Initially we stayed at Paradise Beach Resort, we had been to Perhentian in 2001 and had stayed at Telok Dalam for 6 weeks, why we didn't return there this time is a mystery, but we made it there in the end - phew. Not that there was anything wrong with Paradise, the food at the restaurant was some of the best western food I have seen in Malaysia (but then we didn't come to Malaysia for pizza!). However we felt claustrophobic, like there was no where to go on a small beach with a lot of boats anchored on it (our children are 1, 5 and 6). So we walked across the island (a great walk incidentally) and ended up at Samudra. Very basic garden chalets, squat toilets, a elevated hose for a shower and electricity from around 6pm-8am, doesn't sound all that promising, but the chalets were rustic, kind of charming, the fan was fine, we live in brunei so we are quite acclimatised but it really wasn't too hot and the price was a princely 40rm, beach front with western toilets were 75rm.
The beach is a sweeping expanse, next door is an expensive, overpriced (as usual for divers) diver place, next door to that was another Malay run spot with a small bar. Then more beach and about 4 more resort type places. Anyway. Samudra was perfect for us, they adored our littlest one, they had their kids there so ours had some playmates, the food, again, nothing flash but good, and very cheap. 7.50 for chicken/prawn/fish etc and rice.
Overrall when we went to Perhentian we didn't want to stay with the germans and swedes (so many here!!! no offence, sorry) and wanted to stay with the malays, practicing the language and have a laid back holiday, which was exactly what happened. If you are into being 'served' then don't go there. If you want to start feeling a part of a family in malaysia, then head to samudra, we loved it. Many thanks to the whole family and i hope Lisa delivered her baby ok.
- Also Known As:
- Samudra Beach Chalet Kuala Besut, Terengganu