Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Alor Star to Krabi Bicycle Touring - Part 1

Alor Star to Krabi - No fuel (不用汽油)

This post is about recent cycling trip from a small city at northern part of Malaysia to Krabi Thailand. The post will cover as much detail as possible from the build up of this idea, planning, preparation to the execution, of course there will be some important information if you want to do the same route.

When I start sharing the idea of long distance cycling many ask me why not just take a flight to Krabi? I did enjoy cycling mainly because is fun and I feel much relax on bicycle, after the trip I ask myself why by bicycle? I have the same answer I feel very relax over the 450km, I enjoy every moment on the saddle I just paddle and enjoy the ride.

let's the story begin............

The idea

The idea of long distance bicycle touring trip is in my mind since I start pick up cycling way back late 2016. I did some short weekend ride however nothing more than 3 days, initial plan is to cycle from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore however looking at the long Christmas break with heavy traffic and the extremely hot weather in Malaysia we decide to go up north instead of down south.

The planning

Start point: Alor Star (Border town between Malaysia and Thailand)
Destination: Krabi Thailand.
Once start and end of the trip is set I need to decide which route to take and how do I navigate. I use Plataroute to plot my route I really like this tool. Once the route is plot you can download your route to GPX file and then navigate with GPX viewer on your smart phone or any GPS supporting GPX file. 
Google Maps is also a good tools to use, I used both, more about this tools later.

The finalized route: 
Day 1: Alor Star – Kuala Kedah – Ferry– Langkawi 
Day 2: Langkawi – Ferry – Satun (Thailand) via Tammalang pier
Day 3: Satun  Pak Bara 
Day 4: Pak Bara – Yan Ta Kao 
Day 5: Yan Ta Kao – Pak Meng Beach 
Day 6: Pak Meng Beach – Krabi Life Homestay 
Day 7: Reached Krabi town.
Total distance: 450KM ++

Since I stay in Kuala Lumpur(KL) I decide to took flight to Alor Star with my bicycle and then take flight back to KL from Krabi. This is the first time I fly with bicycle hence I’m considering various way to pack my bicycle. At the end I decide to get a bicycle box from local bicycle shop (Thanks Bicycle Block for all the help) and pack everything myself with the help of youtube lol….

You can always search “how to pack you bicycle for air travel” from google, lots of information and step by step guide available choose the one suit you the most.

The package......

Ready to go!!

The preparation

This trip require 6 days cycling plus 2 days relax at Krabi, so what you need to bring? Below is list of item I bring for this trip.
  • Cloths (include every thing inside out 😀), wear 1 set pack 2 set. Cloth in Thailand is inexpensive if needed can go get one.
  • Bicycle tools and spares – Allen key, small wrench, tube repair kits, spare tube x2, break/derailleur cable, spare spoke and chain breaker.
  • Others item – Power bank, camera (not necessary), cycling glasses, rain coat and very important sunblock.
This trip I stay in hotel since is relatively cheap in Thailand hence I didn’t bring my usual heavy touring bike (Marin Muriwood), instead I bring Marin Nicasio beyond road gravel bike with bike packing setup.

My bike setup, that all for 8 days.
My lovely Nicasio

Let's the journey begin.......Part II - Miss flight....what? Yes Miss flight....Stay tune for part II

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Farm In The City 城の农场, #farminthecity,

Farm In The City 城の农场
Located at Seri Kembangan around 30 minute drive from capital city of Malaysia is a great petting zoo for family and kid. Due to it easy access from the city center this place are usually crowded on weekend and school holiday so better be there early. 
Various type of animal here such as tropical birds, rabbit, giant tortoise, fish and etc, besides there is also some activities for kids such as horse riding, rabbit feeding, fish feeding and kids can experience catching fist as well.

Some information about Farm in the city

Address: Lot 40187 - 40188, Jalan Prima Tropika Barat, 
Bandar Putra Permai, 
43300 Seri Kembangan, 
Selangor. (turning just before Giant, lookout for Bazaar Rakyat PKPS)

Tel: 03-8941 2099/3099
GPS Coordinates: 2.982481,101.664251

Operating Hours: 
Weekday 10am - 6pm. (Closed on Tuesday)
Weekend 9:30am - 6pm.

Entrance fee as below

If you so happen in KL with family and wish to spend sometime with kids this is a good place to go.

Well photo can tell you some of the story..... most important is to experience yourself.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Yogyakarta@Indonesia #Yogyakarta, #Yogya, #Prambana, #Bprobudur

It has been a long time since my last post (back in 2012), always too busy to write something (excuses) but not today. Some work related incident trigger my thought today, over the years I has spent too much time worry about work and spend to little for myself and my family. I decide to make a change today I must strike for the balance and it start today. I will start with what I left behind since 2012, the subsequence trip after Awanmulan in 2012

Yogyakarta or Yogya, nickname Kota Pelajar (Student City) was once the capital of Indonesia during Indonesia National Revolution from 1945-1949. Located in central Java of Indonesia at the foot of active Merapi volcano the city itself has a special charm which seldom fail to captivate visitor.

18th November 2013 which happen to be my 7 married anniversary, I decide to make this trip with my wife. Travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Yogya is simple, booked a flight and hotel from Airasia which have direct flight to Yogya, engage a local guide for 3days with private car and a list of place to visit that it! simple.

Tour guide pick us from airport, bring us for lunch and then check in to our hotel.

First lunch
Day1 - Prambanan Temple
Aslo know as Candi Rara Jonggrang, is well know ancient Hindu temple in Indonesia. It was built during 9th century, it express God is the creator (Brahma), Preserver (Vishnu) and the destroyer (Shiva). It located 18km east of Yogya and is one of the Indonesia UNESCO World Heritage site.
Is really hard to have a picture without people

Day1 continue - Sultan Palace
A well maintain and unique architecture palace, somehow I don't enjoyed this place very much. May be I don't really interested on the history of the palace and can't make any connection to it.

Before my trip I have done some research for some nice restaurant in Yogya, although the tour guide recommended others place I insist I want to go to KESUMA restaurant, #KESUMA. I think I make the right choice, I like the environment and the food.

Day2 - Borobudur
This is the best part of the trip, I love the view of Borobudur in the morning. To enjoyed the sunrise moment you need to wake up around 5am. You can also visit this palace in the evening for sunset however I strongly recommend for sunrise. 
The weather is chilling, sunrise is excellence and the best part is not as crowed as I expected so there is plenty of chances to take some nice photo without people. A must go place if you ever been to Yogyakarta.  

Day2 - Merapi Volcano, #Merapi
Next destination suppose Merapi Volcano, however when we are on the way tour guide inform us the place is closed. Apparently the is some activities detected on the volcano and tourist are not allow to be in that area. :(

Detour - Water Castle
A nice architecture, a maze of underground water holes, secrete chamber, garden and pools. This place used to host function and bath place for sultan, like bathing in a huge swimming pools.

That it, the end of the tour time to go home. 
In a nutshell Yogya is a nice place to visit especially Borobudur, I have a great time there and the tour guide speak pretty well English, friendly and informative. Is a great place for a short getaway from busy city life.  

Sunday, November 18, 2012



Writing this artical from "Sunrise" house in Awanmulan facing tropical jungle with only cover by house roof top and my front view is totally exposure to the nature. Sound of cricket, frog and lots of different jungle tone can be heard all night long, some flying insect and mosquito are my witnesses when I'm writing. In one corner is my wife and my son another is my maid who come along with us this trip.

What is this Awanmulan? Where is this place? 

If you search in google you should able to get to their website easily and many blogger have blog about this place and how nice it was. 
I have been diving for the pass 5years and recently not diving a lot due to family commitment and etc. I'm not a mountain and jungle person I do not like to go against gravity, however Awanmulan is different, I like it when I first step into it.

Located in the state of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, around 90km from Kuala Lumpur (capital of Malaysia) around 1.5 hours drive by car. They is no public transport able to reach here private car or motorcycle is your only choices, this is the nearest paradise getaway from busy city life. To me is not very costly, however it depend on individual......

The Sunrise House

I took the decision to get the sunrise house as it can fit 4 person and it only cost me RM400/night, the facilities, the house, the environment is way better then any 5 star hotel in city infact is breath taking.
Various type of room offer from total privacy of 2 person room such as sasterawan and evensong to house that can accommodate 8 person such as Terata Bondo and Kesindang and mid size house such as Sunrise, all come with basic cooking facilities such as microwave, induction cooker, hot pot and etc.


So what can you do here? Nothing!!! Yes absolutely nothing!!! Just sit and relax,don't you agree that is wonderful? Well you can read, sleep, write and swim there is 2 swimming pool one for sun rise and one for sunset. If you wish to do some jungle tracking to near by water fall it can be arrange.

All in all a wonderful journey, with the most important people in my life, to a wonderful place! What a wonder full life.
100% will come here again, highly recommended 5 star rating, if to used a single line to describe this place I would said is simple, comfortable and peaceful.
Some picture to share........


All pack and ready to go

Map and instruction from owner
Sunrise House

Stair to Sunrise
BBQ Shed

Sunrise Entrance

Bed 2


Bed 1


View From Sunrise to others house

View From Sunrise

East pool can see sunrise

West pool for sunset

From Far is Sunrise then Terata

Preparing Fire

BBQ Time

Pork chop, Chicken wing and sausage 

Me and My Son

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