02-Aug-2003 -- The visit was actually quite easy once we obtained proper maps from the Malaysian cartographic office in Johor Bahru (JB). Although the map was a bit old (1997), it was very detailed (1:50,000).
In the morning, we crossed over the Second Link from Tuas (Singapore) to Malaysia and drove north on the highway for about an hour. After getting off the highway at Yong Peng, we tried to reach the confluence from the east, which was the most direct route. But after bumping along an unsealed road through a palm plantation for a while and veering off target, we decided to circle around from the west. We drove through Seri Medan and got within 200 meters on sealed roads.
We parked in front of a stilt house and walked back through an old rubber plantation. The underbrush was minimal and the ground was flat and dry, so walking was very easy. The tree canopy made it a bit difficult to get a good reading with the GPS, but we managed to zero out the coordinates, and have an EPE of just 4 meters (13 meters when we took the picture). The tree we are standing next to seemed to be right at the confluence.
Considering the ordeals some confluence visitors have faced, we felt this one was almost too easy. In fact, the hardest thing was getting a decent photograph of the GPS. We gave the occupant of the house the landowner letter as we left, and he seemed to appreciate that. (We used the Bahasa Indonesia version, which is very similar to Malay). It rained on the way back to Singapore, and again felt that fortune had smiled on us. We made it back in time for lunch, and planned our next expeditions.