Langkawi Island, I guess it is over-complimented by media or advertisement.
Ya, after long-long say, I finally paid myself a visit there. A short one; and a simple one.
I guess foreigners really like this island more than us and bringing up the hotel rates. During online booking for the room, I was shocked by the pricing for those 5-star hotels. May be they are really nice and worth it. But for me, it is yet to reach the time for me just throw my money to enjoy good staying. A clean bed with proper washroom will be more than enough for me.
Never expect the hotels there are so welcomed and fully occupied. Even the room I got was the last room available! (After rejected by a few).
To make my life easier, I departed from Penang Swettenham Port. A lot of foreigners together on the ferry. My personal opinion towards this ferry is, it is quite old ferry and quite noisy with this engine throughout the journey. They should improve on this. Seating is ok, but if the cussion can be better if softer for long travel of 3 hours. One more thing is, ferry company must repair the toilet! Male toilet is not able to flush and those dirty from vomiting still can be seen inside the toilet bowl..Yucks!
We rented a car there – just normal car, Proton Saga, which is cheaper when reaching jetty. On the way to check in hotel, we dropped in Makam Mahsuri to pay Miss Mahsuri a visit. Nothing much to see inside, only those storyboards are more interesting.
We left to our hotel at Pantai Tengah. Ha…Langkawi is a very “kampung “-style place. They have big wide tar road but very little traffic. A good place for racing! Kakaka…. After check in, we went to Langkawi Underwater world.. Wa, the entrance fee was very expensive, RM28 for MyKad owner. It is not worth to visit this aquarium with such a high rate loh!! What you found interesting are only those little penguins. For the rest of creatures, I can see them anywhere in Malaysia. Even the 3D cinema is damn lousy. I did not see any difference with the 3D glasses and without it.. somemore the storyline is boring! No wonder some foreigner left the cinema half way screening! Eden, please do something special here!
After this point, we left to Cable Car at the north part of island. Navigating with the map, we followed the coastline, passing through the small-size airport..seeing a lot of buffaloes…a lot of coconut trees…..
It was around evening and going to turn dark. We turned around the island to Kuah town to look for chocolate and wine!! After went to a few shops, found the prices just a bit varies. There is nothing much to see at their shopping mall. For all the duty-free stuffs, just go to the duty-free shopping area at Kuah Town. There are many shop lots selling chocolates, wine, beer, cigarettes, kitchen stuffs…. The beer is really cheap loh! We bought half-dozen Carlsberg new- brewed beer (gold) only cost us RM11. But our dinner is quite expensive ! Our tiger prawn, only 2 pieces, cost us RM70++…a little bit regret..but never mind lah…don’t so kira-kira during traveling loh! ~
We did chit-chatting at seaside at night, drinking our beer. So peaceful world the night in Langkawi. I am thinking, if I were born at those seaside tourist spots, what will I turn to ? hehe… restaurant owner? Tourist agent? Beachboy? I don’t know…
The next morning, headed to Pulau Dayang Bunting. It is famous for its Lake of Pregnant Maiden. It is weird you know, the water at the lake is not salty!! Unbelievable! I did not do my swimming there as it is quite deep ~ 10metres. I did some photoshooting there, watching those foreigners doing water jumping and observing what people doing. Before left to Pulau Beras Basah, we went to feed eagles at mangrove area. Wow, there were really a lot of eagles around. Never seen such a big quantity of eagles at one time.. you can see typical brownish eagles and black-and-white eagles there, flying up and down to get their chicken pieces which were thrown by our boat owner.
Before going back, we, of course, would not forget the Lang Square. It is just located beside the jetty whereby you could see the icon of big eagles there. A must for photographer!
We found something new here, we were offered to refill our softdrink at McDonald in Langkawi !! ho ho ho! ~ is it a norm or just we were lucky that the restaurant manager please to offer?
Comparing tourism between Malaysia and Thailand, my opinion, Malaysia is still far more away from Thailand. We should have better establishment of tourist concept and development. There are still a big space for us to improve. This is true that still a lot of Malaysians are willing to pay more to go travel at neighbouring countries which are better, cheaper and comfortable.