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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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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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Takeaway Tales

May 5, 2007 - Perhentian Islands, Malaysia -

May 5-23rd Okay ... we may have found paradise. Crystal clear waters - as far out as you can see ... and white sand beaches along with beautiful views from our hill side chalet .... (it's no Hilton though, as the island only runs on generator power and the beers are $3/each and hard to find).....however....we may never leave!! Really, the water is perfectly clear and like a big swimming pool in this small bay. The only waves are those brought on by the taxi boats. Highlights so far .... swimming with two huge 4 foot long 'green' turtles, a...

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Apr 23, 2007 - Pulau Perhentian Kecil Island

Mother of George!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have arrived in paradise! These islands are gorgeous. Let me paint a picture -- fantastic turquoise sea, perfect white sandy beaches, forest covering the whole island, no roads and not a hotel in sight!!! Awesome!! We said goodbye to Martin who was stopping on in the jungle for a few more days and arrived on the smaller of the 2 Perhentian islands, with Matt and Leanne, after 9hrs on a bus and half an hour on a small bumpy boat. The journey was worth it. We stayed on the more busy of the only two bays on the...

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Apr 16, 2007 - Perenthians: Kecil Island

Well, we thought that Koh Phi Phi was heaven, and that no other island would stand a chance in comparison, but we were proven wrong as we cruised into the island on a super fast speedboat from the port town of Kuala Besut to Kecil Island... There's no way to describe the water there, other than to say that it is literally crystal clear - at least 30 metres visibility and the softest, whitest sand we have ever seen or felt. We holed up in a beachfront bungalow on the aptly named Long Beach at a "resort" called Lemongrass. It was totally...

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Matt and Jen in Asia

Apr 11, 2007 - Coral bay

Etter ca. 6 uker mer eller mindre paa farten hadde jeg behov for et avbrekk. Jeg er ikke like trenet i kunsten aa reise som min foreloepig beste halvdel, Jo. - Som har tilbrakt de ca. 4 siste aarene i Asia mer eller mindre paa rundreise! Hun har kommet lengre i oppdatering av blog, og gjengir opplevelsen paa vaar oeytur til Perentian Kecil ganske presist her! Naar man er paa en oey for aa gjoere ingenting saa er det heller ikke mye aa ta bilder av, bortsett fra en solnedgang og to! Etter 5 dager i solen begynner reiselysten aa tilta igjen....

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Oct 20, 2006 - Perhentian Islands - Clear waters, white beaches... paradise?

We took a taxi down from Kota Bharu to Kota Basu, about an hours drive but only 3 dollars each; not bad; it looks like transport in Malaysia is cheap if everything else at first glance appears expensive. From Kota Basu we took a large speedboat (15 people + bags) over to the Perhentian Kecil (there are two islands in the Perhentians, Kecil is the cheaper and smaller of the two). The seas looked calm, but appearances can be deceptive, the speedboat was bouncing through the waves like no bodies business, a number of times when we hit a rogue...

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Rich Goes Travelling

Sep 28, 2006 - Perhentian Islands

It's been a while, but don't worry, I'm still alive and out here on the other side of the world! The train journey from Jerantut to Kota Bahru was 6 and a half hours long, and the coldest and most uncomfortable journey I've ever had to make I think! Anyway, we left Jerantut at 2am and arrived at the jetty for the Perhentian Islands at about 10.30. We then had to get a boat to Pulau Kecil (Small Island in Malay) to where we were staying. We stayed at Moonlight on Long Beach, and it was beautiful (cantik). Since we hadn't really slept on the...

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Aug 29, 2006 - Pulau Perhentian Besar

B - Ah, the Perhentian islands. We ended up staying 12 nights on Perhentian Besar - the longest we've stayed anywhere - and it was really hard to leave. It really was like a tropical paradise island of the kind you only ever see in holiday brochures and don't believe actually exist in real life. The sea was turquoise green and perfectly calm for swimming in, and for snorkelling which i did lots of lots of and of course ended up getting v burnt all along my back and legs from floating looking downwards on the sea. Claire was really brave and...

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Aug 28, 2006 - Perhentian Islands - Kecil

What can I say? I'm in love again with some more islands. I think I'd rate the Perhentians as nicer than Fiji (if that is fair to score them against each other). After enjoying the snorkelling in Fiji so much I wanted to complete my PADI Open Water qualification so that I could further enjoy the sea when I get to Thailand. As luck would have it Sarah, a regular visitor to Red Palm, arrived during my stay and she just happens to be a diving instructor on the Perhentian Island of Kecil. After talking to her I decided to get myself there, to...

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Claire's Big Trip!

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