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2022 - Malaysia (Part 5 - Langkawi)

To the tropical island of Langkawi.

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Wednesday 24 August

A quick (45 minutes at the most) and easy flight from Penang to Langkawi on a Firefly B737.
We stayed at the Villa Molek, a small complex not too far from Tengah Beach and main shopping area at Pantai Cenang.

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Tengah Beach.

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A beach restaurant on Tengah Beach.

An afternoon walk along the shopping area where we caught in a tropical thunderstorm. You could see it coming in from the sea and thought there was no way of getting back to the hotel so we had dinner at a Mexican restaurant (as you do when you are in Malaysia).

Thursday 25 August

After breakfast we caught a Grab taxi to Kuah, the main town on Langkawi. This is where the ferries to the other islands and over to Thailand depart from. There is not a great deal to see except for the large eagle on the waterfront and large set of gardens with lots of monitor lizards wandering about.

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The eagle in Kuan.

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We are in Langkawi.

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The eagle.

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The park in Kuan.

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An odd statue in Kuan park.

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The MAHA Tower near Kuan.

We found lunch at a popular road side restaurant.
Back to the hotel for an afternoon swim in the rather cold pool.
Dinner was next door at Rockerfellas, a combo Indian and Malaysian restaurant. The char kway teow was excellent with a single very large prawn draped enticingly over the noodles instead of the normal lots of small prawns all mixed in.

Friday 26 August

We had organised a boat trip around the mangroves. We were collected and driven across the island to Tanjung Rhu where we embarked on our small boats.

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Us waiting for our mangrove tour boats.

First stop was a fish farm.

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The fish farm.

We then cruised around and stopped at the area where they feed the eagles. There are three different species living on the area and they are large, impressive birds. I am not sure I am okay with them being fed in order to satisfy tourists.

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Feeding the eagles.

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The eagles.

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More eagles.

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Feeding the eagles.

The next stop was the monkey colony. These guys live in the magroves and swim out to the boats looking for food.

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Monkeys waiting for food.

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More monkeys.

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Swimming monkeys.

We went dsome past some snakes hanging in the trees and then onto a bat cave. This a short walk through the mangroves. It is not very large but is kind of cool.

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I don't think we'll fit.

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The bat cave.

Past the national park headquarters and back to the fish farm for lunch. This was basic but tasty.

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The national park headquarters.

From there we went back to the dropping off point and then back to the hotel.

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The beach where we started and finished our mangrove trip.

Dinner was again at Rockerfellas, the same char kway teow and other delicious things.

Saturday 27 August

A Grab taxi up to the cable car station and Sky Walk. This is quite an impressive bit of engineering as it spans several high and vertiginous peaks.

The Sky Walk has a bit of a tough trail to its beginning with over 300 steps snaking up and down the hillside, but once you get there it has great views over Langkawi island to the south, and Thai islands to the north.

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The shopping village at the cable car station.

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On the cable car heading up the hill.

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The Sky Bridge.

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The Sky Bridge.

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The Sky Bridge.

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Looking back down towards the cable car station.

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The Sky Bridge.

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Telaga Tujuh Waterfall.

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At the village at the cable car station.

Dinner was back in town at a sushi place. Ok, but nothing special.

Sunday 28 August
In all, a great trip. I really like Malaysia, excellent hotels for a reasonable price, cheap tasty good, everything works and friendly people.

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Flying over Penang on our way back to Singapore.

Posted by nzhamsta 12:00 Archived in Malaysia

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Love Langkawi, however we were adventurous and took the boat from Penang to Langkawi.

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