Langkawi – Malaysia – April 2015

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After a long day starting at 6am in Sukau and lunch in Sandakan, we flew out of Borneo around 4pm and finally arrived in Langkawi at 9:30pm.  Luckily for Kristi and I, Cindy and Mike booked a beautiful place at Fuuka Villa.  Even luckier for us, they completed their pool last week!

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We skipped Langkawi during our previous visit to Malaysia but it wasn’t really what we were looking for and I doubt I would have appreciated it the way I did this time around.  Langkawi is a cool island.  It’s duty free so instead of the normal 8-12rm you pay for a beer, you can pay 4rm or buy beers at the store for less than 2rm.  We had a fridge in our villa so this was the option we chose mostly.

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Langkawi is a fantastic tourist destination.  It has beautiful beaches and lots of tour options: sea dooing, parasailing, banana boat, island hopping, etc.  It also has a good blend of developed area and undeveloped jungle.  We rented a car one day and drove around.

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We went to the cable car and put our hands in the air like we just didn’t care.

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We also visited the craft village and watched a guy make batik paintings with hot wax.

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We skipped visiting the waterfalls because it’s dry season and they are more slivers of water and not large, impressive bodies of water that you want to see when you visit a waterfall.

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We returned to an Indian restaurant near our villa a couple times: Tulsi Garden.  This place is fantastic.  The owner and the staff went out of their way to make sure that we had a special and enjoyable experience.  We ordered prawn fritters which were by far the best prawn fritters I’ve ever had.  They use a chickpea batter and add Indian spices and serve it with a Thai chili sauce.  I know! My mouth is watering too!

We also ordered a special and unique dish: Lobster Marsala.

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Yes it is every bit as delicious as it looks in the picture.  We have access to a lot of lobster in Canada but I can’t say I’ve ever had anything like this incrustation of deliciousness.

One morning we arranged a trip to do some island hopping… on Seadoos!

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A small group of the 4 of us and a Dutch couple along with a guide.

No more than 10 minutes in to our trip where we could still see the beach and the dutch couple’s seadoo had broken down.  The guide hopped on it and took it slowly back to the beach while we played around doing donuts and watching the eagles fly around the sky.

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Roughly 30 minutes later, our guide returned with a new seadoo and we’re off.  I wasn’t sure if our guide normally drives this fast or if he was trying to make up time but we pushed 35-40mph all the way to the first island.

The first island has a freshwater lake in the center of the island where locals believe that it has powers.  This is where you go to swim if you want to get pregnant… Both Kristi and Cindy went for a swim… lets hope this myth is exactly that. A myth.

Back on the seadoos and Kristi is driving now.  I’m afraid.

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45ish minutes later, the dutch couple’s seadoo breaks down again.  The dutch are the reason we can’t have nice things.

While we waited, we were given “free time”  so I took the time to push my seadoo to 50mph

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After an hour or so, a guy showed up with a new seadoo and they towed the other seadoo to our next destination: Eagle spotting in a bay

We relaxed on another island and had a beer before hopping back on the seadoos and going back.

The trip was supposed to be from 10am-1pm… we arrived back just after 3pm.

All breakdowns aside, the trip was awesome and very worth the sunburn on my delicate skin. The company includes all the photos in the price so we didn’t have to bring a camera and risk ruining it.

On our last day in Langkawi we had a lazy day hanging around the villa chatting with the owner.  He showed us a lot of stuff from his garden like pandan and fresh picked cashews.

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We have an up and down flight to Pulau Penang where we are excited to show Mike and Cindy the beauty of street food.

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