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Thoughts On A Very Small Island thumbnail

It may not be the smallest island in the world, but Perhentian Kecil is certainly the smallest island I have ever traveled to. I can’t find the square mileage anywhere, perhaps it has never been measured. But it was dwarfed by our beloved island of Koh Tao, a mere 13 square miles in size. Not only…

Diving in the Perhentian Islands thumbnail

After days of eye problems keeping us above sea level, we were finally ready to take the plunge. After all, we had come to the Perhentians in part for the virgin reefs fringing the islands. We dove with the in-house dive shop at our bungalow, making it easy to roll out of bed and wade out…

Sea Lice and Black Tip Sharks, Oh My! Snorkeling the Perhentian Islands thumbnail

Like yesterday, this is a backlogged post of my halfway-through-abandoned 2009 Malaysia trip coverage. You can see the earliest posts in the series, including tales of nearly sleeping on the beach, searching for the world’s biggest flower, and eating McDonald’s in Kuala Lumpur here. Eyes still feeling a bit wonky, we weren’t ready to dive yet…

The Perhentian Islands: Kayaking In Search of The Beach thumbnail

So… remember when I went to Malaysia? Nearly two years ago? Yeah that was fun. So fun that I totally abandoned all illusion of blogging and just… traveled. It was great at the time, but I now regret it as I find myself grasping at those memories as they fade slowly from my frazzled mind. So…

The Perhentian Islands: Is There Room at the Inn? thumbnail

the heavy bags that would come to haunt us It was a complicated journey. There are no regular buses that run the Cameron Highlands-Perhentian Islands route. So instead we take a van with a few other tourists to the Kuala Besut jetty where we were issued tickets for the speedboat and had to write our names…

The Cameron Highlands: Smelly Asian Fruit and Really Big Bugs thumbnail

After all the flower hunting and the blow piping and the waterfall swimming it was back to the overcrowded van to continue on our adventure. First stop was a terrible lunch followed by a quick stop at a roadside stand so the brave ones could try the affectionately known Asian Smelly Fruit, or durian. Though we…

The Cameron Highlands: In Search of the Raffleasia thumbnail

The few hours on a mini bus ride to the Cameron Highlands would have been pretty unremarkable, if not for the man who got on for the last twenty minutes carrying a plastic bag containing a live chicken. It just bobbed its head around, seemingly unaware of its likely fate. Once the bus stopped and the…

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