@ 21 September 2015- (David) Thailand to Malaysia

The Thai border crossing
The Thai border crossing

I was on the road, leaving Hat Yai by 07.30am and stopping nearby for breakfast. The next stop was the Thailand/Malaysian boarder post which was only 65km away.

I arrived at the post by 09:30am and had made the crossing into Malaysia in under 1hr which was amazing as previously we had to allow 3hrs on average to pass through the borders. Both the Thai and Malaysian officials had the act together.

As I had a bit of time up my sleeve I took the opportunity to sit on the grass by the border post and have morning tea before jumping back on board  for the ride down to Kuala Lumpur (KL) which is a distance of 545km.

The Thailand to Malaysia boarder crossing. Went very smoothly.
The Thailand to Malaysia boarder crossing. Went very smoothly.

The Malaysian roads are fantastic, with great surfaces, well maintained and excellent road signage which all made the trip down to KL very fast indeed.

I was able to cruise at 120km/h pretty much all the way, with no traffic lights so  by 2:30pm I was only 75km from my destination ,however another monsoonal storm came in and I found myself hiding under an overpass bridge along with several other bike riders in order to take cover.

Hiding under an overpass with several other bikers
Hiding under an overpass with several other bikers

I soon slipped on my wet weather gear and headed back out into the wet, the lanes were difficult to see and I found the best course was to keep left and simply sit behind a car and sit tight.

I was heading to Kuala Lumpur International Airport as the air freight companies are located in the vicinity, there are always plenty of hotels nearby large airports and road directions are typically well sign posted. This made for an easy ride in (apart from the wet which slowly reduced); after chatting with a couple of local bike rider near the airport who gave me the name of a cheap easy to find hotel I was soon at my destination.

I ended up stopping at the Tune Hotel (similar concept to Ibis) which was attached to the side of Terminal 2 at the airport. I could not have got any closer.

 

Check the difference in size between the local bikes and the BMW
The BMW looks a little big compared to the local bikes at the hotel.

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