People become averse to birthday celebrations as they grow old, i had the same feeling until i realized that aging is not that bad after all! You grow wiser, you can look back and see all the good deeds and achievements you have accomplished in life and as you grow old you are in a better situation to fulfill your dreams – you have experience, reasonable money and a partner! Hence i decided to celebrate my 30 birthday at a place away from my country. A place which should be liberating and should give me a true sense of celebration.
After much brainstorming and of course considering the budget available, me and my husband zeroed Malaysia! We decided to cover two locations, one which would give us a feel of the country culture and the other which would tell us the story of modernization of the country. So, our first destination was – Langkawi. I just cannot move forward without mentioning my wonderful experience with Malaysian Airlines. Comfortable journey, great food and jovial crew sums their service. So, this airlines is worth a consideration in your trip!
So, here is my first view of Langkawi:
Forest, turquoise waters, white sand – all at one place. Here are a few things which you must include in your itinerary if you want to beat the usual and hug the city with open arms.
Langkawi, contrary to what i had expected is a calm island. There were not too many tourists that i could see around, though September is supposed to be the peak season. Langkawi was experiencing rains, but the weather was like Mumbai, it used to rain for not more than an hour and then you can kiss the sunshine again! So, this doesn’t spoil your mood to be outdoors 🙂 Langkawi offers a plenty of activities to do. Few that i could read about were – The sky rope tour, feeding the reef sharks, Mangrove tour where you cover some islands and feed the eagles, etc. Unfortunately the Sky walk was closed due to maintenance, otherwise it was one of the locations in my checklist. As we had limited days in hand we chose to do the following, which turned out be amazing.
We did a quick visit to the Eagle square and the famous duty-free shops near the same. I am EMPHASIZING this statement, that if you want to buy liquor and cigarettes, this is the place. Cheaper than the airports (almost half the rate).
This followed homemade chocolate shopping made with local fruits. Trust me these chocolates will beat all your duty-free collection. Ask any local about them and you will not regret the visit. Varieties of coconut, blueberry, mango, almonds and red chilli are the ones which won my heart (Tip: try the dark chocolates instead of milk chocolates).
Langkawi is a food paradise – my total favorites:
- Chatime – a chain of exotic and yummylicious iced teas and beverages , found across Langkawi and Kuala Lampur. You cannot miss this one when in Malaysia
- Orkid Ria – This restaurant is located at Pentai Cenang, which is a bustling street with options of shopping and eateries. Orkid is light on pockets, offers amazing platter of seafood. Their prawn curry with steamed rice is to die for. You will not leave this place without storing excessive food in your belly’s
You can enjoy some exotic species of marine life at the underwater world. My two loves here:
Finally, if you are not one of those who want to be boarding a tourist cab/bus and visiting the MUST SEE places, then do take an evening out and enjoy a cup of roasted coffee by the beach, admiring the beauty of the pristine island and be pleasured by surprise visits from Monkeys & Hornbills!
Or take a book and sit on the grass by the beach and get drenched in the breeze of thoughtfulness!
If i would have had a couple of more days i would not have missed the shark feeding and the mangrove tour! Also, i saw a lot of beautiful beach homestays when we were exploring the island. Next time i will ditch the resorts and hotels and experience some local homestays to spend some time with wonderful Malay people!
My next destination was the country capital – Kuala Lampur.
Some memoirs of the wonderful city experience in my next post. Until then keep dreaming about the Truly Asian paradise 🙂
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