Travel to the Land of Eagle – Langkawi Island – Day 1

This Chinese New Year, our family of four made a 3D2N trip to Langkawi. It was my second trip since 2007/2008 but it was the first trip for my family members. We have chosen Langkawi to avoid travelling on highway that at most of the time, super duper jam during this Chinese New Year period. So, it was just an airport-to-airport travel while renting a manual Perodua Viva (RM70/day) to drive us around the island.

I rent it via www.langkawivacation.com.
I rent it via http://www.langkawivacation.com.

One can choose where to collect and return the rented car. Hence, I selected Langkawi airport as the collection point and the car was ready for us to drive right away after touched down.

The first destination we went was Atma Alam Batik Art Village, located less than 5 minutes drive from airport. We were briefed on the process of batik making but honestly, there was nothing much there but the batik making hall and the batik shop next to it, which is selling batiks at foreign tourist price. Anyway, we managed to have our first family photo taken here.

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Langkawi is always hot at all time but thank God there was heavy rain before our arrival. We were supposed to check-in for our accommodation but since the weather was quite cooling, we headed straight to the next attraction – Langkawi Geopark, where the SkyCab (Cable Car) and Sky Bridge are located.

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It was the right decision to go earlier because the crowd was increasing dramatically during our visit. We reached there around 10am but we only managed to purchase our tickets with the boarding time of 1115am.

Since we still have time and started to feel hungry, we headed for an early lunch and found some surprisingly economical eating place within the premise, around a minute walk from the cable car station called Oriental Food Court.

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Despite the cable car and sky bridge, there were a few more attractions at the base station. One of them was Art in Paradise, Interactive 3D Art Museum. We didn’t go in anyway since it was quite costly and wasn’t in our plan.

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The outlook of the art museum.
The outlook of the art museum.

After near 2 hours of wandering at this place, we decided to check-in into our accommodation. On the way, we saw this place called Chocoffee, a shop that sell packed chocolates and coffee. The only reason I stopped here was because of the “Free Tasting” indication on their banner 😛 As indicated, they do offer you free tasting without needing to ask from the promoter, even the coffee sample drinks too.

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And finally, we reached the long awaited guest house, highly recommended by my girlfriend for its cheap price (only RM60/night for a 2 pax room) with attached bathroom. It is called Shirin Guest House and it is located at the Cenang street.

Watch out for this signage at Cenang Street to locate it.
Watch out for this signage at Cenang Street to locate it.

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We were the only Malaysian staying at this place.

We were the only Malaysian staying at this place.

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Don’t play play! WIFI is also available and it is fast!

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A shared refrigerator is available for use, including electronics kettle, cups, spoons and even chilled glasses for beers.

A shared refrigerator is available for use, including electronics kettle, cups, spoons and even chilled glasses for beers.

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The owner, a couple of Middle Eastern husband (Ebrahim) and Japanese wife (Hiroko).

Shirin Guest House is just 2-3 minutes walking distance away from Cenang Street. The street is so happening and convenient, which one can find anything you want and need, including its varieties of F&B outlets.

The happening Cenang Street, always that lively during day and night.
The happening Cenang Street, always that lively during day and night.
Grab some beach wear at reasonable price, ranging from RM 15-40 for most.
Grab some beach wear at reasonable price, ranging from RM 15-40 for most.
This Breakfast Bar is just situated right at the street entrance to Shirin Guest House.
This Breakfast Bar is just situated right at the street entrance to Shirin Guest House.
Mexican F&B.
Mexican F&B.
Mamak.
Mamak.
If you order "Roti", you might need to wait as they seem to be always short of serving manpower. Just grab their rice if you are in rush.
If you order “Roti”, you might need to wait as they seem to be always short of serving manpower. Just grab their rice if you are in rush.
Subway is also available, opposite the Cenang Mall.
Subway is also available, opposite the Cenang Mall.
Cenang Mall with some of the familiar F&B outlets of Starbucks, Oldtown and even Chatime.
Cenang Mall with some of the familiar F&B outlets of Starbucks, Oldtown and even Chatime.

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Wanted something familiar for breakfast or supper?
Wanted something familiar for breakfast or supper?

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One of the Chinese seafood restaurants on the street.
One of the Chinese seafood restaurants on the street.
Middle Eastern eatery.
Middle Eastern eatery.

The Cenang Beach is just next to the street, filled with lots and lots of water activities and sport. It is a also a great sunset viewing spot to be.

A relaxing spot for family with kids too.
A relaxing spot for family with kids too.
Why not have a walk and enjoy the wind and the scenery?
Why not have a walk and enjoy the wind and the scenery?
The sun is setting.
The sun is setting.
There were numbers of stalls like this offering a wide range of water sports activities.
There were numbers of stalls like this offering a wide range of water sports activities.
My favorite Panaroma shot.
My favorite Panaroma shot.

After the beach walk, we headed to the nearest Pasar Malam (Night Market) for food. Due to my unsure on the exact location of the night market, I took my family for a 15-20 minutes torturing walk with a hungry stomach 😛 It is actually along Jalan Bohor Tempoyak, a small night market where we had our eat-while-walk dinner.

The view along the way to Night Market.
The view along the way to Night Market.
How often can you see this in the city? None.
How often can you see this in the city? None.
Finally, we have reached the night market.
Finally, we have reached the night market.
Ang Mo also come.
Ang Mo also come.
Food~
Food~
There were fruits and vegetables too.
There were fruits and vegetables too.
I think it is a better option to buy clothes at Cenang Street instead of here.
I think it is a better option to buy clothes at Cenang Street instead of here.
Hot and fresh Murtabak.
Hot and fresh Murtabak.
Chicken Kebab at RM 3.
Chicken Kebab at RM 3.

After our dinner, we took another 15-20 minutes walk back to Cenang Street, continued with a relaxing night walk while doing some shopping.

Along Cenang Street, there an attraction that we have missed out, which was the paddy field museum called MyPadi. It opens daily from 900am – 630pm. I would love to come back next round for this.

MyPadi by Laman Padi.
MyPadi by Laman Padi. Guided tours are available.
There's a restaurant that serves food at night, on the paddy field.
There’s a restaurant that serves food on the paddy field at night. Not sure whether they were assaulted by mosquitoes or not 😛

After a long day, we decided to head back to guest house for a drink before going to bed. Dad bought 6 cans of Thailand Chang Beer at only RM 2 per can.

Chang Beer at RM 2 only.
Chang Beer at RM 2 only.

And so we ended our journey for the first day. Do stay tuned for my next post on this for Day 2 & 3.

 

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