Kuala Besut is the quaint port town where one catches a boat to the Perhentian Islands from the main land. This is where Steinbeck's California coast meets the Orient.
Multicolored clapboard houses, the ever-present smell of intermingled boat exhaust and fried fish, and toothless septuagenarians perusing the latest news.
We strolled through the town on our way out before hitching a ride down the coast and thought it was pretty charming.
Random nice guy offered us a ride for a little spot of ringgit. We were able to make a few stops along the way and explore a bit more of the Malaysian coast line.
We visited the north-eastern coast of Peninsular Malaysia in July 2012. You should go there too...