|Dave in Thailand
Perhentian Islands, Malaysia, March 25-28 2009
I went to another TESOL meeting in Phnom Penh this year, and afterwards we spent a few days in Siam Reap and Angkor Wat (if I ever get around to sorting through the hundreds of pics and doing an Angkor page, I'll let you know ...).
Returning from Siam Reap to Hat Yai via Kuala Lumpur and Penang, more or less along the dotted line on the map here ...
I spotted, from my Air Asia window seat, at ~30,000 ft, this very interesting looking group of islands somewhere, as near as I could figure, off the northeast coast of Malaysia (there were a few more islands, but I can't find a satellite pic of the whole area for nothing...). After we got back, it didn't take a lot of hunting around the net to identify them as a place called the Perhentian Islands, which I had never heard of before.
- and getting a closer view - Hat Yai is about where the 'a' is in Perlia up in the top left there, not too far from the Perhentians, about a four hour drive ...
A bit of reading around convinced me the place had some good possibilities, so being as it was time for my yearly birthday trip to some new snorkelling place, and I had no plans yet, I decided to give the Perhentians a try this year.
Getting There ....
Leaving from the Hat Yai bus station -
- filling out the customs forms at the Malaysia border office ....
- Ann on the bridge that crosses the Sungai Kolok River that separates Thailand and Malaysia here -
- and the taxi that would take us from the border to the small town the Perhentian ferries left from called Kuala Besut ....
The taxi dropped us off right at the dock where the ferry leaves from, and just inside we found this travel agent, who arranged the boat tickets, and also a beachfront bungalow for the first night.
|- - looking at a map of the Perhentians in the MP Traveler office ....|
|- and talking to the owner a few minutes later, making sure we were going to get on the boat, which was the last one of the day (the trip took a bit longer than I expected, and I also forgot to consider that Malaysia is an hour ahead of Thailand timewise, and it was getting on to four o'clock, and the boat we were waiting for was the last of the day so I really didn't want to miss it ...)|
And that was most of the first day in Koh Lipe -
the other pages in this little tropical island paradise near home photo album are
Day 2, around Koh Lipe
Day 3, the main thing - snorkelling
Other Dave in Thailand stuff:
PSU AG Fair 2004
Loy Gratong at PSU 2004
Luang Prabang page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4
Phnom Penh, Day 1 Arrival, Day 2, the CamTESOL conference,
Day 3, the Killing Fields and S-21, and Days 4-6, touring around a bit
this site is mostly sort of a photo album for some friends and family, but if you have stumbled across it somehow on the net and want to contact me, siamdave at yahoo dot ca should get to me ....