This morning we headed to the airport for our 35 minute flight to Langkawi. It was either this or a 3 hour ferry trip and from what I read it could get pretty rough. So it didn’t take me long to make the decision to fly.
Langkawi is officially known as Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah. It is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia separated by the Straits of Malacca.. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is Langkawi Island where we have headed. Langkawi is a duty-free island and spans about 25 km from north to south and slightly more from east to west. Two-thirds of the island is dominated by forest-covered mountains, hills and natural vegetation.
Upon arrival we made our way to the Villa Molek. It is situated in an area called Pantai Cenang which is on the south west part of the island. It is a lovely little resort, nice and quiet and not far from the main drag.
Once we settled in, we went for a walk up the main street and found somewhere nice to have dinner.
Today we arranged to go snorkelling at the Pulau Payar Marine Park. The Payar Island Marine Park is situated in the northern part of the Straits of Melacca 35 km south of Langkawi. It took us an hour by boat to get there. The marine park teems with a diversity of marine life and vegetation. Many endangered species of fish and marine organisms live within the sanctuary. Measuring 2 km long and 1/4 km wide, Payar Island is the most popular of the islands as its sheltered waters are ideal are for snorkelling.
Upon arrival we were pretty keen to get snorkelling. So down to the beach we headed. (oops forgot to put on sunscreen).
Here is Nic snorkelling.
The variety of fish and coral was amazing. Apparently the coral has undergone bleaching over the last few years and this has impacted on the colours, however we still found the variety of life under the sea amazing. We snorkelled for about an hour and a half and then stopped for lunch. Shane's underwater camera stopped working again. No more underwater Panasonic Lumix camera's for us. This is the second one to break whilst using it in the water. After lunch we went back for another hour or so. There were also lots of clams and sea urchins down there.
We had a great day and headed back with another hours boat trip. It was not until we got home that we realised how burnt we had got. Shane’s back from bright red and the back of my legs were bright red. We should have known better but got caught up in the moment.
Upon our return we had a nice shower and headed up the drag to find somewhere for dinner. It was happy hour when we arrived so I could get cocktails for 10 ringott which is about $3.50. I had a few before happy hour finished. I decided to go more western this evening and I had a chicken satay pizza. Shane continued to eat Malaysian and had Udon Oxtail Soup which he said was really nice. Another great day.
Today we visited the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, this 100 square kilometre area in Langkawi is a nature reserve. The scenery was beautiful.
We took a motor boat from the Kilim jetty. Our first stop was at a floating fish farm. There were various species of fish and some of them we were able to feed. Shane enjoyed feeding the stingrays. They got pretty excited.
The boat ride then took us along the Kilim river with dense green mangroves on one side and gigantic limestone rocks on the other rising from the river bed. Some of these limestone rocks that look like mountains, were formed some 500 million years ago. There are 2 types of birds that we had come to see. One was the brown kite and the other was the white bellied sea eagle. There was a feeding frenzy and both types of bird arrived at one.
We continued along the river where we saw a family of long tailed macaques. We had seen a lot of these monkeys seeing they are nick named Malaysia’s rabbits. The difference with these is that we got to see them swimming. They threw out some fruit into the river and they swam out to get it. I had no idea they could swim.
There were also lots of mothers and babies that were really cute.
We continued on through the mangroves to some narrow parts.
On our journey through the mangroves, we saw lots of different creatures including:
We returned to the fish farm for lunch before heading back to the villa.
It had been another day of fun and adventure.
Today is our last full day in Langkawi so we decided to have more of a look around the island today. There were a couple of places in particular that we wanted to visit. There were:
Dataran Lang, also known as Eagle Square, is one of Langkawi’s best known manmade attractions, a large sculpture of an eagle poised to take flight. A sight that greets visitors to the island via ferry, the 12 metre-tall statue is one of the island’s most instantly recognizable monuments.
The Cable Car is also known as the SkyCab. The total length is 2.2 km with a journey time from the base to the top of around 15 minutes. The gradient between the Base Station and the Middle Station is said to be the steepest in the world at 42°. It also has the longest free span for a mono-cable car at 950 m. As Nicola doesn't like heights much it was pretty daunting, but she did it.
When we arrived at the base station there was a bit of cloud at the top but by the time we arrived at the top the cloud had thinned and gradually disappeared. There were 2 parts to the cable car. You got off to see the views at the middle base and then hopped back on it to get right to the top base. There is also a sky bridge at the top.
After these 2 places we had read about an interactive 3d museum. It was so colourful, clever and lots of fun. Here are some of the pictures.
After quite a full day we headed back to the villa for a swim and a nice relax.
Shane has put together one last video from the mangrove trip. So here it is.
Today we are flying to KL and then on to Adelaide so our trip is over. This is Shane and Nicola signing off for another trip.