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

HE SAID... We woke early and headed down to a lazy breakfast at 7am. 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, hashbrown potatoes and toast with sardines (and coconut jam). It was great, and we shared it with a very demanding cat until the waiting staff shooed it away with a spray of water. We had a two and a half hour bus trip to Kota Bharu, so after breakfast I walked around Chinatown one last time before the bus left at 10am. We caught a taxi to the bus station, picked up some toothpaste, jumped on a ... read more

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

HE SAID... We woke early at 5.30am 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 minivans, 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 Jerantut and waited ... read more

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

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu September 6th 2013

Friday 6th to Thursday 12th We successfully escaped KB on the 9 am bus down the coast. The bus stopped and collected and dropped off locals as they wanted. A sort of public private taxi service. We arrived at Kuala Beset in plenty of time for the speed boat transfer. We have booked 6 nights at the Tuna Bay Island Resort on the island of Perhentian Besar which forms part of the Perhentian Islands about 20 K off the east coast. We have really blown our daily budget on this one ! still it's not all about slumming it around the world. Any way if it gets too expensive I can always help out with the fishing. We're staying in a lovely chalet 30 secs. from the beach. After dropping our bags off, it's on with ... read more
Tuna Bay Resort
Christine at lunch
It's a turtle !

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil August 14th 2013

Day 24 - Semporna to Kota Bharu I wandered around town again, but most of the stores were closed. The café I usually went to was closed. I ended up having to go to my dive resort office to get some internet. At noon I shared a taxi to the airport. My flight to Kuala Lumpur was on time, but the identical flight an hour and a bit before had a nail in its tire. Mine ended up taking off before it, however it delayed my flight by 30 minutes. I had a connecting flight from KL to Kota Bharu that I obviously didn’t want to miss. My flight arrived 15 minutes late, so I kept at a hurried pace to pick my bags up and check into the next flight. When I arrived it was ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Besar July 23rd 2013

If the fact that we were in Malaysia was a surprise to us, even more so was the fact that we spent around 10 days on the Perhentian Islands, two small islands located off the coast of Western Malaysia. We made the definitive decision to set course there when an old friend from Poland, who was now training English teachers in Malaysia, let us know that he was going scuba diving there for the weekend. We hadn’t seen him in around 10 years and, since we were planning on obtaining our scuba certificates anyway, though the initial inclination was to do our certificate in Thailand, we wondered if there was a good reason not to visit the islands. Unable to think of one, we caught a night bus – in my opinion, the best we’d been ... read more
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