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May 14, 2005 - Pulau Perhentian

Got up and we headed off to the bus station, to try to get to a town called Kuala Besut, where a boat will take us to the islands. The bus was a none starter, a right old mission, so got another taxi only cost 2 quid for 60ks, ridiculous. Even then the bastard wanted an extra 6 ringgit for the air con, told him where to go and put the windows down. Got the slow boat to islands took about hour and half, although I think they just threw us on the supply boat as we were pretty much sitting on the islands food. As the island got closer I could...

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May 13, 2005 - Kuala Terengganu (THE JOURNEY GOES ON)

So got dropped off by Ahmed at the express bus station whaere lucky enough for me a bus for Kuala Terengganu was leaving at 4pm so said goodbu#ye to the swiss couple as they were heading south and jumped on this sweet air con coach, only white boy on it mind you. I thought it was gonna be a sweet ride turns out not so lucky as the dude driving was a nutcase, he would try and overtake about ten cars at once and when he was a close as you can get to the oncoming traffic, even if had not passed them he would just barge back into our lane, the...

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May 8, 2005 - Perhenthian Islands

It had been a few weeks since we were last on the beach and we were beginning to get withdrawal symptoms. A "quick" hop across to the Perhenthian Islands was what we wanted and literally what we got. We opted for the "fast boat" which on a choppy sea was like a ride at Alton Towers, crashing over every wave, tumbling down with spine-shattering cracks! We arrived without permanent spinal injury... just. It was really undeveloped, so much in fact that we couldn't find a room for our first night, ending up instead in a small tent on the beach....

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May 3, 2005 - Perhentian Islands

Hello! Sorry its been a while! I'm having to write about the Pehrentians from KL as there wasn't really any net access on the islands. I took a night bus from Penang to Kota Bahru city on east coast of Malaysia and went straight to the 'Ideal House' hostel, a lady in Penang recommended me. I got myself a ferry ticket and took a taxi to the harbour at 9am. The Pehrentians are really cool - made up of two main islands - Besar (the big, quiet one) and Kecil which is where all the backpackers go. Most of the accomodation comprises of a-frame...

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Mar 27, 2005 - Malaysia, Perhentian Islands - Paradise!

Monday 27th March Caught a taxi to the ferry that took us to the Perhentian islands. Traveling in Malaysia is much harder than in Thailand. Getting from A to B is never straight-forward here. Perhaps this is why there are less tourists here! When we arrived at the ferry, there were 2 choices: the fast boat, which takes about 30 minutes, and the slow boat, which they said takes about 1 ½ hours. They recommended the slow boat because it was about to leave immediately, and the fast boat wasn't leaving for another hour or so, so we took the...

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Mar 6, 2005 - getting to Malaysia with many forms of transport...

Werner: Train: Solving the mystery that is travelling in Malaysia almost got us, but with patience and perseverance we prevailed. So you can't pay for a Malay train in Malaysia RM if you are in Singapore, but if you buy a ticket in Singapore it is S$55 and if you buy it in Malaysia the ticket is 55 RM (there are 2 RM top every S$1)....so why not go to Malaysia to buy your ticket? It is only a few km from Signapore? The taxi to the border will cost S$40.....but the bus is only a few S$ and on and on....in the end we paid the S$55 to take the...

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Feb 20, 2005 - Kota Bharu

Left Perhentian Islands this morning by speedboat, and did the journey back to the mainland in 45 minutes, instead of an hour and a half by slow boat. We got a taxi to Kota Bharu, and have spent the afternoon here going round places. Tomorrow we are going to get the jungle train to Gemas.

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Stu and Liz On Tour

Oct 21, 2004 - Maleisie / Pulau Perhentian

Mooie onderneming met de bus van Kuala Lumpur naar de Perhentians ! Om een uurtje of één werd er gestopt, wij hadden redelijke trek en hoopten dat we konden lunchen. Maar helaas, er werd alleen gewisseld van driver. Na nog een uurtje rijden voor de tweede keer een stop bij een soort wegrestaurant. Iedereen de bus uit, dus dat kon niet missen, ditmaal gelegenheid om te eten. Wij hadden er natuurlijk niet bij nagedacht dat de ramadhan begonnen was en deze stop niet bedoeld was om te eten maar uitsluitend om te bidden ! En vanwege de ramadhan...

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Oct 16, 2004 - Perethian Islands

We had arranged for a bus to take us from Krabi down to Kota Baru in Malaysia where we could get the boat over to the Perenthian Islands which are on the northeast coast of Malaysia. The islands are Muslim and therefore dry, so we smuggled some Sangsom rum in just in case!! It was end of season so everywhere was very quite and all but one of the dive places had shut until next year. The bus driver decided halfway to Malaysia that he couldn't cross the border so he was going to drop us off at the Thai border and we'd had to go over on foot!...

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Nanny Goat on tour !

Jul 29, 2004 - Perenthian Islands

After two days of rest and relaxation on the Perenthian Islands, it's back to the thrills of Intrepid travel through the cities, towns and villages of mainland Malaysia. The islands were a nice retreat from reality. I snorkeled for several hours one day in the torquoise blue water and felt like I were swimming in the movie set of "Finding Nemo". The fish of every shape, color, and size (including one shark) had no fear and even nipped at my ankles thinking they were food. I have never seen the ocean (the south china sea is where we are) so...

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The Journey

Jul 22, 2004 - Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia

This morning we met at 5:30a.m. to catch a 90 minute taxi ride, to take us to a 5 hour train ride, to take us to a 3 hour boat ride into Taman Negara National Park in Northern Malaysia. I don't mean to complain about my "quasi-retirement" but what I REALLY REALLY need is a vacation! Anyway, after all that travelling, we landed at our guest house - The Taman House. I'm sharing the room with Nicole from Germany. The room has two twin pads (not beds) side by side and the bathroom has running water (cold), a hole in the floor as a toilet, a...

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The Journey

Jul 6, 2004 - Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Hi all! Oliver here, let me continue... 3 days in KL was plenty. I think that with a bigger budget it might have been a little more exciting, but overall there was only so much to do in that city on our budget. We met Chris & Shelia (who flew in from Indonesia) at the airport, where we caught a flight up to Kota Bharu in the NE part of the Malaysian Penisular. After 1 night in a cheap guest house (we arrived late at night) we set off in the morning by taxi for a 1.5 hour ride from hell to a dock where we could catch a boat to the Perhentian...

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