Malaysia - Langkawi

Trip Start Nov 14, 2013
Trip End Apr 17, 2014

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, Kedah,
Wednesday, January 8, 2014

We arrived around 12 but 1 PM here at the pier which looked really modern with a nice hotel next to it. We were taken by minivans to the official harbor where the immigration was to get our visa (actually for 90 days so really long).
Than we were taken by the same minivan to our hotel which we had booked on advance in promotion (Desa Terrace for 73 RM=730 bath).
The hotel is practically new and clean with airco and hot water so we were quite happy. It is a little away of the beach so we went to get a scooter to rent. Prices were much higher here, in Thailand you get scooters for 150-200 a day but here they ask 350-400. We found one and managed to talk him down to 300 a day. Happy to get a bike because it was extremely hot. We walked on the beach to find something to eat but completely different from Thailand there was nothing open until later in the afternoon. So we went back to the road, we walked through a resort and heard some Dutch people. They had a bungalow and stayed here for 3 months. So we asked them for a few pointers like restaurants and so on. One was Tomato just around the corner so we went there and had a very late lunch. It was 4:30 by then. We walked through town for a bit and bought some tea so we could make some in the room, got an ice creme and started going back for a quite night of watching a few episodes of a tv serie.

We had a big sleep till 9:30 and than for a look for a place to have breakfast which is not that easy here, at least not what we are used to have in Thailand, mainly fruit with musli and yoghurt with fruit. We found a somewhere where we could have some scrambled eggs with toast. After that we decided to go and get our tickets for the boat to Penang in 5 days already. Lucky we did !!! So we drove about 20 min to the Ferry pier where we got our tickets, we wanted to leave at 2:30 pm but all was sold out because of a national holiday. So we had to get the 5:30 pm, lucky we got here today, they might have all been sold if we would have waited and we have already booked our hotel in Penang !
Than we wanted to see the nicest beach of the island called Tanjung Rhu Beach which was on the other side. It took us 40 min to get there. The beach was real nice but the weather was changing so we didn't stay long. We carried on to make a tour around the island, stopped for something to eat and than it started raining. We waited for about an hour, had something to eat, we met Dimitri, a nice Greek from Athens that traveled every winter for 3 months. Exchanged some experience and than the rain stopped and we could leave again. The temperature had dropped quite a bit and we were not used to that as in Thailand the temperature never really changes in in the rain so it wasn't real comfortable on the way back. We weren't to impressed by the food here until now so we though we'd go for a burger at the McDonalds. The first in a long long time !! Great though with nice French fries, what a party :-)
It was slowly getting late so we went back, had a hot shower to get warm again and watch a few episodes of tv series.

After a great breakfast at Red Tomato which we discovered yesterday we went to see the beaches near to us (Pantai Tengah) which are quite nice. We stayed there until the weather changed around 4 pm and went to our Hotel. It drizzled for about 5 min and than it stopped, we chilled a bit in our room and left again at 7 to go for dinner. Apart from the red tomato which is run by Germans we haven't really found a restaurant we particularly like. It's all very much Indian like food which is alright for one's it twice but than...
We ended up after dinner at the RT for a good latte for me and tea for Andrea and than went back.

Breakfast at RT (what else :-) and we drove direction north west of the island which part we hadn't done last time. We found this incredible resort (Berjaha Langkawi Beach) half on the water on a amazing beach. We walked around a bit there and than we drove up to the bottom of the mountain where there was the Oriental Village (not worth visiting, just little shops with souvenirs) and than a few km further up the entrance to the path up the mountain to the 7 wells and the waterfall. After around 500 steps through the jungle with nice birds and monkeys we arrived. Good fun and nice not to cold water to refresh after this climb. We stayed for an hour and a half and than went to have a look at the waterfall where local boys were jumping from the rocks into the water. After that we walked down, had a fresh coconut and than slowly drove back and chilled a bit before talking to Renato, Corinne and Zoë and also to the birthday boy Fré. Than we went back into 'town" to have dinner.

After a late breakfast at RT we went to the beach nearest to us Pantai Tengah and stayed there for a swim and sunbathing until 3:30 pm and than had enough and found a nice place (sun café )to have a drink and some reading and internet. Than we went to the hotel as we had to change rooms. We went to the Tomato for dinner, cheap Indian but good. Than for a drink to the RT and back. Tomorrow our last day on this island.

We didn't feel like going to the beach today so we took the bike a tried to find another road on the northwest of the island which we hadn't done yet. We found some beautiful roads through the very thick layers of wild bush full of animals.
Our first impressions of Malaysia are mixed and
we came to the conclusion that this island must be like how Koh Chang 15 years ago and Koh Samui 25 years ago must have been. So the nature is very impressive and omnipresent. A little bit difficult to understand if the island is doing well or not. There are a lot of new constructions but also it seems abandoned places. The prices are higher than in Thailand apart from petrol which is like 50 euro cent for a liter, which is because they have there own and their government doesn't use it like a milking cow for taxes (yet) like in our countries. The people are very friendly, different from the Thai off course but nice.
Today we found a small beach with fantastic Muslim Prayer water and white sand and lots of monkeys that were looking for seafood between the rocks, one young monkey had caught a crab but didn't really know what to do with it, real funny !
That we saw a huge waran of about 2:50 m walking between the trees and bushes but it was so fast I couldn't take a picture before it disappeared.
We slowly drove back to our hotel had a shower and around 7 we went back to Cerang where we first took back the motorbike and than went for dinner at the RT. After that we had to walk back to our hotel.

We got up pretty late around 10 am got our luggage together and left I our backpacks downstairs at the reception. Than walk to Censng and had a long breakfast/brunch as today we would leave at 3 pm to the pier to get our boat to Penang. So we chilled, read our internet newspapers and mails. Than we walked through the village a bit, bought some fruit and crackers for on the way and walked to a beach café for a drink and some more reading in our kindles. I got some money out of the machine as we were running out and got in our cab that brought us to the ferry pier. It actually looks like a little airport with tax free shops and cafés. We had to wait for about an hour to board so time enough to write this.
We got into the ferry, off course f..... cold again as the airco was on 5 degrees. Lucky enough they opened upstairs outside at the back after 10 min. There it was great, sitting in the wind with a fantastic view on the sea and islands. We actually saw dolphins or orca's we're not sure as it was a little to far.
After about 3 and a half hour we arrived in the dark which made it even more impressive. We passed along the coastline for about 20 min before with skyscrapers all the way before arriving at the pier.
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elvis.dawe on

I went to Langkawi a few years ago, it's amazing. There is a cable car you can take up a mountain, there is spectacular views. Also the place is tax free and a good place to buy bottles of Whiskey for gifts.

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