I fell in love with you no matter what you say
But you were right about the reasons
To turn a magdeline into the month of may
I shoulda known the magdeline was me
– Patterns of Fairytale // The National
ever since last i read is’ post a few years back, sarip had always wanted to visit this island.
and, finally it did.
to sum it up, it was the best trip sarip had so far, not lest considering he travels that much anyway. but yeah, it’s better than phi phi nonetheless.
the corals were beautiful, the fishes were friendly :), the company was great and the food was outstanding. however, and not trying to stoke messian’s sentiments, sarip’s a bit sad, mad even, at the locals for not trying to conserve their beach. rubbish were strewn everywhere and sadly the sand is not as whitish as before. dah melayu, melayu jugak. unlike the revellers in pha ngan where they’ll pick up the rubbish the morning after, most just dumped theirs into the sand. how blardeykedemak sey.
word of notice big big: go there soon before the whole beach is destroyed.
and for those who wants to go, here are some guides:-
we took the train from j.b. and head to the town of tanah merah. trains will leave at 730pm and will reach t.m. around 8ish. ouch. be prepared to not be able to sleep, as for reasons unknown the lights are turned on full blast all the way. and mat skodings are not included.
once at tanah merah, take a cab to the port of kuala besut. journey will take 45 mins and will cost 45-50 rm. once there book a speedboat which will leave around 1030am. DO book a return speedboat ticket for 60 rm. people are known to be stranded for a period of time because they did not buy the reurn boat ticket. (case in mind: the speedboat is the antithesis of miami vice. your bum won’t stay attached to the seat every 5 secs.) betul, tak bedek. tell the wak boat to drop you off at long beach where the boat taxi will take you for 2 rm.
the island is notorious for its unpredictability, especially in transportation returning back to the mainland. if the waves are not treacherous, the boat taxi will transport you to the speedboat from long beach, but if not you have to trek for 20 mins to the other side of the island (coral bay). the boat will leave at 800am. god knows when the next boat will pick you up.
if possible, book a ticket to return back to k.l. or kota bahru on the mainland before proceeding to perhentian. we took a bus back to k.l. (30 rm) and buses only leaves at 900am AND 830 pm. sheesh.
the island does not take any advanced booking. the only ones that take are the bubu island resort but it’ll cost a bomb. not. very. worth. it. some recommended stays are moonlight (rm 100), lily chalets (rm 120 w/h aircon), matahari (rm 50). we settled for panorama chalets (rm 75). quiet, cosy cottages, sitted on top of a hill. very nice.
there are new developments currently undergoing on the island. :< coral bay is expanding, and the rajawali chalets overlooking the south china sea looks macam bayekk.
food and drinks
shockingly, the famous trengganu nasi lemak is not available here. how dare! and interestingly, not many local dishes either. food places are here and about, but we spent our whole eating indulges at amin’s cafe, tucked in the last corner of the eateries rows. you won’t miss it. do try the snickers shake (rm 5.50) sarip grew wiiiider indulging on that. 🙂 and do take their dinner set (rm 15). the barracuda is teh werkz!
and surprisingly being in the state of trengganu, alchohol is served widely. IF you dare, try the local poison, the orang hutan. just be prepared wat happens next the morning after. 🙂
snorkelling and diving trips are made abundant around the island. 5 snorkelling points for a half day trip will cost you 50 rm, inclusive of the gear. and trust sarip, it is very nice. unfortunately, everyone saw sharks except for this one. :<
now, sarip’s itching for lombok and sipadan. 🙂
some pixs here.