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Feb 3, 2014 - 2nd and 3rd February

2 February - Walked the beach to the left. Actually, left the room at around 11am and returned at 3pm....where did the time go? We walked (meandered really) for a couple of hours when we came across the most beautiful set of lodge houses set right on the beach. They seemed to be empty so, being nosey, I went and had a look in the first, it was unfinished but absolutely amazing. Hardwood floors, large rooms, swimming pool outside, large bedroom and the bathroom had a huge stone bath inside. On one side it overlooked the sea and on the other,...

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Feb 1, 2014 - 30th - 1st February

30th Jan - got up this morning had breakfast and decided to go to kuala Terangganu. We thought we'd also withdraw some money using Guys debit card in order to pay our hotel and food when we check out. Drove there and saw a family of monkeys before we got to the main road. It took about 50 mins. The traffic was terrible. Found a car park eventually....initially, we thought we'd park in one place but it was a parking machine and we thought it was a short stay so didn't bother. Anyway, found a large car park which was used by everyone as a cut...

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Jan 29, 2014 - 28th & 29th January

Ok, so arrived at Summerland Retreat a day early because it wasn't as far as Guy thought. We coulda stayed on the way, but there was only one hotel which was nice and it was quite expensive and also, only half way so we'd have had to drive for a couple of hours the next day so decided to continue. Well, the drive was really uneventful. The roads are really good, mainly 2 lanes but sometimes on a hill, there's an overtaking lane. In fact, the roads are a little like UK roads so pretty easy really. The only 'motorway' type roads were the ones...

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Apr 27, 2011 - Island life

Time to hit up the beach! We headed over to the east coast and hopped onto the speed boat over to the Perhentian islands. We were surprised to be handed life jackets on what seemed the safest boat so far......then the journey began! Imagine yourself sitting comfortably on a semi padded seat chatting to some fellow travellers, when BAM the boat hits every wave throwing the passengers around the boat. Spines mostly intact we were dropped off at the islands and went in search of some accommodation. There are dorm rooms, some expensive looking...

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Apr 14, 2011 - Museum & Mosque

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD It was great to get back to Kuala Terengganu and to check into the hotel we had stayed in a week earlier. The rooms were comfortable and there was good Internet access, but the food in the lobby restaurant was only borderline edible. We were happy to have discovered a branch of a Malaysian chain restaurant called ‘Secret Recipe’ just across the street from the hotel. Anil and I had first eaten at a Secret Recipe when we visited Malaysia in 2007. We had walked from one town in the Cameron Highlands to another and...

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Apr 13, 2011 - East Coast Highway

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We had always heard and read that the most Malay part of Malaysia was the stretch along the east coast. It’s here that visitors will see the wooden houses, many raised on stilts above the ground and the wild untamed stretches of beach, mangrove filled river mouths, and warm and friendly people. At times we felt it might be too undeveloped for our current style of travel, so it was quite a surprise to find how modern the communities in the northeast states are. The big change has been the discovery of vast...

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Apr 9, 2011 - Kuala Terengganu

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Kuala Terengganu was once a sleepy fishing village sitting at the mouth of the Terengganu River. Along one of the banks of the river, a thriving Chinatown developed and the atmospheric buildings along a cobble-stoned streets is not to be missed. The oldest Chinese temple in the state was built here back in the early 1800s, and is currently undergoing extensive renovations. Oil was discovered offshore and the fishing village was dragged into the 20th century. Modern buildings abound, stunning new mosques have been built...

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Apr 9, 2011 - Back On Dry Land

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We were a little worried about the return trip across the open ocean because of the rough weather, but surprisingly enough, it wasn’t much different than our outward ride. We did make quite a circuitous route because we crossed over to three different complexes on Kecil in order to pick up and drop off passengers. We didn’t mind too much because it gave us a chance to see what the accommodations were like. I was worried that the to and fro on the water might make me sea sick, but I managed well. I was happy to...

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Apr 7, 2011 - Kuala Besut

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Kuala Besut is a sleepy fishing village and also serves as a transit point for the Perhentian Islands. We expected to have to wait for a ferry to take us across to our hotel on the larger of the two islands, but when we arrived, we found that small boats were taking passengers as soon as there were as many as 6 – 8 ready to leave. We were given life vests to wear and there was a tarpaulin roof on the small aluminum boat, but it was hang on for dear life for the duration of the 30-minute ride. We probably should...

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Aug 21, 2009 - Road Trippin

I decided the best way to get this trip on the go was to go on the road. We had been planning and being totally indecisive which started to get on my nerves. Due to last minute plans airplane tickets were too expensive and no bus or train tickets available at the time because they were all taken up. Stress, stress. Today Mom went to so many ticketing places to get bus tickets but no luck so i got this crazy idea that somehow if we were going to reach there, we would have to do ourselves. I was very reluctant when it came to driving long...

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Jul 23, 2009 - Fun in the sun

After traveling by bus the entire day, we caught the last boat at 5:30 pm to the Perhentain Islands off Kuala Besut. We grabbed the first and what seemed like one of the last rooms available on the island. After a hot, mosquito-y night we searched the next day for a better room and after careful negotiation landed a wonderful air con room in a nicer resort. A little over our budget but since we figured we'd be on the beach and snorkeling all day we could splurge. The snorkeling here is incredible and we spent the next two days on the beach...

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May 24, 2007 - Perhentian Islands

It is not until you start travelling around a country - with the hours spent at bus stations, waiting for ferry connections etc - that you really get to know it. The journey from KL to its best beaches on the Perhentian Islands was relatively harmless. Even though Malaysia (well the peninsula bit at least) is so small, all the buses insist on travelling at night. The combination of no traffic and no distance means that you inevitably arrive at about 4am. Still, there always seems to be some helpful taxi driver around at any hour of the...

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