Blogs from Perhentian Besar, Terengganu, Malaysia, Asia


Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Besar September 27th 2014

On our last day in Kuala Lumpur we both decided to go to Batu caves which we were excited about until we were standing at the bottom of 270 steps to the top, once we were half way we decided to take a break to look around and rest our poor legs, after standing there for not long at all we realised people were being robbed by monkeys literally taking what they could see and seeing if they could eat what they had just stolen. Once we reached the top we both realised that it was no Egyptian master piece or ancient carvings nothing about this cave made me say wow it was just a cave I could have just gone onto google images and looked it up! After going back to Jims Condo we packed ... read more

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 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 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 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 the ... read more
roti maker
arwana perhentian resort
turtle point

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
Hotel map

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Besar October 18th 2012

Well.. Up I got, 7.00 am, all bright and breezy and it was raining. Opened the door of the room and was greeted by total greyness and stair rods. Worse still all the clothes that I had washed yesterday were now either soaking wet on the "dryer" outside of the room or had been dashed to the floor by the rain. So this was tropical rain forest weather. OK lots worse things happen in life so I rescued my running kit, wrung it out and after an initial shiver set out on today's run (I'm still pursuing Likey's 365 challenge). To the end of the beach, then back, to the end of the beach, then back, to the .. You got the idea. 35 minutes later, job done. When we got to breakfast we found that ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Besar October 17th 2012

Phew, Singapore was amazing. Just before we left we visited the offices of the Urban Redevelopment Agency. This is the body responsible for the future development of the place. They had invested loads into informing people what's going on and why, models, maps, interactive computer stuff. They are building up, building out - 20% more land through reclamation and building down, as far as 150 metres. Just got to go back in a few years to see it all! To get the train to our current location we had to start the journey on coach, to get back into the first town in Malaysia. Doing that saves lots of dosh because of the way train tickets are priced. A 50 Ringet journey in Malaysia would cost 50 Singapore Dollars if booked and paid for in Singapore. ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Besar October 2nd 2012

Perhentians All the blogs and reviews promised we would swim, snorkel and play with the turtles at the waters edge. Well, yes you probably can, but not in September! Turtle nesting finished in August and also the number of turtles has declined partly due to frequent oil spills from nearby oil production platforms and oil tankers. You get to see some turtles on the snorkelling trips though. Perhentians are made up of 2 islands, Kecil and Besar which are a few minutes by boat away and both have many beaches. The sand is white and the water is pristine. We arrived at Tuna Bay Resort after flying into Kota Bharu on Fire Fly, driven by a heavily uncomfortable, extremely tired taxi driver who kept slapping his face to keep awake, grunting and loudly sloppily munching on ... read more
Best beach area
Fishing Boats
Little desserted beach

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Besar August 30th 2012

Da das Kanufahren vor einigen Tagen recht entspannt war, mieten wir uns bei strahlend blauem Himmel für 15RM ein Kanu. Inzwischen haben wir unsere Paddel-Technik leidlich verbessert, Aaron sitzt in der Mitte und so kommen wir gut voran. Über Korallenbänke fahren wir entlang der Südwestküste von Perhentian Besir und machen Stops an verschiedenen menschenleeren Stränden. Einen Teil der Strecke schwimmen Annet oder ich, ein ganz guter Ausgleich zum auf die Dauer etwas unbequemen Kanu. Aaron füttert die Fische mit Bananen und Toastresten vom Frühstück. Die Toastreste schaffen es normalerweise nicht bis zu den Fischen und werden den Zahmen Kaninchen in unserem Resort verfüttert. Wir sind uns nicht ganz sicher ob die Kaninchen Teil des Speisezettels der Echsen sind, solange wir da waren schien es ihnen aber gut zu gehen. Nach dem Mittag kommen wir am „Fish ... read more
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