|Simone (from Germany) and I left Georgetown at 830am, and arrived in Langkawi around Lunch time. The sunny weather on the ferry over had made us a bit excited but it was short lived as by the time we were in the taxi to take us to Pantai Cenang, where we were staying, it had started to pour down! We booked in to Daddy's guest house and waited out the rain, when it settled a bit we went for a wander around the streets. My first impression of Langkawi was not great. The main strip is not very interesting and it decked out with wide roads and lots of (more) expensive restaurants and stalls, there is a HUGE duty free shop which has the feel like a Westfield and there are tourist everywhere which didn't make me feel much like i was in Malaysia. (and of course it was raining!) by sunset however the clouds had parted and the view from the beach was really magical. I have not seen the sunset over the water since 1992, it really made a point to what the east coast of anywhere is missing. We meet some lovely Malaysian girls on the beach who were at a work conference and wanted photos with us, I got a chance to try out my little Malay that I learnt in high school and the girls said that i was good... Terima kasih, Ibu Fittler!
There were some Americans boys, some girls from holland and a group of Ozzies staying at Daddy's guest house so we had a few drinks, talk about George Bush and the American economy, then headed to a cute reggae bar, Babylon that is on the water front. It was a fun night.
After a morning swim with Will, we meet with Tim and Dan (All Australians) for brekkie on the beach. Simone and I then hired some scooters to look around the island, we stopped for a swim at Pantai Kok- quite a long beach with very few people around other then some Malaysian holidaying in tents. There was a jetty there with a lot of very expensive yachts and speed boats, I could just image my dads boat Svvap there looking like the the inferior little brother!
From there we headed inland to the mountians and took the cable car up 705 meters above sea level. The views of the whole island where spectacular. The formations of the rocks are so interesting and these, complemented by the views of the Ocean, breathtaking!
Our ride back to the Pantai Cenang, the sun was setting. It was so much more beautiful than the day before, we had to stop at a little beach along the road and take pictures...
I like Langkawi a lot!