Goat and boar trump monkey.
Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
32Trip End Apr 25, 2013
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Pangkor consists of 8sq km of sandy beaches and fishing industry, the name meaning 'beautiful island'. The interior reminds me of Borneo rain forest and is quite wild, lots of cicadas purring away like chain saws and odd whoops and calls at dusk.
Joyce opened her guesthouse only 6 months ago in the rural east side of the island away from the touristic west side
Just before we say a sad goodbye to Joyce the following morning, she produces a surprise breakfast of steamed blue rice buns for us to try which we have to peel first (!). They have a really light doughy consistency and can filled with any thing from meats and gravy to fish.
Not wanting to neglect the tourist side of the island or our developing tans we move west to investigate the beaches
In the night there is a torrential rain storm which wakes us up, hammering down on the tin roof like a shower of ball bearings. It is the sort of rain that you could wash your hair in and does little to clear the 94% humidity.
We spend a day relaxing on the beach. After cooking myself for an hour or so in the glorious sunshine the sea beckons but it is not as refreshing as expected as it's so unbelievably hot! Can one be disappointed with sea water in the mid thirties?
There is a low tide once a month on the west coast of Pangkor which gives a window of opportunity to wade to a small island 300m off shore. By chance we strike the right day and start the wade along the raised sand bank but quickly realise that is is called Coral island because by the time you've reached it, your feet will be punctured by a hundred sharp barbed pieces of dead coral. The added obstacles of large rocks and numerous sea cucumbers make injury inevitable and we reach the island with bleeding feet and a broken toe. I elect to swim back but poor Jon has the bag so has to struggle back the way we came. On the main road, there are monkeys hanging from trees and buildings, feeding on tourist food. They haven't fathomed out how to open plastic drink bottles so they bite a small hole in the bottom and gently tip it into their mouths. This continues until the goats come head butting their way in - goat apparently trumps monkey so question is, what is the outcome of boar versus goat?