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... for the next 4 hours waiting for another boat.
Eventually we made it, were shown to our lush room and turned up for dinner to discover that our boss had actually forgotten that we were turning up (hence the lack of boat) and they already had 4 volunteers in the resort. 2 French volunteers who had refused to work in another resort hotel as they didn’t like it and were equally miserable to be here and Tom and Fran, backpacking Brits who had lots of ...
... same time and !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Coffee all over the clean sheets !!!!
Two Days of Travel,, almost north to south Malaysia !!!
As I have said we have decided to give another Malaysian Island a try, we are going back to the Perhentian islands, we last visited here 10 years ago. This will take us 2 days of bus and rail travel to cover the 400 miles before we take the ferry out to the islands.
Our route is Mersing ...
... time of year the ferry could only leave early morning at 7am and I had missed it! I resigned myself to the fact I was staying in this town for the day and got some rice for breakfast. The only backpacker place was shut down and I saw no other foreigners apart from families with young kids. Still I had a hunt and managed to find a better hotel with wifi that was also cheaper and set out for a wander round. The town wasn't as bad as I'd initially thought, there ...
... were closed. I said to him that I was told yesterday they closed at 5.30pm (it was only 2.30) and he said not today. Puzzled, I asked why to which he replied "I have something else important I need to do". Really?!!
Armed with a scrap of paper with directions to the main bus station, we walked for 15 minutes in to the main part of the town,feeling a little uneasy as we walked past ramshackle shops, filthy gutters, feral, ...
... bus except us. I follow and realise that they have all gone into a shadowy mosque on the side of the road, to pray. The prayers work and at 8am we pull into Mersing in the state of Johor in southern Malaysia.
Mersing is a small port town. There's not much here except for the jetty where we will catch a ferry to our next island adventure. We decide not to make the boat journey today, we want to arrive on the island fresh and alert. While having an eye ...