We really adored Langkawi and rented a car to tour the island – something easily accomplished in a day.
We were fortunate to have the island’s pre-eminent naturalist – Irshad Morbarak – right at The Andaman and enjoyed a tour with him one morning.
We – despite the warnings – were victims of a white tailed macaque attack inside our suite. Yes, inside our suite. The crafty macaques actually managed to open the balcony door (granted, I did leave it a crack open) and ransaked our room – helping themselves to our fruit tray and even opened the minibar fridge door and cleared it out to the tune of US$36!
2) the warning is quite clear!; 3) the aftermath of the macaque attack in our suite
4) macaque on the prowl; 5) macaque paying us a visit
6) here s/he is less than 2 feet away from me
7) looks can be deceiving, you DO NOT want to provoke these animals
8) a video of the macaque right up close
We spent 5 glorious hours at Ishan Malaysian Spa in Pantai Cenang having our bodies massaged and scrubbed and wrapped in banana leaves. It was sheer heaven.
9) our wee car parked on a terribly precarious slope by the spa; 10) heading up to our couple’s retreat spa room
11) everywhere at the spa – flowers!; 12) a star lily
13) Ishan Spa – highly recommended!; 14) the view from the Sap out to Pulah Tepor
15) me in the spa tub
16) no durians were allowed in our rental car; 17) thankfully we didn’t see any of these
18 & 19) lunching in Pantai Cenang
20) friend rice; 21) fresh seafood arrives as we have lunch
We were blessed with an outrageous romantic dinner on the beach one evening – just G and I and one very capable waitress. We ate nobat style at the Datai House.
22) dinner at The Gulai House; 23) our table at the restaurant
24) our hands are washed upon arrival; 25) our appetizer: “Campur-Campur”
28) our very private dinner on the beach
29) the table set; 30) moi getting ready to eat
31) prawn appetizer; 32) lobster
34) our little bit of paradise
35) our drinks arrive
We took the Langkawi Cable Car to the Skybridge high in the Machinchang mountain range; hiked to Telaga Tujuh and Temurum Waterfalls.
38) at the top looking out towards Kuah
39) G heads down to the Skybridge
40) G on the Skybridge
41) highly recommended – so cool!
42) looking out over the bay with the cable cars high above
43) me on the bridge
44 & 45) heading down to the waterfalls – it a very, very warm day!
46) moi at the falls
47) the quieter side of the falls
48) G is dwarfed by the falls
49) the falls live and with sound
52) this lad was trying to catch minnows at the base of the falls
53 & 54) we stopped for coconut on the way back to the car
55) curry at the beach restaurant; 56) chicken Caesar at the beach restaurant
57) cows hanging out right along the road way; 58) where you want to go?
59) these two boys rushed to greet me and practice their English
62) touch-me-nots in action
63) ghost eyed monkey hanging out by our pool
64) turn your head sideways – sorry – and you’ll see the ghost eye monkey busy eating
65) a horn-bill visits our hotel
66) right after a downpour – the channel you’ll see on the right was pure white – with water – during the rain
67) bye-bye from Langkawi
the macaque is not a wild life anymore after meeting all the tourists :P anyway a lovely trip indeed!
That’s quite a few pieces of cutlery on your private dinner table! Thank goodness the macaque hadn’t learned how to swipe silverware and trade it for food!
I had a business meeting there a few years back. After reading your wonderful blog, I wished I spent a few days there after the meeting. (Virtual recommendation as somehow Ithe rec icon did not work for me.) The dinner was surely romantic, and the visit by the monkey would have disturbed me. What if it came to the bed when I was sleeping? mmmm I enjoy the bridge and the waterfall and the cute kid pictures, and of course the video. I assume G took some of the videos? Good job, G!
Isn’t Langkawi fascinating? I went back for a second trip last May. It was all worth it!