3 nights in the peaceful Langkawi
It was coming to the end of Dom’s trip, and it was time to stop climbing mountains, trekking through jungles and chill out on a beautiful island.
We took a taxi from the airport for 30 ringgit (£5.50) to the hotel, which was about 20/25 minutes away.
We had splashed out (it wasn’t 5* we are packers after all but it was a nice hotel) on Cenang Plaza beach hotel. It cost around £40 a night.
The rooms were a good size, there was a rainfall shower, a balcony and a fridge.
Pure luxury compared to our brothel in Kuching. Plus it was right on the beach.
Chilling in LangKawi
We didn’t have a massive amount planned while in Langkawi, but that was the point right? We wanted to chill out and enjoy the island.
The Red tomato
On our first evening in Langkawi we headed to the Red Tomato for dinner and drinks. It was an Italian restaurant on the road adjacent to the beach.
We shared bread and dips for a starter, and enjoyed pizza and chicken and mash for mains. As well as a bottle of wine, obviously.
We noticed was how quiet it was in Langkawi generally. It was out of season but we hadn’t expected it to be so quiet.
Nevertheless, the food was yummy and we left feeling really full.
Cloudy beach day
We were disappointed when we awoke the next day to see it was cloudy. But headed to the beach after breakfast anyway.
We got ourselves a sun bed each, and were reading and listening to music, after a while my knees felt tight.
I decided I needed a drink and ventured to the shop. It was only when I moved into the complete shade of the shop that I saw the colour of me. Shit I was burnt.
I purchased us a drink and some ice lollies and headed back to Dom to inform her that I was burning and would require an umbrella.
Fortunately for me, my skin doesn’t tend to go that red raw colour and soon turns to brown. Thank you Grandad for your yellow genes.
Dom put the idea of getting an Indian in my head the day before, so on the second night we googled Indian restaurants and found Maroush.
It was a really traditional Indian restaurant and the food was amazing. I had the chicken tikka masala and it was so good, the flavours were perfect and much better than your average U.K. takeaway.
The owner was also a very attentive host and he made a special effort to make sure we were happy.
After dinner we headed to a bar and had a couple of Mai Thais for dessert.
My French factory
We stopped here for breakfast and went all out on waffles. They were delicous.
Cable car and sky bridge
We took an uber to the cable car station and paid 55 ringgits (£10) to go to the highest station.
Despite there being no queue there was an absolute jobs worth who made you walk through the cordoned rope maze to get the front. Seriously? People like this need a life.
You are put into these little pods (which are like greenhouses) and sent up the mountain.
Your first stop is to a viewing point, where you can take pictures and visit a shop. We didn’t stay long here before we queued back up for a pod to the top.
It’s more of the same at the top, views of the beach, mountains and towns. Picture taking opportunities and lots of tourists.
We got a glider ticket for 15 ringgit, then you have to queue for that too. We waited half an hour and it was super hot.
Once you are down you can walk along the bridge, there are monkeys and glass bottom sections of the bridge.
The queue back up to the top was long so we decided to take the stairs. We realised after climbing them that we should have just taken the stairs on the way down too. But they make out the stairs are way harder than they actually are, to encourage you to buy the more expensive glider ticket.
The nest rooftop bar
This bar and restaurant is on top of a hotel and has views over the beach.
Due to license issues they don’t serve alcohol but you are able to buy drink from duty free and take it in with you for free.
We had already cracked open a bottle of wine in the hotel that afternoon so we took the rest of that and some beers.
We had dinner, it was average nothing special but really cheap and the service was very personable and friendly.
The view was also amazing. Sorry more sunset shots, I am obsessed.
Our flight was delayed and we spent over 7 hours sat in Langkawi airport. If you have ever been to Langkawi airport then you will know that there is nothing there.
It was very boring and it was annoying to see everyone else’s flights leaving when ours wasn’t but hey what can you do!
I used the time to read another book. Almost a bride by Jo Waston.
Langkawi is pretty, and a great place to relax. If I’m honest I didn’t love it, it was great but I have been better islands.
The food was ok, but again not the best. The hotel was lovely, really clean rooms and great location.
The cable car was expensive for what it was and delays are a b***h.