Pushing off from Pulau Perhentian Kecil....
Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
261Trip End Dec 20, 2011
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It was the most beautiful water we have ever seen, and maybe as close to perfect as we will find and as we sat in the boat today, if you sat with your back to the beach you were in that postcard, turning back to look at the boats, the umbrellas and the mess of buildings somehow made you think, what a shame. It really was the most perfect place we have seen so far, and anyone else will probably think what the hell are we going on about!! We're hoping there will be much more of it here in Malaysia.
If we had had done it differently we would have chosen to come just outside of high season, then we might have a different opinion, but what they are being allowed to do there on the island is disgusting and they WILL kill it before long, but that seems to be the way with the islands - they are what they are, prices go up because they know they can, package tourism takes off, the construction on the island is a mess, the people are shitty - probably due to dealing with shitty natured foreigners, and eventually they ruin what they did have. But hey ho at least we saw it before its too late and as a holiday you couldn't want more really and it beats Thailand hands down, even with all the grumbles, and we're allowed an opinion!!
All that aside, the snorkelling, the quiet beach we found, the views from the room and the picture perfect waters and sand we found were worth every bit of it and the boat ride either way was good fun too, holding out hope for the other islands we are going to get too with a bit of luck....
We had packed up and left by eleven and soon we were sat in the speedboat bobbing around waiting to leave, twenty minutes later after a flatter faster trip than on the way out, including a boat race we were back at Kuala Besut jetty, glad to be back, feet on dryland, island fever and all that, but sad to see that water stay behind.
Taxi back to Tanah Merah, a long hot walk from the train station and chose one of the three options we had for a room, then went in search of food - bought most of the shop, then the bakers, then a murktarbat ayam off the street while the girls got sweetcorn in pots with milk and sugar - which they say was pretty damn good believe it or not and that's probably our lot for the day, no point in straining ourselves ay...
Oooo, and Ramadan, we learnt a little about that in more ways than one, when we took the first taxi from Tanah Merah the driver was telling us a little about it, not quite sure how it translates and if its one of the reasons or the reason but anyway, its "medicine" as he put it, for the stomach, as your stomach is always eating, or working, constantly, so its not good for your stomach, so that month is to give it a break, and whilst we were on the island we had to try a little bit of it ourselves....because we couldn't afford it....But we were allowed to drink at least - they can't drink, eat, smoke, nothing, from sun up to sun down... Not a drop, nuts, we can just about manage the not eating till half seven/eight in the evening but without drinking any water??? Let alone a fag!!!!!!!!!! Nah.