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Street art, Malacca River

It’s been nine days since we crossed the border from Singapore to Malaysia and also nine days since we last posted an article on this blog, so we figured it was urgent to give some updates about our first week in Malaysia despite terrible Wi-Fi. Going forward, we’ll try to post weekly updates.

Kampung Koris
Kampung Koris

We had a very good and (maybe too) sunny week in Malaysia where we rode 470 kilometres from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur and visited the ancient city of Malacca. The heat was a real challenge but not much went wrong except our first puncture.

Johanna on Malaysia Federal Route 5 in Tanah Merah palm oil fields
Johanna on Malaysia Federal Route 5 in Tanah Merah palm oil fields

After our first night at the hotel in Johor Bahru, we rode straight to Pontian on the Western coast of Malaysia. On the way, our GPS application took us through some bumpy motocross track by surprise but we were still able to make it. As soon as we arrived in Pontian, we were warmly welcomed by Jackie and Michael from the Pontian Cycling Club who had spotted us on the road. They kindly offered us accommodation at the club house and we later had dinner with the rest of their team at a seafood restaurant next to the sea.

Dinner with PCC Pontian Cycling Club at Hai Zu Seafood, Pontian
Dinner with PCC Pontian Cycling Club at Hai Zu Seafood, Pontian

On the next day, we had our first puncture but were still able to make it to Batu Pahat where we stayed at a Warmshower. From Batu Pahat, it’s another 96-kilometres long day flat ride to Malacca where spent a few hours visiting the colonial district and the streets of Chinatown. Though the road is following the coast line of the Strait of Malacca, we rarely have any glimpse of the sea.

Johanna at Christ Church, Malacca
Johanna at Christ Church, Malacca

It took us another three days from Malacca to reach Kuala Lumpur through Port Dickson and Bangi. In Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, we spent the weekend at a friends’ place and enjoyed some rest. As we both had visited Kuala Lumpur before, we focused on spending time with our Belgian friends instead, eating good food, finding spare parts and taking some rest. We also did a walk in the botanical gardens.

Petronas Towers seen from Setiawangsa
Petronas Towers seen from Setiawangsa

See more photos in the gallery.

8 Replies to “First week in Malaysia”

  1. Merci pour ce bout de route partagé.Cela a l’air très intéressant avec de belles rencontres et de tout autres paysages Bonne continuation et maintenant je sais que je ne dois pas m’en faire, mais juste être patiente…. Bonne route

  2. BRAVO Jo et Armand et merci de nous emmener avec vous sur votre route. Bonne chance pour la suite, nous sommes de tout coeur avec vous. gros kiss

  3. Hey guys! Just showed Tim your news from Week 1 – we are just so impressed by you both, and can’t wait to hear more!!! We’re living vicariously through you!!! Allez!! Hope you don’t ache/hurt too much! Gros bisous! Emma & Tim

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