Greg & Tracy - 2007 Asia Trip travel blog

Chinatown ... all the stores close up around 5pm ... but then...

A 'hole in the wall' food stall. That night we had crab,...

Check out the size of those prawns! All the shellfish was baked...

After two weeks + on the isolated islands of the Perhentians, we're now on the mainland and heading south along the eastern coast of peninsular Malaysia.

This state (Terengganu) is mostly Muslim and the government is "strict" Islamic. This means the sale of alcohol is restricted and recently gambling/discos have been closed down (no loss for us ol' farts). Although the population is 90% Muslim, they are very accepting of other religions & cultures, such as the Malaysian Chinese (Buddhists) Malaysian Indians (Hindus) and foreign tourists (various).

We stopped for a night at the state capital Kuala Terengganu before heading southward. Kuala Terengganu doesn't have much to write home about ...lots of people, food and a huge mosque (complete with loudspeakers and a 5am prayer). We strolled about and settled into a cozy street side stall restaurant in Chinatown for a few buckets of beer. We stayed a night here before heading south along the east coast by taxi. Taxis are a great way to travel Malaysia. Even long distances are economical. Though more than a bus, you have the option to stop anywhere along the way as well as have a local tour guide.

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