I’ve been wallowing on an island in Malaysia for the past week. And I mean that. I’ve been sick and the most active I could get was to wander into the shallows and cool off, then head back under the trees and sleep. Probably not dissimilar to some of the large green turtles I saw here that had no real hurry. Still an island with little to do, other than this, is a good choice when you’re sick with flu. And I did get better and then availed of the fantastic snorkelling trips (turtles, fish and sharks!), sea kayaking and jungle walks.
For those wondering where I am, it’s Pulau Kecil on the Perhentians off the east Malaysia coast in the South China sea. Eat your heart out or look it up on a map and start working out how you can get here. When you do you’ll understand the title “show me that horizon” – today the sea and sky just blended together as one… bliss…
Unfortunately the Perhentians are not yet on the VIP Backpacker network but I’m headed to the capital Kuala Lumpur today and that is. The islands are just an hour by flight (Khota Bharu) from Kuala Lumpur. And with the cheap prices of Air Asia flights, that doesn’t have to set you back much. From Khota Bharu it’s an hour taxi to the jetty, then a 30 minute boat ride to Kecil or Besar.
If you’ve never thought about Malaysia as a destination on the VIP network, do note we have accommodation options in Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu in Sabah on the Borneo part of Malaysia and also Ranau and Semporna here, and finally the gorgeous colonial town of Penang on the western coast.
All are fantastic options. Borneo has amazing jungles, tribal groups and underwater worlds to explore. Penang’s quaint town and historical relics are wonderful and it also has nice beaches. While Kuala Lumpur is one of those cities of the modern Asian world – an incredible mass of skyscrapers, mosques, Chinese alleys, Malay markets and Indian culture. It’s a real kaleidoscope of colour and noise. Wander over to the famous Petronus Towers, check out the amazing Batu Caves, shop to your hearts content in Chinatown or wander the heady markets of Little India. There’s really something for everyone here.
About Australia and what’s next
Anyway, I’ve met a lot of Europeans travelling in Asia who have asked me a lot of the same questions about Australia:
* what does it cost to travel around
* what is the best way of getting around
* what time do you need and where should I go?
* just how dangerous are those sharks/crocodiles/snakes/spiders?
* do you really eat kangaroo?
* a lot of comment on Steve Irwin and other unusual characters
So with that in mind I’ve decided I’d start answering some of these questions in the next few blogs, somewhat similar to the “best of” series that featured:
– Best winter festivals in Australia
– Best places to get a job downunder
– Best places to stop in the outback
– Best places to surf the east coast
– Best places to spend the autumn downunder
So stay tuned for future updates… and more news from the road as I continue my travels to Europe next.
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