They paved paradise and put up hawker shops...
Trip Start Jul 06, 2010
54Trip End Jun 28, 2011
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Why? Not sure....the locals seem pissed about it. It doesn't make any sense to destroy the one thing the island has going for it. Most of the locals speculate that there is some government shenanigans going on - sounds plausible. And more shops? Seriously, the island was a ghost town when we were there with most of the shops and restaurants closed up. We had to rent a motorcycle each day just to drive into the main town to get a decent bite to eat
And as for our accommodation.....well, even though we were one of 4 guests staying at the entire resort, we were put into a cockroach invested old hut - and we are pretty sure it also had bed bugs. Why did we stay here you ask? Well we didn't realize the extent of the full infestation until later that night when all the creepy crawlies came out to play. So after killing several bugs of different varieties and sizes we asked to see the nice brand new rooms that were just built at the resort. Needless to say we got off our wallets and shelled out the extra $3 a night. We think we dodged a bed bug bullet that night.
Other than that we just read, sun tanned on a beach further down the island and avoided the monkeys.