It was a couple of days before the big Raya holidays and I hit the road toward Pangkor for a stay at the Swiss-Garden Golf Resort & Spa Damai Laut. This resort is quite a distance away from the more well-known touristy Lumut town. Built on a quiet peninsular on the Northern Straits of Malacca, the Swiss-Garden hotel is ensconced in a little corner with its own private beach.
We headed our way toward the hotel by getting off the North-South Expressway at Bidor town. This really old building dated 1962 was indeed a sight to behold.
Driving along old trunk roads in the rural Malaysian country side was truly an enjoyable and exciting experience. It was visually stimulating and thrilling especially when you come across a petrol station like this.
I came across the above petrol station the following day at a town named Terong while driving toward Kuala Sepetang to visit the charcoal factory. It was a unique slice of idyllic country life most urbanites are mostly deprived from witnessing.
Anyway, upon arriving at Swiss-Garden, I went for a walk at the almost deserted beach. It was already fast approaching late afternoon. The blazing sun was still strongly bearing down in this rather unusually hazy, humid and hot season in Malaysia.
As I walked further down the pretty long beach, I noticed this wavering sea breeze-driven low-hanging tree branch that had been making some random scribblings on the sand. It was an odd but otherwise interesting observation to chance upon an untouched piece of nature’s artwork.
Right on the other end of the beach at Swiss-Garden stand a row of towering pine trees. The beach ground was littered with many browned pine needles and one can occasionally spot the sprouting pine tree sapling standing in stark contrast to its surrounding.
Strangely, a fallen and wrecked beach hut was found by the side of the beach bordering some thick undergrowth, with no other good-conditioned beach huts to be seen.