The last time ive been to Langkawi was almost 12 years ago (!) during a school trip , some kem bina ilmu for f5 when i was in soksek, i can hardly remember where we went during our trip. the only thing that is left in my brain was pantai pasir hitam coz we took some pictures there and a place like kem buku or something.
often we hear about people going to langkawi mainly for shopping , corelle, visions, tefal n what not but little that i know langkawi is made of so many beautiful islands around it with endless activities for us to experience !
This trip was inspired by an entry from aida about her anniversary getaway to langkawi last year. I love the fact that we spent almost everyday enjoying water activities rather than spending money shopping, or visiting historic places which my children dont even know how to appreciate yet .
i hope this entry will somehow be a good reference for anyone out there whos planning to visit Langkawi for its beautiful nature too
we arrived late around 5pm-ish, and it was raining cats n dogs so nothing much we could do on the first day. Basicly we just went straight to the pool as soon as we checked into the hotel lol ( we stayed at seaview hotel in Kuah)
DAY TWO - island hopping and kilim mangrove tour
We went for Island Hopping tour that morning. it was quite a bumpy boat ride but adik managed to nap during the trip. (morning nap time i suppose huhu). The first stop was Beras Basah Island. the view was MasyaAllah breathtakingly beautiful ! . We were left there for 1 hour ,so we just hung around by the beach . we didnt swim much there coz we were too busy feeding twisties to the small fishes!
remember just to wear baju basahan / swimming attire and sandals/ crocs/ flipflops during island hopping tour (if you plan to swim) coz the main activites are dipping yourself in the water! i find its very inconvenient to change clothes during the whole trip. (its possible tho but time consuming) we did bring some xtra clothes but ended up not changing at all. we went back to the hotel with the same baju (wet of course) we wore from the beginning. didnt see any proper changing room on the island too. unless you really want to look good in your picture, or u just want to enjoy the view, by all means, douzo (go on) hehe, but seriously you wont need heels / wedges there. just go tatseng!( n sunnies not to forget ur sunblock lol
see how comot i was with baju n tudung basahan layla was napping (n nursing, what else duh) despite the bumpy boat ride
arrived at the island!
MasyaAllah so breathtaking, really reminds me of beaches in Krabi!
ready to rumble
feeding the little fishies with twisties ;D
adik actually berebut
with fishes for the twisties *slaps forehead.
my cheeky gal
playing sand. Layla trying to put sand on her sisters back. sand pack? hehe
family pic (sandal pun family! lol)
love this pic the most!
ok time to go
bye bye beras basah!
after spending one hour there the boat brought us around the island and then it stopped somewhere in the middle of the sea for eagle feeding. The boatman dumped some chicken meat in the water and then waited for the eagles to come. the kids were very excited to see the eagles flying down low to grab the floating chicken. LL keeps pointing up to the sky mumbling duck duck (which means bird lol)
a little too late. the fact that the boat was moving also not helping me to get the perfect shot
so many eagles
our last stop for the day was Dayang Bunting lake , a few minutes ride from the eagle feeding location. There was a little hike from the jetty up to the lake , and you can see a lot of monkeys wandering around along the way (prolly eyeing for the visitors food. we were told not to bring or take out any food here coz the monkeys might steal it!)
you can swim here for free, theres a stall where you can rent life jackets if you cant swim (in my case cant float! lol) for rm 5 . the water was soo refreshing and cooling. i had to take turns with hubs coz layla was napping. we brought the kids arm floats along so ayra just used her floaties .
deep deep deepp .
a few visitors were quite impressed with ayra who was happily floating by herself without getting scared coz the lake is about 10m deep (if im not mistaken) .i was scared myself but i prefer not to think about it n just enjoy the fun haha.
after one hour plus we were taken back to the jetty and transfered back to the hotel.
we showered, solat and had some snacks before driving to kilim jetty for our Kilim mangrove tour around the famous geoforest park. we chartered a boat for ourselves so it was just the four of us. best! buat macam bot sendiri haha
Kilim Geoforest Park
the first stop was thebat cave , where you can walk into the cave and watch the sleeping bats up on the cave ceilings. you can rent a flashlight at rm1 , it is just a few minutes walk . ayra actually asked us to be quiet coz she was afraid that we might wake up the bats LOL.
rent a flashlight !
bat cave, sorry no bat picture! dont wanna disturb the bats with my flash hehe
mmg buat macam bot sendiri , tsk.
then we stopped by at the fish farm, where we were assigned one tour guide who showed us around the farm explaining about the fishes that are kept there.
the friendly stingray named johnny or something
the Horse shoe crab (belangkas)
ikan nyuknyuk (cant recall the name in english ) this fish was quite aggresive!
finally the archer fishes which can spit to catch their food! they can even jump ot of the water to catch their pray whoaa.
the boatman also showed us a site which was filmed for ombak rindu .so serene n peaceful . it was also a spot for eagle feeding . i tried to captured the eagles pic but they were too fast!
we also went through crocodile cave ( where they filmed a scene of farid kamil in lagenda budak setan -our boatman is quite a movie savvy haha semua dia tau)
i takes quite a pro to manuever such big boat to go through dat cave without bumping any rocks nearby .fuh respect mr boatman!
layla pengsan! im surprised ayra was still ‘alive’ at this point. lol
eagle feeding again, this time much better shot. but too far!
can you see the face-shaped rock on the left side?
later on we just cruised along the river enjoying the gorgeous scenery of mothernature before returning back to the kilim jetty. layla all flat out on our way back . huhu
we then drove all the way to the airport to try the famous laksa power nearby
the laksa and rojak buah were good, but cendol was below par. but i was too hungry to be choosy n picky! makan semua lol
we wrapped our day watching a beautiful sunset at the beach not far from there and drove back to the hotel.
Day Three – Payar Island
the next morning, we woke up early again for a snorkeling trip at payar island. we took a ferry from kuah jetty , the trip took us about 1 hour plus . main activity there is snorkeling but since the kids are still small ,we had to take turns snorkelling around the area. the corals arent that bad , but i think kapalai (sipadan) is a lot more beautiful. you can see lots of fishes including baby sharks (!) up close, swimming just near the shores. There is no fresh water on the island , so we can only wash ourselves with collected seawater available in the toilets. the island is so reserved and beautiful masyaAllah we were enjoying ourselves to the fullest despite the scorching heat . burn baby burnnnn haha
sharks! but theyre friendly
layla -bi!bi! (fish)
lunch provided. xsedap but anything can do. hihi
warning heaving contents – i for once forgot to bring along any swim diaper for LL during the whole trip so we had been letting her wearing her swimsuit without any protection (if u know what i mean lol) and couldnt be bothered much coz we had zero accident since.
i was also well awared that layla hadnt do her bussiness yet dat day (which she usually does early in the morning) so iwas a bit concerned (oh God, mother’s inctinct is always right) but we had so much fun on the island we totally forgot about it.
so during the lunch time where we were seated table to table with other group of visitors , when i was showing ayra the sharks from the deck, and layla was alone with papa having their lunch, suddenly she stood up n did number two right on the bench with other people around having their lunch !!!!!! this happened in split seconds the next thing i knew kerol was running with LL on his arms straight to the toilet leaving splats of sh*t all over the bench, his flipflops, and on the deck (some even fell down into the sea through the wooden deck 😭 i prayed hard the fishes ate them all or some snorkellers gonna wonder whats that brown ‘algae’ floating in the water )
can you imagine how was the reaction from the people who were having lunch around us?? i swear i feel like jumping into the sea n let the sharks eat my body out of shame. – unfortunately i had no choice but to calm down n clean up the ‘MESS’.
after tonnes of wet wipes n tissues used, the spot was squeaky clean again ( the only thing left was that ‘this-is-unbelievable’ look from some gals at the table across ampunnn)
i rushed to the toilet afterwards to see how kerol was doing but there he was my superhusband , standing there at the entrance all calmed down holding already cleaned Layla like nothing ever happened.
Suddenly out of nowhere a guy came to us (who’ve seen the whole accident) saying how impressed he was with kerols quick action handling the situation. in the end we just laughed ourselves relieved .
the deck where i was showing Ayra the sharks and on the left side is where we had lunch
this episode of ours is definitely gonna be in our family-book for generations HaHaha
after lunch , we spent a bit more time at the beach up till 3 pm-ish we rode the ferry home. everyone doze off as soon as we reached our seats . lol super tired!
late afternoon we drove around chenang beach area (which is a lot more happening than Kuah) and strolled along the deck area at perdana quay
ayra chasing layla around
sunset near perdana quay
that night we went to Wan Thai Restaurant in Kuah town for dinner. I would totally recommend this place if you love authentic thai food *thumbs up
Day Four – Telaga Tujuh and SkyCab
On our last day we checked out early and did some last minute chocs shopping before leaving Kuah for Mt Manchincang for our last water activity at Langkawi. i was really interested with aida’s entry about their wild swimming at Telaga Tujuh so by hook or by crook i had to squeeze it in our already jam-packed iterinary (our flight was on the same day ! gilos lol)
we stopped by a lookout point on our way to Matcinchang , which has quite a scenic view of Langkawi Airport from far
i had my mind all prepared for the fact that we have to hike a VERY steep hill to get to telaga tujuh (aida definitely mentioned this on her blog , tqvm) ayra was all excited about the waterfall idea so thats a good thing to begin with.
fast forward half way thru, all three of us were already pale-faced , short-breathed pushing our butts off climbing the neverending steps HAHA. emotionally prepared-yes, physically prepared – hell no! haha there was one time ayra requested to be carried along the way so my man-of-steel-hubby had to carry both kiddos (layla on ergo ) coz there is no way i can carry that 18kg gal along with few kg backpack. haha. but Ayra was sporting enuff when kerol later told her dat she needed to walk on her own coz papa is very tired ,and adik cannot walk by herself. so she got down and continue the climb up all the way to the top. clap clap! thats my gal!
after about 15-20 minutes later, there we were Telaga Tujuh! finally! there were a lot of matsalehs sunbathing at that time so we just dip ourselves as this one of the wells,
hitam legam semua after three days straight being exposed to the scorching sun!
but not long after that all of them went down the hill so practically we had the place for ourselves (and a few others )
layla trying to blow-kiss some foreigners . amboi
Ayra on the other hand was having a blast sliding down the waterfall i lost count how many times she did it .climb,slide.climb,slide -repeat.
warning. another heavy contents.
i also of course wanted to join the fun so as i was getting up to climb the rocks… i actually , literally RIPPED MY PANTS OFF!!!!! $#*($&*@#&*(@#&@* koyak dekat tengah pulak tuuuuu HAHAHAHA oh dear God kill me now. i had no choice but to laugh myself off for the fact that i couldnt stand coz a part of my thighs n
butt panty was showing . there were a few other people around n some site worker (they were buiding new toilets for the area i presume) but i had yet to try the awesome slide! demmit whyla now. (actually its about time for the pants to turn me downn coz ive been wearing it as seluar mandi for the past 5 years since our babymoon while i was carrying Ayra hahaha. mmg la reput noks) man i should have just packed my swimming suits instead. *slaps forehead.
since i REALLY REALLY wanted to try the slide so i decided to scoot over the rocks myself slowly ( imagine dat! ) then slided down. it was awesome! worth my effort haha i actually did dat over n over coz it was too much fun regardless my discreetly exposed bum HAHA ok now i can die in peace.
at around noon we decided its time to go down so we bid farewell to telaga tujuh . there were some stalls at the base of the hill so we stopped by to drink some fresh cold coconut water . nothing like havig cold coconut drink under the hot sun!
such a bliss
later then we had some lunch at the loaf in perdana quay (not far from Mt. Matcinchang) before heading to the oriental village nearby to ride the skycab
petronas quay near perdana quay
unfortunately the skybridge was still under mantainance so we just spend some time at the top deck. Apparently kiddos were afraid of heights haha so we didnt stay for long up there (plus we have a plane to catch! lol)
the longest cable car ride ive ever experienced. pegi snowboard pun tak tinggi mcm ni!
a family pic taken by pak arab on honeymoon
we hurried back to the airport later that evening before catching a plane back to kl.
such a wonderful yet happening vacation!
Goodbye Langkawi, see you again someday ( hopefully i dont have to wait for another 12years!)
p/s i will write another entry about the cost, details n contact infos for all the tours we took while we were there, stay tuned!