BUKIT KAYU HITAM, Feb 16, 2016:
Armed with strong determination, six young Kedahans successfully completed a 6,000km round trip from Alor Star to China in 10 days – using kapcais (low-powered motorcycles).
Aidil Ezrul, 33, Muhamad Arham Jaafar, 27, Zulkefly Hashim, 28, Azmawy Awang, 28, Muhammad Afif Bakhtiar, 24, and his wife, Nor Hafizah Asmal, 23, began their journey using Honda EX5 motorcycles on Feb 5.
Muhammad Afif said the six of them were happy to end the expedition without experiencing any untoward incident, and in fact, they cherished the memories of their trip.
He said they left from Alor Star to Thailand, then to Laos and finally reached Boten, (the border area between Laos and China) before turning back.
He said they faced some minor issues such as low temperatures of about 7 degrees Celsius in China, and fatigue from riding for long hours.
“We also needed to get accustomed to the dialects of the people in Laos and China and deal with the difficulty in finding halal food. However, we were fortunate as there were a few Muslim restaurants selling halal food,” he told reporters at the Bukit Kayu Hitam Immigration Complex yesterday.
He said the tour was only planned at the beginning of the month, and after discussions, they chose to leave on Feb 5.
“We did not prepare much (for the trip), because what was most important was the condition of the motorcycles. But it was not a huge concern to us as some of us work as motorcycle mechanics, so we knew the capabilities of our motorcycles.
“In terms of the capital needed for the trip, each of us carried RM3,000 for refuelling, food and shelter, but we only used half of the money,” he said.
Earlier, State Religious, Siamese Community Affairs, Public Works, Tourism and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Rawi Abd Hamid welcomed the six riders who arrived at the Bukit Kayu Hitam Immigration Complex at 5.20pm.
“I’m proud of their high spirits and courage to venture into other countries using only kapcais and not high-powered motorcycles.
“In addition, they also helped by promoting ‘Discover Kedah 2016’, via ‘motor tourism’,” he said.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Afif said the group was planning to make a trip to Vietnam next year.