First Stop Langkawi: Chasing Frangipanis...
12.03.2013 - 16.03.2013 36 °C
It’s after midnight when we arrive at our first destination Langkawi after hours waiting for our connecting flight at K.L airport. Langkawi is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea. We have come here because it is said to be Malaysia's most romantic destination - we are that gullible. Hot and humid, the air is loaded with the sweet intoxicating scent of Frangipani. Our destination, Langkawi’s Award Winning Eco Frangipani Resort and Spa – The whole place is dripping in every shade of Frangipani imaginable. It even has magical upside down trees!
Thanks to Richard, Shawn and Margie & Rich & Jen for flying us here!
We are welcomed by the manager (a Malaysian version of the Love Boat Captain) who hums discretely around Ed inquiring about the well-being of ‘The Honeymoon Couple’. Later that day we return from our adventures to find our King Size bed covered in fresh Frangipani petals. Wow, just wow!! Ed also finds a Frangipani Surprise when he visits the toilet… that's one way to keep it fragrant! Our absolute beachfront Love Bungalow with its tropical outdoor Garden Shower (great for those who aren’t afraid of slithery gekkos!) offers the perfect sanctuary after a hard day’s touring.
Thanks to Wayne, Joe and David for the awesome accom!
Ed is over the moon thanks to the Beachfront Breakfast Buffet which features all his faves – hot rice and noodle dishes and an Egg Station. For me it’s all about the fresh pancakes, coconut jam and tropical fruit with home-made banana cake and frangipani tea. Yaa-um!
Planning an itinerary with equal time spent on road, water and at the resort, we zip around the island in our funky hire-car. First off we discover the Oriental City where we feed carp and rabbits - and avoid the sad elephant!
Later we ooh and aahh at the spectacular jungle landscape from high above the treetops as we trapeze across in the famous Langkawi Cable Car –
Thanks for the Cable Car ride Alison!
Then we drive to one of the walks to view the falls. Unfortunately it is dry season and the falls are not active but the lush, green surrounds are breathtaking. Moreover, as we had the whole place to ourselves, it really felt quite special, our own secret jungle retreat.
Afterwards we drive out to the stunning Datai Resort to see Gulai House famous for its jungle style accommodation, beach activities and eateries. After ambling around the private Beach Club and sampling the local Jungle Juice, we realise that three hours is too long to wait for Gulai House to open. Confusingly the Horse-Riding is a long way from where we are – and so we change our plans – we know from research that there is a similar (if not better) dinner option in Koi-Samui – and it is there we will have our jungle feast. Horse-riding can wait until Boracay. Heading back into the main city Kuah we stop for a spot of much needed shopping (bathers are a useful thing to have on a Tropical Island holiday!) Later we eat a delicious meal at Wonderland, a canal-side Seafood Market popular with the locals.
The next evening it's time for some smokin' romance with our first Sunset Cruise. Being the first to board the great white Cruiser, we nab the Thai style daybeds on the Top Deck, (Honeymoon couples who work it can get away with a lot!) Service includes a tasty BBQ dinner and open bar – yes Open Bar people! After 5 vodkas it’s time for a rough ‘n tumble stint in the Salt Water Jacuzzi. Have you ever been pulled along in a giant rope net behind a massive cruiser while waiting for a magical sunset? I haven’t had this much fun since I was 5 years old!
The next morning we board our Pregnant Maiden Lake,[/i] (named after the famed profile of the island - it looks like a pregnant lady on her back!) we roar around the turquoise waters in a Solar Powered Paddle boat before diving in and splashing around. Ahhhh…
Thanks for the ace experience Joe and Ali
Afterwards we trek through the local Bat Caves, at first glance there is just the one bat but as we advance into the deepest darkest corner, the ceiling is completely covered in bats! According to our guide there are around 500. Jerking our heads to avoid getting splattered in Bat-Poo, the Guide helpfully explains that a number of the bats we are looking at are dead. Turns out that ead bats can hang for up to 3 months. That explains the smell then!!
Exploring the cool damp caves with their tiny nooks and crannies and caves within caves, hanging stalactites and clear bubbling water escaping from unexpected water springs giving us a chance to cool down and absorb the changing landscape around us. We thoroughly enjoy the caving. And we are nice to the bats.
Thanks for our caving experience Daz!
Finally the time has come to pack up and say goodbye to our sacred Frangipani Haven *sigh* but not before the ladies at Reception (after hearing of my Frangipani fetish) present me with a freshly made lei and Frangipani Crown. I am now well and truly the Frangipani Princess.
We are properly unwound by the time we leave Langkawi – the perfect base to prepare for our next adventure...