Blogs from Pulau Langkawi, Kedah & Perlis, Malaysia, Asia


Asia » Malaysia » Kedah & Perlis » Pulau Langkawi April 1st 2018

Working on Aria has been an incredible experience. I have learned so much not only about the whole design of yachts and reasoning behind things, but the whole shipyard and refit experience is one I will never forget, for many good and bad reasons. So at the moment, we've been out of the shipyard for 8 months and finally the work and jobs are finished, we're now onto general maintenance and upkeep. The sea trials have been completed, everything is in working order and looking fabulous. The work we achieved has more than complimented the boat she is now modern, simplified, with many new features and designs both inside and out. From flush teak decks, new seating areas and a new swim platform outside to a basically new engine room, electrical systems, plumbing, water maker, fridges ... read more
New seating area
Flush deck

Asia » Malaysia » Kedah & Perlis » Pulau Langkawi February 20th 2013

I've got a meeting in KL next week and our pre-meeting activity is to reflect on learning we have done in Malaysia. I've learned that I really don't like cable cars and I do like beach holidays :) Both of these conclusions I came to last week when a group of us headed off to celebrate our Chinese new year holidays in Langkawi. It was in fact, my first ever, beach holiday. Obviously, not my first time on a beach, being a kiwi kid and living in southern Italy for 4 years, but my first ever go to a beach, go for a swim, drink some cocktails, eat some food, go to bed, get up in the morning, go to the beach, go for a swim (well ... you get the idea) type holiday! Now that ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Kedah & Perlis » Pulau Langkawi January 20th 2013

LP warned that my next stop might ultimately take longer than I'd planned, and they were right. The book recounted the experiences of backpackers who'd originally planned to stay at Langkawi for a few days, which eventually morphed into weeks, and even longer for some. I was no exception. Having originally set aside three days for this sojourn, I couldn't resist extending just one extra day in this island paradise, and this being my last stop in the country, thus postponing my inevitable departure from the land of roti canai. Even bigger than Penang itself, Langkawi is actually a collection of a total of 99 islands, belonging to Malaysia's northern-most state of Kedah, bordering the deep Islamic southern Thailand provinces. You would think that 99 idyllic verdant islets set in crystal blue waters would in no ... read more
Seven Wells Falls
Downtown Pantai Cenang

Asia » Malaysia » Kedah & Perlis » Pulau Langkawi May 5th 2012

Today my little Malaysia trip, which was planned in a total different way (from meeting my girlfriend it became a backpacking up North) is coming to an end. Tomorrow morning I will take my flight back to Vietnam and that was it for now. The last entry I wrote was about me basically being stuck alone in KL due to THH's missing out on the Visa requirements. Well, in that little guesthouse in China Town KL I met a fellow Italian backpacker (and trust me, there are not many around these parts), which agreed to join me up north to the island of Penang. Now, the secret about this was the both of us didnt know anything at all about Penang, only its name and therefore we smartly deducted that it might be a nice destination. ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Kedah & Perlis » Pulau Langkawi April 15th 2011

I left Hua Hin at 9.15pm on the Thursday night and arrived in Hat Yai about 8am. On the way just before Surat Thani we had to go through about 3km of water caused by the major floods in the area. On the bus I also found out that the train would still not go all the way to Hat Yai for a number of days. After a little bit of searching I found a minibus direct from the bus station to the pier just out of Satun. Unfortunately I had bought a combined minibus and boat ticket so I ended up having to wait at the ferry terminal for about 3 hours to catch my boat. The crossing was very smooth and just over an hour later I was in Langkawi, Malaysia. I shared a ... read more
Cable Car
Almost an unhappy ending
Sunset at Tanjung Rhu

Asia » Malaysia » Kedah & Perlis » Pulau Langkawi January 29th 2011

Today's Distance: 55km Total Distance: 524 km Time on bike: 3.5 hours An easier day today ... but a silly mistake too. I checked out of the hotel and the room key went right with me. Didn't notice the problem until I was on the ferry. As Homer Simpson would say, DOAHHHH! I can still do the honorable thing and return it on the way back as I have to double-back south anyways in order to reach Penang for an outbound flight. As it turns out, I'll have to do this by road again, as the direct ferry routes are booked solid. Blast it. How could a mistake like this happen in the first place? It reminds me of when I entered Malaysia from the Betong border pass. While cruising up to immigration on the bicycle, ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Kedah & Perlis » Pulau Langkawi October 29th 2010

Ein Großteil der Andamanenküste von Penang und Langkawi an der Westküste Malaysias bis zum thailändischen Urlauberparadies Phuket und Dutzende von Inseln dazwischen lässt sich mit dem Boot bereisen, ohne jemals das Festland betreten zu müssen. Lokal kann man dann von einer größeren Insel aus ebenfalls auf kleinere Inseln hüpfen. Mein Ziel war zunächst Pulau Langkawi, eine bekannte Urlaubsinsel im Nordosten Malaysias. Die Anreise erfolgte mit dem Speedboat von Penang aus und dauerte nur knapp zweieinhalb Stunden. Ein Taxi brachte mich und eine Mitreisende an den Hauptstrand Pantai Cenang. Unterkünfte direkt am Strand sind sehr teuer, aber in einem beliebten Backpackergästehaus 2 Minuten vom Strand entfernt fanden wir Schlafsaalbetten für weniger als 4 Euro. Langkawi ist mit fast 500 km² nur wenig kleiner als Phuket und ungefähr doppelt so groß wie Ko Samui. Die gesam... read more
Cenang Beach
Cenang Beach
Cenang Beach

Asia » Malaysia » Kedah & Perlis » Pulau Langkawi May 20th 2010

Oh the luck we’ve been having. After being in the hospital for 4 days we thought the best thing would be somewhere warm and quiet to recover fully from being sick. Palau Langkawi seemed the perfect spot, on the west coast of Malaysia, practically on the Malay-Thai border. It was apparently a beach-town island, but still had resources in case the bronchitis wasn’t fully out of my system. We decided to catch the train to Butterworth, the mainland jumping off point to Penang, then go to Georgetown for one night before catching the ferry to Langkawi. We’d been reading in our Lonely planet and thought this would be the best way to go. This brings us to the train station in Ipoh at the drabbest hotel I have ever seen. It was above the train station ... read more
Eagle ray

Asia » Malaysia » Kedah & Perlis » Pulau Langkawi May 21st 2009

Keskiviikkona 20.5.2009 (Nettiyhteydet eivät toimineet,joten en saanut tekstiä eilen julkaistua): Langkawi, tuo hiekkarantojen ja verovapaiden ostosten luvattu saari. Jos haluaisin ryhtyä elämäntapajuopoksi, tekisin sen ehdottomasti Langkawilla. Miksikö? No, saaren verovapaiden hintojen ja muutenkin edullisen hintatason ansiosta alkoholituotteet ovat täällä naurettavan halpoja. Ruokailun yhteydessä nauttimamme Tiger-olut tuopponen maksoi ravintolassa 0,6€ ja paikallinen duty-free ostoskeidaskin myi ilolientä puoli-ilmaiseksi. Harmi, kun ei täältä asti oikein jaksa ruveta raahaamaan viskipulloja kotiin asti. Eikä tullikaan sitä vissiin kovin hyvällä silmällä katsele. Eikä täällä paikanpäälläkään oikeastaan kannata kauheasti ruveta juopottelemaan, kun tuo kuumuus voi tehdä tuhojaan ja kuivattaa pienen ihmisen. Yksi tuoppi lounaalla silloin tällöin kuite... read more
Auringonlasku Chenang Beachilla

Asia » Malaysia » Kedah & Perlis » Pulau Langkawi April 25th 2009

We've had a very pleasant week on Langkawi, just chilling out and using the bikes to explore the island. We arrived here last Sunday and after disembarking at Kuah, the main town, we headed west to Pantai Cenang. Initially the road was flat but we soon hit some lumpy bits - the first real hills since we landed in Singapore. As we were cycling along it started to rain. I shouted to Joy that we would stop at the next cafe which was about 100m away. By time we reached it it was throwing it down and we were quite soaked. Whist waiting for the rain to stop a man arrived and introduced himself as 'Bob the Bike' from Birmingham. It turned out that Bob, at the age of sixty, spent four years cycling around the ... read more
Bob & Kate
Cenang beach
Bob & Kate

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