Saturday, June 23, 2018

Best Cycling Trails In Selangor

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Best Cycling Trails In Selangor
Selangor is one of the largest and more developed states of Malaysia. It provides cyclists a varying style of rides; ranging for those seeking cadence rides, and for those interested in slower pace rides to the quieter and rustic parts of the state. There are so many nice places to ride in this state and I found it hard to restrict the list to ten and ended up with twelve that I liked best.

1. GENTING PEREZ (GENTING PERAS)
This is one of the favourite routes of bikers seeking a medium length route with some climbs. Just mention Perez or Peras and they will know what you mean. It runs through quiet roads amidst greenery. The start point is at Pekan Batu 18 Ulu Langat, and the peak point is Genting Peras (at the signboard in the photo shown above) which is right at the border of Selangor and Negeri Sembilan. For those seeking more challenge, they could cross over this border and ride all the way to Titi (... see blog). OR on the return route, instead turning right at the T-junction returning to Pekan Batu 18, ride an onward loop to Bukit Hantu.
(... see route map) (... see blog)

2. GUTHRIE CORRIDOR
Another favourite route for cyclists seeking a quick cycling loop with some cadence. It gets its name as it runs along the motorcycle lanes of the GCE, the Guthrie Corridor Expressway. Start point can be from Bukit Jelutong or any of the North-bound R&R along the highway. The loop extreme point is at the flyover where the GCE meets with the LATAR Expressway. Some would exit the route for a nice meal at Kundang OR even extend it onwards to Rawang (where there are even better eats!).
(... see route map) (... see blog)

3. GENTING SEMPAH
Another favourite as this route has a challenge of a continuous climb of 15 km. of meandering bends before looping back; and if done during the morning, the weather is rather cooling. This route is best done on Sundays as traffic on weekdays could be heavy, some even do this at night for an even cooler ride. The start point is usually at Jalan Gombak near the Gombak Orang Asli Hospital, and the peak point is at the flyover leading into Genting Sempah (shown in photo above) which is right at the border of Selangor and Pahang.
(... see route map) (... see blog)
For more challenge, one can extend this ride onwards to Bukit Tinggi (... see ride blog), or even a longer one to Bentong (... see ride blog).


4. SHAH ALAM CAR FREE DAY

Many towns and cities in Malaysia have regular car-free days, and the Shah Alam Car-free Day (in Malay called: Hari Tanpa Kenderaan Shah Alam) is on of the more enjoyable and fun-filled ones. It's a five kilometer loop, held on the mornings of every second Sunday, that starts from Dataran Kermedekaan and goes through the parks and commercial hub of the city. Along the way stalls/stops operated by the friendly, smiling council officers or local neighbourhood volunteers, offer participants to take part in simple village style games like Congkak, etc. There were even bands doing gigs at points along way; others even bought they South American Macaw parrots for people to pose and play with.
(... see route map) (... see blog)


While at the car-free day, take time to try out the cycling lanes which is within the same vincinity; these are some of the better planned ones in the country.
(... see route map) (... see blog)


5. BUKIT CERAKA / BUKIT CERAKAH
This state botanical gardens covers over eight hundred hectares of forest reserve and the best thing is that cycling is allowed within most of this enclave. There are bicycles for hire or pay a nominal fee to bring your own bicycles in.
This first section upon entry into the park is a medium slope which leads to several branch off roads that takes one to different part of the parks. There are sections where fruit trees are planted and there's even a cactus farm. Other sections include small waterfalls, a mini-aviary and even a small lake. Don't be turned off by the above photo, we rode there during a rainy season and a short stretch of road got flooded providing us an extra bonus of riding through water!
(... see map) (... see blog)

6. SEKINCHAN
One of the best place to cycle in Selangor is Sekinchan, a village about an hour and a half away from Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya. It's a bit far and it would be good to stay a night there to start an early ride at fairly quiet roads that runs through the padi fields. The paddies vary in colour from a bright young green, to harvestable golden yellow and harvested brown.  At the paddies there are fruit shops and a rice factory; Other than the padi fields, there's a scenic rocky bund to ride along. and within the fishing village itself are colourful boats moored at the river and a couple of cottage industries making Yong Tau Foo and seafood crackers.
(... see route map) (... see blog)
One can extend the ride and head on to Sungai Limau or Sungai Besar where there are several good and cheap seafood restaurants.
(... see route map) (... see blog)

7. KUALA KUBU BARU TO SUNGAI CHILING
Water rivuleting down the over-flow outlet of the Sungai Selangor Dam, creating a beautiful white waterfall with a loud roar.
Kuala Kubu Baru is a town which time seems to have forgotten and left us a quiet town with houses that are a throw back to colonial days. From the town is a road that leads to Fraser's Hill, a retreat which was a cool haven for the British back then, and for the locals now.
Riding up this road, one will pass by the Sungai Selangor Dam, which is rather scenic.

A quarter way up the road is a five hundred meters ride-able off-track road that leads to the Sungai Chiling Fish Sanctuary. Bring along some bread or fish food to feed the fishes and they will swarm around, but bear in mind that this is a sanctuary for the fish and fishing is not allowed.
(... see route map) (... see blog)
The more adventurous can continue and ride all the way up to Fraser's Hill.

8. SERENDAH WATERFALLS
Fancy a dip in a cool waterfall, drive over to Serendah and from there cycle to the Serendah Waterfalls. There are two waterfalls here, go up to the upperfalls and lie among the rocks and have white water splashing around you. Near Serendah itself is a renown Tomyam shop.
 Alternatively, take a train to Rawang for a slightly longer ride.
(... see route map) (... see blog)

9. JUGRA HILLS
Jugra is the former capital of Selangor and nearby is Jugra Hill, a nice spot overlooking the Langat River.
Either start from Kota Kemuning to head for Jugra via Jenjarom and Banting before looping back. There is a short and tough climb up to Jugra Hill.
(... see route map) (... see blog)
OR start from Jenjarom heading to Jugra Hill and then continue onwards to Morib before returning; this one includes a short off-road stretch and also goes through a petrified mangrove swamp.
(... see route map) (... see blog)

10. PULAU KETAM
Pulau Ketam (literally translated to Crab Island) is one of many islands situated at the river mouth of the Klang River. It sits on a muddy mangrove swamp and as such the houses all are on stilts. Connecting the houses are timber/concrete walk-ways (also on stilts) and riding on them is an interesting way to see life on this little island.
We first visited this island about five years ago, cycling from Kuala Lumpur; back then it was a truly car-free island devoid of any motor vehicles (... see blog). Now, electirc motorcycles have been introduced and it is a much busier place where many tourists throng to during the weekends.
One can ride from Subang Jaya to Port Klang and take a ferry over.
(... see route map) (... see blog)
OR take a train to Klang for a short cycle ride to Port Klang to board the ferry.
(... see route map) (... see blog)

11. UNIVERSITI PUTRA MALAYSIA
Universiti Putra Malaysa was formerly called Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (Malaysia Agricultural University) and one can expect to ride through orchards and a farmers' market, 
(... see route map) (... see blog)

Be a little more adventurous and take some off-track roads to ride along pasture grounds of the campus and head for a dairy and a deer farm.

12. RAWANG TO BATU ARANG
Batu Arang is another laid-back town and got it's name as it was formerly a coal mine. The coal from the mine also supported a brick factory. The factory is now abandoned and it's red bricked walls overgrown with creepers, which make a good photo ala Tomb Raider style in the ruins of Angkor's Ta Prohm Temple.
One can start from Rawang and head to Batu Arang on a loop via Kundang.
(... see route map) (... see blog)
OR take a longer route and start from Sungai Buloh.

(... see route map) (... see blog)

To see other interesting cycling trails in Selangor, click here.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Best Cycling Trails In Kuala Lumpur

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Best Cycling Trails In Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a fusion of cultures that has made it a Truly Asia Country. For cyclists looking for interesting routes to ride on in the city, below are some good ones. Some are easy,  others tougher and a couple are out of the norm, unique trails.

1. KUALA LUMPUR CYCLING LANES
There are a couple of cycling lanes, the first one starts from Dataran Merdeka and goes along the Klang River up till Mid-Valley City. Certain stretches along the river are nicely shaded and a pleasure to ride on. Do note that there's a stretch that runs below the Jalan Damansara over-pass that's a bit dodgy (GPS: 3.13545, 101.69425) with vagrants hanging around; often cyclists by-pass that section by making a short detour into Brickfields.
(... see route map) (... see blog)


The second stretch starts near Dataran Merdeka and loops to the KLGolden Triangle up-market commercial district. This one comes with  blue painted lanes which runs along sections shared with pedestrians and other sections with motorized traffic. 
(... see route map) (... see blog)

2. KUALA LUMPUR CAR-FREE DAY

This is not a permanent trail per se; but for those who wants to do some light cycling, the inner core roads of Kuala Lumpur are closed off to motorized traffic on the first and third Sundays of each month. It's an easy, short loop and often people do a few loops. People come not just to exercise but also treat it as a family day out to mingle and socialize with the crowd and perhaps make a few new friends.
(... see blog)

3. KUALA LUMPUR LAKE GARDENS

One of the oldest parks in the country, the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens, a ninety-two hectares enclave in the city, offers a green area to ride in with bonuses of of a couple of small lakes, nearby butterfly and deer parks.
(... see route map) (... see blog)
Two other nice lake areas to ride around are the Tasik Titiwangsa. and the Kepong Metropolitan Park.


4. KIARA HILLS (BUKIT KIARA)

On the outskirts of the city, Kiara Hills (Bukit Kiara) is located in a forest reserve and as such the route is free from motorized traffic. This is a tough on as it goes on a climb up hill, starting from Changkat Abang Haii Openg, pass a first guard house and then continues on a steeper climb to reach a second guard house at the top, located at a cross intersection. For those who want to go the extra distance, from this intersection are two loops that goes round the upper portion of Kiara Hills.
An interesting extension after finishing this route is to go through Kampung Sungai Pencala and do a loop at Desa Park City. The roads at the kampong are quieter, shady and it's feels much cooler once one enter the village.
(... see route map) (... see blog)


5. KAMPUNG KEMENSAH AND THE KLANG GATES
This is another ride that goes through a Malay kampong - Kampung Kemensah where there is a nice waterfall for a cool dip during a hot day. Added extensions to this route will be to the Klang Gates Dam and Zoo Negara. Start points can be at Setiawangsa or Taman Melawati (a shorter route).
(... see route map) (... see blog)

6. AKLEH STORM DRAIN TRAIL
A trail that goes through a small manhole at Datuk Keramat to ride along the huge monsoon drains running along the Klang River below the AKLEH Highway. Do be advised not to ride here during rainy season as these storm drains can be full of water!
Start point can be at Tasik Titiwangsa.
(... see route map) (... see blog)
This and the following are of the norm routes and are quite unique trails.

7. THE BUKIT SEPUTEH CEMETERY TRAIL
Fancy cycling through a cemetery? This trail goes through the largest and oldest cemetery of the city - the Kwong Tong Cemetery. One can even visit the grave of the co-founder of the city, Kapitan China Yap Ah Loy. But don't be frightened, ride through with friends during the day and it could be quite fun, and on top of that the route leads to the Royal Malaysian Air Force Museum on the other side of the cemetery.
(... see route map) (... see blog)

7. THE KLANG BAK KUT TEH TRAIL
How about going beyond Kuala Lumpur, all the way down to Klang to savour its renown dish - Bak Kut Teh! Start at Dataran Merdeka, ride along the KL Cylcling path and then onto the motor-cycle lanes towards Klang. Use a folding bike, and one can take a KTM Komuter train back.
(... see route map) (... see blog)

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