Night bus: Cape on Mersing and Tioman

  Malaysia: Peninsula and Borneo - July 2006

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Night bus ride to Mersing without history, even if my neighbor has a tendency to overflow from his seat and spread over mine ...

-Fortunately, he goes down at the wee hours of the night in a big city that I have not identified, with a lot of other passengers, so that I find myself with two seats for myself alone. There, I fall asleep for good and no longer see the miles scroll.

At the beginning of the trip, during a stop in a dive bar, I could catch a glimpse of the final on a rotten old TV. The score was already 1-1... The rest we know!

When I opened my eyes, it was daytime, the bus was stopped on a parking lot in front of the mouth of a river and we were only two passengers. Mersing. Finally.

The following was easy. A charming lady in a green scarf approached me to get a ticket from his agency, for the first time speed boat of the day. It suited me well, except that I had to change money at all costs before.

At that moment, it is 7:15 and the boat is supposed to leave at the half. Never mind, the lady calls the captain of the said speed boat so that he does not leave without me, and her husband takes me in his car to take me to the nearest Chinese jeweler.

Again, excellent exchange rate. The deal done, the guy takes me back to the pier and I get together with twenty other people, a majority of Asian tourists and some Westerners, in the boat.

  Malaysia: Peninsula and Borneo - July 2006

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  1. Quiet day. It's nice, even hot, and that's good, Alain is happy not to go to work. Taking care of the garden and taking the time to breathe is enough for his happiness of the moment, it is a small oasis of peace in a very disturbing world ... Very recent example, the new kindling Lebanese-Israeli.

    The Tioman beaches are reminiscent of those of Puerto Angel in Mexico, more than 30 years ago, but this little paradise is now well concrete!

    Thank you for your explanations on the "oddities" of date. I'm going to cook curry rice, we're hungry! Happy holiday, we think very strongly of you,
    Lydie and Alain.

  2. Hello,
    we leave for malaysia at the end of August and I search the night bus schedule from kota barhu and go to mersing to go to Tioman and if it makes a stop jetih because we go to Kecil just before

    thank you

  3. Hello Marie,

    I have no idea of bus schedules from Kota Bahru. Even if I would have noted them during my stay, they would probably be more topical, because my passage in Kota Bahru dates from ... two years!

    The easiest way is to get information once there: hotel and guesthouse receptions, or small local travel agencies, provide info and tickets for most tourist destinations. It will not be difficult to reach Mersing to go to Tioman Island. There is a good bus network in Malaysia. They leave very regularly, for all destinations.

    When you say "Kecil", I guess you mean Perhentian Kecil, the "small" of the two Perhentian Islands. The Perhentian are very easy to reach from Kota Bahru, you will find a variety of transport to drive you to Kuala Besut, a few kilometers (this is the port from which we embark for the islands): bus, minibus, taxi etc.

    When you write "Jetih", I suppose you mean Jerteh, where I took my night bus to travel south to Mersing (Tioman). There is a big bus station there. But if you have to take a bus to Jerteh, do not worry, you'll find someone to lead you there and organize all that. Me, it's a small agency that also made coffee-internet on Perhentian Kecil, who took care of booking my ticket.

    In summary: it's useless to want to plan ahead from France. For transport, we usually find solutions and schedules on site.

    Here! Hoping to help you ... Have a good trip!

  4. Hello,

    I had the opportunity to go through there too a few years ago ... With a storm at sea, storm, lightning, big waves, ... panicked Italians who were screaming as if their last hour had arrived ... D others were praying and it was just if there was no general fight for insufficient lifejackets ... I did not know if we were going to sink or not and I found the situation "interesting" ... Then the "grain" had passed and we had arrived safely!

    Tioman, nice little island, some dives to do, big lizards in the forest, rubber tree farm ... Beach, idleness ... Malaysians who take bath with the chador! Hilarious…

    Return trip to Singapore aboard an over-motorized catamaran that makes the trip in 3:30 ... Here ... Why are there seat belts on the seats ... And why is ALL padded? No sooner did the boat leave the dock than we begin to understand ... I wanted to take pictures from the upper deck and it moved so much that I never managed to put an eye in front of the viewfinder of the 'camera ... So, I went down and I settled at the bar .. Hard to put the glass in front of the mouth, passengers caught in seasickness ... Dégueulis in the corners ...

    It was not really the kind of boat to take during the monsoon season ...!


  5. Hello George,

    I happily took the boat for Tioman, one way or the other, in the summer. And escaped the "interesting" or even terrifying crossings that you have experienced ... I laughed as I read your description of passengers panicked or shaken!

    That said, boat trips in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines never reassure me. The sea is unpredictable and the rafts often overloaded. So far, I have always arrived safely. I cross my fingers to make it last!

    As for women who bathe all dressed, including the headscarf for Muslim women, it's surprising the first time, then you get used to it. As a woman, when you swim in the bathing suit, you sometimes feel a little embarrassed.

    Even in the Philippines or Sulawesi, where people are Christians, and in Bali where they are Buddhists, women stay covered for sea bathing: at least a cropped trousers and a T-shirt. But basically, it's more fun than anything else. Because a wet tee-shirt that sticks to the body finally becomes more suggestive and more "daring" than an ordinary swimsuit ...