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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!

Aug 8, 2006 - Beach life - Pulau Perhentian Besar

So from Cambodia I had to fly straight to Kuala Lumpur to meet up with volunteers for Turtle Project. I took the Skybus from the airport and had a chuckle at the following sign: Dear Valued Passengers If the following incidents occur: - Speeding and reckless driving by busdriver - The bus is dirty - If the bus stops to drop-off/pick-up passengers midway through journey - If music/radio is played on the sound system in the bus Please SMS our Skybus customer service on 012-258-7900. None of these occurred and I was quite impressed as all...

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Jul 6, 2006 - Long Beach in The Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

So we decided to run from the rains in Southern Thailand towards the East coast of Malaysia. After a long bus ride we stayed in Hat Yai again for a night and then boarded a local train for the border of Thailand and Malaysia. The seats were bare wood so our asses where completely asleep by the time we arrived after the 5 hour journey (it was only 1 US dollar so no real complaints). I still enjoyed it better than a bus ride. After crossing the border we made it to Kota Bharu and found a taxi to drive us to the jetty for the Perhentian...

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Jun 28, 2006 - The Perhentians Island

After spending over a month in the North of Thailand as well as in Laos and Cambodgia, I needed to go back on the beach for a while (after all I am on holidays and my tan was fading aways...), I had heard so much about the Perhentians islands and every body told me I should go there so I bought a train ticket from Bangkok and 24 hours later I was back on the Malaysian border for what I thought would be my last border crossing! The trip from Bangkok was terribly long and I was a bit sick so I spend most of the time sleeping in the train!...

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Jun 27, 2006 - Perhentian Islands

After hearing so many good things about the islands in the on the north east coast of Malaysia I just had to check it out. But first...transport. On the bus trip over here, we had to stop as there were many muslims on the bus and they had to pray at the local "prayer center". Once we got that sorted out, we were on our way to the town where we would take a very noisy, speedboat that took 30 minutes to the islands. Mom and Dad said that places fill up quickly on the island so I told them they better makes some calls from the main land. We...

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Jun 22, 2006 - Perhentian Islands (Palau Besar), Malaysia

To escape the rainy season in Thailand, we had decided before we left that we would head to the beautiful Perhentian Islands off the north east coast of Malaysia for some much needed R&R!. We booked a cheap internal flight from Bangkok to Narathiwat with (Thai) Air Asia (Asia's equivalent to RyanAir!) and left Bangkok on the 21st June. Narathiwat is one of the least developed areas in Thailand and not surprisingly we were the only tourists on the plane! The region is largely Muslim and there has been a rise in recent years in Islamic...

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Jun 5, 2006 - Cherating and the Perhentian Islands

After a relaxing night once we made it back to Kuala Lumpur, having survived the hitchhiking adventure, Matt and I took a morning bus to Cherating - a VERY secluded beach town. This place was literally a ghost town. After walking the short road that was the town, we settled into a fantastic chalet that was literally 20 feet from the water, with an awesome view of the ocean. The wall of the chalet was a huge window, with nothing blocking the view at all! After a short swim in the knee-high water (and we walked out pretty far!), we headed...

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Lisa's Journey

May 20, 2006 - Perhentian Island, NE Malaysia

Well Perhentian Island was quite the resort; of course I stayed at a place called the Rock Garden on Long Beach, aka,Backpacker beach. My place didn't even have a fan but I only paid 15 ringgit, that's about $3.5 or two beers. Definitely the cheapest place on the island, but wait till u see the pic of the shack...I was happy we didn't get a big wind storm! Speaking of which, it rained pretty much every day and the visibility was the worse I've ever experienced. REALLY bad, like less than 5 meters one day. I waited on the island for 8 days...

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Itchy Feet

May 16, 2006 - Kuala Terengganu to Kampung Rantau Abang

A very enjoyable ride (65km), as we left really early in the morning to avoid traffic and heat. Stopped several times during the day, and met our first fellow cyclists so far, going in the opposite direction from us. Passed some road construction, but it didn't slow us down too much. Kampung Rantau Abang used to be a place where the leatherback and olive turtles came in numbers to lay eggs on the beach. Too many tourists, garbage on the beach, fish nets, and environmental pollution, not to mention the turtle egg trade (a Malaysian...

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May 15, 2006 - Paradise! Perentian Islands, Malaysia

I know I've said this before but this one really was the best beach. Turquoise blue, no garbage, small and not super crowded. We splurged and for the 4 out of 5 nights we were there we ate huge seafood BBQ platters ($4) right on the beach. Perfect setting of course. Pick your own Fish/Prawns/Shark for them to grill up, Sunset, Beachfront, Sky full of stars, Water still bathtub warm for a night swim.. uhh.. no, no Engagement rings. Anyway, we spent our last week out on the water, playing Beach Volleyball, Snorkeling with Sharks, Drinking...

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May 15, 2006 - Kuala Terengganu

Within Kuala Terengganu you can find the Wheely Masters with there anti rotation device attached to the back of the bike, a China Town crumbling slowly into the river and the small fishing village of Pulau Duyung. Pulau Duyung is holding back the development axe but for how much longer? But, if you look you can still find quaint Malay houses, traditional sought after boat building all intwined with the new boat building, and new housing. Water taxis can get you there and back but you must have patience. The driver of our boat informed us of...

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May 13, 2006 - Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu is a wonderful city. Still mostly a Muslim city you have a small Chinese community with wonderful Chinatown that is slowly decaying away. You can also find Malay Indians dishing up wonderful menus in town. As everywhere in Asia markets are always great places to people watch or see kuchings(cats)checking out the fish. Malaysia seems to enjoy cats more then dogs but we did find a few in Chinatown. Build on the river you can find your way along the waterfront with a water taxi. As in Thailand you always have to watch your...

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