Blogs from Langkawi, Malaysia, Asia


Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi March 4th 2019

When planning a few days on Langkawi I was worried that I wouldn’t like it this time (my 6th visit) as last time there was so much construction going on in Cenang I thought it would be horribly built up, with Burger King and the like everywhere. They’d been resurfacing the main road and it was so dusty. But actually it is still very nice without any high rise (local regulations don’t allow it) and we had a lovely time, after the initial shock. The shock was our hotel(The Daun Resort). I’d spent ages looking at all the options and worrying the beach places were going to be too noisy, so eventually chose somewhere just outside of the town, after the Rice Museum and on the way to the airport. We were going to get a ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi October 23rd 2018

Upon the suggestion, again of our friends, Tom and Sohbee, formerly from Kuala Lumpur, then the Bay Area, and now Shanghai, we headed to the beautiful, sparsely populated Malaysian island of Langkawi. Sheri met Sohbee at the local community college, while they were taking an exercise class. They quickly became friends, as she learned of our travels, and wondered why we had never visited her home country, Malaysia. After several dinners with them, we were convinced we needed to visit both KL, and the resort island of Langkawi, just off the Thai and Malay coasts. So, after a few days in KL, where we met Angela, we flew off to the island of Langkawi. We were set up to stay at the famous Datai Langkawi Resort, upon their suggestion. The Datai resort sits in a ten ... read more
Beach at Batu Ferringhi
Chun and Jason, successful entreprenuers
Love the dessert roti

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi July 13th 2018

We chose the convenience of Langkawi as a beach spot to relax and to clean up from India. There are other, nicer islands hereabouts, but they're much farther from main flight hubs, and this was close enough to paradise. Really the only main drawback is that it isn't safe to swim here because of all the jellies. The short flight from Kuala Lumpur is easy, but it wasn't so easy after a cramped overnight flight from Delhi. We stayed at an Airbnb on the north side of the island, along Tajung Rhu, a mile and a half stretch of sand far from the main tourist center. I really enjoyed the quiet there and don't regret missing out on the cable car, aquarium, and so on. The southern end of the beach has plenty of inexpensive cottages ... read more
Tanjung Rhu
Yard near sunset

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi June 8th 2018

A cheers to our friend Johno. R.I.P... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi June 3rd 2018

A Scottish friend on the island gave me a wee taste of home... Slanj... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi April 27th 2018

Day 6 It was an early wake up for today's adventure of snorkeling at Pulau Payer Island. We still had time to enjoy our coffee and breakfast on our balcony watching the early morning birds on the roof of the buildings and mesmerized by the hues of the ocean before we set off. The clouds looked dark and thunder could be heard bellowing in the distance. On the bus ride over the rain began to pour, we weren't worried, having seen Malaysian thunderstorms before not lasting too long we figured it would rain now and leave us with blue skies to enjoy our snorkeling. Waiting with lots of people for our ferry ride, the rain eased off and our journey was over calm waters getting closer to those blue skies we had hoped for. The ferry ... read more
Enjoying the view
Me mermaiding

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi April 24th 2018

As check out was at 11 we wanted to get one last swim in the infinity pool abnd check out the view during the day. Although the city lights of Kuala Lumpur were spectacular the city by day was nice in it's own way. KLIA 2 airport is small and cute as. So many little shops, it was like a mini shopping mall. The plane ride to Langkawi was just over an hour. With our little meal (chicken spaghetti) and water it was over so quickly. Langkawi airport was tiny and there were people waving signs and yelling about car hire. We ordered a Grab, it cost $3 AUS. The resort front lobby was nice and our contact greeted us within a few minutes. Taking us by golf car to our accommodation I checked the ... read more
Some sort of heron in the water at sunset in Langkawi
Sunset Langkawi
An obligatory cocktail at sunset on the beach

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi April 24th 2018

Day 5 A lazy morning of cooking breakfast (after messaging for milk and butter) and not doing too much except back and forth messaging to our contacts regarding the room debacle. Nothing had been resolved so they offered us a cab driver for free for the day. We were off to the Skycab, which is a cable car that takes you high up the mountain for panoramic views of Langkawi. The peak of the mountain was covered in clouds and we deliberated about whether we went up or not. Asking a few people who had exited the cable car about the view they told us there were some good patches inbetween the clouds. Initially we weren't sold on it and I felt grumpy, mainly because we were originally going to go the day before after arrival ... read more
Going up in the cable car
Langkawi beach views and cable car
More views from the cable car ride

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi March 12th 2018

Ahhhh. This one is different. In giving some thought to what to capture about Langkawi as we leave for Penang, I find myself thinking of the people interactions more than the tourist sites. So am going with it. Goy, one of our homestay hosts, invites us to pop around the corner to their black door neighbour to buy some coconuts. The modest money would make a difference to their family, we’re told. A diminutive grandfather greets us with a grunt and smile revealing some uncertain orthodontury. A wee girl in only superman underwear stands hold a flowing hose under her chin, like you’d do a buttercup. Shower day for her. Her bright eyes follow us as we pantomime some questions. The old fella takes a long bamboo pole with a metal hook on the end and ... read more
Typical lunch view
The Lovely Wati
Tanjung Rhu Beach - Me walking the sand dune

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi March 7th 2018

Our best efforts to remember the little details of our last Asian trip had us turning to our travel diaries to answer some of the basic questions we had forgotten. And so little were these details, I didn’t record them. Getting cash, easiest modes of transport, foods we enjoyed, whether we need our own towels, and did we eat lettuce or take ice cubes at restaurants. It all blurs after a little time has passed. Our trip to Malaysia started with an overnight in Kuala Lumpur, and the airport itself made us stand up and take notice. Well, look at you! The whole thing has a modern, almost hip vibe. Every rise in the place is a wide ramp - no stairs. Why doesn’t every airport do this? Each departure gate is in separate glassed room, ... read more
Sky Bridge From Afar
And the Tourist Attraction Is...
Do you see a monkey in this picture?

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