Happy New Year
Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
61Trip End Mar 01, 2011
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The lady in the guesthouse in Melaka told us to book somewhere as everywhere gets booked up quickly at New Year and recommended a place called the Seagull Resort luckily they had one room left and it was only 40 Ringets much less than we were expecting for New Year.
We left Melaka around 8am to get the bus to the main bus station we then booked a bus straight to Lumut it was really easy to book we just went to counter 6 and got a ticket for the next bus at 9.30am although for some reason we thought it was a 4 hr journey I've no idea why but we pretty alarmed when we were told it was 8 hrs as we knew we had to get a ferry to Pangkor once we got to Lumut
Well the bus eventually left at 10.00am and after going all over the place and stopping in KL and Ipoh (so much for getting the direct bus) we eventually arrived at Lumut at 7.25pm. We were beginning to worry that we may miss the last ferry but luckily we got talking to a Dutch guy on the bus who by coincidence hosted a website on Pangkor so he told us that they were running until 9.30pm this week which was good as it meant we didn't have to spend a night in Lumut. After a mad dash we made it onto the 7.30pm ferry it was an easy ride and we arrived in Pangkor just after 8pm.
The taxis on Pangkor are all pink minivans and they charge 12 ringets from the jetty to Nipah Bay where most of the guesthouses are regardless of how many people there were although the drivers tend to try and get you in on your own I guess so they can make more journeys and more money.
Pangkor Island is crazy we weren't sure about it at first as its a holiday island purely for Malaysians there are Westerners there but it isn't geared up to them at all. As its mostly run by Malays who legally can't buy or sell alcohol there are no bars and only a couple of restaurants and shops that sell alcohol in Nipah bay and then they only sell beer. The restaurants are mainly food stalls that line the street selling bbq'd fish and rice and noodles. The longer you are there though the more it grows on you its almost like getting to go on someone elses holiday. There were only a couple of other westerners staying in our resort which was really basic but the staff were really helpful and the guy that ran it was crazy in a good way! It was fully booked the whole time we were there we were staying in a cabin at the back of the resort that you had to walk across an old volley ball pitch to get to it
Our first two days were really chilled out and as it rained quite a bit and there was a large covered outdoor section in the resort we sat playing card games and watching the other holiday makers play ping pong and sing karaoke in the little karaoke room there. A lot of the Malaysians staying in our resort seemed to prefer to buy their food from the restaurants to take away and then eat it back at the resort on the outside tables, it was really interesting just watching how other cultures holiday.
Nipah beach is being developed which is a shame they are building 35 shops and restaurants which I think will ruin it but about a 10min walk past Nipah beach is Coral beach which is amazing its white sands with just two beach shacks and its surrounded by jungle. All the Malaysians swim fully clothed which seemed strange at first and there are a few water sports you can hire jet skis and there are boat rides and Kayaks but its so quiet and chilled out its lovely.
On our third day Rein came he couldn't get a room where we were staying but managed to check in just around the corner we knew he might be coming but weren't sure even when Dan heard someone shout his name from a passing minivan we didn't realise it was Rein but he found us about 6o'clock
Our first full day with Rein was New Years eve and the day before Dan and I had seen an English man with a crate of beer and a bottle of wine we asked him where he had bought it as we hadn't found anywhere. He had found an Off licence in Pangkor town so we decided we would head there and by some alcohol and then worst case scenario we could have a few drinks at the outside area in our resort. We considered hiring push bikes and cycling the 8km into town but decided it might be too much like hard work as its pretty hilly so we tried to hire scooters so we could explore the whole island but no one had any left
Having wandered around it didn't look like there would be any sort of celebration for new year, we asked the crazy guy who ran our resort and he looked at us like we were mad and said this isn't a party island we weren't thinking party just maybe a few fireworks on the beach but it didn't seem like we were in luck so we set up our little bar outside and started drinking and playing cards. We also decided that we would have another couple of nights and then head to the Cameron Highlands on the 2nd Jan so as Rein was paying 100MYR a night where he was he asked if our resort had any rooms for the 1st
Dan and I both woke up on New Years Day officially poisoned after feeling sorry for ourselves for a few hours Rein knocked on our door looking completely fine and having just checked into his "shed" for his last night in Pangkor. We decided we would pull ourselves together and get some food. There are burger stands along the main street which was as close as we were going to get to hangover food and they were so good we were instantly cured and went back to our resort where Dan Rein had a New Years Day game of table tennis there were a few holiday makers watching and it turned into a tournament which Rein won hands down beating anyone they put up against him