Turtles and Cats

Trip Start Jul 10, 2007
Trip End Mar 11, 2008

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Flag of Malaysia  , Pahang,
Friday, October 5, 2007

Cherating Beach
Cherating Beach was a great destination; sun, finally after weeks of monsoons, sandy beaches, warm water, resort hotel, practically the only people in the venue.  Our trip in Malaysia was during the month of Ramadan.  We could not find many places to eat during the day but the Ramadan hotel deals exceeded our expectations! We scored some breathtaking sites fit for a backpacker's budget.  The best part of Cherating Beach was our visit to the turtle conservation areas when we watched a green turtle lay 200 eggs and saw more baby turtles hatch and run to sea.  

Tioman Island
The memory of this island and its rowdy macaque monkeys, the one to two meter long monitor lizards, the enormous bugs, the millions of cats and the best diving conditions yet will be forever imprinted on my boys' minds.  We woke up early every morning to the sound of the same whining cat waiting at our door waiting to lead us to the breakfast table to enjoy the waking sun.  After breakfast, it was a quick trip to the wooden bridge to giggle at the frisky monkeys and their babies cavorting in the water, swinging from branch to branch and falling off.  After the crazy monkey sight seeing, and much to the boys' relentless complaints, we sat down for school lessons.  After lunch and more lessons, we would include a dive or some snorkeling in mid-afternoon.  Diving was beyond description as the colours and shapes underwater are not the ones you see above it.  I was always astounded that the sea creatures simply did not mind our presence. 
During the evening, after the required and scheduled cocktail hour in front of the sunset (thanks to Mamie for this routine) we would saunter off to dinner in the rustic outside restaurant feasting on various sea foods or fresh local dishes. The best thing about Tioman Island is that wine and spirits are duty free. Woohoo!  Anywhere else in Malaysia, it costs the proverbial arm and leg to buy any kind of liquor.  I know, this routine sounds tough and we did have to spend 10 days on Tioman to ensure that we understood, practised and mastered island life. Yes, Tioman was such a "stressful' adventure.

Historical town with a Portuguese settlement and a beautiful "China Town" (nicest I have seen outside of China).  
Port Dickson
Another highlight in Malaysia was the Avillion hotel in Port Dickson.  We found a great "Ramadan" deal at an exotic resort hidden under a canopy of trees where the chalets stood in the sea.  Our rating:  best service, best room, best pools, funky activities for the boys especially when they worked at the petting zoo. Heaven!!!
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