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Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 21, 2011

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Flag of Malaysia  , Kedah,
Saturday, April 9, 2011

This morning we were unbelievably waking up on the Malaysian island of Langkawi. The events of yesterday's border fiasco had left us completely disorientated and it was good to have nothing to get up for, just the buffet breakfast beachside.  Stepping out of the hotel we discovered we really had picked a winner in the dark last night and breakfast was served at the edge of an incredible white sand beach. We were slightly confused as to why there was nobody else breakfasting with us and also that most of the food was gone, explanation to this to follow.

Tommy was arriving this evening and already we were counting down the hours to his arrival when we would go to the airport and meet him.  We got ourselves a moped and head off to explore the island.  The first stop was the main town of Kuah.  It was a pretty dull affair, set up for the package holiday maker looking for a cheap Man United shirt.

We had to get spares for the bikes today, we checked out a couple of bike shops but the same problem of different wheel sizes meant they did not have the kit we needed.  We did eventually find some inner tubes which should get us through to New Zealand.  After this we set out for the highest point on the island.  900m up a windy road through thick jungle and we reached the top.  An exclusive resort offered the opportunity to climb (in an elevator) their viewing tower for a small fee. The 360 ⁰ views of the island were great.  The lovely lady offered us a slice of cake, it was a slither of a slice but she showed us the price list and we figured that 20p was acceptable!  Having polished off the cake we then realised that our currency conversion had worked backwards and in fact the two mouthfuls had cost us 6.  Whoops!  Nevermind, she was a lovely lady and must have thought that we were real flashpackers in order to be enjoying such luxuries.

Back down the 15km road we went enjoying some great monkey sightings along the way.  One group of little chaps were unlike all of the other monkeys.  They were black with white rings around the eyes, I have now identified them to be Dusky Leaf Monkey or Spectacled Langur.  Beautiful.  Watching them throw themselves off high branches to disappear into the thick greenery was a great moment.

Pols was keen to get back to the beach for some lounging around but my sightseeing tour was just gaining momentum!  Off we went to the northern part of the island to discover a beautiful and mostly deserted  white sand bay.  We had a dip to cool off before agreeing that we should head back to the hotel.  On the way back we found our last hope of a good bike shop.  It was a winner with all the bits we needed.  Job done!

So the evening was about preparing for Tommy’s arrival.  We ate early and returned to the room.  Then my mobile went off.  "Where are you?" Tommy asked.  In the confusion of border crossings and visa expirations yesterday Pols and I had failed to realise that Malaysia is an hour ahead of Thailand.  Tommy was already at the airport and confused by the absence of a welcoming party.  What a let down, we had missed him and the poor chap was left to grab a taxi and meet us at the hotel.  The time difference also explained why we had been the only people at breakfast earlier today.  How embarrassing?!!!

It was so great to see Tommy.  We had a good catch up over some beers on the sand before planning the next few days road trip together.  In fact, Tommy and I had such a good catch up we I couldn’t then wake Polly to get back into the room at 2.30am!

Miles Cycled: 0!!!
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