The overnight bus arrived earlier than scheduled. I couldn’t get hold of the receptionist at the hotel I’d planned to spend the few hours at. Tired, I sat on the steps, only to be greeted by the competing sounds of adzaan from two mosques nearby. It was time to answer His call.
I was enveloped by a sense of comfort when I stepped into the prayer hall and saw the few souls gathered for the fajr prayer. Reciting together with the imam when he recited one of my favourite surahs, and then listening to the zikir after, brought me back to a center I have lost prior the trip. People constantly disappoint, but Allah doesn’t. I was reminded that He’s always around, and His promise is true. Allah ada, Allah jaga. ❤️
Pulau Perhentian, September 2015.
I don’t normally do this. I don’t normally share my itinerary for my travels, and would rather share my stories. It’s partly because I believe that each experience should be curated on its own, but also because there are plenty of other sites available to find information about bus tickets, accommodations and other she-bangs, and I don’t need to add to the arsenal.
This time, I understand how obscure Pulau Perhentian can get, and how information may not be readily available, so here’s some information about how I got to one of the most beautiful islands in the Malaysian Peninsular.
From KL Sentral, I took the train to Bandar Tasik Selatan to get to Terminal Bus Bersepadu. This is where all bus services heading towards the northern side of Malaysia will operate from. Southbound buses will operate from Puduraya Bus Terminal.
I’d bought a ticket for an overnight bus ride on Sani Express to Kuala Besut, which departed at 10pm and dropped me off about eight hours later, right in front of Kuala Besut Jetty.
The first ferry out to Pulau Perhentian, which takes about 45 minutes on a speedboat, starts at 8.30am. There are fairly frequent boats out once every hour, up till 5pm. Initially, I chose to stay in one of the several hotels near the jetty for the few hours until the first boat is due out, but I’d ended up spending time at the mosque instead.
An alternative option to get to Kuala Besut jetty is to take a flight to Kota Bahru (AirAsia offers that route), and then taking a one-hour taxi ride to Kuala Besut, which costs about RM80.
I took the second option on the way back to KL, before taking another flight back to Singapore. There are minivans that run the route from Kuala Besut to Kota Bahru airport which costs RM25 per person.
There are plenty of options for accommodation on Pulau Perhentian, catering to diverse budget and travel styles, so feel free to do your own research and choose what suits you best!It really doesn’t matter how many times I’ve done this whole solo-travel thing – every trip offers new challenges and opportunities for growth. This trip was exceptionally challenging, but it also meant thriving through it was remarkably sweet.
I have much to write about this, and the other trips I have yet to write about. I’ve stopped halfway through Korea, barely started on Eastern Europe, and have yet to share about Munich and Australia. Bahh. (ok, I just have lots to write about, full stop.) So here’s coming up with a plan so I get to carve out some time to sit down and do it.
Meanwhile, I’m significantly more active on Instagram (which serves as a mini-blog, to be honest, heh), so you can follow me there @thetudungtraveller for more updates as well. 🙂
On another note, the new school term has just started and well, it’s a sprint to the finish line, isn’t it? AND WAIT, HOW IS IT ALREADY MID-SEPTEMBER?
May we spend the rest of this year well!