Honestly, the Langkawi trip has ALMOST been a disaster.
First of all, we made the biggest mistake by choosing the wrong hotel. Well, not like we had a choice though, cuz everything was pre-arranged by the agency as we didn’t have a say on a free tour anyway. So. We stayed at this resort called Langkasuka, which at first i was happy to know that it’s only 5 mins away from the airport. But later we found out the airport is the only place it is near to. It is blurdie far from EVERYWHERE ELSE.
Secondly, it was very cloudy during our entire stay in Langkawi. It even rained the second day. I didn’t manage to catch a good sunset shot because of the lousy weather. However, it was good in a way, for i can save 20ml of my precious sunblock lotion, as well as for my own good since im such a notorious sun-phobic.
Thirdly, we survived on roti jala and chicken murtabak the entire journey because that was the only food available in the hotel. No fresh seafood, no nothing. What a disaster for a glutton like me.
Fourth, it was still the hotel’s fault. We were so far away from town we could only stay in the room after the half-day tour. Thank cheeses they have TV3 so we could still catch Malaysian Idol 2 finals. If not i guess we would be sleeping when the clock strikes 8.
Fifth, Langkawi is soooooooo ulu. For cheeseness sake can’t they do something about the rubbish everywhere and the holey roads? C’mon, this is LANGKAWI, one of the most talked-about national tourist attractions, how can you fool the tourists with cheapskate so-called tourist spots like a lousy waterfall which can be found everywhere else. The Mahsuri Museum was a total crap too. Wasted my RM3. The visit all the way to the Gamat shop was a waste of time too. I suspect they brought us to these dumb places during the first (and only) trip so that they can make us pay again to visit some more “interesting” places the following days.
Anyway, enough bout the bad stuffs. At least there was still something good about the trip.
The MAS flight was pleasant. Even the captain had a sense of humor. When he made the announcement in the middle of the flight about the height, speed and weather etc, he also mentioned “We’re now passing through the city of cloud”, which was really creative.
In fact,the tour would have been extremely boring if we hadn’t met this couple from South Africa who came for honeymoon. Now having met them, it is ALMOST extremely boring. LOL.
Well the first day was nothing much. We landed and went on a half-day tour with a Malay couple and Sophia, an old lady who travelled by bus and ferry all the way from singapore, ALONE.
We went to the Underwater World.
Flamingoes that wear my fav color.
These penguins followed wherever the crowd went, and were staring at us like we’re being exhibited instead. LOL
Visit to Eagle Square
After going back to the hotel, me and mom had a stroll on the beach behind the hotel. I mean, thank cheeseness there was a beach! Ichigo told me the one she and her ex-beau stayed in has no beach in sight. They had to walk a long distance for the sea breeze.
The weather was not bad. Cloudy, but the sky was blue.
This is prolly gonna be my best shot of all the pix i took.
Some other shots on the beach
This time around we arranged our own itinerary with the same agency. There was another couple the driver needed to picked up. And they stayed in the most luxurious hotel in Langkawi, the six-star Four Season.
According to the driver, the cheapest rate for a night stay in Four Season is RM3k. And all the cabs and non hotel guests are not allowed to even drive through the main entrance. They said they have never even seen how the lobby look like.
So we picked up this mysterious South African couple, Craig and Theodora. They had been really nice though. Craig is an english married to Theodora, who speaks strong African accent but looks like a eurasian. She is very very sweet, and is six-month preggie too.
Craig and Theodora
We curiously asked about the hotel, and they immedieately offered us a visit to the hotel after the day tour. Craig said they had not gone anywhere else although this was the third day they arrived Langkawi, because the hotel is just too fantastic. “Trust me, you MUST pay us a visit. You gotta see it,” said Craig.
So we decided to follow them back to Four Season after visiting the fish farm, bat cave and did the eagle feeding.
Landscape from the boat ride.
“Gimme the cam, you lousy photographer!”
“Ok, thats not TOO bad…”
So we saw how a stingray eat, how eagles precisely catch the chicken feet thrown on the lake, and how monkeys have sex. (YES, they did it spontaneously when we passed and stopped by) But none of the mentioned above was more well worth seeing than the inside of Four Season. It was just awwwwwwwsome.
Check out some of the pix.
This is taken at the one of the pools. Yes they have like, three different kinds of pools.
Me and mom, at another pool
Inside the hotel room, there was this superb bath tub. Theodora said when they first came in, it was full of water with rose petals floating…
Now where’s my mascarpone lotion…
Big tall Craig with one tiny girl and one tiny cheese.
Ater that we went for some shopping, and they couldnt believe how cheap the food outside the hotel was, because they just spent RM700 on a fancy dinner on the beach, where a tent with red carpet and lanterns was specially built for them accompanied by performances during the dinner too. And they were the only diners on the entire beach! It was really like a royal dinner for the Egyptian king and queen, according to Theo. How romantic.
Back to the hotel, we fell asleep when Daniel and Nita sang a duet together. Maybe they were too boring, seriously.
Took some pix by the beach, then had to rush to town to buy chocolates before heading to the airport. Also visited Galleria Perdana, where Mahathir cleverly makes money from gifts other people ever gave him. That way he can save space in his home by dumping all the unwanted gifts to this museum, and at the same time make everyone who sent him gifts proud. How smart.Oh ya and if some ministers start sulking because their gifts are not exhibited in the galleria and when they feel forgotten and unimportant he will say “oh i luuuurve your gift so much i keep it for my own use!” But it was worth a visit anyway, cuz you have no idea how people suck up to a Prime Minister until you visit the Mahathir Tong Sampah Museum. But i was surprise i did not see presents labelled with Tan Sri Black Master’s name.
All and all, it was really our pleasure to know Craig and Theo, and because of them we got to see the most fantastic place in the entire island which normally people dont get to visit unless they can afford RM21,000 a week for accommodation alone. Oh yea, they asked me to visit them next time in South Africa too!! =)
Day 1 at the beach
My fav sunnie
Under the roof
Day 2 at the beach
Not so sunny Sunset
Day 3 at the beach
My running routine