17 Jul - 19 Jul 2011 Mersing

Embassy Hotel +6077982864
Clean and spacious twin room with air-con and wifi for MYR 55.- or US$ 18.30 per night.

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Exploring the pleasant fishing town of Mersing with its revamped river front, bustling with fishing boats, knocking back a few ice-cold, smooth and mellow Vietnamese Legend beers (650-ml bottle for "only" MYR 10.- or US$ 3.35) at one of the many down-to-earth Chinese noodle slurperies and thereafter exploring the pescetarian culinary wonders of the Malay east-coast cuisine: (i) reliable and cheap nasi dagang, made of rice, cooked with rich coconut cream, accompanied by a spicy tuna curry, a vegetable pickle and the devilled budu (a fermented anchovies sauce with a hint of lime juice, chillies and onions), (ii) cone-shaped sata/r which consists of (minced or sliced) succulent fish, marinated in and thickly coated with spices, chopped up shallots, onions, ginger and chillies, wrapped in banana leaves and grilled over a flaming charcoal fire, and (iii) keropok lekor, a chewy cracker made from ground fish or seafood, sago and salt and eaten with its special chilli dip.

Embarking on the ferry to the jungle-swathed duty-free island of Pulau Tioman (MYR 70.- or US$ 23.50 per person, return), enjoying together with our friends Christina & Liau a great boat ride over the calm waters of the South China Sea through the Seribuat Archipelago and arriving after 2½ hours at the jetty of Tioman’s Kampung Air Batang.

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