Into Hidden Village


Just few kilometres from Custom and Immigration checkpoint, lies the ‘illegal jetty’ where local people who are either of Malaysia or Thai citizens or both move easily criss-cross the two countries.

Rantau Panjang, a small border town on the Malaysian side is annexed to Sungai Golok town on the Thai border; divided by a small river that often flooded in the monsoon season.

This jetty that lies behind a row of shop-lot, is pretty much off-limits to tourist. I remember, a friend from Manila, an external examiner who joked saying that he’d never been to a border town in the Philippine. True enough, Philippine has no border town.

Interestingly, soldiers are just watching from both sides on activities going on without muddling much on the livelihood of the people.




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