Let’s find beer: by boat to Redang Island
This morning, during the holidays, our alarm clock went off at 6:30 am. This time we didn’t mind at all, because the second part of our trip in our own country has started. At eight o’clock the boat left to island Redang where we will stay the next few days in the hotel ‘Sari Pacifica‘.
Our hotel for the last four days was fine! A large swimming pool, beautiful beach and mainly many Malaysians. Once in a while, we met a ‘lost westerner’ and then we nodded at each other. What struck us is that it’s very busy at the pool at set times. Especially in the morning until noon and in the afternoon from four o’clock. In between, you don’t see anyone! Perfect for us to relax at those times by the pool.
After having slept in this hotel for four days in peace and quiet, we were ready for a bit more action around us. Well, that’s what we found! Within five minutes we were at Merang, the ‘harbor’ of Terengganu. Several small boats were on the side and we were looking for a bigger boat that would sail to the island. This turned out to be a bit different because we went with the smallest boat that was already waiting for us… Great!
Half an hour later we saw Redang Island getting closer and from that moment on the waves were getting higher and higher! Luckily we had a lifejacket on so no need to be scared. There were six tourists on the boat and we had to divide our weight a bit to keep the boat in balance. To put three westerners in front of two Asian people and one westerner, seemed a less tight plan than expected. 45 minutes later we came ashore and a hotel employee was already waiting for us.
Then we thought that we would take another boat to the hotel, as there are no roads through the island. Everything here is done by boat and that works very well. But we were wrong and instead of a boat, the tractor was running its engine. It took us five minutes to the hotel.
Tiger beer and a glass of wine
And that’s where we are now! It’s still very early here and we can only check in this afternoon, so we’re having a coffee at the pool now and are looking at the clearest sea we’ve ever seen. Also, the clouds are slowly disappearing. That was the first thing I asked when we arrived at the reception. ‘How is the weather over here?’ It’s not going to happen to us that we won’t see the sun. Patience is a good thing and in the meantime, I can start to search for the sunscreen. What we’re looking forward to the most? A Tiger beer and a glass of wine this afternoon, is it already twelve o’clock?