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Perhentians: robbery, drugs...is it true?

Posted by Aloyacska on 22/5/2010 at 05:25

I know that there have been some discussions about this issue in other forums, but they are from 2008 or even older. It would be great if someone who has been there lately could give an update: is it true that

- u get robbed on the beach/in your closed room when you are not there or sleeping
- girls should not go anywhere alone
- local people are heavily on drugs and walk like zombies?

I hope the articles saying all this were very exaggarating and its safe to travel there:) Thanks!!

PS: Im mostly interested in the backpacker island (Kecil)

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Posted by AbgAcid on 22/5/2010 at 10:24

wow.. where in the world you get that?

Perhentians are 2 very safe islands. One caters for the more stars bungalows and resort whilst the smaller one caters more for back packers. Its laid back, wonderful island and I assure you... safe as anyone would have like it.

have fun.

AA

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Posted by tezza on 22/5/2010 at 14:24

I reckon take the usual precautions. The Perhentians is the only place in dozens of SE Asian visits I've had my bungalow broken into.

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Posted by Aloyacska on 22/5/2010 at 14:48

@AbgAcid: I have absolutely no intention to spoil the image of the islands, I read them here:
http://blog.thestar.com.my/permalink.asp?id=18166 and here http://www.passplanet.com/malaysia/perhentian_islands.htm

Thanks for the info, so its only the usual precautions:)

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Posted by AbgAcid on 23/5/2010 at 17:08

Thanks for the links, appreciate it.
I been there on both islands, did not encounter any ill luck.

anyway, since I ve read the links, do take the necessary precautions. And do have fun, the waters are good at this time of the year, a snorkeling paradise.

AA

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Posted by apriljune on 2/6/2010 at 15:39

thank you, you make me feel good hat it is safe to travel their.

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Posted by Barracuda on 18/6/2010 at 21:01

Hi all,

I totaly agreed with AbdAcid, perhentian is a very safe place. I've stayed there and no bad things happened to me. No one broke into my room. I dont know where this people get such a information.
Aloyacska & apriljun, there is no zombies there. Dont worry.

The small island is a paradise for beach lovers.

Enjoy your self,

Cheers,

Barracuda

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Posted by alexinwonderland on 12/7/2010 at 19:39

While this is somewhat of a tangent, I feel the need to scream it from the rooftops: during the high season, book ahead! I just wrote a post on this but I don't think I'm allowed to link to my own blog, but when I traveled to the Perhentians as usual I did not make reservations ahead, and spent the better part of the afternoon thinking we were going to be sleeping on the beach, until we found ONE room available in the ONE guesthouse we had left to check!

I would not feel safe sleeping open on the beach. That night we had someone rustling around on our porch, and realized the door was held shut with a rusty nail. We changed rooms the next day.

So standards are a bit lax, but it is my favorite island I've ever been to, no roads, no atms, no "scene", just beautiful beaches and AMAZING dives. Go!

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Posted by joostay on 14/7/2010 at 19:00

alexinwonderland, "during the high season, book ahead! "

Would you say this is the case for Mid September as well? Does anyone have any good recommendations of mid-range places? :)

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Posted by Steve81 on 14/7/2010 at 21:51

I'm also lookng to head there mid September, wasn't planning to book ahead but maybe I should now!

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Posted by alexinwonderland on 15/7/2010 at 03:28

I was there in July so I can't speak to September's crowding... I do think its worth it to either book ahead, come in on the morning boat, or be prepared for the possibility of beach sleeping! Maybe it was an isolated incident but its a small island with a lot of appeal... makes sense that demand may outrun supply.

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Posted by almostcool on 29/8/2010 at 15:28

perhentian is a very safe island.

- u get robbed on the beach/in your closed room when you are not there or sleeping

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Posted by almostcool on 29/8/2010 at 15:34

perhentian is a very safe island.

- u get robbed on the beach/in your closed room when you are not there or sleeping

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Posted by errik on 25/11/2010 at 20:20

yeah it depends where you got robbed. If it's inside your room then we must give it a second thought.

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