Yawn...and yet another perfect beach...
Trip Start Jun 25, 2006
127Trip End Aug 01, 2007
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On Monday morning we took a ferry out of Penang to head about fifty miles northward to Langkawi. This island is a popular beach destination for vacationing Malaysians and Southeast Asian tourists, but despite the great weather, it seemed like we had arrived in low season. The powdery white sand beaches had few people on them, the large resort we stayed at had only a couple of dozen guests, and quite a few of the shops never seemed to open. All that aside though, we ate well, loved having the sparkling white sand to ourselves, fell into our usual beach routine (veg out, walk, read, and sleep), and even managed to catch a few documentaries about volcanoes on the Discovery Channel (that Katie wanted to plan our evenings around so she could watch them...I've finally managed to convert her to full-fledged nerdom!)
Tonight we fly to Bangkok to meet up with my parents who are making the brutal 17-hour flight out here to visit us and see a bit of Thailand and Singapore
So, we found this great deal on the internet for a 4-star beach resort in Langkawi with free breakfast for $40USD a night. The pictures looked really great, and we don't require much these days in terms of amenities... just clean sheets and towels, a somewhat soft bed, and quiet. Once we arrived, the poor little resort seemed like it was so sad, and sometimes water ran down one of the columns like it was crying. It was a large place with at least 300 rooms, of which maybe 40 were occupied. It was built on a marina with a boardwalk in front of the bay, with little shop fronts lining the walkway. Except all the shops were empty with old boxes and broken shelves visible through the windows. It seemed a bit like a ghost town, and that the Scooby Doo gang would show up any minute to solve the haunting and pull the mask off the front desk clerk (and they probably would have if it wasn't for those meddling kids!). Regardless, it was very close to a great beach and was worth every penny.
The beaches in Langkawi are beautiful, with soft white sand, palm trees lining the shore, and warm water. It is a great place to relax, do some scuba diving, and eat tons of seafood. There are direct flights from Bangkok, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur, so it is very easy to get here, and it is very inexpensive for luxurious accommodation. We had a hard time tearing ourselves away from our beach chairs when it was time to go to the airport to fly to Bangkok. But we are looking forward to spending the next week with Todd's parents, who we haven't seen since last summer!