Riding Up to Kuala Lumpur

With Malaysia being a very close neighbour to Singapore, the options of crossing the borders are aplenty. From cars to planes, your decision may lie on your budget and timing. But, let your feeling of adventure lead the way the next time you choose to go there. Get on the two wheels and rev that engine, while enjoying the air in your face. Every local motorcyclist dreams of it – long distance riding across Malaysia. I had that opportunity to realize that dream when my wife and I headed up by bike to KL via Malacca recently.

We began our journey on our trusted Honda 200cc motorcycle at 7.00am.The experience is unlike anything we have experienced. From being confined to the metal enclavements of a bus or car, we are free to enjoy the fresh air. Without a restricting agenda and with only ourselves to care about, we decided to throw caution to the wind. At our first stop, we were greeted by locals from the area selling fruits from the back of motorcycles. After half an hour of enjoying the quiet atmosphere, our journey resumes.

Malaysia KL

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Attractions

The great thing about doing this on your own is that you can stop for a day’s rest anywhere you like. So we turned into the Ayer Keroh exit and within 20 minutes, we were in Georgetown – the heart of Malacca’s city area. After checking in to Hotel Equatorial for a quick nap, it was off to explore the streets of Malacca – especially the back alleys where most of the local culture remains unscathed. We sampled some local delicacies at a roadside stall and tried the ‘ABC’ which is ‘Air Batu Cendol’ (Water Rock Cendol) – basically ‘Ice Kachang’.

The rest of the day was spent shopping (I was with my wife after all!) and ended with a delightful dinner at the Portuguese Square – a seafood marina by the seaside, within the Portuguese Settlement.

We continued our journey and this time, we headed for Kuala Lumpur. Since the distance from Malacca to KL was shorter than from Singapore to Malacca, we decided to travel non-stop and 3 hours later, we had reached the heart of KL city. We were still energetic enough to take in the sights and sounds of arguably Malaysia ’s busiest city first. After negotiating the busy streets, we arrived at Jalan Bukit Bintang where Regent Hotel is located.

One of the highlights of Kuala Lumpur for us was ‘Chow Kit’, where we could seek out bargain prices on clothes and accessories. With KL being a fully developed city, we decided to treat ourselves to some fine dining and had our dinner at the Rossini restaurant of The Ritz-Carlton.

Looking back, what we did may be considered daring for most, but life is all about pushing boundaries and we certainly went beyond borders and boundaries.