We got up early to get the 10 o’clock bus to Mersing. It was lashing rain monsoon type stuff so we were happy to be getting out. The border crossing from Singapore to Malaysia was simple so much more straight forward and easy compared to some central/south America experiences. When we got off the bus in Mersing we met a nice lady who was selling Ferry tickets and accommodation on Tioman island. We picked a place called Panumba Resort mainly because this was near the only ATM machine on the island. Our credit card situation is a bit dire at the minute we’ve only 1 between us with a €500 euro limit. With booking flights and hostel this is constantly maxed. Our ferry wasn’t for a few hours so we went and got some dinner. Yvonne got rice and gary got noodles for a change. Then we got on the ferry and went to the island. Out resort was amazing. Right on a beautiful beach. The only bad point was there wasn’t a real bar. There’s a law against Muslims serving alcohol so there’s not many on these on the island we found out later. You can go down to the
main town and bring it back to the resort but that’s no fun. Yvonne was looking forward to cocktails…
Our hut was looking right onto the sea.
The next day was cloudy so we lid around the beach for a while. Yvonne and Rico trying chillaxing and Gary snorkeling. There were some very cool colourful fish and coral to keep him entertained. Yvonne joined in after a while too. Not much point sunbathing in the rain… Following a few hours of fooling around with this we decided to trek through the jungle to the main town which has the ATM. It turns out we weren’t as close as expected. The round trip took us about 3 hours. This included stops for lunch, ice-cream and beer. It’s a tough life. On the way we passed through the main resort on the island ABC. Most people stay here but we didn’t like a bit of it. It was really dirty with rubbish everywhere. There was a nice bar though. On our walk/trek we saw lots and lots of cats. The indigenous ones have a really odd curl at the end on their tail. Looks like its broke. Unfortunately after the long trip
to the ATM we found that it didn’t work. We didn’t get back until after dark that night so just went for a swim off the pier and headed to bed early.
We decided to do a trek to monkey bay the following day. This was 50 minutes from our resort and was meant to be a deserted beach. At breakfast we saw a monkey on the roof of a shed which promised us great things for the journey ahead. We bought snacks for a picnic on the beach. This walk was also a jungle hike. We did it at 10 am and the sun was out so it was a bit tougher than the one the day before. We got to the beach and were the only ones there. It was hot so went straight in for a swim. Then Yvonne and Rico set up camp on the beach and Gary went snorkeling. When Gary came back he moved up to the shade. This shade of course was supplied by the jungle where the cheeky monkeys live. After a while Gary started picking at the snacks, namely a big box of Pringles. While he was sitting there reading
he’s book a monkey came and robbed the Pringles. He didn’t even notice until he went for he’s next dose. Then inspector Yvonne found the monkey prints. He he. Some time later the monkey came back and robbed the pink bag with the rest of the snacks…. This time we saw him and followed. Only to see him eating the Pringles. He had also taken the nice stuff out of the pink bag and left what he didn’t want. After this excitement we were hungry and a bit sunburnt so we headed back. Once we were home for an hour it became evident we were rather badly burnt. Turns out suncream doesn’t work so good when After this excitement we were hungry and a bit sunburnt so we headed back. Once we were home for an hour it became evident we were rather badly burnt. Turns out sun cream doesn’t work so good when you’re in and out of the water all the time. Water-resistant != waterproof. We went for nice dinner and decided to leave the following morning. When we got to Mersing we booked a bus to KL and accommodation. Turns out we paid over the normal price
Sweet and sour fish
everything has to have chillis. I'm getting better with them though
for these as it’s a very busy weekend, being the end of Ramadan and all.
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