My journey in Malaysia started on mainland. Click here to read part 1 of my Malaysia travel blog: https://oneluckytraveller.com/2014/10/26/malaysia/ or click here for part 2: Penang https://oneluckytraveller.com/2014/10/28/penang/
We left Penang early this morning. We have a great crossing over the Strait of Malacca, with a smooth sea and we can even sit outside in the sun (this is only possible in good weather). The water is not crystal clear, you can not see through. Along the way we come across many fishing boats, soh sail past with large plumes of smoke. Not so environment friendly I imagine.
When we arrive at Langkawi, it looks like we have arrived in paradise! On arrival we drive straight to Berjaya Langkawi Resort and are offered a tour around the property and we get served a delicious lunch. The people on Langkawi are very friendly and lucky that they live / work on this beautiful island which I call paradise. During lunch beautiful birds fly above our heads and monkeys and squirrels swing through the trees. What a peaceful place!
After lunch we drive to the north, to the Tanjung Rhu Resort where we spend the night in a very luxurious resort. All the time this trip keeps getting better and staying in this resort for our last night, is just perfect. Tanjung Rhu is located at one of the most beautiful beaches; I cannot wait to put my feet in the sand and water. We thought we would have some free this afternoon, but there is another surprise waiting for us! When we arrive at the resort we are being told that we have to change our clothes very quickly, because we are offered a Sunset Dinner Cruise. YES! Everyone is enthusiastic of course, so we check in quickly (in our beautiful spacious rooms) and put on our swimwear and beach outfit.
We get back on the bus which takes us to the south, to a little harbour from where we get a speed boat transfer to a now retired sailing yacht, which only sails between the Langkawi archipelagos. The weather is great, not too hot and we leave for an amazing Sunset Dinner Cruise. We pass beautiful green rock formations, stunning bays while enjoying 80s music (one guilty pleasure after another). The crew is nuts, but is the most positive way and they create the best atmosphere you can have for a trip like this.
During the boat trip we can go into the sea, but there is a really strong current and you just cannot jump off the boat. You can lower yourself from a flight of stairs into a large net that drags you through the warm sea and many of the group do so. The sunset is beautiful and we enjoy it to the fullest. There is plenty of food and drinks on board! We cannot really wish for anything more!
We return very relaxed mid-evening to our overnight hotel where I sleep like a baby. I do wake up early in the morning though and decide to get up instead of just lazing around.
Day 8: last day in Langkawi
Today is the last day of our study trip through Malaysia. As usual I would love to stay longer. There are so many things you can do only this island! You can go zip lining, wandering through the mangroves with a kayak, horse riding, etc. The activities are too much to mention. This morning we relax though. The beach right in front of the hotel is the most beautiful on Langkawi and the most beautiful beach I have seen so far in Malaysia.
From the beach (and from some rooms) there is a view of beautiful islands and Thailand right behind them. The beach is still deserted when I start walking; not another soul on this beah and I walk as far as I can go. I come across beautiful shells, footprints of monitor lizards, and at the end of the beach sea eagles and hornbills circle above my head. It is the ultimate moment of happiness for me and I need a moment to take it all in.
At some point I have to return for breakfast; then I join the group and we settle down on a sun bed. I go for a swim in the wonderfully warm sea. Around noon we all have to go to our rooms to change clothes and pack our suitcases. We get tour through areas of the property we have not seen yet. I really love the wood workshop and the spa. There is an impressive mangrove area on the other side of the hotel and it is just a perfect place. We don’t want to leave here any more!
But as the saying goes: all good things come to an end. We leave the north of Langkawi and visit one more hotel, Meritus Pelangi, in the south-west of the island. I like this hotel very much. It is set up beautifully, spacious, the location is great… I will remember this one for my clients too! The restaurant where we have lunch is beautifully decorated and the food… OMG!
One thing is clear to me: Malaysia is a country for culinary enthusiasts, more than other Asian countries! One last lunch (and 5 kilos heavier) we are taken to the capital Kuah for a city tour. Kuah is not that big, but going to Eagle Square is a must! The eagle is the symbol of Langkawi and you can see them literally flying everywhere.
We all visit the supermarket to stock up on some local products. I love having that 30 kg free baggage allowance. Before we arrive at Langkawi Airport, we quickly stop at a sea cucumber factory. Here they make ointments that apparently are good for everything (all kinds of aches and wounds) and I think: well, I might as well buy a few jars ;-).
And then it is time for our return flight to Kuala Lumpur. With heavy hearts we leave the beautiful Langkawi. Our flight to Kuala Lumpur goes smoothly and once there we wander around the shops and at midnight we board to fly back to Amsterdam.
This impressive study trip through Malaysia has come to an end. Conclusion: Malaysia surprised me big time! It is a versatile country where there is so much to see and experience. The mainland is easy to combine with a trip to Borneo or other islands such as Penang and Langkawi. But there are many more islands that are worth a visit!
The infrastructure in the country is excellent and certainly the mainland is very suitable for travelling independently by car. The roads are great and that also applies to the facilities along the way such as roadside restaurants, toilets, etc. But a group tour with guides such as Giles and Mr. Loh is highly recommended. I have seen so many beautiful things along the way. And I especially enjoyed their stories, tips and things worth knowing.
Travel Blog by Elisabeth, One Lucky Traveller
October 29, 2014