Had enough of Malaysia

Trip Start Mar 27, 2006
Trip End Dec 03, 2006

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Sunday, June 18, 2006

Not too sure where we are at the moment. We left Cherating yesterday and was planning on heading to Tioman which is the island off the East coast of Malaysia but didn't quite make it. The travel company in Cherating wanted to charge us 89 ringit (about 14 quid) for the whole trip so we thought we'd try and do it ourselves. We caught the bus at about 8am and paid 3.5 ringit (50p) to Kuantan. So far so good. Then we found out that the ferry doesn't leave from the City but from some little fishing village called Mersing 200km south of where we were. When we found the bus station in Kuantan we were told that the bus didn't leave until 1.30pm and the ferry left at 2 from Mersing. The journey to Mersing cost 12 ringit (about two quid for 200km). So the plan was to stay in Mersing overnight then catch the ferry this morning.

Should have known things were not going to happen like that when first of all the coach driver told us we weren't on his coach then when the woman stood on the platform told him we were he didn't seem so sure he had to stop where we were heading. Then he pulls out the station and goes the wrong way straight away and you know your in for a long ride. Four hours later me and Luke figured we must have missed our stop even though the coach (funnily enough) didn't stop. We ended up driving on a road through the jungle. Literally. There were monkeys by the side of the road watching us drive through, and the odd squashed carcass of a monkey that didn't quite make it. By this time it was about 7pm and I was wondering how long it was going to take to get to wherever it was we were going. Plus I had been feeling a cold coming on all day and really wanted to just get off the coach and just sleep. One thing worse than traveling with a hangover is traveling with a cold (and then running out of tissues). Eventually we reached a small town in the middle of the jungle where the coach stopped. The driver told us he was just covering for someone so dint really know the route (big surprise). So we checked into a hotel and crashed out for the night. Just goes to show how good we really are at traveling independently. The first time we try it and we dont know where we ended up. Guess that's why a package deal charges so much so you dont have to worry about paying attention to where you're going.

Today still feel like shit and we're still not sure where we are, but decided we've have had enough of Malaysia already. Its not that its even that bad, its just the places we've been and experiences we've had have been nothing compared to Thailand. If we'd have actually gone to places like Langkawi it might be a different story. My advice to anyone planning on going to Malaysia would be to not bother and just go to Thailand instead. Its cheaper and has more beaches. Unless you don't mind eating curry for every meal and the meat still having the bones in it.

So "plan" now is to get bus to Singapore tomorrow and hopefully stop feeling so rough.
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