Well, the great news is the E22 highway is OPEN!! At long last! This highway cuts the drive to Desaru in half. Once you are over the causeway and thru the city of Johor Bahru, the drive to Desaru is as short as a half hour. But, getting over the Causeway is still quite time consuming.
The bad news is our hotel – the Golden Sands – in Desaru is GONE!! Competely demolished!!!! We loved our times there and we loved being able to get a day pass to use their beach. Now we can get to Desaru quite quickly but we don’t have any place to go!
For this trip we took this weekend, it was too rainy and cold (yes, COLD!) to care too much about going to the Beach. Also, we think we are too deep into the monsoon season. The water was quite murkey and very wavey. I think it’s better to visit the east coast of Malaysia before the Monsoon has been going on too long. End of October is a good time.
We checked out a new hotel with a nice beach but they don’t do day passes. We enjoyed a warm drink there:
Here’s a view of the bridge over the inlet that makes this shorter ride all possible: