A friend often drives up to Thailand and has given me some details which may be useful for some readers, so I share them here.
He has used the Bukit Kayu Hitam crossing many times…
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water. Yes. A particular black fish was biting our ankles while we snorkelled over the coral. Not just at one of the beaches, but at several of the beaches we snorkelled at.
This is our fourth visit to the Perhentian Islands. I won’t repeat what I wrote in previous blogs. But since our last visit two years ago it has changed a little.
There are small convenience stores at the resorts, but if you want fruit and vegetables a visit to the fisherman village could be worthwhile for you. Best done at the beginning of your stay.
There is an easy 3.2 KM walk along a paved path from there, on Perhentian Kecil, the small island, to Long Beach.
If you are staying on the big island you can get a water taxi across. The minimum number of persons is two.
The path is a bit undulating, and hasn’t been maintained, but mostly it’s in good condition. There’s even a toilet block along the way.
Easiest is to drive there. There are car parks available at the ferry terminals. There are also buses and maybe minivans. Or a twice weekly flight (Tuesday & Thursday) on Berjaya Air from KL to the tiny airstrip on the island.
My GPS really did not want me to go there, and was determined to direct me to Lumut. You simply go straight instead of turning right to Lumut at the big shell sculpture.
I am just back from a longer stay on Pangkor Island. The best thing there is being close to hornbills. Outside of a birdpark I’ve never been closer to them. And these ones live in the wild. Penang Birdpark at Butterworth is a nice place to see hornbills if you can’t go to Pangkor Island.
If you stay at or near Nipah Bay on Pangkor Island, your hotel may get a hornbill as a visitor. Or you may see one at the beach at nearby Coral Beach.
However, every evening for the last 14 years the man at Sunset View Chalet in Nipah Bay town has fed them at 6.30PM. On the main road through the town, find the Nipah Water Front Beach Resort and take the side road next to it. Two or three minutes walk down it you’ll find the Sunset View Chalet. Thirty or more birds will turn up to be fed.
By the way, the Sunset View Chalet man feeds the birds bananas and doesn’t charge viewers anything. In fact, he helps you feed them yourself. We gave him a small gift in appreciation.
In general I find it difficult to find out much about what is happening with trains in Malaysia. On Wednesday December 30th I saw an article in the free daily paper, The Sun, of which this is a small part:
The article later stated the government is considering a train line from KL to Kuantan on the east coast.