Malaysia provides bikers a wonderful and unique experience for exploratory travel and enjoyment. Bikers should be aware of regional differences encountered throughout the country such as weather, geography, wildlife and urban environmental factors.
Weather Impact on Bikers
Malaysia’s northeast region is known for its rain forests. Biking through the region will include high humidity as well as the threat of monsoons during the hotter months of the year. Bikers should customize bikes to traverse through muddy terrain and potentially even landslides, flooded areas and heavily treed areas. Tires on bikes should be sturdy and bikers should have kits for tire repair.
Malaysia’s southwest region is known for existing in the rain shadow of the Sumatran mountain region and is a bit dryer than the northeast region. The southwest is still subject to damp heat and sudden rainfall during monsoon season. When biking through Sabah, travelers should carry additional supplies in the event of an emergency like the rare typhoon.
Bikers should not let these weather cautions prevent them from exploring the beauty of biking through the Malaysian countryside. Biking enthusiasts need only provision their bike kits thoroughly to account for regional climate.
Bikers should also carry water purification tablets for their canteens or buy their water in bottles rather than filling up from taps or rainfall. Malaysia sometimes experiences harsh effects from water and air pollution from urban activities like logging and deforestation.
Travellers who enjoy the urban path can race from Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar or from Port Klang to the Port of Tanjung Pelepasby along the Strait of Malacca.
Flora and Fauna Awareness for Bikers
Mangroves and dipterocarps equate to nearly ninety percent tree cover in the region but can change based on altitude. Traverls near the foothills and mountainous regions may also see oak, rhododendron and chestnut trees as they travel through the Riparian fringe to limestone or coastal hills. Bikes should be equipped to ascend and descend various elevations in hilly areas. Not all areas have urban development and bikers should be prepared to encounter rougher rocky or muddy terrain when not in populated areas.
Visitors can also potentially see various animals while peddling through the countryside. Wildlife encountered can include but is not limited to:
- Indochinese tigers
- Leopard cats
- Pot bellied pigs
- Malayan tapirs
- and Sumatran rhinoceros
Malaysia is home to some of the most remarkable wildlife due to its diverse climate and geography. Bikers might enjoy travelling through the Taman Negara National Park.
Whether visitors are in an urban or a rural area of the country, bicycle helmets in a Malaysia are a must have item. Head protection from the risk of automobiles, unexpected geographic activity such as mudslides, landslides, mountain avalanches and debris from wind or rain related events while rare do happen to the best of bikers. Don’t forget the helmet when exploring the beauty of Malaysia. See also bicycle rack for cycling trip.