Posted on 30 April 2012 by brett
Brett & Kevin (2008)
Where do we begin? Okay, deep breath. Here we go. April was to be our best travel month to date. We had toured the Villages of Northern Thailand where the local tribes still practice their long-neck traditions for tourists. We finally found children to give our writing books purchased in Luang Prabang, Laos during March. Spontaneously, we booked a flight to the Perhentian Islands at the Northeast Coast of Malaysia. Our idea was to rent a car and drive down the coast to Singapore for a bunch of business meetings. That quickly turned into a flight to Kuala Lumpur, then bus to Melaka, Malaysia for a few days before bussing to Singapore. The plan was super exciting with trips set for Bali, Lombok, Flores, Komodo and the treasured Maluccas “Spice Islands” in Indonesia.
And suddenly with one email on April 17th, life changed forever. Continue Reading
Posted on 10 April 2012 by brett
Melaka was a wonderful unexpected surprise. There were a plethora of great places to eat, sleep, shop and sightsee. Since its founding in the 1400′s, this quaint little city exchanged hands through the centuries from the Chinese, to the Portuguese, to the Dutch and then finally the British in the 1800′s. Hence the melting pot of people; Chinese, mixed Indian/Malay, and Eurasians (Malay/Portuguese). The dramatic differences in architecture is also predominate throughout the city.
As happens frequently in Asia, Melaka wasn’t part of our original plans. Our rental car once we got off the Perhentian Islands fell through last minute leaving us with no transportation to drive through Malaysia. The original plan was to pickup our rental car at the travel agent once we arrived to the mainland and drive through Malaysia down to the Singaporean border, stopping off at various spots such as the Cameron Highlights. However, the speedboat was three hours late picking us up and although our hotel said they called the travel agent, our hunch is that they gave our car to someone else. Our only option was to take a taxi one hour to Kota Bahru airport and rent a car or try to get a flight out. As it was getting too late to drive to the Highlands and pick strawberries and tea, we decided to hop on the next flight to Kuala Lumpur (the only place you can fly). Once in KL airport we decided to hop a bus to Melaka, which is 2.5 hours south of KL, getting us into Melaka around 8pm. Continue Reading
Posted on 08 April 2012 by brett
Mainland Malaysia originally wasn’t on our travel list, but we are extremely happy that we decided not to skip underrated Southeast Asian country. The Perhentian Islands were a highlight of our stay in Malaysia. Getting to the South China Sea islands off the east coast of Malaysia can be quite a journey, but you’ll be rewarded with the most breathtaking lush green jungle islands surrounded by crystal blue waters. These gorgeous islands offer the traveler that laid back atmosphere and untouched natural beauty that’s often hard to find in much of Southeast Asia.
Getting to the Perhentian Islands
Choppy Boat Ride
After breathing in the contaimenated airs of Chiang Mai we were in a hurry to get to these quiet little islands. We opted to take a flight to Kuala Lumpur, stay the night and then hop another one hour flight to Kota Bharu in northeastern Malaysia. Upon arriving at the airport we were greeted by a Malaysian woman directing us to a desk (near car rentals) selling roundtrip “taxi+speedboat” tickets to the Perhentian Islands. Travelers were teamed up with other travelers to share taxi costs. The total journey cost $ per person based on four people in a taxi. We were grouped with two women Continue Reading