When: 20/3/08 (Thu) – 21/3/08 (Fri)
Who: Miow Chin & I
Where: Kulim, Kedah to Betong, Thailand via Labu Besar, Baling and Pengkalan Hulu
Distance: 180km round trip
Photo Album: http://picasaweb.google.com/blueameba/KulimBetongRide
Forget about the map, the map that I bought has total different from the route number on the actual road. Kulim is located slightly north of Bukit Mertajam, from Kulim town, follow Kelang Lama and go towards Kulim Hi-Tech Park. After passing Hi-Tech Park, turn left at a junction at palm estate, then follow Labu Besar’s direction. It is about 30km from Kulim to Labu Besar and noted that it is trunk road with lesser cars, nice place to cycle! After reaching Labu Besar, pass through another 10km of palm estate and come to Lata Bukit Hijau junction, make a left turn towards Baling. Follow sign board’s direction, the first junction to Baling is via highway Route 67, if you go straight further from the junction to the next junction, there is a trunk road to Baling via few kampongs, one of them is Tawar. Exit from Tawar, join back the Route 67 towards Baling, here you encounter more cars and more hot. There is roughly 30km to Baling. Baling is the bigger town with plenty restaurants (Malay, Indian & Chinese), then next milestone Pengkalan Hulu which is 13km away also another recommended stopping point. The journey up to here is on and off rolling hills, there is killing uphill for 9km long before reaching Pengkalan Hulu. So make sure you have top up enough fluids at Baling before crossing the hill. You can have early left turn towards immigration checkpoint without passing Pengkalan Hulu main street and this save you for 1 or 2km. Immigration checkpoint is about 7km from Pengkalan Hulu, and Betong is also about 7km from the checkpoint.
Singha Beer, Som-Tham, Manggo Salad and MASSAGE!