Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Malaysia – The Scenic Far North

Malaysia’s far north is one of the country’s most remote regions and best explored as a self-drive adventure. The East-West Highway opened up the area that now connects the states of Kedah and Perak in the west to Kelantan and Terengganu in the east. This is the only means of accesing the north with the journey from Gerik (or Grik) to Kota Bharu being 210km.

The road traverses forested mountains of the Titiwangsa Range and deep valleys dissected by rushing rapids. Traffic is minimal and drivers enjoy the sense of being in the wilds of Malaysia. From the west coast there are two acces points from Sungai Petani north or along Route 76 that heads north from Kuala Kangsar to Gerik and Baling.

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