A storm is approaching, adding an intense mood to this border town. A narrow section of Sungai Golok separates the town from Thailand. For an outsider visiting the first time, the feeling is noticeably edgy.
Yeah Yeah 1.0 album:
A small town with a duty-free zone in Kelantan, separated from Thailand by Sungai Golok. Very popular for foodstuff, clothing and household wares.
Yeah Yeah 1.0 album:
A few months after I was retrenched, my friend Tham took me on a 10-days 2,500 km drive from Kuala Lumpur to Penang, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and various places in Selangor.
We call this Yeah Yeah 1.0 vacation. I am getting the album updated before Yeah Yeah 2.0
Yeah Yeah 1.0 Album (updating):
Rantau Panjang is a bustling border town about 40 km from Kota Bharu, Kelantan. It is separated from Thailand by Sungai Golok (Golok River).
This rustic town has a duty-free zone popular for its Thai foodstuff, clothing and housewares. Not a sleepy town, the atmosphere here is generally intense.
Couple shares a common interest.. and taste in fashion. A man shares with his child, a morning at the market. New chapters are written everyday.
These lamps used to light up the nights but are now a vivid reminder of the days gone by. This communal seaside Rungus village is now served with electricity, clean water supply and telecommunications.
Tanjung Aru Beach is hugely popular among tourists as well as locals. It is especially congested on weekends. Not quite the place to go for a dip, but there are many eateries and a bar or two. A great place to watch the sun go down the horizon.
Tanjung Simpang Mengayau. This is the backyard of the village. I counted 30 steps, from the back door to the beach.
We brought along a folding table, some chairs, a grill, seafood from Kudat market.. we had a gorgeous dinner and time there.
A welcoming committee on this windy and deserted beach! How cute! Strong winds blow the rain clouds onshore. The rain passed quickly and we spent the rest of the afternoon preparing our BBQ dinner on the beach.
Simpang Mengayau.. at the northern-most tip of Borneo Island. My friends Apain & Jermaine brought me to their Rungus village.. about 3 hours’ drive from Kota Kinabalu. This seaside village is a rustic, charming place and community.