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Published: September 2nd 2006
Tropical Beach, Langkawi
Lazing under palm trees on Pantai Kok Beach
We had a trip planned to visit Stan's sister and brother in law in Melbourne Australia who were both very ill. The thoughts of a 24 hour flight filled me with dread so we came up with the idea of having a one night stop over to break the journey. I was told by the airline that we could chose from several locations around Kuala Lumpur. I requested the tropical island of Langkawi and much to our delight it was possible even though it involved a 50 minute flight to get there from K.L. at no extra cost. Amazing!
I e-mailed Sharon with the news and she arranged to meet us there as her and Scott would be quite close by in Thailand at the time. This was getting even better!
Our short time in Langkawi began around 8.30pm on the Saturday night, we arrived at our hotel and immediatly went in search of the ' Sunset Bar' where we'd arranged to meet up. Imagine our despair when we realised the said bar was all shut up and in darkness. Now What!? We had no way of contacting each other. Our attention quickly turned to the live music drifting
Catching up on all the news with Sharon and Scott
from a nearby beach bar . Could they be there? As we began to walk towards it we immediatly spotted a figure waving vigorously, my heart skipped a beat as I realised it was Sharon. Our steps broke into a trot and in seconds we were flinging our arms around each other. The female vocalist was belting out Phil Collin's ' Another Day in Paradise'. Yes, our ' day in paradise' was at last about to begin!
We joined Scott who was propping up the bar and chatted incessantly for what seemed ages oblivious of anyone else around.
The following morning we met up at our hotel again (Sharon and Scott were staying in a backpackers hut nearby. One of the conditions of our free flight was to stay in the airlines hotel, but it was cheap compared to British hotels at only £30 a night for two people, B and B.and was very luxurious.)
We took a short taxi ride to Pantai Kok. The beautiful deserted white sand beach was being gently lapped by a shimmering blue sea, with a backdrop of spectacular mountains covered in vegetation. After an idyllic morning lazing under palm trees and swimming
in the sea we headed for the nearby cable car. Langkawi is made up of hundreds of tiny islands so the views from the top were breathtaking.
After an hour drinking in the views from all directions we headed bach down to continue our day lazing on the beach near Sharon and Scott's hut.
Unfortunately this is when we noticed the dark clouds rolling in, so, after a quick dip in the sea we headed off to the nearest beach bar. Not a moment too soon, huge drops of rain began to fall, trapping us in the bar for the next 2 hours! We were in the tropics after all, we still had loads of news to catch up with and a few beers helped it along!
Determined not to be out done, when the rain stopped, Stan and I had a swim in our hotel pool and jaccuzi while Sharon and Scott took advantage of the hot shower in our room!
The day was rounded off with a meal together in a tiny Indian restaurant. Despite the tropical storm this had truly been a day in paradise and I still couldn't quite believe we were there, half
Views of Langkawi.
The view as we got higher in the cable car
way round the world, on some far flung tropical island with Sharon and Scott who we hardly ever see these days! Perfect!
The following day we managed to grab another swim in the beautiful pool and an hour on the beach before dragging ourselves away to continue our journey to Australia. From the window of the plane we watched as our 'paradise island' slipped away into the distance. In my mind's eye I conjured up a image of Sharon and Scott stood on the beach waving.
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