cliff, it was a small entrance but when we got inside, … it was enormous, we had not seen anything like it, you could of got a shopping complex inside and I mean five stories high!……… and apparently you could walk into it for six hours… We did about an hour…that was more than enough as most of it is stairs!!!

At cave entrance

When we got out Ian whipped us off to cave number two which is Nam Thean Tong translates as Cave of the Southern Sky, ‘southern sky’ referring to heaven. One of Ipoh’s oldest cave temples having been established in 1867 by a Chinese priest called Kuong San Teik. Outside the temple were small monkeys, once inside you walked through the cave for a bit and then came out to a area where it was open to the sky.

Outside was a massive Pagoda and a large concrete enclosed area where loads of tortoises live, some really old by the looks of it, I did feel sorry for them as there was no dirt for them to dig in and the water they lived in was pretty yucky looking.

Turtle cave

Then once again Ian whipped us off to cave number three which was called Kek Look Tong, is a slightly smaller cave, Surrounded by stunning stalactites and stalagmite formations, the cave provides a peaceful prayer site for Buddhist devotees, it was really a huge hole in a cliff, which when walked through brought you out into these magnificent gardens, which also had this giant gold statue of Buddha…

Happy Chap

Well we were getting dizzy now with so many things shown to us and we still hadn’t seen Kellies Castile the main reason why we had stopped off in Ipoh…
We had saved the castle to last; as it was so hot we did the caves first for some respite from the heat.

Ipoh

On arriving at the castle the first thing we did was buy a ice-cream before we went exploring…. One if the first things we noticed was that the castle resembled a much smaller Osborne House, Isle Of Wight…the home of Queen Victoria!
Here’s a little history on the Castle, it’s worth goggling for the rest this uncompleted huge mansion is located in the town of Batu Gajah about 25 minutes drive away from Ipoh.

Kellies Castle

This mansion has a remarkable architecture with rooms designed for Kellie’s son and daughter.
Kellie had designed a living hall, a place of worship, a flat rooftop for his tennis court and to also cater for parties, an elevator half completed. It was also discovered that there are secrets tunnels, one of which leads to the Hindu temple through the Kinta River. However, this tunnel has now been sealed for safety reasons.
Kellies Castle


Well…. were all totally exhausted after a fun packed tour, so after having a shower back at he hotel and a we agreed to meet up again for dinner, once again are host Ian took us to a local place where you could order anything, what a day…which we will never forget!!!! Thanks once again Ian.

Next day we got on the Iron horse and rode to the Lost World of Tambun, RM 45 each…wow, The ‘City’ provides a unique atmosphere that captures the actual effect of a lost city itself, with hanging vines and tropical plants, the theme park has been created with the image of a lost city, also there are lots of wild animal noises when bobbing around the river ride, we really were big kids that day

its raining!! but its hot!!

Hot,Hot!!!

yikes!!!!snakes!

friendly peacock

The park also has a large petting area, a couple of Siberian tigers, and if you like REALLY loud music then head in the beach area, we couldn’t believe how load the music was… or are we just getting old?
The park is a water theme park with many ‘extras’! The hot springs, some were soooo relaxing a couple of the springs were way too hot-45c- we walked in and walked straight back out, ouch, ouch, ouch!!….

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We got back to the hotel fairly tired, so a shower and something to eat was in order as the next day we were heading off to George Town, Penang.
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Shit just lost the last entry,because i went out for dinner then came back to finish and the lot vanished
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Well here i try again , just had an awsome day on the bike as well in Northern Laos , that will have to come later

Right where were we.........

Didn’t meet George in GeorgeTown....

Georgetown Clock

S#%T the skies are grey and it’s raining, that’s the last thing we wanted for our ride to George Town, we waited for about an hour until the rained turned to drizzle,
OK that looks as good as its going to get…and I’m sure there will be many days ahead that are going to be rainy…
Lucky for us the drizzle soon turned into bright sunshine…yay…
The roads in Malaysia are in great condition, great for motorbikes …better than at home!
The ride should have only taken 2hrs hours, but we got caught in a REALLY long traffic jam, it went on for Kilometres, we did the right thing and waited like everyone else, but bike was getting heavy so we did a bit of weaving through the traffic and to our amazement trucks and cars moved to let us through, that would never happen at home…
As we neared the accident we could see that it was bad, 3 vehicles were involved, the children that were involved looked fine thankfully a couple of men looked hurt but not too bad, but to our amazement there was a dead man lying on the ground for everyone to view…I can’t believe he wasn’t covered up.


Traffic Jam.....

Penang Bridge


The Penang Bridge which incidentally is 13.5 km (8.4 mi) was jam packed with Buses, cars, scooters and trucks all going head to tail with each other, we did what most scooters do and go down the inside lanes and when we couldn’t get through we weaved in and out through the traffic…something that i dont normally do, but when in ‘Rome’…

Penang Bridge

Anyway a little while later we got to the Star Lodge hotel, which is right in the heart of China town, the old toothless guy that runs the hotel, checked us in, after we had settled the bill (RM 60= $18 a night) he promptly showed us our room which was nothing flash, but it was spotless, the reviews on Trip advisor were spot on!
Later that afternoon we walked up to Fort Cornwallis.

More to come to tommorow i promise, falling asleep here
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Right , where were we, George Town

Fort Corwallis

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Fort Cornwallis


The star shaped Fort Cornwallis marks the starting point where Francis Light and his crew from British East India Company landed in Penang on 11th August 1786 to “take possession” of the island from the Sultan of Kedah. It was later named after the Governor-General of Bengal, Charles Marquis Cornwallis.
For more information on the Fort go to:

http://www.penang-vacations.com/fort-cornwallis.html

Next on our list was some dinner, lock up the bike , because the bike is parked on the street i throw are cover over it to become semi invisible then bed ready for another busy day!


Moonlight Bay

The next morning we packed up the bike …with our swimmers! And went exploring to look for a quiet beach to swim and relax on, we didn’t have to go far to find one…

’Moon light Bay’ is a small cove like beach and no one on it, we headed down the beach, plastered on the sun screen them went for a swim in the calm, warm clear waters…what a life!
After all the excitement of the day at the beach we headed to the Mall to find some lunch, we went to our favorite bakery ‘Roti Boy’ it does the best rolls ever!

George Town

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