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Malaysia: Cherating Beach
May 30 - June 1, 2006

Our next destination was Cherating beach, on the east coast of Malaysia. The bus dropped us off at the side of the road around 10 pm and the driver's assistant told us to walk down this other dark road for about ten minutes and we'd see the guesthouses. We followed his directions and soon located a chalet to stay in. It seemed ok at first, because we were tired and were just happy to find a place so late at night. Upon further inspection, we determined it was the worst place we'd stayed in a long time. It was dirty, the curtains were torn, the screen had big holes in it, Zac killed a two inch roach in the bathroom, it didn't have a shower (the bidet hose was supposed to double as a shower), the bed sloped downward because two of the legs were broken, and we had no blankets or towels. It was so bad we made a movie of it with our digital camera. The next morning we paid twice as much to move to an aircon room, which was still crappy, but a little better. Zac also killed a two inch roach in this room.  (Click here for a video of our bungalow)

A quaint bungalow on the outside...

The "double" turned out to be two beds pushed together.

See that pipe?  It doubles as a bidet and shower.

The aircon unit looked really nice on the outside.

But alas, the inside was still in serious need of improvement.

We did have a nice little porch with a view of flowers and palm trees, so what is there to really complain about?

Despite our crappy lodgings, the beach was beautiful: clear water and few people. We could have stayed there a long time if we had a better/cheaper room.

a random horseback rider

The highlight of Cherating was taking a boat up a mangrove swamp and seeing two pythons and a viper coiled in the tree branches above our heads.

Into the heart of darkness.
mangrove viper
a mangrove viper
mangrove swamp in Cherating, Malaysia

Mangrove swamp

Kids fishing on the river.

a house near the river

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