Wednesday, November 15, 2006

My Plan

On 5th Dec 2006 I am taking a flyed from Penang to Chennai I will cycling to Mamallapuram, Cheyur. Pandicherry - 7 th Dec 2006 Cuddalore, Chidambaram. Karaikal 9th Dec 2006 - Nagapattiman, Thanjavur, Pattokkotta. Madurai 13th Dec 2006 - Kamudi Rameswaram. - Tuticorin 15th Dec 2006 - Nazareth. - Nagercoil 17th Dec 2006 - Vilavankod, Thiruvananthapuram, Trivandrum 19th Dec 2006 - Kayankulam - Alleppey 21th Dec 2006 -Kochi. Cochin 23th Dec 2006 - Alwaye.- Valparai 25th Dec 2006 - Palani,Pollachi,Palakkat.Coimbatore 27th Dec 2006 - Singnallur, Tiruppur. - Erode 29th Dec 2006 - Bhavani. - Salem 31th Dec 2006 - Harur. - Thiruvannamalai 2th Jan 2007 - - Polur, Arani. Vellore 4th Jan 2007 Arakkoman. - Chittoor 6th Jan 2007- Pakala. - - Tirupati - 8th Jan 2007 and back to Madras.
To my friends waiting to meet on the road and members of Hospitality club,
This is a rough plan of my tour by bike +- 2 days. There will be some changes in dates, I will keep in touch with you. Please make sure your email, name,address and phone numbers are availble to contact you.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Cycling In India And Kerala

Cycling in South India
On the 4th of December I will finally visit the country of my ancestors. Preparations are in full swing now. The flight ticket is arranged, and so is the visa. The plans is to stay 45 days in South India, cycling from Madras to Nagarcoil south and make to a loop to Kerala before visiting some of my relatives living near Madras. I will keep you informed.

Why and How I start Cycling
So far I have done a few cycling journeys. It started about 2 years ago when I met some cyclists in Parit Buntar, Perak, Malaysia its 45km from Penang. They had great stories about what they experienced. I became enthusiastic and bought a bicycle myself. That was at the end of 2003.
Some great cycling I met
Round Malaysia in 14 days
The first thing I did was to cycle around Malaysia. I soon found out there were only a few Malaysians cycling. For many reasons cycling was never popular except for children. Of course the heat was an important factor. But I do not suffer much from the heat. I cycled around Malaysia in 14 days. I made many new friends. I learned quickly that in the west people are more used to cyclists. But here in Malaysia it's all different. People were friendly, probably curious would be a better word. Those 14 days were a great experience. In Parit Buntar many people started to know my new found love for cycling. Whenever a cyclist was on the way to Parit Buntar, they called me and I would pick them up to show them around my hometown and listen to their stories and tell them a few stories myself.

South Thailand
From the first journey to the next was a small step. South Thailand became the next destination. I went to many different places in South Thailand including Phuket, Krabi, Ko Samui but also to lesser known places such as Songkhla. Making friends in Thailand I went all over and had a great time. But being back home I felt there was more to explore. I started to plan a longer journey which eventually ended up with a plan to ride in Thailand and visit the countries that border Thailand.

Asean Countries
The "40 Days Great Bike Ride" The plan was simple, ride around the border of Thailand on the "other" side of the border. It was the idea to cycle to Siem Riep (Angkor in Cambodia) from Bangkok, then back to Thailand, into Laos. Next would be Vietnam and through China to Myanmar and then back into Thailand. It went actually a bit different. Very soon after I started doing some research it was clear I couldn't do that much. China, according to some cyclists I met, was definitely too much for the time I had available. Another problem was an overland border to Myanmar. There's none you can cross. Not even Malaysians are allowed. (We do not need visa for these countries). Due to a lack of time I couldn't do as much cycling as I wanted. So I went by train to Bangkok and started cycling to Cambodia. Through quite rough road I went back to Thailand, cycled further to Mukhdahan and crossed into Laos to Savanaketh. Now I cycled to the Vietnamese border but due to some things I had to take the bus to Hanoi. From here I cycled to the Vietnamese-Lao border crossing close to Dien Bien Phu but I couldn't cross. I went back to Hanoi, took a bus back to Laos and went straight to North Thailand to get a little bit of a Burmese experience. After visiting the Golden Triangle, I had to go back South. Hardly any time left but I went to Southern Thailand to the island of Ko Tao for a rest.

Cyclist Home Stay Malaysia Video

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