Malaysian Chinese New Year

Earning Ang Pow while eating
I spent the first part of Chinese New Year in Muar at Waka Lily’s hostel.  Lily, who is one of the owners, invited me to her family home for her a meal and her aunties and mum were all kind enough to give me a red packet ‘Ang Pow’.  I also ended up in one of the local news papers in an article about foreigners learning about Chinese New Year in Malaysia. Here’s the link:

I went to Penang Island to experience even more Chinese New Years Celebrations. Penang Island is the place to be for Chinese New Year – loads of things to see and do, lots of lion dancing, fire crackers, fireworks etc.


After Penang I went back to Muar to start to get ready for my next cycle touring adventure Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok.  It’s been a long time since I’ve actually cycle toured which I was really looking forward too.  Before leaving Muar I had one last look around the town and Lily and her friends were kind enough to have a leaving meal for me.





I finally waved goodbye to Waka Lily’s hostel,  Lily and Bart who was doing Workaway at the hostel and who was the chief of entertainment – he had me in stitches especially as he has such a big smiley face. (Workaway is an international hospitality service that allows members to contact one another to organise homestays and cultural exchange. Volunteers or “Workawayers”, are expected to contribute a pre-agreed amount of time per day in exchange for lodging and food, which is provided by their host.)


I then jumped on my bicycle and rode to the bus station and put my bike on the bus down to Singapore.  I was flying to Ho Chi Minh City from Singapore and I have cycled from Singapore to Muar before so I thought ‘nah’ I’ll save my legs for Ho Chi Minh.

Boxing her up ready for the flight.
I still have to follow my instruction sheet for boxing up my bike even though I’ve done it so many times. Brain like a sieve.

By Susan Doram

I am passionate about cycling and enjoy encouraging others to ride their bicycles. I am a cycle coach and founder member and chair for Leicester Women's Velo and Founder member and club secretary for Ride on Sistas. I love to encourage others to get active. I am an award wining personal trainer and one of Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling 2019. I've been on numerous cycle tours and have encouraged others to join me. Part of my cycle touring experience has included cycling around the world for just over 2 1/2 years.

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