The Touge Run Special: Ulu Yam


TGTR 4.0 (12)Many people don’t know this, but my interest in cars and driving only developed several years ago. And, like most newbies, I imagined myself to be a pretty competent driver and enjoyed straight line acceleration. It was my first drive up Ulu Yam (UY) which made me realize how inflated my self-ego was, and that I had much to learn to refine my driving skills.

While some enthusiasts may refer to the UY route as one that marks a driver’s “coming of age”, the simple truth is that it is one of the few fun roads that is close to Kuala Lumpur. The common starting point is at the Petronas station in Sg. Tua and the end is usually at the cable car bridge, after the police checkpoint. The UY route is loosely divided into two stages; the first stage has more straights and is generally faster, and once you drive through the small UY town, the second stage is curvier and more technical.

My first time up UY was, for lack of better words, pretty memorable. I had some 300 PS and 350 Nm on tap, but as I was not familiar with the roads, the faster, more experienced drivers had left me in the dust and the cars with a lot less power were far behind. Because I’m also hopeless with directions, the whole ordeal was pretty intimidating. Thankfully, common sense prevailed and I slowed down and signaled the car behind (that had caught up) to pass me and lead the way.

Below are a couple of pointers that we believe are relevant for anyone who wishes to go up UY:

1. Its not a race – there are no prizes for being first to reach the top
2. Respect the folks in UY town – slow down, don’t rev your engines
3. Do not tailgate the car in front of you; no points for causing an accident
4. If you are holding up traffic, find a safe spot to slow down to allow the car(s) behind to pass
5. Know your limits – you don’t have to corner at the same speed as the car(s) ahead of you

The team here at #MTHRFKNWIN know that there are still many who have not yet experienced UY, so we thought we’d come up with a video as a sort of beginner’s guide to one of Malaysia’s favourite driving roads. In the meantime, should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to share this with us in comments below. Enjoy the video!



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From supercar spotting on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Won has moved onto the realms of motoring journalism since 2011. He has a keen eye for automotive photography, a penchant for fast cars, and the occasional hunger for munching corners.


  1. Good share, Won. I have only driven on UY twice, I think. My first touge was the Genting Sempah route. It brought me smiles like a small boy who just got a new toy.

    Have you check out the Kuala Kelawang route?

    • mm

      Yes, I have driven the KK route several times; another great road, albeit a bit long and with several end points. I would heartily recommend a toilet break before you set off, else you risk a full bladder!

      Feel free to share other great driving roads in Malaysia, and we will definitely try to check them all out 🙂

  2. Hi Won! I just stumbled upon this post after 3 years haha. As a fellow UY runner myself, i would have a few advices to new UY runners especially at the parking spot near the dam, its very steep when entering the spot and will scrape not only bumper, but also the undercarriage of lowered cars. Just sharing something i’ve experienced before, look forward to see u at UY anytime soon!

    • mm

      Hi Niko! Thanks for the tip and feedback; perhaps I should update this story to reflect some of the insights others have shared as well. As for UY, I’m headed up this Sunday in the early morning.

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