Friday 16 Mar
Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia
And we get used to the life of grime again...
We had only travelled to Langkawi for the Fourseasons but we decided to stay an extra couple of days to check out what else was on offer. I think we may be a little spoilt having been to some of the best beaches in the world - Langkawi has nice beaches but they certainly aren't in the league of say, the Perhentian islands. The town is also so so with a bit of a Costa del Sol feel to it, although there are some nice restaurants. I think some of the best beaches might have been nabbed by the 5* resorts so if you're able to splurge I can see why this would be a prime destination. Flights are also dead cheap via Air Asia.
One fun thing we did was hire a scooter and explore some of areas we had not seen. We also went up the cable car - one of the most impressive we have been on actually, with 2 stops and a rather scary (well Andrew thought so...) suspension bridge about 700m above sea level. Great views too and showed us the more overgrown side of the island which was very lush. Complete Langkawi Pics here.
We had a bit of a fiasco trying to arrange a bus/ferry to the Cameron Highlands. Everyone gave us different information and when our hostel owner put up his hand to book them for us we jumped at the chance. What we hadn't realised that the owner was no use to man or beast before 10pm (and the drink had normalised him) and when he presented us with our 'tickets' at the eleventh hour we were impressed. Although the tickets turned out to be just a print off of one of the bus schedules for our trip. Thanks dude.... We landed up doing it all ourselves.
7.00am Wake up
9.00am Ferry (left 1/2 hr late waiting for 3 people!)
3.30pm Bus (2.30 express bus canx)
5.30pm Bus (turned out 3.30pm direct was indirect)
10.45pm Car transfer to hostel
Anyway after an almost 15 hour journey we are here at the Cameron Highlands.
Although we had a very near miss when the last bus had a car swerve directly in front of him before flying into a ditch on a scary mountain pass... although that is a whole other story in itself...