How to get to Lankawi

Discussion in 'Asia' started by Timtiger, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. Timtiger

    Timtiger Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2007
    Oddometer:
    66
    Location:
    Singapore but Malaysia as much as possible
    Hi there,
    I want to get from Peninsula Malaysia to Langkawi Island next weekend with my 990 Adventure. Travel websites say that I need to put my bike on an overnight cargo ship (unaccompanied) and I am so not going to do that. Can anyone offer advice on how to get across. Ideally I could get the bike and myself on a local boat and zap across. The passanger ferry takes 1 hour so It should not be too hard. Anyone done this or can offer advice??
    #1
  2. bikermice

    bikermice Adventurer

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    Oddometer:
    77
    Location:
    Singapore
    I have not tried riding on Langkawi before, can't be of any help. I seldom hear of anyone intending to bring their bikes to ride in Langkawi. Nothing much of a interest (to me that is) there anyway, very touristy place. Consider joining me to Lake Chini?
    #2
  3. Timtiger

    Timtiger Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2007
    Oddometer:
    66
    Location:
    Singapore but Malaysia as much as possible
    Bikermice
    Lake Chini looks good and I am up for it IF I am not traveling (I am out of Singapore in S E Asia travelling by air about 70% of the time). When are you planning on going?

    I probably have to travel into Malaysia next week and work in Melaka for a day, 2 days in KL, work in Ipoh for 1 day and maybe go to Alor Star for another day, so I will be in the north for the weekend. I have not been to Langkawi but I rode around Penang Island about 6 months ago and I enjoyed it a lot. Do you have any suggestions of where to got other than lake Chini?
    #3
  4. bikermice

    bikermice Adventurer

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    Oddometer:
    77
    Location:
    Singapore
    I will be heading up on 26th Apr and returning on the 27th with a couple of other guys. Will be planning on a ride to Lake Chini tentatively. You sure have got a busy schedule there, let me know if you can join us, you are welcomed anytime :freaky

    There are lots of nice places in Malaysia but it is also up to the individual whether he/she defines nice. I like riding to nice, quiet and less crowded destinations where I can kick back and maybe relax over some beer. After living in a concrete jungle in Singapore, I'm sure I would like to see some real greeneries during my break. Have you visited Cameron Highlands? Nice place to chill out literally and escape the mid year heat.Lots of nice twisting road up too :wink:
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    #4
  5. Timtiger

    Timtiger Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2007
    Oddometer:
    66
    Location:
    Singapore but Malaysia as much as possible
    Hi Bikermice - I sent you an email.
    #5
  6. bikermice

    bikermice Adventurer

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    Oddometer:
    77
    Location:
    Singapore
    Still nothing in my inbox Tigerman.
    #6
  7. Timtiger

    Timtiger Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2007
    Oddometer:
    66
    Location:
    Singapore but Malaysia as much as possible
    Bikermise,
    Is your email registered with the forum?
    #7
  8. bikermice

    bikermice Adventurer

    Joined:
    May 11, 2005
    Oddometer:
    77
    Location:
    Singapore
    You have a message :deal
    #8
  9. deaninkl

    deaninkl Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2008
    Oddometer:
    153
    Location:
    KL, Malaysia
    Hi Timtiger,

    getting to langkawi by bike is not easy, you have to put your bike on a cargo ship in or near alor star, then tak a ferry and pick up the bike at the other end. You can contact the Langkawi travel agency on the web they can give you advice, but its made difficult because langkawi is duty free.

    have a good ride.
    #9
  10. Timtiger

    Timtiger Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2007
    Oddometer:
    66
    Location:
    Singapore but Malaysia as much as possible
    Thanks Deaninki,
    Have you done his?
    I was thinking of getting a local longboat or fishing boat to take me over.
    #10
  11. deaninkl

    deaninkl Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2008
    Oddometer:
    153
    Location:
    KL, Malaysia
    timtiger, no I havent done yet, but also have the plan when time allows. However, you may like to try the one of the singapore bike forums, as there use to be a "Langkawi Bike Week" and for sure many singaporean bikers would have attended, so can probably give you some better advice.

    maybe a year ago I contacted the government tourist angency in Langkawi, they were quite helpfull, giving me the port name and sailing times etc. But the is no car ferry to Langkawi from anywhere. I think the reason is that Langkawi is a slow place and they don't want mainlanders driving there, additionally if it was to easy to get off the island mainlanders would buy care there without the near 100% import duty levied on the mainland.

    Harley Davidson use to have a dealer there specialising in duty free bikes for expats to export, but I think that is gone.

    Road there are great, and if the hassle of getting your bike overthere is to great, you can park safely at all of the ferry ports (they have locked parking areas for the tourists to leave cars and bikes) and hire a bike on the island cheaply, although you won't find anything orange there.

    I have a GS, live in KL but work in Sinagpore at the moment. Malaysia is a offroaders and adventure bikers paradise. I ride down to singapore once or twice a month, the highway is a little boring but scenery is great.

    Dean
    #11
  12. Timtiger

    Timtiger Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2007
    Oddometer:
    66
    Location:
    Singapore but Malaysia as much as possible
    Thanks for the info Dean,
    I have done some riding in Malaysia and it is fantastic. I am heading up the east coast to Lake Chini with Bikermouse and some of his friends for the weekend and heading to work in Ipoh and Kl for a few days next week. Looking forward to the ride.
    #12
  13. klpegaso

    klpegaso Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2005
    Oddometer:
    54
    Location:
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    You can try contacting these guys. They are member of langkawi Bikers Club and should be able to guide you.

    1. Mr. Hason @ Tan Hock Lim (Club President) Tel: 604-9660969
    http://www.geocities.com/langkawibikers/ahli_hnd.html

    2.
    Mr. Teh Cheng Huat 604-9669688 (Travel Agency Operator)
    http://www.geocities.com/langkawibikers/ahli_tch.html

    3.
    Mr Albert Chong Tel: 012-4786202 (Clib Ride leader)

    my 2 cents ...park yr bike at proper parking areas at either ferry terminals i.e. Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis. Rent a bike (Modenas Jaguh) in Langkawi....if you need assistance i.e. lodging, car/bike rental call Mr Omar 0124761134

    Enjoy yrself in Langkawi. Make sure you ride the cable car and skybridge....

    Bye for now


    #13
  14. Siva

    Siva Canberra ACT OZ GSer

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2007
    Oddometer:
    723
    Location:
    Canberra
    deaninkl,

    so..how is the sceen in KL? whats a GS worth in ringgit? any good service centres ?

    can't imagine how hot the cylinder heads would get ehy!

    cheers
    Siva.

    #14