Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wind turbines at Pulau Perhentian Kecil

You can find a lot of beautiful islands in Malaysia. I think i've blogged about Redang somewhere here (but i missed blogging about Tioman. Omg, i forgot to blog about our New York trip. And the part where i got married 3 days before flying off).
Aaanyway, i'm just gonna share some stuff on our recent Pulau Perhentian Kecil trip. If you don't know already, there's Pulau Perhentian Besar and Pulau Perhentian Kecil. The big island (Besar) is laid back and family friendly (the truth is i've never been there hoho). The small island (Kecil) is more lively with noise, curious young wanderlusts and 'what happens on the island, stays on the island' kinda vibe. There was a phase in my life where i went there a few times in a year, that time i was single. In fact everytime i travelled, i was always single because i was open in meeting new people, well, not sure what i was looking for though. Now that i'm married, it's a bit hard to adjust but i'm sure i'll fit fine. Because i'm that adaptable type (i think).
I can't remember the last time i went to the island so for that recent trip i was acting a bit anxious in surveying the transport and accommodation because it's my first trip there with shuben so i wanted him to really like the island trip. Previously you can't really book the rooms on the island, they preferred walk-ins but i guess there's a lot of changes in 6 years because as i browsed for chalets, most of them offered packages (like Redang). I mean, it's great but whenever it's meal time you have to go back to your chalet (first world problem). So despite it being a long holiday weekend (end of August-Merdeka weekend) we bought our bus tickets, return boat and just go without any room booked. That's how we ended up in Rock Garden Chalet. Sorry guys, no photos but heyyy, here's a video of us going up the other side of the beach, up to the wind turbine.

So how did i find the island after so long of not going there? Very different. Still glad that there's no road there but amagad is that a tractor??? (menjeling Bubu Villa) Why can't you people just maintain the hippie vibe of the island? When i saw photos of the brick path to Coral Bay i was really disappointed because previously it was just a path through the jungle however it made our way easier to and fro Long Beach at night (but it's still dark). The first few nights we were there, it rained lightly so we just stayed in our room. Thankful for the good weather on our last night there, we went for dinner at Ombak Resort Coral Bay. After dinner we went back to Long Beach and people were starting to fill up the beach bars to watch the fire show. We stayed for a bit and spent the night in our room (it was a pricey room for us so there's nothing wrong spending every second cherishing the room). We didn't go for any snorkelling trip this time, just rented the snorkel masks and swam near the rocks, below our chalet.
If you guys are planning to go to Perhentian Kecil expecting to float in the calm clear water, better go next year because the island is closed for tourists during the monsoon season (November - February). For those who hate long road trips, you can fly to Kota Bharu and take a taxi to Kuala Besut jetty. For those who don't mind sleeping on the bus for 7 - 8 hours (like me), you can get bus tickets (return RM90) online and i suggest that you just get the boat tickets (return RM70) once you're at the jetty. Everything is slightly expensive on the island so bring your own snacks and whatnots.

Trip duration: 26 - 30 Aug 2016

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