Trip Start Dec 28, 2006
143Trip End Dec 2007
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We stayed in Mama's Place which is lovely and we got a cute wee beach hut with a fan and a veranda. It's right on the beach which has fine powdery white sand and lots of coral to explore just a short swim from the shore. The owner is great and helped us plan everything we needed including our onward travel. On the first day we decided to invest in some snorkeling gear as for the next while we'll probably spend as much time in the water as out of it! Perhentian Besar is a pretty special wee place with all accommodation and restaurants in hut style along the beach and it's not at all over-developed or crowded even though this is peak season and everywhere is sold out. This is a place to go to get all happy and excited about traveling again!
The days were mostly spent doing the following few activities:
- lounging at beach front restaurants
- lounging on the beach
- lounging on the beach while reading
- snorkeling some more
- going for romantic moon-lit walks along the beach under the stars
- lounging under the stars with an ice cold tiger beer (tonyandsara_rtw was brought to you today by Tiger beer)
It's amazing how quickly the days go by when you are busy
Only regret is we don't have an underwater camera and we just hope we remember all the wonderful sights we saw under the waves. The coral is beautiful, all weird shapes and bright colours. We saw giant clams with their brightly coloured, wiggly lips and some coral that looked like something out of a messed up horror movie haha And the fish were mental! Not only all shapes, sizes, colours and patterns (there were ones that looked like swimming coral) but there were some with weird behavior like always swimming together in pairs or constantly jumping out of the water and flashing in the sun or long thin fish that swim just below the surface only you can't see then until you are under the water. T even saw a shark! But strangely enough it wasn't the sharks that gave us trouble. There were small stripy fish that always liked to school around us (we thought they were friendly and curious) until we found out that they were hanging about to get a bite out of T's leg where he had cut it on some bamboo in the jungle. And the wee buggers hurt! They drew blood at one stage so after that it was war.
But we survived the underwater attacks and also saw lots of wonderful wildlife on the island. The garden where our bungalow was was constantly visited by monitor lizards, cute wee monkeys, squirrel-like creatures, bats, geckos (your best friend against flies and mozzies) and even a few crabs.
It is such a lovely island and we had a great time here exploring on the beaches and in the water. It was our favourite place in Malaysia and everyone would have a good time here. Although we took a bit of a dislike to Malaysian cities the country areas are lovely. We were going to visit a few other places in Malaysia but we're practically on the Thai border now and we just think it's time to head on to Thailand. We are getting very blase about this whole traveling lark and we're heading off without booking anything so hopefully it'll all work out. Well next stop is another island paradise, this time it's in Thailand, Koh Samui...