Jungle trekking and alcohol limitations.


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February 19th 2020
Published: February 20th 2020
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Yesterday in the lift going down to breakfast I met a buddy of Gill’s, who had been in this hotel for nearly 3 weeks. It was a lovely surprise and she introduced me to her her travel buddy, Bill, who was staying on after she left yesterday evening, so I was very pleased to have a new playmate for my few days here, especially one who loves the beach too! I wondered when I arrived if 5 days here with no transport would be too long, now I am super happy.

We went for a pre-breakfast stroll all the way to the end of the beach and back. There were a couple of dustbin lid sized jellyfish washed up. No way would you miss those, even in the slightly murky water. Then we arranged to have a bunch of sun beds in front of the hotel and had breakfast. I didn’t realise you can get eggs cooked any way in addition to the buffet things, which weren’t as good as the day before, but apparently they do nasi lemak some days, so fingers crossed.
The Yellow Cafe opened at 3. It’s closed on Tuesdays, which in high season seems ridiculous. It’s always busy.

I had to be ready in reception for my 3 hours of jungle trekking. The driver arrived in a normal minibus and didn’t come inside, so it was a while before I realised he was waiting. We went along Tengah Beach picking people up. There has been a lot of development along there, including a huge Aloft Hotel, and the previous Lanai, which was a bit of a dump, is now called Dash. Then we drove north and into the centre of the island for about half an hour to very near Mount Raya and met Yan, our guide, and another group, so we were 11 in all, me being the eldest by quite a lot! With so many people crashing through the undergrowth any wildlife with any sense of hearing could avoid us easily. Apart from a troupe of cute dusky leaf monkeys, a gecko on a tree and a distant hornbill we didn’t see anything, but Yan was great and gave us a lot of information about the plants and trees. At 140 ringgits it was a really enjoyable tour. We walked a few kilometres through the forest, some uphill with a bit of climbing over fallen trees. It was very hot and exhausting by the end. You definitely needed to wear trainers and industrial bug lotion.
i got dropped off at 8.30, starving and ready for a beer. Alcohol-wise, this is not the place to come unless you want to take advantage of the duty free shops. Finding somewhere which serves alcohol at all is difficult, and there definitely isn’t a party vibe. My hotel has a no alcohol sign, as do many of the mini markets, and apart from in the smarter hotels you can’t see bars. There were fire twirlers on the beach last night, and they had set up loads of beanbags and tables on mats on the sand but hard,y anyone was sitting in them. In Thailand they would have been full of people drinking beer and cocktails, but the kiosks along the beach just don’t sell them. So the atmosphere is different and very safe and relaxed as nobody is drunk, but if you do like a drink or two before or during dinner it can be a bit frustrating.
Tried to check in in my phone for my AirAsia flight to Singapore on Saturday, no luck, maybe it’s not supported from Langkawi. Can’t remember if this was the case last year. No worries, you can do it at the airport with no penalties.


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