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Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Bahasa Malaysia) lie approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Popular for it’s beaches, snorkeling and driving. Like a real postcard.

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

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Durian

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Durian, Durian
Durian
the king of fruit, loved by locals, hated by most travellers - native to Malaysia and Indonesia

Durian is a very special fruit, either people love it or feel disgusted by either the smell or the taste. I read in a BBC article a phrase that eating Durian is like eating old cheese of a dead body. Other people spend ages at the durian stalls smelling and holding the fruits, trying to find the best out of them all. Durian's flesh is soft and creamy and the taste (which can't really be described) will stay in the mouth for hours. It is also a very heaty fruit that one needs to drink lots of water after. Some say eating too much of it could have a calming effect, remotely similar to getting drunk. It could be because it is related to the fact that Durian is overripe when it is harvested so the flesh is already fermented.



Durian on Wikipedia:

The durian is the fruit of several tree species belonging to the genus Durio and the Malvaceae family (although some taxonomists place Durio in a distinct family, Durionaceae). Widely-known and revered in southeast Asia as the "king of fruits", the durian is distinctive for its large size, unique odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimetres (12 in) long and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter, and it typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb). Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the colour of its husk green to brown, and its flesh pale-yellow to red, depending on the species.

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Durian, Durian, cut open in halves
Durian, cut open in halves






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