Date: 25th - 29th OCTOBER 2003
Pulau in Bahasa
Malaysia means island. Langkawi is situated north of Peninsular Malaysia,
close to the Malaysia/Thailand boarder. The size of the island is about
We flew to Langkawi with Air Asia,
it was an easy, reasonable from price and comfortable flight. I would
call it airbus, as no food and drinks served. Of course whoever wish
to have some food on board, could buy it from the stewardess. It is
free-seating concept and the service was alright for one hour on air.
Make sure to book early in order to get a better price. However there
is quite a high surcharge on flight changes.
Langkawi is a beautiful Island, tourists started to pour in since mid
80s. Since then there were a lot of improvements on roads, resorts,
hotels and sea sports to meet the tourists' demands. End of last year,
Langkawi welcomed the first Malaysian Airlines flight direct from London
Langkawi is not just purely a tourist island. They are locals who live
there for generations, basically they are farmers and fishermen. One
our way from the airport (west part of the island) to our hotel (southeast)
we could see a lot of Paddy fields, beautiful green carpets. For someone
like me who grew up in Kuala Lipis with a lot of rubber trees and Oil
Palms, seeing Paddy fields is something new to me.
Our hotel: Sheraton Perdana Resort Langkawi We came to Langkawi
at the right time, off season and managed to get a good bargain for
a 4-night-stay. Otherwise, it could cost as much as €250 per night.
This is a very new hotel, about 5 years old. Near to Kuah town and has
its own beach. The beach here is no that great, but in the hotel there
are enough facilities to keep you busy and enable you to relax. After
5 hectic days in Bangkok, you could imagine what a paradise you would
see here! Transportation: I would give 5 stars in Langkawi. Family
of two, four, six or nine would never find it difficult to get around
on this island without own transportation. Langkawi might be a bit commercial
to many people, but it is a very good holiday place for families. No
matter which side of the island, what hotel you would be staying, no
worries. Taxi pickup service could be easily arranged. The charges from
5RM to 20RM, depends on how far you travel.
Makan (Eating) Place: The hotel reception recommended us this
seafood eating place called Wonder World.
We had to get there by taxi and the restaurant owner called a taxi pick-up
for us after dinner. Good service huh! We had prawns, two different
types of crabs, squid, vegetables, rice and drinks enough for 9 people,
the dinner cost about 150RM. The food was absolutely great and delicious.
Restaurant Sangkar Ikan: Tips from Lonely Planet. Located
next to kelong (floating fish farm), It has a nice bay view but the
food served was half as good as in Wonder World, besides that it was
twice as expensive.
For the taste of a Malaysian, not worth making the trip all the way
there just for the food. Langkawi has quite some nature attractions.
Unfortunately we did not have enough time to venture out into the nature.
Our main purpose to Langkawi was to relax and be lazy, which we did.
For those we love to walk could take this opportunity to experience
walk in the rainforest. Besides, Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells) was recommend
by our travel agent, from what I know it is about water falls downhill
through a series of 7 wells. Another worth visiting waterfall is Air
Terjun Temurun (Temurun Waterfall). Other interesting spots are Gua
Cerita (Cave of Legende) and Telaga Air Hangat (hot sprints) Beaches
in Langkawi might not be as clean and beautiful compared to East Coast
Malaysia. The beaches here are much better compared with Penang beaches.
Pantai Kok has quite a nice beach and the water is cleaner. There are
some other parts in Langkawi, where you could find clean and beautiful
beaches. For example, at Teluk Datai and Tanjung Rhu. Unfortunately,
some parts are not public beaches, there are only accessible by hotel
Shopping: It is more interesting for us (Malaysian) but not
foreigner tourists. Langkawi is a duty-free island, where we could buy
cheap alcohol, chocolate and household things. Besides that, we could
also buy nice Ikan Bilis, dried prawns (haebee) and cashew nuts.
Holiday in Langkawi is affordable for everyone. There are different
ranges of hotels, from budget accommodations to mid range to five-star
luxury hotels. Everyone could choose according to his/her own budget.
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