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Adventure on Langkawi Island

Posted by Hisham
Sunday 19 June 2011 at 12:00 am.
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A couple of weeks earlier, Irfan, Atok, Opah, Ain & I went on a three-day vacation to Langkawi, where I had been on work assignment before twice since 2006 but never had the time to relax there and enjoy the sights. And it ultimately freaking hurt!

But thanks to previous journeys to the island, I called a contact and booked a homestay bungalow, the one we rented during LIMA back in December 2009. I had thought back then that it was a great location, and promised I would return there with the family to enjoy it. Usually when tourists travel to Langkawi, they would find a chalet or hotel near the beach. The homestay we rented was situated on the side of a hill, surrounded by a kampung and overlooking a spectacular landscape, not far from the Langkawi Airport.

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... is a very, very, very fine house
Rice fields and lots of trees
Irfan and his beloved grandparents at the gazebo. We had breakfast here the next morning

Elsewhere on the island, we stopped by beaches, tourist spots and restaurants. There was the option of going on a mangrove swamp tour boat. However, we did not have sufficient time. Perhaps next time when we return.

The streetpost at Cenang Beach with multilingual greetings. None in Klingon though

What was on the agenda is a visit up to Matcincang Mountain, whereby one needs to take a ride in the Langkawi Cable Car, many hundred metres above the jungle canopy below.

Getting ready for the cable car. Irfan would lose his enthusiasm soon
Up top

When we arrived at the Top Station, it was cloudy. We were in the cloud. Visibility was bad. But soon, it began to clear and we were able to head out to the Sky Bridge, apparently the longest curved suspension bridge in the world. Irfan did not make it past the first platform.

It's quite a walk from the Top Station toward the Sky Bridge through the jungle
Irfan takes our photos at the Sky Bridge, but refuses to go any further

Aye, the photo below was taken from the bridge. Obviously, the bridge is not safe for sanity if you suffer from vertigo. The planks on the bridge are spaced slightly which allows visitors to see right beneath them. (What's beneath them is a long drop to certain death, that is.)

It's green!

Returning to the Base Station down below, the animal-loving Irfan got to feed fish, deer and rabbits to his satisfaction.

Doe a deer, a female deer... unless it's a male
These wabbits are indeed wascawwy

However, this animal did not need to be fed. Irfan posed with the colossal eagle statue at Dataran Lang near the Langkawi Jetty.

Thorondor the Great
Surrounded by ships near the Kuah Jetty

More images of the house we stayed at, as well as the steps leading up to it. Irfan loved to rake the leaves on the lawn whenever he had the chance.

There's a troop of macaques roaming the foliage behind the house
Heading back down to the car, which is not pictured

Our final meal before we left was at a laksa stall by the road between the airport runway and the ocean. Irfan loves the hat his grandparents bought for him.

Ain and Irfan slurps laksa

That pasembur Opah consumed was very delicious.

Atok and Opah eating during a light drizzle

At the airport, Irfan found a friend to play with while we were waiting for our boarding call.

We never learnt this boy's name

Final group photo was taken by Irfan at the gate just before we left the island. So long, Langkawi. We'll probably return some day.

Heading home tired but happy - even if the plane was a 30 minutes late

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sila - 29-06-’11 09:04

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