But the bus did not take the new express highway, rather, he used the old East-West trunk road going through small towns like Bentong, Raub, Machang and finally Kota Bharu! Since it was the old highway, there was not rest houses along the journey. So, we had to make toilet stop at one of these mosques, illegally using their toilets!
We arrived at Kota Bharu at around 4:45am (Tuesday) and was directed to a 1-star "Suria Hotel" and checked in. Apparently, we are to rest there till morning where the resort people will come fetch us to the jetty at Kuala Besut. As expected, a rather basic "motel" with nothing to shout about. Pillows with a kind of odour and sunk in beds.
And finally, our pick ups arrived at around 8am. Three vans for the 20 of us. Not bad, very spacious. The main disadvantage of going to Pulau Perhentian is the need to change rides, i.e., KL to Kota Bharu then change ride to Kuala Besut jetty (about an hour from Kota Bharu) and finally the 45-min boat ride. The bus times are also rather funny, i.e., a 7-hours bus ride starting at 9:30pm the day before and arriving Kota Bharu at a wierd 4:30am while the boat departs from the Kuala Besut jetty only at 9:30am! One would have like 5 hours to get from Kota Bharu to Kuala Besut jetty (a one hour journey)!
We were then taken to this "gerai makan" for breakfast. "Mereyan Kedai Kopi"...probably owned by a Marianne !
Being the usual me, I went straight for the chicken! The food was so-so, probably 7 out of 10.
Top & Bottom : View of the chalets
Hoping off and hoping on back to the boats!
One of Pulau Perhentian's many resorts. This is Tuna Bay Resort.
Last shot of the day...tourists having a nice tan under the warm Malaysian sun. I personally think that the heat is just too unbearable!