Wednesday, 25 August 2010

A nothing day

Day 10 Pelangi Beach resort

Today was a day of travelling and not much else. Upin time to catch the boat back to the mainland. This was a fast shuttle and the journey was actually quite hairy as there was a bit of wind which caused a bit of a swell, made worse every time we went past the wake of a boat going in the other direction. Rain started as we reached port as well.

From there we were bussed to Kuala Terengganu where we had a couple of hours to kill. Difficult as this was Friday (their Sunday in this hardline Islamic part of MAlaysia) and Ramadan. We returned to the Chinese cafe we had had a drink at the last time we were here before we went to the beach and ate chicken rice and duck noodles.

We then got on a bus to Terengganu airport to catch a flight to KL. The usual airport thing applied where you hang around for ages, before3 boarding our flight which lasted the same half hour. At KL, where we arrived at KLIA, we had to get a shuttle bus to the budget terminal where we had a hotel reservation at a Tune Hotel. Tune is a hotel brand starting to spread globally (they have on in London at Westminster) which is owned by Air Asia, and follows the same Dallas South Western (or, more familiarly the EastJet/Ryanair) model of no-frills. You get a room for cheap, then pay fo everything else: towels, aircon. The room was tiny, but clean, though the sink was blocked and one of the bedside lights had a dead bulb. Dinner was at a cafe in the piazza next to the hotel at a restaurant which offered a post-fast buffet which turned out to be a litle expensive, though it was good food. We enjoyed couple of beers then had to go to bed as we had a stupidly early flight to catch (7am flight, so at the airport for a check in 90 minutes before hand).

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