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We are currently near Penang so I gave the ferry office a call, and the information that you have is correct.
There is no longer any ferry service between Penang and Medan you have to fly, there is a passenger ferry between Dumai and Port Klang we used this service and bought the bikes over on an onion boat.
We are intending to do this in a couple of months (in Malaysia now but will still intend to do the northern countries). Any way could you please tell us, how long it took to arrange the shipping (i think it only runs once a week (is this correct), and how long the shipping took. Also was it a RORO service or do we need to sorce a crate. How much did it cost? and what did the flights or ferry cost for you to travel as well.
Tam and Xander
This is the company that handled the bikes once they arrived in Malaysia
(Orchid Shipping Forwarding Services)
T1-21 Kompeks Barter Trade
Lot 14473 Jetty Asa Niaga
Jalan Pelabuhan Klang
the operations manager is Abdul Razak (Sham)
Sorry we do not have any details of the people that we used in Indonesia.
As for the passenger ferry I think it runs every day and costs around 100RM.
There is no RORO service and we did not have to crate the bikes.
I didn't know about the possibility of shipping out of PT. Klang and so took the little detour described above.Shipped it, like everyone, with Cakra, contact data see here. Highly pleased with the service and the folks in Penang. The only little thing was that I couldn't be there while loading cause Friday was a holiday, but I guess that's not really a sensible point on the con-list.
If you are not as dumb as I am you can take one of two daily AirAsia flights to Medan for only 129 MYR including everything.
The other option is Port Klang, BUT instead of taking the Dumai bound ferry there is a second Ferry going to Tanjung Balai, no visa on arrival, though the 1-month Visa is even more of a joke than the 2-month one. This cuts your Bus-Time in Sumatra from near 20h to 4h. They are not used to foreigners taking that route I think as everyone from customs officer to daily users was very interested (starring). It was crowded as hell that day, delayed by around 3 hours and so full, people had to wait on the outside deck. Customs was a mess as everything was done in the ship and took ages. Though I was told it's usually way less crowded, just the holiday playing me again. To get from there to Medan you either take a share taxi or the train.
Private cars go for 200.000 Rp, at least I was told so by a friendly local working in KL and speaking English sharing the taxi with me and explaining and helping me loads (yes, shitluck), might even go cheaper. But for a 4 hour ride I considered it OK. So if you're more than 3 people it's pretty much a nice deal. If you're alone it's a little ruff.
I later was told in Medan there are also trains running for 10.000 Rp. I did neither see a train station nor did it look like there'd be one, but Lonely Planet says the same. 2 daily trains, no idea about the times.
There's also supposed to be a hotel in town somewhere the custom guys told me.
In Belawan the agent was a dick. Tried to overcharge me on official fees and was still sleeping when I called, after finding the closed office, at 9am and told me to wait 2-3 hours. Again it's Ramadan, and so this might be a bad day, but still, I got pretty pissed after getting up at 6.30 myself to get out there in time. After I told him I'm going to the customs myself he magically appeared within 30 minutes.
So for all: Official Harbour-Fee is 800.000 Rp, at least the main customs office and Cakra told me so. He tried a million first, wanted 900.000 for 20 Minutes, he even called Cakra who told me not to pay so he gave up after a little more.
I shipped with Cakra from Penang to Belawan. Then I, without my bike, took the passenger ferry from Port Klang (Malaysia) to Tanjung Balai (sumatra).I took Tanjung Balai instead of Dumai because the ferry was cheaper and the bus/taxi ride in Sumatra only1/5 of the time from Dumai up to Medan.
But as I said before,this is my own fault simply because I am stil lhoping to make it till Oz without planes.
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