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We went 3 times to Perhentian Islands, 2 small islands at 40 kms from the eastern coast of peninsular Malaysia.
The first time in the 1996 we rest there for more than 2 weeks, after a long visit of the rest of the peninsula. In the summer 1998 we went there after a 3 weeks in Vietnam for 10 days and the last one in the 1999 after a 3 weeks in Burma.

I think that there's a sort of "Mal d'Afrique" for that 2 islands, a Mal de Perhentian.
The sunset and sunrise colours, the fantasic reef at few meters from the beach, the totally absence of cars, roads, city, village, electric power, the deep silence of night, the polite people that live there...

I took that image from the patio of my bungalow on the beach on Flora Bay, the largest bay of Perentian Besar; the 2 small boats in the image were the only way to go around the islands. There was a track that crossed the mounts to the other side, but the large presence of big snakes in the forest (and sometimes also on the beach, we had 2 differents randez-vous with that sympathicous 1,5 meter long reptiles!) is a good reason to use the boats!

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