Eatery at Sandakan Harbour Square. Very quiet place! In the midst of the 2014 World Cup football season, with televised games from midnight to 4 a.m. local time.
George Town, the capital of Penang, is a city located on the north-east corner of Penang Island. The metropolitan area, with a combined population of more than 2.25 million, is the second largest in Malaysia. The inner city of George Town has a population of about 720,000 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognised for its unique architectural and cultural townscape.
I have enjoyed exploring the city on foot. However, a rickshaw ride is a good alternative if your feet are tired.
125 KM to Tawau town, the last major one on this trunk road around the East Coast of Sabah.
Tawau is 540 KM (or 8 hours by road) from Kota Kinabalu on the West Coast. This was the 3rd leg of my excursion around Sabah, from Sandakan to Tawau (312 KM or 4.5 hours by road).
I much prefer the view from the comfort of a seat in the car. But the pillion rider had a much more exciting time on the back of the bike. Along the way, I enjoyed the visits to the various towns, sampled the food and sights, and relished the slices of life moments as they happened. Despite not having the motivation to bring along my camera, I have enjoyed taking photos with my cellphone.
My friends, Apain and Jermaine, brought me to this Rungus seaside village just 3 km from the northern most tip of Borneo. The village is a relatively new settlement comprising about 40 houses.
Although the site is quite a distance off the main road to Kudat town, it is easily accessible by car. There are a few sections of unsealed gravel road, but the journey is otherwise comfortable, flanked on both sides by palm oil and coconut plantations. Both my friends grew up around this area.
After a trip to Kudat where we bought some fish, shellfish and prawns, we moved the table and chairs onto the beach to continue our chat.
This bustling town is separated from Thailand by Sungai Golok. The main street is lined with old wooden shophouses on both sides. Some newer concrete ones can also be found.
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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.
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.