Posted by: Adam | July 22, 2009

Day 11: Hat Yai (Thailand) to Langkawi Island (Malaysia)

I think since Nakhon Si Tammarat there has been a pretty gradual change in feel of “Thai-ness”.
The culture moves from predominately Buddhist to a mixture of both Muslim and Buddhist (and probably a bunch more).
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My love for kapow-moo and lahd-nah is now replaced with a love for roti and beef curries. Yummo!
Yep, it’s all about the food.

We left Hat Yai around 7am and rode pretty solidly until Sadao where it started to hammer down rain, and not friendly warm rain, COLD bone chillin rain. We killed a bit of time there and I asked Nicholas if he thought this part of Thailand seemed a little ‘less friendly’ than the previous places we’d been riding through.

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I found in Hat Yai, and en route to the border of Malaysia, people were more stand-offish and there weren’t the abundance of smiley Thai folks. We’re both not really sure why. We put it down to perhaps the recent murders and bombings that have been a big issue for the past few years. Anyway, it’s still very beautiful and the people are as well!
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End Mission 1.

Begin Mission 2.

We made it to Malaysia!

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1200km+ of pedalling along and who knows how many litre of water, sponsor, pepsi and other sugared drinks we are chilling on the island of Langkawi in upper west side Malaysia.

The border crossing was easy, took about 5 minutes to get out of Thailand – had to fill out the form – and about 5 minutes to get into Malaysia. The folks all laughed when we told them we were riding to Singapore, but then gave us props for riding all the way from Bangkok.
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It wasn’t too strange riding into another country, except that the E1 doesn’t have any space on the side of the lanes for cyclers/breakdowns/dead dogs to go. But we soon headed west on the 194 and made it to Kuala Perlis. It was a pretty slow but nice ride, countryside is picturesque like Thailand but in some ways maybe even more green – is that possible?
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Not a whole lot in Kuala Perlis except for some nice girls working at a cafe who helped us get lunch.
I realised that a few Bahasa Malay words sounded pretty damn close to the Bahasa Indonesia I learnt back in primary school and for a stint at Telopea Park high school. I can count from 1-10, say thankyou, ask how someone is, and what there name is. And sing some song about a hat on my head “topi saya bundar, bundar topi saya…..”
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The reason for riding to Kuala Perlis was to get the ferry to Langkawi island.
Ferry – 18RM (Malaysian Ringgit – roughly 10 times less a number than Thai Baht) per person plus 10RM per bicycle.
The reviews i read on the net said that Langkawi is a place for old people and that if you are 2 girls in their early 20’s you would be better off heading to Phuket. I figured both Nicholas and I aren’t girls in our early 20’s and i don’t think much of Phuket anyway.
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Oh yeah, Langkawi Island is TAX FREE. 1 Tiger beer – 1.8RM!

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So here we are, in a place called Kuah, staying at the Hotel Asia for 40RM a night, drinking a cheap beer and wondering where to wander through Malaysia.

Tomorrow the plan is to ride over to Pantai Centang (Centang beach) and see what that’s all about.1

Total KM: about 100km


Responses

  1. Nice work man… jealous!

  2. Hey Tealy!

    Looks like you have an amazing mission ahead. Pictures look great and you sound like you are havin a ball. Bit jealous-but have itchy feet, as i am about to start my own mission myself to Greenland!!!Hehehehe! Then home!
    Keep us updated. Great to see you out exploring the world dude. Miss you heaps and Dr Nevio also!
    xxx
    Take care
    Letty

  3. your so so cool man…..!!!!!

  4. @Letty – hello hello! You’re off to Greenland! WOW! How long u going to be there? U have been there b4 right?

  5. I guess that hat-song will be your lifesaver… Once in trouble, put that thing off, and your attackers will leave with a smile.😀

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