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Malaysia videos

As I cycled through Malaysia on my world cycle tour I recorded videos of anything that I saw that caught my eye.  I hope that these will give you a snapshot of life within the countries that I will have been privileged enough to cycle through.

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Oil Palm production (14 minutes)

My only reservation about cycling through Malaysia again would be the onward march of Palm tree plantations.  I have put the following video together which shows the process from the initial deforestation/logging process right the way through to Palm Oil production.

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The Bird Houses – Malaysia ( 11 minutes)

Everywhere down the east coast there are 3 storey ‘abandoned’ warehouses with no windows that normally have wire fences around them and the sound of birds chirping away. The warehouses are ‘bird houses’ for swallows to nest and can hold upto 10000 birds. The nests the birds build are harvested and sold for around 600 USD per kilo. The nests are processed and eaten as they are thought to regenerate your skin to keep you looking young.

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Beachfest – Malaysia (11 minutes)

There really is not much on the east coast of Malaysia except beautiful beach after beautiful beach. If you fancy getting away from the tourist trail then these are the beaches for you. Bring a tent though as there are not many hotels along here.

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Ramzul, Diana and the kids (9 minutes)

I had company on the road yesterday when Ramzul, Diana and the family joined me for the day. A bit of cycling, a bit of beach time, and Ramzul showing us all his culinary skills on the BBQ.  A great day with beautiful people in an amazing setting and here is the video I recorded to remember the day.

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Saigon velominati rides Malaysia (2 minutes)

I was joined for the day by Ramzul who I used to train with in Saigon.  It may have been for just 1 day, but what a great day it was.

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Run to the coast – part 2 (7 minutes)

I have been in Malaysia for a couple of weeks now and the cost of food is still a mystery to me, and if you watch this I will explain why? Plus, after nearly 1000km I finally get to tick an item off my cycling ‘bucket’ list as I complete the ride from the Andaman Sea on the west coast to the South China Sea on the east.

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Run to the coast – part 1 (12 minutes)

The hills along this section of road were a roller coaster ride and for the first time on this trip I would see the scale of deforestation that is taking place, and the rate that the land is being turned over to Oil Palm production. I also visit an oil palm ‘nursery’, and I suppose the flip side to all this is that the plantations do make an excellent spot for a cuppa.

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My morning today was spent at the beautiful Sri Marathandavar Hindu temple near Maran. I had pulled over for an iced coffee and the lady said that I should visit the temple to see the ‘pouring of the milk’. I left my bike and walked to the nearby temple and watched an amazing ceremony to celebrate the Hindu god Marathandavar.

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Taman Negara National Park (16 minutes)

The sights, sounds and theatre of Taman Negara Natioanl Park as I went for a hike.

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Durian Chalet, Taman Negara (5 minutes)

People often ask me what kind of places that I stay in on this trip and on the whole they are cheap and not memorable. The place that I stumbled across in Taman Negara was the opposite of this and a little oasis of calmness and serenity. My wooden hut was set among a fruit orchard. It was only 1km from the madness that is Kuala Tahan, where most people base themselves when treking in Taman Negara, but could have been a million miles away.

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Climbing the Camerons (8 minutes)

80 km of climbing to reach Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands which took me just over 9 hours to do. I arrived just as the sun was going down and after climbing for that long on a fully loaded touring bike I went for a beer.

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Terima Kasih Malaysia – (12 minutes)

Farming in Malaysia is more mechanised than in Thailand, and therefore on a bigger scale.  What I saw on the map were waterways, which must be irrigation channels, and next to them were tracks.  I decided to follow these rather than taking the main roads. I really had a great morning just pottering along the irrigation channels, and they eventually led me to the coast line.

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Thanks for watching and I hope that these videos will give you a snapshot of life within the parts of Malaysia that I was privileged enough to cycle through. If you do not wish to miss any future updates just pop your email address in the form at the foot of this page to receive an email notification every time I update my blog. We can then virtually ‘share’ breakfast or lunch together as my blog updates get sent direct to your inbox.

Take care and if you are out cycling – ride safe.

Cheers

Stewart

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