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Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil June 20th 2006

A quick update from my Malaysian paradise... least for now. Here are some photos of the latest development - a 60m two storey concrete building slap bang in the middle of long beach. As for myself - I'm alive and well working as a divemaster for Dive Tribe on Coral Bay. Lots of fun, diving most days, taking people to my favourite sites and showing off the fish and underwater life. That's it for now... more to come soon. ... read more
Long Beach Barge
The Building Site
Pet Snake

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Besar May 27th 2006

... but my mind was there. caught the game elsewhere but I saw it at least. Off we went the following day to the Perhentian islands and boy are they like heaven we had bad weather for a day but then as if by divine intervention the next day it cleared. We went diving and saw beautiful things like turtles and sting rays. I also read the Da Vinci code in 3 days. Speed reader I am. Here are some photos of the beach and Joel looking very scared on the speed boat out to the island... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil May 23rd 2006

So we have ended up on yet another paradise island! Yes I know, it's hard. You wouldn't believe the dilema that faced us! We were struggling with which paradise island to go to! See the Perhentian Islands is made up of the big island (Besar) and the small island (Kecil). Well in the end we chose Kecil, long beach. It was a good choice. Upon arriving at the jetty we were mobbed by only one boat tout, which was surprising. Andy checked out the options of getting to the island. There are slow and fast boats, the slow ones being half the price, but when asked about the slow boats he was given blank answers. Why? So we caught another speed boat over to the island, this time I (Melissa) went on willingly, but held on ... read more
On the speed boat
Our shed with a bed
Long Beach

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Kuala Terengganu May 14th 2006

The last time you had heard from us we were in Jerantut. From here we decided to go to Kuala Terengganu (a strict Muslim city) for a couple of days as we had time to kill and we read that it might have been an interesting stop over, off the tourist track, on our way to Pulau Perhentian. Rather than do the jungle train that gets you into the jumping off point for the Perhentians at silly o'clock at night. On the bus ride we headed up the east coast and passed through lots of little Kampungs (villages) some with just wooden shacks, women sitting around on their doorsteps in groups and of course little shacks for places to eat (asia seems obsessed with eating). The bus rides were quite pleasant and were a good opportunity ... read more
Bags of Turtles eggs.
Melissa at the central market
The local KFC

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Besar May 12th 2006

So after our stay in Penang we decided that we needed a holiday, so we purchased a combined bus and boat ticket to the Perhentian Islands on the other side of the country. The only reason for purchasing bus tickets was that there were no direct flights to our destination. Ah well, the bus departed at 9pm and would arrive at 5am the next morning, before boarding a boat over to the islands. Just before we got on the bus we remembered that we had read somewhere that there aren't any ATM's on the islands, so we made a quick dash over to one and withdrew some cash. The bus ride wasn't too bad, even Suz survived it. During it's 8 hours we got one stop for refreshments etc. We both managed to get a little ... read more
The boat ride over
Our Bungalow
Look at that....


Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil May 11th 2006

I think that should be the new motto. I swear Malaysia is the friendliest country I have ever been too. Everybody is just so upbeat and helpful. The guesthouse staff, the taxi and trishaw drivers, the people in restaurants and on the streets. This is really a great place to be. It’s strange that many SE Asia travelers don’t make it down here. They are missing out on one of the most comfortable Asian countries. I need to start out with this funny story. The place I am staying right now has wireless Internet. But the owner started messing with the settings and it stopped working. Myself and this other guy started messing with it and got it to work. When the other guy saw I had a Mac he asked if he could check something. ... read more
Tea Fields
Fresh Tea

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil May 11th 2006

Our last goodbye in Thailand was with Wine. It was, like all others, another tough one. Her and all the guys had been more than helpful and great company over the past three weeks but when you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go! We jumped on a bus to Betong on the border of Malaysia. The border crossing was a bit of a hassle, infact more so than any we had done before. We paid over the odds for taxi fares and on either side of the border any signs of life were miles away. We had every intention of getting a bus to the Perhentian Islands as soon as possible but when we arrived at Baling bus station we were told that because the Buddhists were on an annual holiday in honour of Buddha’s birthday, that ... read more
Stefen Sea Sports

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil May 9th 2006

The Perhentians are by far and away the most fantastic islands I have ever seen! You people who have been to Thailand think you have seen a good beach? Get thee to the Perhentians! The sand was soft, the water warm and clear. I could still see the bottom of the ocean when we were on the boat 100m from shore. I could have stayed there for a very long time! We did a snorkelling tour on our last day. We went to several different stops - each one with a specific ocean dweller to spy on. The first was a big ole' turtle. He was a beauty. Unfortunately there were lots of snorkelling idiots there who kept trying to touch the turtle. He wasn't up for that so he kept just slowly swimming away. The ... read more
Rocks at Sunset
Palm Tree

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil May 1st 2006

I wake, sprawled out, tired, where was I last night? - out partying again? I extract myself from the tangle of sarong, pillow and mosquito net that my bed has become during the night. My wooden beach hut, now my home, an upgrade from the shed in the jungle where the mosquitoes won the nightly battle for territory. I open the door look out across the kilometer long beach, through the coconut palms, and over my hammock... another hard day as a divemaster trainee begins. It's 7:30am the beach is still, the boatman and local cleaning lady from the fisherman's village are making their way from the sunlight speedboat through the water to the restaurant, "Selemat Baggi!" - good morning! I've been a scuba diver since 2002 when in Honduras I found that I was near ... read more
Divers at Temple
Giant Pufferfish and Juvenille Golden Travelly
Underwater Paradise

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Besar April 25th 2006

I may have lied when I said that Koh Phi Phi was the most beautiful beach. The Perhentian Islands are a definite challenger. The crystal clear aquamarine water definetly tops Koh Phi Phi or anywhere in Thailand for that matter. We spent countelss hours playing in the huge surf. The rainy season is just ending here so somtimes the waves get big enough to surf in! Such a fun time in the water. After our first couple days though the surf died down and that was equally as beautiful as we could just lay on our backs and float through the waves without getting a face full of seawater! The view from the beach is superb as well; lush jungle all around and the water gets progressively darker as it gets deeper but still remains inpecably ... read more

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