2017 Drive from Singapore to Thailand – Day 2 – KL to Jitra

day 2 drive.pngToday’s leg was a 453km drive from KL to Jitra. We normally put up in Alor Setar but this time we wanted to try the LSH Resthouse at Jitra which is further north and closer to the Thailand border.

On the way up towards Ipoh, we witnessed a 4 car pile-up in front of us which forced me to do an emergency brake on the fast lane of the highway. Thankfully I was alert and I avoided ramming into the car in front. This was a stark reminder of the potential dangers when taking these long drives. Always look two or three cars down the line, this will give you more time to react to emergencies. If you only brake when the car immediately in front of you brakes, sometimes this will be too late to avoid a nasty accident. I’m extremely grateful that we managed to avoid the crash, it would have spoiled our entire holiday!

Ipoh, at just about the halfway point of today’s drive, was a good spot to stop for lunch, as always. This time we didn’t go downtown for the Dim Sum, but settled for fast food at the outskirts of town.

The drive after lunch was a scenic one, amidst mountains and through a tunnel. We managed to arrive at Jitra in good time, around 4 pm.


Click HERE for the next installment of my 2017 SG-TH blog series which details our interesting experience at the Sadao border crossing.

Here are the links to the other parts in this Blog Series:

Reviews of Hotels and Restaurants:

My wife and I enjoyΒ having guests over at our place for fellowship and a nice home-cooked meal. So if you would like to drop by to try some of my wife’s wonderful cooking and to talk more about travel and life, do drop me a mail atΒ lenniechua@gmail.comΒ to arrange a dinner date! Everyone welcome!


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  1. That near miss sounds scary! nothing worse than a stark reminder of the dangers of Asia’s road. But then again I had a similar experience when visit the US so the same could be said for everywhere πŸ™‚

    1. Yeah it was indeed scary. I think that the roads themselves are fine. It is just that when you drive super long distances regularly you are bound to experience near misses like these. I am grateful for zero accidents in the past 12 years Ive been doing these long drives. I dont take it for granted and always expect the worst to happen, so that Ill be always prepared to brake or react.

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