This post is about the government documentation we needed and obtained to bring our car and ourselves into Malaysia. Malaysia in General Our car arrived by container ship into Port Klang near KL. The import process was extremely easy and we were assisted by Rani from Ipsen Logistics. The entire process from the ship arriving […]

Malaysia: Fuel.
December 15, 2013

On the highway north of Ipoh we stopped for fuel and the strangest thing happened. The service station did not want to sell us fuel. Apparently there is a law in Malaysia that service stations can only sell RON95 fuel to Malaysian citizens or Malaysian registered vehicles. Research later on the Internet confirmed that this […]

Alor Star
December 15, 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013 Today’s drive was only about 95kms, so no need to rush out in the morning. We stayed off the motorway again and took a more roundabout route towards Alor Star (aka Alor Setar; the first is an abbreviation… not sure why it needs abbreviating though…). The only reason we are in […]

George Town and Penang Island
December 12, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013 We took the scenic route to George Town. As we head North there should be less and less monsoon rains, which btw is a good thing. We got to George Town, on Penang, by way of the rather impressive bridge connecting the island to the mainland (as opposed to the ferry). […]

Ipoh and Cameron Highlands
December 9, 2013

Monday, December 19, 2013 The everest presentation finished around 4pm, so we had to make tracks on the Expressway to Ipoh, which is about 180 kms or 115 miles away. Halfway we stopped for fuel and starbucks and the strangest thing happened. The service station did not want to sell us fuel. Apparently there is […]

Kuala Lumpur
December 6, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013 Back in KL for 3 nights. Still love the place 🙂 Saturday, December 7, 2013 Last time while driving in we kinda got ‘lost’ for a while… one wrong highway exit was all it took to get turned around in KL’s one-way system for a while. But, I (Caroline) did remember […]

December 5, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013 After breakfast with Marijke en Coen, we decided to go and check the access roads to Taman Negeri National Park again. But instead of getting better, the water had risen even more. Little dinghies were still ferrying people and supplies across the road/turned river. So unfortunately a visit to the NP doesn’t […]

Jerantut and Kuala Lipis
December 3, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 We departed Cherating via flooded roads and headed inland away from the East Coast. The plan was to head to the high ground around Taman Negara National Park. The forecast called for more rain and there was a flood warning in effect. The newspaper stated that 5,000 people had been evacuated […]

December 2, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013 In true monsoon fashion it rained today.  And rained and rained.  In fact, it did not stop all day. So we made a short journey from Kuantan to Cherating and had fun driving on the flooded roads. ** Caroline ** Yep, it poured all day long. These are not the normal […]

December 1, 2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013 Off the coast of Mersing is a resort Island called Pulau Tioman and where a friend of a friend owns a hotel. It was very tempting to board a boat to the Island and chill for a few days. But the rainy weather and the forecast of torrential rain put us […]

November 30, 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013 It is good to be back in Malaysia.  Even better it is good to see that Sterlin is right where we left him. We packed up our stuff and headed North in heavy traffic.  Our destination was Mersing on the east coast. Once at Mersing we went for a little walk […]

Johor Bahru
November 24, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013 Arrived in Johor Bahru, or JB as the locals seem to call it. We stayed in unusual Bliss Boutique Hotel where each room is decorated differently and named in a funky way. We stayed in “Violet Dream” which meant 70’s purple swirly wallpaper. It also was our first experience with the […]

En Route to Johor Bahru
November 23, 2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013 While driving out of Melaka we realized that we hadn’t even seen the half of it… we managed to miss the Portuguese Quarter all together. In our defense: we are still struggling with the very humid heat and, because of that we end up walking around places less than we normally […]

November 21, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013 Headed South to the historically important town of Melaka or Malacca. Along the way we saw a couple cycling in the opposite direction. Of course we stopped to chat to them, and turns out they are cycling “around the world” and she is from San Francisco. The afternoon was spent taking […]

November 17, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013 Once we did get on the right road and made it out of KL, driving was easy. Our friend Patti put us in touch with Chris Bell (her boss way back when in Brunei) who lives in Seremban, about 70km south of KL. Chris was very keen to meet us and, […]