Diving Perhentians

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Diving Perhentians

Two nights came and went with a snap of the lizard’s tail. We lost our afternoons in the warm clear water at beach and managed to get talked into a dive package with one of the other ‘resorts’ on the island. They reeled us in by offering a room about ten steps from the beach. [...]

Back on the mainland

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Back on the mainland

While the lazy days of island life had to come to an end (for no other reason but to stop us from diving too much), we are decidedly not ready for another long haul bus ride. We’ve found a comfortable enough guest house in Kota Bharu, and plan on staying until we’re mentally well prepared [...]

Take Two, Perhentians.

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Take Two, Perhentians.

So our introduction was less than stellar. Breathe, relax… Reexamine. Take two: Perhentians. We woke up to sunshine streaming through the cracks in the walls and floor of our guesthouse shack. It was almost 10, which was more than two hours later than our usual, natural rising time. On the island, this also meant that [...]

The Perhentians: a rough approach

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The Perhentians: a rough approach

Just off the northeastern coast of mainland Malaysia lies a series of small islands still unscathed by tourism. Two of those islands, the Perhentians, may be in their final years of simplicity due to their recent nod as a must see place in a popular backpacker’s guide. We were skeptical. We questioned the worthiness of [...]

Malacca's mystery escapes us

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Malacca’s mystery escapes us

Lonely planet describes Malacca as ‘one of Malaysia’s most eagerly sought after destinations’. The city is a world heritage site, it has multiple direct buses from Singapore, major hotel chains, and an impressive online popularity. Why? We don’t entirely know. We’ve been here four days, and are still a bit surprised. We must be missing [...]