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Michael Turtle
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Time Travel Turtle: Global explorer and travel writer
Time Travel Turtle: Global explorer and travel writer

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After a couple of days of limited wifi, I'm back on the Malaysian mainland. I've been on Tioman Island, off the east coast. It's quite a large island and has a fair amount of development... but everything still feels very relaxed and local. I loved it there!
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One of the things I was really curious to see in Kuala Terengganu was a place called Taman Tamadun Islam. It's a theme park all about Islam. Basically, there are lots of miniature models of famous Islamic buildings from around the world, like Mecca, the Taj Mahal, and the Dome of the Rock.It was kind of cool... but probably aimed at local kids, not foreign tourists.
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The Crystal Mosque in the Malaysian city of Kuala Terengganu. It got the name because of the way it's been built with steel, glass and crystal. It was only opened in 2008 and sits right on the edge of the water, with not much else around. On a sunny day like this, it catches the light and appears to glow!
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There aren't too many people on Malaysia's Perhentian Islands this time of year. So it wasn't too hard to find a beach that I could have all to myself. Swimming in the crystal clear water, soaking up the sun on the golden sand, all surrounded by tropical jungle. And not another person in sight!
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Rather than catch a boat around to one of the other beaches on the Perhentian Islands, I decided to trek through the jungle to get to some secluded places. One of my rewards was this view along the way. This place really is a gem of Malaysia!
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This is Long Beach on the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia. If you think it doesn't look too developed, you would be right. And this is one of the busiest spots there is!
 
These two islands off the east coast have no roads and no cars. You use boats to get between the different beaches or you can hike through the jungle. Everything is so relaxed - the ultimate tropical paradise...
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Another shot from inside the main market in the Malaysian city of Kota Bharu. I noticed that at a lot of the stalls, the whole family works there.
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Stopping for the night in the Malaysian city of Kota Bharu. It's near the Thai border and is largely muslim.

The highlight in Kota Bharu is the enormous central market, shaped like an octagon from the outside, with this huge open space in the middle, full of stalls.
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On the edge of the city, along the water, are the six 'clan jetties' of George Town in Penang. They were once each run by different Chinese families, who were constantly feuding with each other over work. Now there are still a lot of houses on them and you can walk along and see for yourself.
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There's something about the street art here in Malaysia. I want to keep sharing what I see. This one is in George Town in Penang. It is by a local artist and depicts the two children of the owner of the printing shop that it's painted on.
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