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Malaysia » Langkawi
2011-10-28 ( Friday ) 20:48:49 GMT+1
We jumped on another ferry – our main transport vehicle nowadays : ) – after being ‘checked out’ from Thailand in the ‘immigration office’ on the beach. It was hard to say goodbye to the wonderful views and the lovely water… and we decided to sit on the roof of the ferry to enjoy – a very windy but nice experience.
1,5 hour later, we arrived at the island Langkawi, in Malaysia. We received a permission to stay for 90 days without any costs, left our fingerprints, and entered the country. We stay at a guest house called Kampung, in the Cenang Beach area. It is a very touristic place, but we would say that the majority of the people are Malaysian tourists.
We entered a small shop, buying some fruits etc, and asked for Malaysian beer – “Malaysia has no beer, it is Muslim country” – auch! ‘We are so sorry”, HAHA – did we turn out to be ignorant? Big time! : )
Although, we thought we will have to cover our shoulders and have longer shorts, it seems like it is OK to dress as a proper tourist. These are very good news, since it is very, very hot and the lack of cold beer together with long sleeved clothes could result in a cultural shock to big for us to handle at the moment : ) : )
The first thing we noticed was the monkeys crossing the roads like nothing ever happened. The second thing was the sign warning for crossing monkeys. “OK – in India we struggled with cows, here with monkeys – at least these small bastards are fast and do not think through the philosophy of life in the middle of the road! : )
In comparison to Koh Lipe, this island is huge. We rented motorbikes for 24 hours and explored what Langkawi had to offer. We had a swim in a waterfall in the mountains and stopped on the way back to the parking to take some pics of the monkeys, and found ourselves in a situation that we later explained to ourselves as a monkey family conflict. We actually started to run up the stairs again, chased by a monkey – HAHA – must have been a hilarious view! These small, sweet creatures can actually be pretty scary!
We drove around the island, saw a so called “black sand beach”, the Kuah centre, and stopped at a night market that occurred to take place only once a week – so we were lucky! Tried some food, enjoyed, and got back to the sauna they call our room. Today, we used the last few hours of our motorbikes and went to the main tourist attraction on the island, namely the cable car with very nice views of the “99 islands that Langkawi consists of” and an interesting construction on the top – a hanging bridge.
Since the monsoon period starts very soon here in Malaysia, we found out that there is no point to go to the east side of the country, which we wanted; therefore, we are heading towards another island a bit down south on the west coast tomorrow (still running away from the mainland : ) ).
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