Today we checked out from our hotel and clearly I had no idea where I was about to go. Yeah, it’s homestay, but what to expect there? Honestly, that was my very first time staying at a homestay. So, after several pitstops for sightseeing and all, we were dropped at a small fisherman pier called Jeti Kok Majid.
I was palpitating because, it was just a small wooden “sampan” ferrying us across the Kelantan river! And the pier is made of some floating material, Woobly much! I jumped without knowing its condition and voila, almost wash myself well in the river. hahaha…
The journey took about 30 minutes along the river, crossing through some mangroves and small delta islands. It was a lovely boat ride, seeing some kids playing in the water and parents working on the boats and farm.
Pantai Suri was originally a beach area but after 40 odd years, the climate changes have changed the geographical landscape dramatically. It is now an Island! Every house here has a boat of their own to transport EVERYTHING! Fuhh…glad I ditched my bulky backpack in the bus! 😉
The island has nothing much, village houses and the water is muddy but the people are lovely. You’ll get the ultimate hospitality from them. I had the chance to cook some traditional food with them. Hilarious hearing them speak in a different dialect because I couldn’t understand most of them! They tried the best they could to explain all those to me! How sweet! 🙂
My “parents” were rockstar! They bought a big squid and cooked it for Adam and I for our morning breakfast at 4.30 AM! I’ll definitely visit them again once I have the chance. My “mom” even provided me with dried fishes that she dried herself and some traditional cookies. I miss her much!
Our trip back to mainland from HomeStay Pulau Suri took on a different route via the main Kelantan river. We managed to see some other islands and I heard some has pretty interesting stories and history. (A hint to go back? wink2)
Before heading to Kota Bharu Airport for our flight back to Kuala Lumpur, some last minute shopping was planned for us. I didn’t buy anything, practically broke! But I had a good time walking with other media members, some of them can be a serious joker! 😛
The flight back to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) departed at about 4.10pm. This was my first domestic flight via Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and it was indeed nice cruising throughout till we reached KLIA. Instead of 1 hour, it only took 45 minutes on air before landing. Applause for the captains!
It was a great trip for “Ihya Ramadhan” from Tourism Malaysia and Tourism Malaysia Kelantan! Thank you for inviting me, I learned a lot of new things/cultures in Kelantan. More to come! Till then… you know the drill.. keep on travelings peeps! And don’t forget, Good Luck and Travel Safe! 😉