Or to be precise Perhentian Besar and this resort and a few others are packed in a narrow strip between the sea and the jungle. Scenic enough but definitely not the best although both Tuna Bay to the north and Flora Bay to the south surpass where we stayed.
The thing I really disliked though was that the wooden chalets were semi-
Another town, another staging point and another hotel. This time it’s the Grand Continental in Terengguna and shortly after getting checked-
Well, after an eventful day we have time to relax and do a little evening sight-
The next couple of day were spent trying to find the alleged silver ware and craft centres and a visit to PCB beach (Pantai Cahaya Bulan) which for sun-
Having said all this the main reason for stopping at Kota Bharu was a staging point to head to the Perhentian Islands.
The only way to Kapas Island was, of course, by ferry but we had to book a resort first and, apparently, the only one with vacancies was the Kapas Island Resort. It looked ok but we decided only to book one night -
On arrival we were greeted in a friendly manner and there certainly appeared to have a lack of other guests and lack of a bar. Come mealtime the guests appeared -
The next few days we explored the island finding another resort where we stopped for drinks. Qimi’s Chalets were probably one one of most friendly places we had found. The guy in the picture took us out snorkelling and then to the turtle sanctuary. One day as we snorkelled in the sea near Qimi’s I swam through a gap between rocks and suddenly found I was facing a 5 foot shark, now I saw Jaws and there was no way I staying there!! Later at Qimi’s again I told them about the shark and they said it was alright as the sharks were vegetarian!!
As we were settling the bill and checking out at Turtle Valley Resort my backpack suddenly made a vibrating sound and, unless my eyes mis-
Back to KL for a final night before catching the flight back home. In reflection we did to some extent satisfy the idea of not getting on the main-
Cameron Highland to Khota Bharu
(Or what can go wrong, did!!)
We knew that going to the Cameron Highlands would throw us off course for the southern entrance of Taman Negara National Park but we had a plan. Head to Gua Musang and use the northern entrance and to reach Gua Masang without massive delays we hired a taxi to get us there. That’s when our plan fell apart big-
Ok it was different but with the jungle coming right up to the track you don’t see much apart from trees and leaves “whizzing” by. We had a long and interesting chat with conductor until the school kids filled the train up.
Arrived in Kota Bharu feeling hot, sticky and very grubby but grabbed a taxi to the hotel we had chosen en route from the guide book and then horrors of horrors as we arrived everyone, and I mean everyone, was being evicted. Apparently, the hotel had literally been just closed. Scratching our heads and talking to the taxi-
With just 2 nights booked at the Equatorial Hotel near Brinchang we have to make the most of our time here and hope the rain will stop. But the following morning with warmer, drier weather we set off to explore a tea-
Amazing views -
However, the rain didn’t stay away long and just as we were returning to the main road back to Brinchang and our hotel the heavens opened. We found refuge in a coffee shop, well, they sold coffee but the “shop” was more like a trestle table set up in a multi-
Time to move on -
As we head north and started to climb higher and higher the weather changed to rain and the temperature dropped from tropical heat to a more familiar English temperature.
Arrived at the Crown Princess Hotel in the business district with views over the Petrona Towers -
Really enjoyed the cosmopolitan feel of KL where bars, and dancing, are allowed in this Islamic country, apparently it changes outside the city though.
After last year's Cuban "adventure" I'm slightly surprised that we are sticking will our original format but Malaysia is, after all, Asia not Cuba.
So snorkelling gear packed onto our backpacks and off we go sticking to a similar plan. Three days in Kuala Lumpar before travelling to the Cameron Highlands then on to Taman Negara National Park and on to the east coast for some island hopping. Final destination planned is Tioman Island. One major objective is to avoid the most "touristy" resorts, will it work or not -