All-State 4-Corners Peninsula Malaysia Ride

Discussion in 'Malaysia - Road Trip Reports' started by Xr Rider, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. Xr Rider

    Xr Rider Member

    7Mar2012. Wednesday. Motorrad Malaysia All-State 4-Corner Peninsula Ride

    Despite having been riding for almost 40 years, I have never circumnavigated Peninsula Malaysia. Years ago i did ride parts of the Peninsula, but never on a continuous basis.
    In fact, I have covered the whole of Thailand, Parts of Cambodia and Laos, but have up till now neglected to know my country better.

    Doing it alone would be ok, but having a couple of friends who are on the same wavelength is even better.
    So I set about floating the idea to get at least another 2-3 bikes to join me.
    As it turned out, more than 10 wanted to join in, and at that stage we decided to turn it into a Club ride.
    When the headcount was finalised, apart form the 10 who will be riding continously on the route, another 10 bikes will be joining in some of the stages.

    I started planning the Route about 3 weeks before the ride, using a combination of memory, Google and road maps.
    In order to hug as close to the coastline as possible, I had to do some guesswork as the roads were not on Google or wiki, nor was it on the printed map.

    Riding around the Peninsula is not unusual, and has been done many times by many other bike groups. However, none that we know of made full use of all the "B" , "C" and
    gravel route we were planning to use. Most were Highway followers, some indulging in a little "B" road excursions, but certainly none on gravel.

    To be really sure we were not doing something done before, I also located the 4 apexes/points/corners of Peninsula Malaysia.
    This more or less looks like a Rectangle with the corners apexing at te SW, SE, NE & NW positions.
    I also made sure that the Route will also cut through all the states of the Peninsula as well as the Federal Territory.
    The ride starts at Merdeka square, a place symbolic with Malaysian Independence, the site of the world's tallest flagpost.
    Malacca is also an important stop point, given its role in Malaysian History.

    I also wanted us to visit Tok Bali, a stop on the East Coast, significant because it was the place that marks the start of the Pacific War during WW2.
    As the first shots were fired here by the Japanese Army 8 hours before the Pearl Harbour Attack, this is where battles were raging as the first bombs dropped in Wickham Airfield in Oahu.

    A minimum distance of 2,500km was also set.

    The criteria/aim/goal were;

    a. To reach all 4 Apex points of the Peninsula. I was not sure if there's a Motorable road to those points after determining the positions by coordinates.
    I guess some things will have to be tackled when we got there.

    The Apexes are;

    a1. South West Most - Tg Piai, also the Southernmost Tip of Mainland Asia.
    a2. South East Most - Punggai, Johore
    a3. North-East Most - Pengkalan Kubur, Kelantan
    a4. North-West Most - Bukit Putih, Perlis

    b. No Highways unless totally unavoidable.
    c. To ride through all states and FT.
    d. Ride through Gravel to stay as close to the Thai Border.
    e. No backtracking unless unavoidable.
    f. At least 2,500km total

    There will be six nightstops; Malacca, Desaru, Cherating, Kota Bharu, Belum Resort, Penang. No night riding was planned.
    No 'Iron Butt' sectors.

    The Route looks like this;

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    Although all were advised that DP Bikes were most desirable for the trip,
    World Adventurer / Photographer / Musician / Singer Extraordinaire Alex Wong chose to follow on his Ducati Streetfighter.

    The rest of us were on the BMW GS/As. The Roll Call of Riders who completed all 4 points were : My Wife & Me, Simon Saw & YY, Sunny Puan, Shaharin & Jane,
    Minesh, Alex, Gary, Assir, Mel, Jovey, John Dave and Maznah, the sole Lady Rider. Eddy Tan managed three APEX points.
    SP Lee, Aras, Ariff, Justine, Janna, Harris & Mona all joined in on various stages of the ride.

    The ride was real fun. On the first day a number of other rider joined in to Malacca, some staying on for the night.
    A few other riders joined us at Kota Bharu. Penang was really fun as a number of riders rode up to meet us, and joined the Penang - KL leg.

    It was a journey of discovery for all of us. This is one pretty country, with pristine beaches and excellent roads.
    Certainly much better than Thailand if you're a keen rider as the roads are so much better.

    Pictures however tells a better story.

    Our first day ride route ;

    KL Merdeka Square - Bt Tinggi Klang - Morib - Coastal Port Dickson - Linggi - Kg Lereh - Puri Hotel, Malacca.

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    We started early
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    1Malaysia, with the World's Tallest Flagpole behind.
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    We found a TV Crew awaiting. They wanted to know something about the ride and also see us of.
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    We held a small briefing before departure
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    Group Photo
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    Leaving Dataran, the journey starts.
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    I was having an evil grin stuck on my face, looking at the poor souls stuck in the traffic jam, facing the start of another dreary day in the office.
    And we're on our way to have fun.

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    Mel is going all the way
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    Aras will be joining us for the night in Malacca, then heading straight to Johore after Tanjung Piai the next day.
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    Jeff is only following us to Port Dickson
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    Hatta will follow us all the way to Malacca before turning back.
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    Alex, the only one on a streetbike.
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    After just 30 minutes on the road, we arrived here for breakfast. Assir, a veteran world travellr arranged for Dato Shaik to host the riders for breakfast
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    We left after an hour there.
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    We followed the coastal road to PD as planned
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    The Lukut area has interesting curves, but the road has a bit of traffic
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    After another hour on the saddle, we reached Port Dickson
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    Another round of drinks at Pak Lang Cafe. This is a famous old school cafe owned by a Chinese but serving all kinds of food from Nasi Lemak to Koay Teow.
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    Next stop, Malacca
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    The roads were nice, passing through lightly populated areas with some traffic.
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    We checked out this Observatory, used to spot the new moon to determine the start of the Muslim calender.
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    As we approach Malacca I was pleasantly surprised to be riding through a Forest Reserve, with virgin jungles left and right.
    This is Hutan Rekreasi Sg Udang.

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    Malacca was the seat of the earliest Malay Sultanate. Located on the strategically important Straits Of Malacca, it grew and prospered with ships from the
    Middle East and China using it as a trading post.
    Legend has it that the Sultanate was founded by Parameswara, and the name Malacca came from a local tree called the Melaka Tree.
    The famed eunuch Admiral Zheng Ho even stopped there with his armada. He left behind a sizable Chinese settlement, which is still there right till today.
    Their descendants assimilated to local life, but, maintained their unique characteristics till today.
    The Portuguese put an end to the era of Malay Sultans when they conquered the Kingdom in 1511. Later the Dutch captured the city after 100 years of Portuguese rule.

    In the 1800s the Dutch swapped Batavia ( Jakarta ) for Malacca with the British. It more or less stayed that way until 1958, when Malaysia became Independent.

    We arrived at Hotel Puri, Malacca at 1400hrs.

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    Eddy Tan in front of Hotel Puri. The Hotel has a facade of a shoplot, but it is deceptively big, at least 40 rooms in rustic setting, very nicely done
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    Minesh coordinating room arrangements
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    The interior
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    Swifts have been making nests in the Hotel foyer since a long time ago, and they continue to do so unmolested. Something about good luck i was told.
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    After settling down, we took a walk, to the famous "Jonkers Walk"
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    Famous Ice Kacang ( shaved Ice with sweet condiments )
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    Another famous food joint
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    Having had our fill, the gang wanted to chill out
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    Twilight
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    The first day was a short ride of just under 300km. The roads were just better than OK, and as expected, the West Coast is a heavily populated area so we rode through very little rural area.
    I did notice interesting house and building designs, and just by entering Malacca the architecture changed markedly, with predominant Chinese features.
    Even the mosques had Pagoda style roofs.
    Malacca town has been done up nicely, but thankfully, not tacky. Clean, with all the significant buildings done up, it is a place that deserves at least a three night stay.

    As for us, we had dinner, the guys had some beer, and later to bed, ready for tomorrow.


    7Mar2012. Wednesday. Motorrad Malaysia All-State 4-Corner Peninsula Ride Day 1
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    8Mar2012. Thursday. Motorrad Malaysia All-State 4-Corner Peninsula Ride Day 2

    Breakfast was generous and good. Everyone was looking forward to check out what the Southernmost Tip of mainland Asia looks like.
    We were also looking forward to using the newly opened Desaru Bridge that crosses Johore River, about 16km North of Singapore.

    We will be covering about 450km and our Route looks like this;
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    Breakfast
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    Gary, John & Minesh having vegetarian
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    We moved on towards A Formosa. Apprently the local Tourism people heard about us passing through and one of their Senior reps came to greet us.
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    Malacca is rich in history, the Sultanate was at its height in the 13/14th Century, with vast influence in the Region.
    The Chinese led by Admiral Zheng Ho established ties between Malacca and China.
    A number of chinese settled there and their descendants now are called the Baba/Nyonya who have assimiated well albeit with a subculture unique to them.
    Its fame however, brought dire consequences unto itself. The Europeans were at that time looking East, and the Portuguese were the most ambitious of the lot,
    conquering Malacca in 1511. They then rebuilt Malacca with buildings that resembles those in Lisboa, with A Formosa being the crown jewel.
    A trading post, religious and administrative it is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in Asia.
    The Porta de Santiago, a small gate house, is the only remaining part of the fortress still standing.

    This relic is where we took our group photos.
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    We rode off after an hour there
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    We passed this curiously designed mosque. Looks like a Chinese influenced Mosque.
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    On the way to Batu Pahat. This was the only success story for the British during the Japanese invasion in WW2.
    It was the only place the japanese were held back. The Japanese after a week took an alternative route to circumvent the British as they headed for Singapore.

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    Another TT stop
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    140km south needs to be covered before we reach the Tip of Asia.
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    We took a detour to Kukup for a seaafood lunch and rode along this tree lined road
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    Lunch at Kukup, a bustling fishing town.
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    Heading for the Tip.
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    There was a small souvenir shop, so we got the certificate, bought some drinks and had ice cream.
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    This monkey grabbed Alex's ice cream from his hands as he was eating it. Lightning move, followed by thieving satisfaction as the monkey enjoys his bounty.
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    The Monument marking this geographical spot
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    Group Pix
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    Onwards to Desaru
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    We were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by the Local Johore Bikers who waited for us at the junction as we exited Tanjung Piai.
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    We RVed with the rest of the group at a petrol station.
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    Meeting the local bikers was agood thing as Alex's Streetfighter needed a rear tyre change. The Local boys took him to a shop nearby,
    and Jovey accompanied Alex.
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    The rest of the local boys escorted us to the new Desaru Bridge, passing some B roads and ending up on the new highway.
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    After about 20 minutes on the highway, the new bridge looms ahead
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    The bridge was deserted so we stopped right in the middle
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    Me and my wife ( 90% photos by her )
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    It was just another 20km to the hotel.
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    The Hotel.
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    This is a place not fit even for dogs. It is rundown, looks eerie, run by sullen unmotivated staff. We christened the place Ariff Hilton,
    a tribute to one of our buddies who booked the place. In all fairness, it was not his mistake, but we knocked him about nonetheless.
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    Another good ride in fine weather. I am glad to leave the West Coast, looking forward to riding along the South China Sea,
    where the population is scarce, skies and seas showing a lot more Blue. We all looked forward to tomorrow.

    8Mar2012. Thursday. Motorrad Malaysia All-State 4-Corner Peninsula Ride Day 2
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  3. Satonic

    Satonic Ol'Timer

    That's quite a trip! Some lovely looking bikes there too.
     
  4. Xr Rider

    Xr Rider Member

    9Mar2012. Friday. Motorrad Malaysia All-State 4-Corner Peninsula Ride Day 3

    Everyone was looking forward to get away from Ariff Hilton and on our way to the South-East Corner of the Peninsula.
    Awaiting us ahead was about 400km of pristine uncrowded tarmac that runs along the coastline, with the blue waters of the South China Sea on our right.
    Breakfast at the hotel was abysmal so we will fillup on the road.

    Our Route today
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    Leaving the Hotel
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    Punggai, the South Easternmost point is about 24km south of Ariff Hilton. I noticed only one car on the road that morning.
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    Light drizzle when we neared the point
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    Unfortunately, the concept of "Love the Environment" escapes my fellow malaysians, and garbage was strewn everywhere
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    Group Photo at the SouthEasternmost Point
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    Back on the road
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    Although the road was straight, with very few curves, we all enjoyed the deserted surroundings.
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    We stopped a few km from Kuala Sedili for breakfast.
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    Back on the road
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    Crossing Sg Sedili Kecil
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    Sedili Kecil River
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    The road goes inland, and we enter Felda Tenggaroh, the scenery changing to vast expanse of Oil Palm estates.
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    Seeing the roads deserted, the cam whoring desire surfaced, and we stoppe for some photos.

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    Shaharin & Jane
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    John Dave
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    Sunny Puan
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    Simon & YY
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    Gerry & Me
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    Group Photo
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    Heading for the sole gas station
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    Coincidently, 4 of us were wearing the Lime Green BMW Jacket, the color similar to the hi visibility jackets worn by janitors and streetsweepers.
    We were called the Alam Flora Team by everyone
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    The Ducati needs a sweep
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    On leaving the Petrol station, we were delighted by the grippy road surface, the gentle flowing curves, and the lack of traffic.
    Heavenly.....
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    Just as we thought the road could not get better it did, after this junction
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    the Jemaluang to Mersing road must have been designed by a biker, surface smooth, cambers correct, plenty of run-off,
    great visibility and hardly any traffic.

    52km of bliss.
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    Mersing
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    The road that leads to Pekan is also another nice stretch
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    Rompin
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    We rode through the Gunung Arong Forest reserve
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    The Worlds biggest prawn farming setup. 6km by 2km along the coast.
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    Yet another 40km of pretty roads, deserted in blue skies.
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    Alex caught taking some shots by the beach
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    We stopped about 3km from the town of Pekan to regroup.
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    We rode through Pekan, the Royal Town in Malaysia's biggest state, Pahang,
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    There is a highway linking Pekan to Kuantan, the capital of Pahang, but we took a detour to ride coastal. This is Kg Cerok Paloh.
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    Kampong Sepat is a small rustic fishing village with a sandy beach fronting the South China Sea
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    We stopped here for a break
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    I rode on the beach
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    Then it was time for more camwhoring

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    We continued on
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    We met up with some local Kuantan Bikers for tea,
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    They escorted us through town to our hotel
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    We arrived at Legend Hotel, Cherating at about 1600hrs. Janna and Ariff were there waiting for us and will be joining us tomorrow.
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    Nice room overlooking the sea
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    Dinner
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    We covered another 400+kms today. Weather was great throughout.

    9Mar2012. Friday. Motorrad Malaysia All-State 4-Corner Peninsula Ride Day 3
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  5. sanctuaryresort

    sanctuaryresort New Member

    A place that is near to nature is best to consider when going on holidays. Malaysia is a place that has a lot of attraction for the tourists due to its natural landscapes, wildlife, forests and beaches. The delicious food of Malaysia has gained a lot of fame due to its taste all over the world and Pahang is the center for the Malaysian food. The state of Pahang is famous due to the river Pahang which enhances the beauty of the state. The beachfront resort in Pahang is preferred by a lot of tourists due to the beautiful and eye catching view.
     

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