So. I took a bus from Penang to go to Perenthian island on the east coast. It’s a long and boring trip but it’s worth the effort. The bus arrived in Kuala Besut and from there is the ferry.
The bus arrived at KB at around 5am. The first ferry is at 7. To kill time I started to talk to people that arrived with me and we had a very bad tea at the local restaurant. We paid our ferry fee to this guy that “attacked” us (standard here) and waited. Time comes to go to the ferry and we discover that to get to the island we have to pay an extra 30RM (around 6€) for the environment. Happy to pay if the island is spotless (guess what … It was not)
I get a little mad at this rule especially because once again for the local is 5 times cheaper and truth to be said its the locals who throw all the garbage around… But anyways…
1/2 an hour ride and we finally arrive to the island (Kecil). I didn’t book any hostel but in Travelfish website (https://www.travelfish.org/accommodation/malaysia/peninsular_malaysia/terengganu/perhentian_islands/all) I read about this place called “Butterfly chalet” a self check-in place directly on the sea. The ferry arrived at Long Beach where the parties are but thankgod Butterfly is on Coral Beach on the other side of the island, just 10 minutes walk across the jungle.
Arrived at the chalets luckily I can check in immediately as 3 people had just checked out. I choose the chalet number 2 as it is the closer to the beach. The view is beautiful, directly on the sea and behind me, the jungle.
The rooms are very basic but I gladly paid 14€ a night (room only) to sleep peacefully in this corner of paradise.
The following day I was exhausted and slept the whole day. I don’t know what happened but I just couldn’t do anything else. I just slept. I guess that 2 months moving around like a pinball had taken their toll on me. In the evening I managed to wake up and went for dinner at this super posh (for the beach standards) place called “Shari La Island Resort” (http://sharilaresort.com/) where they serve buffet all you can eat for the equivalent of 3€. Thus I was able to stuff my face with a lot of yummy food without having to worry if it was vegetarian or not.
Once again I didn’t do any scooba diving, or snorkelling (except in front of my chalet and during my morning swim) or visited any beach close by. But I really enjoyed my time there. The food is good. In general expensive but on Long Beach there is this local place called “Kak Yah Local Food” where you can eat cheap and the portions are important.