KL and onwards

Trip Start Nov 13, 2011
Trip End Mar 19, 2012

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Flag of Malaysia  , Perak,
Thursday, December 8, 2011

Arrived at KL a little ahead of schedule but by the time we had cleared immigration no nominated carousel was shown for our flight so we started searching at K and found bags with only 3 other pieces of others' luggage at A!    At least they were still there!

After extensive wandering through KLIA with at least 5 sets of conflicting instructions and signage we eventually found a lift which had a sign inside showing a floor in the car park for Car Rental desks and became the proud possessors of Terry The Toyota our friend for the next 10 days.

Terry's party trick is to refuse to start if the door has been unlocked for too long.  Was this explained by the agent?  

Express way drive to Taiping with superb limestone scenery, green vegetation and trees, distant mountains, excellent quality roads and our first sighting of Plastic Mike.   (A mechanical plastic human figure that waves a flag at the beginning of road works......see photo in due course)   In a number of places there were real men....you could just about tell the difference as the plastic one was more active.   Due to road works we did not arrive in Taiping until dusk with just enough light to inadvertently enjoy the lake gardens whilst searching for the hotel.   

Hotel good value and dinner was served outside and when it started to rain a roof was extended over us!   Staff appear to be incentivised to serve all four courses as rapidly as possible with at least 2 courses on the table at once.


Slight change of plan having now found a map that shows what we thought were roads from the Cameron Highlands to the East coast were not roads!   So....we returned slightly south and visited the Cameron Highlands today and then later driving back past Taiping and onwards to Penang.

Cameron Highlands are certainly an impressive range of very green forest/mountains and extensive agriculture and tea plantations but the northern part is over commercialised.  The biggest acreage of crops seem to be strawberries and the towns offered the chance to buy large plastic and blow up strawberries and every / any other conceivable strawberry souvenir  ..... we did not feel the need to buy!   The southern area is far more locally orientated and more interesting.    (Pics soon we hope)


Having checked in to the Copthorne Orchid Hotel which despite one or two quirks provided us with an excellent seaview room overlooking their private and very quiet, small and secluded beach which we thoroughly enjoyed for the 24 hours we were there.   The 4 40 storey apartment blocks next door appear to have their own gate down  to the beach so we cannot see the seclusion lasting long.   Unfortunately this style of development appears widespread in Penang and we think we probably had the best that there is to offer.


Northwards and eastwards today!   Left Penang early this morning and crossed back over the third longest bridge in the world to join the E15 to take us 386km to Kota Bahru.   We were enjoying the good roads and the beautiful green countryside when we were aware of a thumping noise and found Terry had a puncture!  D set up the local AWAS warning triangle..... using foliage and branches from the forest..... F1 teams have nothing to worry about ....change achieved in reasonable time and safely.    Continued our journey with superb views all around and also of Southern Thailand border which was literally just over the wire fence beside us!

Unsurprisingly tyre was declared a right off since D chose to drive to a safe place to change it and replacement not expensive in our terms, with cheerful tyre fitters who refused a tip!

Arrived at the only hotel in KB  which appears on Expedia ...The Renaissance and we must say that the 65 including breakfast for a huge room with TV the size of a billiard table, an office area, a bed the size of a football pitch!  We are thinking that the whole of the first floor at home might  have to go open plan .....???!!!  
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