Tossed Salad & Scrambled Eggs

Trip Start Oct 31, 2010
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Waterfront Beach Resort

Flag of Malaysia  , Perak,
Thursday, November 18, 2010

So after the badly drawn map fiasco, we got our taxi to the bus station and caught the local bus from Ipoh to Lumut (it cost 1.60 each) which was uncomfortable, hot and stopped about every thirty seconds to let people on and off literally driving about twenty feet up the road each time. We had decided to take this bus to save ourselves some money, rather than taking the lovely air conditioned express bus. Half way through the bus journey I realised we had managed to save about 20p each. Brilliant.
 
When we got to Lumut, a friendly guy approached us and said he would show us to the jetty to take the ferry to Pulau Pangkor. Before we knew it we were in an office and he was showing us rooms at a beach resort over there and telling us over and over "It's a public holiday, you won't be able to find somewhere once you're there, you should book with me now". We were tired, sweaty, hot and both in bad moods and our attempts to barter down the price were pathetic, instead of going in really low we only offered around a 1 less then the original price which obviously he agreed to straight away. Oh well. Our room cost 18 a night for a double with attached bathroom and air con, plus a television that wouldn't work. Also when we got to Pangkor pretty much all the guest houses were empty so we have learnt a valuable lesson there!

I loved Pangkor. It's a small island which is only 30 minutes away by ferry (2 each for a return ticket) and there is not much to do. We lazed around on the beach with fresh fruit juices and beers, we had freshly caught fish, squid and prawns covered in a delicious chilli rub with garlic, fennel seeds and star anise, which was then wrapped in a banana leaf and cooked on a barbecue. We ate whilst we sat on plastic chairs on the beach listening to the waves and getting the sand in between our toes, hornbills flew overhead and monkeys chased each other through the trees. Bliss. Yesterday we rented a kayak (4 for one hour) and paddled out to a smaller island and back again and then just lay on the quiet, white sand beach which was great until we got back to the room and we realised Mark's face and legs were bright red (the two places he neglected to put on sunscreen, silly boy!)

A lavish dinner each night ran us to about 6 between us (which included a whole fish, six big prawns or three small squid, rice, vegetables and two drinks) and you can eat noodles in the day for around a 1 a pop. Beer is still expensive (around 1.40 for a small can) so not really worth it but we treated ourselves to a couple one night to sip on and watch the sun set. We paid way too much for accommodation and you could easily get yourself something for half the price.
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Ann on

Ha Ha, great blog title. I wish I had thought of it! x

Lewis on

You did think of this title didnt you mum? But you turned it down cos know one has heard of frasier?

Mum on

I did! It was after a visit to Fraser Island in Australia, but I didn't think anyone would get it!!

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