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Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil August 6th 2016

Lieve vriendjes en vriendinnetjes, Dat was het dan, het tutje is weer thuis. Voor sommigen - lees mijn moeder, opa, oma en alle anderen die met geknepen billetjes mijn blogs hebben zitten lezen - is het een opluchting dat ik weer met beide beentjes op Nederlandse bodem sta, maar voor mij is het een ontzettend dubbel gevoel. De helft van mij rende al naar huis omdat het mijn vertrouwde leventje mistte, maar de andere helft van mij wilde niets liever dan op het mooiste eiland van Maleisië blijven om de droom te leven die ik drie maanden geleden begonnen ben. Terwijl ik terug ga naar mijn lieve familie en vriendjes en vriendinnetjes in Nederland, laat ik tegelijkertijd ook een hele hoop nieuwe vriendjes en vriendinnetjes achter met wie ik in een aantal dagen zo close ben ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Kapas Island November 25th 2015

One of the popular get-aways on the east coast is Kapas Island. It's a tiny little island with pristine white beaches and perfectly blue waters. (I never got around to going since I always seemed to have weekend plans.) But like many places on the east coast, it closes for the monsoon season. A friend suggested during my extended, unpaid vacation that I visit it anyway. We decided to go for it and see if perhaps the boat to the island was running; if the weather was clear, it might be, even though the island is closed. We awoke to perfect blue skies filled with fluffy white clouds and realized this might be our lucky day. We drove down to the pier and found we were in luck--the boat was running that day. We waited about ... read more
What a view!
What a view!
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Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Kuala Dungun August 2nd 2015

Kelab Golf Desa Dungun just like Mimpian Jadi Golf in Tuaran. Cow Grass, matured tree, narrow fairway, close to seaside although you barely can see the beach, but no noisy buggy. It uses electric motor which is more pleasant.... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil May 11th 2015

This was possibly one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Tourism was taking over but was not too overwhelming on the smaller island where we stayed. It was 6 days of pure bliss! We arrived at the town of Kuala Besut after a few hours on a minibus and expected to be getting a slow boat across to the islands. That could not have been further from the truth! A tiny speedboat and a smiley, toothless old man met us at the jetty, with 2 massive 150cc engines strapped to the back. No sooner than we were all cramped into each other's personal spaces he gunned the engines and set off at a tremendous pace. Usually I don't mind boats, but I was writing my obituary on this particular ride. Waves were no ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Pulau Redang April 1st 2015

I had never heard of Redang Island before moving to Malaysia, which was a good thing in my mind! Many of my new friends here who have already visited the island speak highly of it and so I booked a week here as soon as I could. It did not disappoint but there were a few things to note about the place that I think are worth explaining for my fellow travellers. We flew to Kota Baru and took a 15 minute bus ride to the port. We were ushered to our resorts counter and then issued our tickets. First thing to note here is that we found it very difficult to find accommodation on the island that wasn’t on a resort or part of a package deal. I had been told about this by some ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Terengganu » Perhentian Kecil March 21st 2015

When doing our research on Malaysia one gem we had been looking forward to visiting the most was the Perhentian islands; Sat at my office desk with my attention drifting from work, my mind would take me to what I believed it would be like; perfect blue waters, soft sandy beaches, an amazing underwater world and great sea food. Add in a BBQ and a mango shake, then that would be my paradise. As our pending trip got closer more and more I would idle over days that we could spend relaxing on the beach, reading books, listening to music or exploring the island and cooling down with a shake, beer or just some refreshing cold drink. It wasn't hard to look forward to this place and forget about any work projects in hand. Oh how ... read more
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Our cabin on Coral beach

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
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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
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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
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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
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Beginning the walk
Walking to the cove




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