A six day road trip around Malaysia – 6/6

This is day six of a six-day road trip, following Day 1 , Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 and Day 5.

I have done this part of the trip, from the north of the east coast to Penang, twice already by car, and also by bus.  Here is a blog on the car trip in the opposite direction.  So, the plan was to make an early start, and make a few stops on the way to make it an easy and interesting drive.

The hotel breakfast voucher said breakfast was from 7.30 in the restaurant and we had vacated the room, packed the car and were standing outside the restaurant at 7.30.  And we were alone.  The restaurant was empty, with the lights off. Reception was closed and the door locked. After looking around the hotel we found one employee, who found another employee, who told us they could give us something at the pool bar. No other guests were around, but judging from the car park, only two or three other guests had stayed overnight.

hotel pool

hotel pool

I had hoped for a halfway decent breakfast, similar to the previous hotel’s, for we had a long day ahead of us.  What we got was pretty appalling.  Kaya toast – that’s coconut jam on toast and coffee, and a choice of noodles or rice.  Some oranges were on display, so we had one each.

kaya toast

kaya toast

noodles or rice

noodles or rice

We drove the one minute to the local beach – not directly accessible from the hotel.

the nearby beach

the nearby beach

the nearby beach - Pantai Bukit Kluang

the nearby beach – Pantai Bukit Kluang

And then we got underway.  Traffic wasn’t heavy, but they are only two lane roads, and some local drivers just crawl along at a speed that is not viable for long distance travel.  And there are limited chances to overtake safely.

heading north west towards Penang

heading north west towards Penang

Once into the mountains, though, traffic thinned, and there were more overtaking lanes than I remembered, so we could make reasonable progress.

a couple of rivers to cross

a couple of rivers to cross

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We are following Route 4

I like to stop at this rock by the river – it is nice, but marred by huge amounts of litter.

information on the rock

information on the rock

a nice spot to stop for a break

a nice spot to stop for a break

We came across logging lorries, and saw them coming in the opposite direction too, thus wondering if they take west coast logs to an east coast mill, and east coast logs to a west coast mill.  Overtaking lanes were sufficient to enable us to overtake.

up into the mountains

up into the mountains

We stopped at the summit for break.  And after that it was downhill. Literally, not figuratively.

crossing the lake after the summit

crossing the lake after the summit

crossing the lake

crossing the lake

a tank on display

a tank on display

sign

sign of elephant

heading west

heading west

heading west and down towards the coast

heading west and down towards the coast

heading west and down towards the coast

heading west and down towards the coast

We had made reasonable time, and could go to the canopy walk near Kulim and still get across Penang Bridge before rush hour.  So we turned off towards the walk.

after the turnoff to the canopy walk - palm oil plantations en route

after the turnoff to the canopy walk – palm oil plantations en route

On a weekday it is very quiet.  You can drive up the road to the right and park closer than the first car park you come to.  So we did the canopy walk.  When in the sun it was very hot.

at the canopy walk

at the canopy walk

canopy walk

canopy walk

canopy walk

canopy walk

river below

river below

canopy walk

canopy walk

canopy walk

canopy walk

canopy walk

canopy walk

canopy walk

canopy walk

canopy walk

canopy walk

canopy walk

canopy walk

This is perhaps the third or fourth time I have been here, but the first time in about two years.  The place has deteriorated and needs some simple maintenance.  Just a little work, and it would be good again.

canopy walk

canopy walk

After the walk we went for a swim / paddle in the stream.  There was a lot of water this time, and it was quite rapid. It was very cool, and lovely after being in the hot sun.

we swam after in the nearby stream

we swam after in the nearby stream

Then we just headed back to Penang.

crossing Penang Bridge

crossing Penang Bridge

We reached home at about 4.30PM.  We had left the hotel at 8.30AM, and stopped for petrol, stopped at the rock, at the mountain summit, at the canopy walk, and to fill the tank once back in Penang – probably 1 1/2 hours in total, making the driving time about 5 1/2 hours. Mr Googlemaps said 5′ 21″, so this time was quite accurate.

Day 1 , Day 2, Day 3, Day 4,  Day 5, Day Six.

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