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May 22, 2007 - Paka

Paka is both a small fishing village as well as residence for the 100's of Petronas employees that work at the refineries just south of town. The beaches and ocean waters here are beautiful but have the potential to be even much more. Further down the beach from our hotel, villagers use the 20 meters of golden sand as a dump yard and toilet. The shoreline was so bad that we couldn't continue our walk. A shame really. We found a nice hotel to rest for a few days ...

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May 21, 2007 - Kuala Terengganu

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...

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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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Feb 25, 2007 - Back in time to the Perhenthian Islands

I probably would have appreciated the Perhenthian islands much more if I hadn't spent so much time island hopping in Thailand. It looks like every other island, but is still quite different than any I've been on before. Having no vehicles its quite peacefull, but after Kota Bharu I was dissapointed with the food. Of course everything was really expensive becasue the island was for tourists, but was I didn't like was that I couldn't find any of that really amazing local food that I had just come to love. Where do the locals eat anyways? I...

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Dec 27, 2006 - Kuala Terengganu

Happy New Year! Last week we left off from Kuala Lumpur (here's the link to the archives). This week we hop on an intra-country flight to the coast of Terengganu. This is in northeast Malaysia (only a 3-hour drive from Thailand), in what is considered the country's most Islamic of all 13 states. If you want see an incredible resort situated along the shores of the South China Sea, bring your bathing suit - we're checking in to the Tanjong Jara Resort. TSUNAMI & INDONESIA'S FIRES I've heard lots of questions about the effects of the 2004...

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Where's Johnny Jet?

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

Oct 8, 2006 - Phehentian Island

Hej allesammen og tak for de mange mails:) Saa kom vi endelig til et sted med internet:) Ja, der er ikke rigtig mulighed paa ode o og i junglen! Tirsdag d.26/9 landede vi i Johor Bahru. Vi hyggede os nogle timer med Niels inden han skulle videre til Australien, og vi nordpaa til Phehentian Island. Vi fik sagt farvel og ses om 9 maaneder, lang tid! Vi skulle med tog kl.20:00, men det var desvaerre forsinket med 4 timer, saa vi kom afsted omkring midnatstid. Det var heldigvis sovekuper saa vi sov i 12 timer:) Onsdag d.27/9 efter taxi og baad...

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Asian-trip 2006

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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