Saturday, November 26, 2016

4 Things to do in Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia.  The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border. What can you do on the big island of Langkawi? Langkawi has much to offer especially its nature beauty besides well known as shopping heaven for chocolates and wine lovers!


1. Sunset Cruise
One can enjoy a three hours night out experiencing tranquility at the sea as evening fades from shades of orange to make way for a sky that is blue and black with stars as the company. The sunset cruise sails across the Andaman sea from 5pm daily. Tha cruise package includes free flow of cocktails, mocktails, beers, salt water jacuzzi and bbq feast.






If you are adventurous, then sea jumping from the boat might be an exciting thing to you!


A nest is cast down on one side of the boat, allowing guests to take a dip in the warm waters of Andaman Sea. 


The salt water jacuzzi adds a simple yet significant touch to the cruise ride as it is only found in Langkawi island.




An array of bbq gourmet spread is prepared by the talented ship crew.


Nothing is more adventurous than dining abroad a boat and if you are with your loved one, the experience will be much more meaningful!


I'm still looking for the one who can accompany me to do all these on the water while leisurely lying down enjoying gentle evening breeze from the sea!

Rate:
RM260-  RM280 per person
Time: 5pm- 8pm

Tropical Charters Sdn Bhd
6012-5883274
www.tropicalcharters.com.my

2. Eagle Feeding



Langkawi term comes from the Malay word " Helang" means eagle. Thus, it is not strange that you could spot eagle easily at the sky of Langkawi island.


The wave was strong that morning when we were on the boat towards the eagle feeding area, Singa Besar island. I screamed halfway as the speedboat we rode was like going to sink. 


Singa Besar island is about 5 minutes boat drive from Resorts World Langkawi. The view of cluster of flying eagles covers the sky, which consequently intends all of them to dive into the water for catching their prey is stunning.


The eagles came and flew off in a blink of eyes. 


The boatman said that the eagles nested at the tall trees of Singa Besar island.


An eagle feeding Langkawi is considered to be an ecology tour with lots of giant white colored waters eagles as well as many reddish brown colored flying eagle; also called Brahminy Kites seen all around the island of Langkawi.


We stopped on the sea about 10 minutes to watch the vivacious eagles flying up and down under the hot sun. I was told that the eagles only coming out to catch prey during a hot day and none when cloudy or raining.


3. Mangrove Forest ^ Old Charcoal Factory ^ Bat Cave
Besides Kilim Geopark, Kubang Badak is also one of the gazetted Unesco Geopark areas. What most fascinating and highlights are the unique limestone karst and mangrove forested landscape in this area as well as its endemic flora, fauna and ecology.




This is the mangrove tree seed that we pluck from the tree. It roots after dropping into the water. Mangrove area is important habitat for many species of fish, prawns, and shellfish, and home to birds like sea eagles, kites, kingfishers and herons, various types of snake, mudskippers, fiddler crabs, monitor lizards and, my favourite of all, otters.



Mudskippers are playing on the mud.


A sea eagle rests on the tree branch.


We ventured into the mangrove forest to have a look. The tour guide introduced a lot of herbs that he found to us. 


To my surprise, we came to the old abandoned charcoal factory which anticipated existed before Tenaga Nasional Berhad, main Malaysia electricity provider established.


Then the guide told us about the toxin from the tree trunk which could cause blindness.


Bat cave is the last destination of the mangrove tour. 


From the jetty, it takes around 10 minutes brisk walk to the entrance of the cave.



It is so dark inside and we could not see anything if we do not have a strong powered torchlight with us.


Bat droppings are everywhere on the ground. The ammonia smell is strong. The ventilation in the cave is not good. We only stayed a while in the cave to see the bats and snap some pictures.


Someone still managed to do a yoga pose out there!



The mangrove tour is a fruitful educational journey. We learned a lot during the trip. 

Mangrove package:
  • RM350/ trip (2 hours)
  • Visit old charcoal factory
  • Explore mangrove forest 
  • Explore bat cave
  • Fish feeding & watching
  • Eagle feeding & watching


Additional (by request)
Beach drop  (30 mins) RM50
Snorkelling (30 mins) RM50
Drop at floating restaurant (30 mins) RM50

They also offer other packages:
Fun fishing package RM400/ trip
  • 4 hours
  • food and drink not included
  • equipment & bait included
  • RM50 for additional every 1 hour

Charter packages (max 8 persons on boat; ard 3 hours)
Island charter (Dangli/ Pasir/ Gasing) RM400
Jerumuk island charter RM150
Beach drop charter RM200
Snorkelling (2 hours) RM400
Scuba diving charter RM400

Koperasi Nelayan Sungai Kubang Badak
Pangkalan Sungai Kubang Badak
Mukim Ayer Hangat,
07000 Langkawi, Kedah.

Email: jalancutilangkawi@gmail.com
Contact: 6012-2608806
jalancutilangkawi.blogspot.com


4. Shopping 

Langkawi is a duty free zone. I saw various types of choclates, wines, beers, cigarettes selling on the racks. The imported chocolates are hardly found in KL hypermarket but I got all here!



My expenses on the alcohol and chocolates. I was told that the government recently implemented a regulation which limits not more than 1 liter of alcohol (per person) could be bought out of Langkawi!I wondered if I exceeded that quote. But if you travel in group, perhaps you could use your friend's quota! xoxo

That's the end of my Langkawi stories. I will update about Hatyai again soon!

18 comments:

  1. Fabulous place and very nice experiences, I really love your post :)

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  2. Would love to visit Langkawi again. Did not do much last time other than car ride, shopping and eating then. Haha

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    1. that's great!
      a great place to eat, shop and sight seeing

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  3. Definitely love to visit Langkawi soon! xoxo

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  4. Chocolate and wine is a must to buy at Langkawi!

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  7. I haven't been to Langkawi in years! Looks like I should pay another visit. :)

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