After our epic journey from Koh Lippe in Thailand to Kota Bharu in Malaysia we required some much needed rest and relaxation and took a white knukle speedboat ride to the smaller of the two Perenthian islands on the east coast of Malaysia . We hopped off on Long Beach ( yes another beach called long beach ) and apart from it being a little like a car park full of taxi boats it looked very inviting, white sand, clear blue water all set against a jungly backdrop. There is no jetty here so we had to manouevre our luggage off the speedboat onto a small taxi boat, which is basically a small rowing boat with a motor . Once safely ashore we ferryed our luggage up the beach and found a little restaurant where we could park ourselves whilst the Accommodation Commandant, Lisa could go about her business and find us some quarters to live in for a few days.
Lisa came back a little despondant, most of the places weren’t up to the standard we had become used to in Thailand and were expensive for what was offered . WE had read in the lonely planet that the smaller of the two islands was cheaper for accomadation and as the budget eeded to be followed we decided on staying here . Most of the accomadation we found on the smaller island is catered for back packers apart from that we had few options to choose from as everything was full . Luckly we managed to get a family room at a place called Moshins. It was not far from the beach down a little track and up on a headland with great views of the arc of the beach. I thought it was great except for the location of our cabin. It had unobstructed views which meant it was halfway up a hill and quite a number of stairs. This was going to be a tough day for Luggage Donkey. We made it up eventually and the room was fine, nice comfy double bed and an extra bed for Axel. It was a little old and in need of some re-furbishment but otherwise clean for 200 ringit and with brilliant views of the beach and island. The guys running it were mentally friendly, loved good jazz and after a bit of a sing song around dinner turned their restaurant into a cinema every night. They also had a resident monitor lizard at their gate, which Elka called the ‘dwagon’, ‘a vewy fwiendly dwagon’.
There was a bit of a scene every night on the beach at either the Black Tip or Buffaloe bar. Lots of people sitting around drinking buckets of monkey juice and smoking & listening to good tunes and of couse setting off the odd firework at weirdly unsocial hours. I say weirdly unsocial hours from the standpoint of a man who is travelling with two kids and no babysitter and who normally ends up in bed at 11pm at the latest. What a change.
To anyone interested in pastures new we would strongly recommend the Perenthians but next time we will be heading straight for the bigger of the two islands where accomadation is of a higher quality and the bigger island has the better beaches . As we came from Thailand we had to overnight in Khota Bharu before taking the first speed boat to Perenthian the next morning .