For the 7th edition of the Historical ride (Kembara Mengejar Sejarah ) we decided to visit the state of Kedah Darul Aman. Initially the plan was to tour Alor Setar first then Lembah Bujang and finally stay overnight at Sg Petani. This time the participants suggested staying overnight at Dan Nok , Thailand as we were close and so we changed our plans accordingly. This time there were fewer bikes so it was much easier to make ad-hoc plans and changes.
Early morning RV as we are visiting a lot of places.
Totally there were 8 bikes, with 9 participants.With one other rider meeting us in Kedah.
Early morning highway...still clear.
As usual i'm sitting at the back .
At Tapah. These morons were out in force.
Friendly and all, but when riding.....a menace. More later.
Back on the bike.
No rush but still we keep to the timetable.
A break plus a very early lunch.
Loving couple :-)
Back on the bike where we met more morons.
Our pace is a relaxed 120-140 on average.
These idiots saw us ,got excited .....
and tried to (cucuk ) play with us
Being adults we maintained our pace and riding style.
So they let us pass ,then accelerate to catch up...All this in traffic.
With their fuel tanks as small as their brains we soon passed them...
So it was goodbye to these stunts....
Almost at our turn off.....
From here its all town roads.
Small northern towns...
Not too long later we reached here.
Welcome to Bujang valley.
First the museum...
And a/c ha ha ha
Old dugout canoes.
Map of archaeological finds in Kedah.
Model of the temples -1
And the original find.
lots of them. Really nice a/c though.
See the oliphant ?
And their names.
Other visitors were there too.
See the stone...
and the plaque.
Lots of history here.
See the next pic below.
Still see shapes like this in Hindu temples today.
Old Hindu Statues.
Lord Ganesha .
A bit of history.
A final look.
Now the hard part.
We have to walk up to the actual temples.
Along the way...
All the temples were moved here to form one accessible location.
Still moving up.
The main temple. We're in full gear remember ....
The iconic picture.
Only the base remains of all the Temples.
Ancient Temple and mountains.
A last look.
Now further up...
The last Temple.
Nice experience ,even in full gear.
After resting for a while, the tour continues .
We took the coastal road.
There it is...the sea.....
The rice bowl of Malaysia.
Here we met our Kedah bro...Tok Wan
He escorted us to our next stop...
Which was quite near...
Kuala Kedah Fort and Palace.
A nice read.
Light house in the grounds.
The old palace.
Those white things are remnants of other buildings.
One of the main entrances...
A very old wall.
You don't see this design nowadays.
Tok Wan giving us a bit of history.
Another gate to the fort.
Time to visit the Palace.
The following interior pics are from Han as i was too lazy to remove my boots. Too tired .
Its a museum now.
After that great experience we headed east.
These are later additions.
This is the actual house.
Old wheels. :-)
A simple home.
The actual house.
Here too i relaxed outside.....
so these are Han's pics.
A simple home...
Real old school .
From there we headed to the town center.
From this point......we can visit...
The state Mosque ...Masjid Zahir.
built 1912 .
Directly opposite the Mosque... The Balai Besar ( 1735 )
Grand Audience Hall
Really nice design.
A huge fountain .
The state art gallery.
Old British design
The old palace...
The palace entrance.
Nice arch in the main square.
The state clock tower...
The Balai Nobat- The original was built 1735.
This 18 metre-tall and 5 metre-wide three-tiered octagonal tower sole purpose is to keep all the royal musical instruments including the serunai (wooden flute), nafiri, gendang (drum) and gong, which is known as nobat.
A long but fulfilling tour.
We headed north next.
Within 30 min we reached the border.
Check in , refresh and then we promised our friends an early dinner .......
For those who have not been here before ,it was a nice experience.
KMS 7 riders.
Tired but fulfilled .
The food comes by boat.
After a long day touring, now time to dig in .After dinner ...a bit of shopping then zzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Long day .
Breakfast near the hotel. Since its just a ride back today we took our own sweet time .
Left Thailand at lunch time...
Funky air brush work.
After a relaxed ride back we reached home about 7pm.
This edition of KMS was fun ,interesting and very relaxing. Everyone had a good time, and we'll meet up again soon.