Terrible ferry journey: paradise island

Trip Start Sep 28, 2010
Trip End Dec 16, 2010

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Zackry's Guest House

Flag of Malaysia  , Kedah,
Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I think we said already but in Thailand if you arrive by air you get 30-day tourist visa, but if
you arrive by land/sea you only get a 15-day visa and would have to
extend it in Bangkok. Fortunately, we got our 60-day tourist visas for Thailand back in George Town, Penang, so we can enter Thailand via land, sea or air. However, after getting the ferry to Langkawi (Malaysia) we are considering flying into Thailand anyway!!

We all know Sophie gets a bit travel sick and really doesn't like boats, but this ferry journey was really really really really horrible!! The ferry itself was fine, however within 5 minutes of the journey Sophie had spotted a cockroach and the staff were handing out sick bags (not a good sign). The sea was very rough, with about 50% of the passengers throwing up at some point on the journey. We're proud to say that neither of us did, but Sophie was gripping the seat tightly and doing deep breathing exercises and I did go a pale green colour.

We made it to Langkawi in one piece and staggered into a well known coffee shop for a cuppa tea and a sit down. Neither of us could face the taxi journey straight away!

We're glad to say that Langkawi was definitely worth the journey, with nice people, and beautiful beaches. Zackry's guest house is the backpacking equivalent of 5 star luxury! We met up with the guys/girls from Annie's Homestay and went to an Indian for tea, with a late night after-party in one of the guys room.

Today we all headed to the beach where me and the boys enjoyed body boarding and making a giant sand castle! Sophie and the girls just sunbathed and chatted. We're now a little bit sunburnt and quite tired, but all very happy! Going to grab some food . . . it's hard work body boarding and sunbathing don't you know!!!!

All the best,



Day 3 in Langkawi

Thought I'd do a quick summary of our final day in Langkawi, where we rented a car to explore the island. Keiron drove us around, first of all calling at the ferry port to book tickets off the island (and in to Thailand!) for the following day. As the weather was pretty horrible in the morning we went to the Animal Park which is indoors, where we saw a crocodile, birds in the aviary, monkeys, a bear cat (!) and bizarrely a gemstone shop in the middle of the aviary!

We also stopped at Durian Falls and Black Sand Beach (gorgeous views except to the left where there was a cement works...) en route to the main attraction, the Langkawi cable car. It has the record for the longest unsupported cable car in Malaysia and is pretty steep! Unfortunately when we got to the top so did a cloud, so it was a good job we took photos on the way up as there wasn't too much to see. However the ride itself was really good (and very high, I got a little bit frightened but only a little!).

Afterwards we ate in the oriental village and then headed to the 7 pools and waterfall, up in the hills. The 7 pools are great as the water cascades between making natural slides – I had to have a go! - and the waterfall afterwards is pretty impressive.

Tired out after that we drove back to catch up with 'Annie's homestay' lot, as the two Liverpudlians were heading south the next day so we wouldn't be seeing them again (and it was Ged's birthday the next day so we had to celebrate early).

When we got back from the other's room, we spotted a rather large cockroach (even Keiron thought it was large) scuttling across the floor. Keiron batted it with my flipflop and it ran behind my rucksack, where I also had clothes on the floor next to it! However, we lifted the rucksack up and shook out each piece of clothing and no cockroach appeared, so we decided it must have run past the bag under the wardrobe. Keiron then falsely assured me that cockroaches could not climb walls (so I didn't worry about it crawling up into the bed in the night) and that they didn't like wet (so I didn't worry about it going into the bathroom and scaring me in the dark).

All was well until the next morning, I got out of the shower and thought it might me cold on the ferry so I might need a jumper (which had been on the floor and following the cockroach escapade had been packed away). I delved into my bag and got the jumper, only to drop it screaming when the cockroach ran out and up my arm!!!

“So you've found the cockroach then?” Keiron asked calmly from the shower!!

Said cockroach then proceeded to climb up the wall beside the bathroom, so I now know Keiron was telling porkies the night before....I couldn't get packed up and out of there quick enough!
The next day we crossed to Thailand - see more in the next blog!

Sophie x

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