It’s only a day late, but it was worth the wait. We’ve now reached Pangkor Island, just off the west coast of Malaysia, above Kuala Lumpur. The ferry across from the mainland took half an hour, and cost 60p, and then a taxi took us to the west coast of the island to Teluk Nipah, a small bay with a range of backpacker accommodation near the beach. We arrived around lunchtime, so had plenty of time to check out the different hotels before deciding on splashing out on the Water Front.
It is right on the seafront, so costs a little more, but the room is clean, modern and huge – there’s more than enough space for the extra bed for the girls. The others we looked at were away from the beach, and some had pretty dingy rooms, or weren’t big enough for 3 beds. And what does this extravagance cost us? Well, the cheapest rate at the others we were quote for a triple room was 60 Malaysian Ringgit (£8), and we’re paying 90MR for this (whoa, a whopping £12). And the little bungalow has a balcony looking over the sea towards the sunset.