Feb 25, 2007
Aug 25, 2007
We set off early in the morning to catch the 8 o'clock boat back across to Kuala Besut, it turned out being 9 o'clock after a few boats came past, a man would shout "Ticket!?" and when we waved our pink ticket at him he would shout "Next boat!", so this went on for quite a while but eventually we got back across. Kuala Best is a pretty small place but quite lively, we grabbed some Roti Canai in a scruffy little side street and then headed to the bridge where we were told we could catch the Terengannu bus. Roti Canai is the traditional breakfast in Malaysia and its really good, its a kind of flat bread, served with curry sauce usually although you can have it with loads of different stuff, we have eaten it almost every day since being here. Terengannu is one of the larger towns along the east coast, we were only there as a stop over town before we got the bus to Manang to get to Pulau Kapas but it turned out to be quite an interesting place, we got a cheap room and wandered around the indoor markets, selling crazy amounts of saris and scarves and all sorts of amazingly coloured and patterned cloth. Also some wierd food including lots of dried fish. We were staying right next to a massive Mosque which was very impressive particularly in the evening. We headed to China town to gt some dinner and had some really cheap and very tasty fried rice and prawn stuff, and the best fruit juices ever, I think mine was mango and dragon fruit. Moving around with all our bags (now stupidly heavy and full - we have even had to start shoving clothes inside our guitars and stuff) is horribly hot and sweaty, so any transit journey from hostel to bus/bus station to bus station/bus station to boat etc, involves a lot of sweat, not much conversation other than disagreeing grunts about which way is the right way. Anyway we had a bit of a trek to the bus station and enjoyed the 2 hours of air conditioned travel. The bus conductor tapped me on the shoulder at the side of the main road and said this was the place to get off for Pulau Kapas, our next destination. There were a couple of french girls on the bus also heading there so we grabbed breakfast with them (some rice and curry wrapped up in banana leaves - 1 ringitt) and waited for the boat.