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World Tour 2004-2005   


Malaysia & Singapore








  

   01.10.2004 - 23.11.2004
   54 days
   Bicycle (1850 km) & Cargo Boats
   
 



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 Versione Italiana



Malaysia Part 1: Borneo (Sabah, Brunei, Sarawak)
Malaysia Part 2: Borneo (Sarawak)

Malaysia Part 3: Peninsular Malaysia & Singapore


  Manila-Mumbai: 6 months on a bicycle
 (account of this leg of the trip)





11.10.2004 Borneo: Sabah & Brunei


   

After a couple of relaxing days in Sandakan, we started the westward crossing of Borneo, cycling through Sabah (Malaysia) and Brunei. Today Malaysia is a fully developed country, where drivers are civilized and very polite. What a relief, after the chaos of the Philipino roads!

In the remote areas - where the jungle has not been erased by palm trees plantations for the extraction of oil - we met monkeys, tropical birds and monitor lizards.

On the way to Sarawak, we crossed the Sultanate of Brunei, a tiny Muslim country where at 4 AM the masjid loudspeakers awaken everybody. Thanks to the oil (petroleum), people here are well off and every household seems to have at least 4-5 cars...  


    Click here for the pictures of Sabah and Brunei





19.10.2004 Borneo: Sarawak

       

The crossing of Sarawak went faster than we thought, thanks to the very nice crew of the cargo boat Ikan Aroma, who took us on board from Sarikei to Kuching, where we are currently trying to find another boat that can take us to Peninsular Malaysia.


 
Click here for the pictures of Sarawak





23.10.2004 Kuching & Bako National Park

  

Waiting for the cargo boat that is going to take us to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow, we spent a very pleasant week in Kuching and the nearby Bako National Park. Hiking on the trails of the park, we discovered Borneo's rainforest, secluded beaches, mangroves, carnivorous plants, various kinds of monkeys (among which the funny-looking proboscis monkey), bearded pigs, hornbills and big lizards.


 
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30.10.2004 From Kuching to Kuala Lumpur by sea

   

After 3 days of sailing, after passing the straits of Singapore and Melaka we arrived in Port Klang (Western Malaysia). Many thanks to the Captain and the lovely Crew of the Johan Bright, the cargo vessel that gave us a lift from Kuching!

From Port Klang to Kuala Lumpur we took an amazing freeway for bicycles and scooters (we never saw a project like this before). Nonetheless, we seem to be the only bicycles in KL... 


click here for the pics of the Johan Bright and KL





15.11.2004 Melaka & Singapore

     

From Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, stopping in historical Melaka and the ultra-modern Port of Tanjung Pelepas, where we tried to find a cargo that could take us to India.

We are currently spending some days in Singapore, waiting for the Indian visas and still looking for a vessel...


 
  Click here for the pictures of Melaka and Singapore

 

Malaysia Part 1: Borneo (Sabah, Brunei, Sarawak)
Malaysia Part 2: Borneo (Sarawak)

Malaysia Part 3: Peninsular Malaysia & Singapore



  Manila-Mumbai: 6 months on a bicycle
 (account of this leg of the trip)





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