Malaysia Coast to Coast

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Malaysia Coast to Coast

This route connects the South Thailand & Malaysia cycling route with the Malaysia cycle route from Kota Bharu to Singapore. It is a beautiful and sometimes strenuous journey across the mountain ridge that runs through Malaysia.

Distance:

480 km

Level:

3

Stages:

8

Travel time:

2 to 3 weeks

Best travel period

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Nature:

7 / 10

Adventure:

7 / 10

Highlights:
1 Penang with Chinatown and the Kok Lok SI Temple, the largest Buddhistic temple in Malaysia
2 Perhentian Island, a bounty island for snorkeling and relaxing
3 the hot springs of Ulu Legong, located in a beautiful nature reserve, with jungle and monkeys around you
4 Kota Bharu, a lively Islamic city, from where you can make a tour through the kampongs

Explore the freedom!

Upon arrival at Penang, you will experience and enjoy different cultures. Take a look around Chinatown and visit the Kek Lok Si Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Reserve one day for the cycle tour we have set out on Penang: it will give you a good impression of the island.

After getting to know the island you take the ferry to the mainland. On your first day, after leaving the urban area, you pass through small kampongs with many rice fields, rubber and oil plantations. You will cycle through villages where people live a simple lifestyle. At the end of the day, you will arrive in Sungai Petani, the last large city before you reach Kota Bharu which is the end of the journey. After a few days of cycling, you have the opportunity to relax at the hot springs of Ulu Legong, located in a beautiful nature area, with jungle and monkeys around you. In this area, you can take guided tours through the jungle, past waterfalls and caves by the original people of Malaysia.

Following, the East-West Highway will take you over the ridge and beyond a vast reservoir area with beautiful views. Don’t be surprised if a small elephant herd crosses the road. The last two day trips will take you through a flatter area with small roads and kampongs. While making your way to your accommodation on the coast, you will pass through the lively Islamic city of Kota Bharu. You can cycle our kampong route, along the crocodile lagoon, the sea, and the river.  This is a nice end to your cycling holiday. If you want to dive, swim or snorkel, you can leave your bike at the resort and take a trip to the Perhentian Islands, two islands in the South China Sea where you will once again meet westerners.

Tip during Ramadan: make sure you have enough to eat and drink during the day. You could try to arrange your breakfast the night before (varies per accommodation). Restaurants and possible accommodation run by Muslims may be closed during Ramadan. This tour connects the South Thailand & Malaysia cycle route with the Malaysia cycle route from Kota Bharu to Singapore.
This route can, therefore, be combined with: “South Thailand and Malaysia” or “Malaysia from Kota Bharu to Singapore”
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