Krabi, Thailand to Perhentian Islands, Malaysia
29.09.2010 - 05.10.2010 30 °C
It was weird but also nice to see the group again at Khao Sok National Park and for the first few hours the conversations all revolved around what each of us had got up to during our ‘week off’. The accommodation in Khao Sok was rather cute with jungle huts perched high up on stilts overlooking the river, the dining area set out amongst the jungle trees and a cute guard by the name of Robert.
We spent the afternoon by the edge of the river enjoying a few beers, in the boy’s case climbing the rocks and cooling off in the clear water. A few fish were spotted to Neill’s delight so a couple of hours was spent trying to catch them but as Neill’s luck with fishing hasn’t been with him at all on the trip, why would he start now??
Being in the jungle is great during the day when you can see what’s around you but as night rolls in it’s a different story. Neill nearly stepped on 2 small snakes and a scorpion on his way back to the hut and we both spent the night flicking ants off us. It’s no fun trying to sleep when you have these small ants crawling amongst your bed and there’s nothing you can do about it when your bed it bolted to the wall. It was a horrible sleep.
The joys of going places in off peak season are always less tourists, you can get some great deals on accommodation and attractions and you never have to book at a restaurant. The down side for us at the National Park was that 7 out of the 10 sights were closed and restaurants only have limited food. The day that was planned to explore the park as we decided not to go anymore with limited sights open was spent enjoying a fantastic lunch (and we even pre-ordered for dinner so she would have enough food) and some internet research which worked out well as the rain poured down for a few hours in the afternoon.
Our next destination was Penang in Malaysia where we had a fantastic night market opposite our hotel, a few large shopping centres to wander around in and escape the rain and loads of hair dressers that it convinced us to get our hair cut which was game but it turned out ok. We went in search for dim sum again and we weren’t surprised when we couldn’t find any so we are giving up on this until we get back to Melbourne. It’s just not meant to be.
Beach time was back on the itinerary again and we made our way to Besut which was our jumping off point for the Perhentian Islands. We only had a night in Besut and just as well as there was nothing to do there apart from eat at the handful of restaurants that line the ugly waterfront area and purchase snacks from the few stores that open past 5pm. Needless to say we were glad to be leaving in the morning and making our way to the islands. We must admit it didn’t look that impressive as we were driving along but as the boat pulled in closer to the island we were staying on, the crystal clear water appeared and the soft water sand was calling.
The island only has 6 or so restaurants and a few resorts so it was a perfect place to chill, relax and enjoy the sunshine. The snorkelling was amazing as the water was so clear and we spotted turtles, white tipped sharks, lot’s of nemo’s, parrot fish, puffer fish, angel fish and the list goes on. The water was warm but refreshing, the sand was soft and the seafood was delicious....what more could you ask for?
We decided to be adventurous for a morning and trekked across to the other side of the island through the jungle, spotting monkeys, large monitor lizards, snakes and various birds but our best discovery was in the afternoon. We were watching the squirrels jumping between the branches when something above us caught our eye and we discovered flying squirrels amongst the trees. We watched them for ages and by luck, managed to get some great photos of them.
The trip is coming to an end and we only have 5 more days left with the group before heading off on our own to Singapore for a few days. We have Taman Negara National Park and Kuala Lumpur left to explore before we say goodbye to the group and hello to our new life in Australia