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Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Besar July 6th 2014

Over the course of the week, many members of the party succumbed to various ailments. They were dropping like flies and I, the forward thinking person that I am, felt confident that I could escape the bugs in my self-imposed quarantine on the verandah. Dean and Obie, both not quite a 100%, soldiered on to eventually complete their PADI course (with a healthy Eleanor in tow). Seeing sharks, moray eels, thousands of fish in formation and lots of other marvellous sights will forever be captured on Obie's 'GoPro'. Stayed tuned for viewing times at your nearest loungeroom. The Stitt's man-cave may provide the best atmosphere, so the footage probably won't have to go on tour. The heat didn't let up for the entire week. I spent much of the time hiding in the shade and ducking ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Besar July 3rd 2014

The first day passed quietly with a bit of swimming, snorkelling and snoozing. It was a glorious day, weather-wise, literally the calm before a storm. Around dinner time (yes, early for you Europeans, Asians and, well, any country not influenced by those hungry British settlers), the atmosphere was stifling with not a breath of wind. Then, as soon as we'd eaten and retreated to our room for the evening, the wind whipped up and the rain came pouring down. Wonderful. The next morning we went for a stroll down to the 'point'. Passing beaches polluted by rubbish, it wasn't a nice walk by any stretch of the imagination. However, the cove at the end was beautiful. No litter and pristine water. Eleanor wasn't impressed and stormed back by herself. Teenage mutant ninja tantrum! The O'Briens arrived ... read more
Early walk
Beginning the walk
Walking to the cove

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Besar July 3rd 2014

The day began pretty much like previous one. Breakfast of champions followed by a walk down to the cove sans Eleanor. Dean wanted to snorkel back to our beach so I tagged along. We spied a large monitor lizard entering the sea for its morning dip, which was an impressive sight. Once Dean entered the water I began walking back and encountered the giant lizard emerging from the ocean. It look one look at me and scurried along the foreshore into a rocky outcrop. Meeting the wildlife on the island continued throughout the day. Sitting on the verandah outside our room, I also commune with a couple of cheeky squirrels who eat some sort of green fruit in the overhanging tree and then drop the pips onto unsuspecting tourists below. A lizard runs up and down ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Besar April 4th 2014

HE SAID... We woke early (in Kuala Terengganu) and headed down to a lazy breakfast at 7am. We sat on the hotel’s riverside deck beside the Sungai Terengganu (Terengganu River) and helped ourselves to tea, coffee, juice, cornflakes, nasi impit with kuah kacung (moist rice cakes with satay sauce), nasi dagang with gula ikan tongkol (red rice with fish curry), fried kway teow (fried flat noodles), hashbrown potatoes, toast with sardines and toast with coconut jam. It was great, and we shared it with a very demanding street cat until the waiting staff shooed it away with a spray of water. We had a two and a half hour bus trip to Jerteh (Kota Bharu), so after breakfast I walked around Chinatown one last time before the bus left at 10am. We caught a taxi to ... read more
roti maker
arwana perhentian resort
turtle point

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Kuala Terengganu April 3rd 2014

HE SAID... We woke early at 5.30am (in Kuala Tahan) to prepare for our longest travel day of this holiday – an eight hour bus trip to Kuala Terengganu. We headed to the hotel lobby at 7.30am for a hearty breakfast of coffee, juice, scrambled eggs, toast and banana pancakes, and then jumped into a minibus at 8am to begin our journey. After traversing a poorly maintained road for the first hour (often driving in loose gravel on the side of the road to avoid massive potholes in the bitumen), a decision was made to change minibuses, as two seats did not have a seatbelt. While seatbelts were the least of our worries, it was good to see a safety focus. And all the while, the endless horizon of palm plantations continued… We travelled back to ... read more
crystal mosque
ho ann kiong temple
ho ann kiong temple


Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil March 25th 2014

How I wished I can have a stopover here longer or forever. I had been reading a lot about this beautiful island, and read almost every blog entry about Perhentian since I started following travelblog. Many refer this beautiful place as heaven, paradise or so. This gave me a high expectation on this island, and honestly was a little let down during the first 15 minutes after I set foot on this place. What let me down? The trash and the dead corals. When I first arrived at Coral bay, I was so excited to look at all the fishes and corals thru the crystal-clear water. Yes the water was very clear indeed, but the dead white brittle corals had me disappointed. The 10 minutes walk from Coral Bays to Long Beach was another let down ... read more
Us waiting for the boatman
The sunset at Coral Bay
Mohsin chalet

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil September 21st 2013

I was debating about whether whether I would include a Malaysia chapter for this blog or simply omit it. I hesitate not because Malaysia was unimportant, uninteresting or unexciting but rather I really enjoyed my stay here even if it is not the most glamorous of countries. Also, I should mention that in this case I am referring to Penninsular Malaysia as opposed to Borneo which I have already written about and rightfully deserved its own space. Malaysia is probably the most overlooked of the SEA countries. It lacks the parties and hedonism of Thailand to the north and the exoticism of Indonesia to the south. In many ways Malaysia seems to act as a buffer between these to hotspots. For Canadians anyway. As for Germans, well, I might as well have learned German to prepare ... read more
Tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands
Street art in Penang
Underappreciated Coral Bay

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Kuala Terengganu September 12th 2013

Thursday 12th We left the island on time at 12.30 and soon made land fall. We were going to catch the bus down the coast but we had a good offer from a taxi driver and after negotiating him down further to 100 ringgits we decided to take the offer. He was a frustrated racing driver and we sped along soaring over the speed humps, grateful that we had missed lunch ! We did the two and a half hour drive in one hour forty five. The scenery was attractive but not spectactular. We passed villages and open fields and a couple on a motorbike with the passenger carrying a full size old style TV. It was ok though as it wasn't switched on ! We arrived at our hotel, a real bargain buy. A 4* ... read more
Fish market
On the river

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil September 7th 2013

Finally arriving in the Perhentians at 7am after a long, uncomfortable mini bus journey and a speed boat, Justin and I trailed the stretch of sand to find accommodation. Getting frustrated, as we were looking for a specific price range, Justin walked up through the wooded area to try and find the original place we opted for (only saying this because a local man said he had never heard of it before). He strolled back over to me after 15 minutes of being gone, saying, was there and for a double room it was 20 ringett per person. Perfect. In the meantime, I had been chatting to Shanae (English) and Jerry (Taiwan) who were also waiting for the owners of another place to appear, but they thought, our option sounded good so decided to join ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil September 7th 2013

It was now seven months to the day since we'd left home. When our pals Darren, Jim and Ste had told us of there plan to meet us in Malaysia along with Sonya's buddy Laura, Sonya and I had been in New Zealand, just four months into our trip. We were delighted at the prospect but it seemed along way away. Yet the three months in between had passed by and the reunion we had so eagerly anticipated was upon us before we knew it. We would meet the gang in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, spend less than 48 hours there before heading to an idyllic little island off the north east coast of the peninsula, called Perhentian Kecil. I'd had the pleasure of visiting the Perhentian's on my last trip to Asia in ... read more
Darren and Sonya
Coral beach
Frisbee days - Perhentian Kecil

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