Thursday, March 22, 2012

Langkawi, Malaysia Pt. 1

Langkawi, Malaysia

Our adventure begins! We decided to start our holiday in the south of Malaysia, on a small island called Langkawi, adjacent to the Thai border. (Well actually, Langkawi is a cluster of 99 islands in total).
We were absolutely exhausted after around 45 hours of travel; the airlines lost our luggage (which we didnt get for four days) and the humidity hit us like a tonne of bricks. Yes, even though we live in the Caribbean, it impacted us greatly. However, my cold that had developed during travel quickly vanished.
We were greeted by monkeys, geckos, frogs and many more local wildlife in the jungle, which is where we stayed the first couple of days.

Langkawi reminds us of many ways of Thailand - the people are extremely friendly and the cuisine is also very similar - spicy, fresh and lots of noodle/rice dishes. However, Langkawi is renowned for its wonderful seafood, so guess what we had most nights?

Kayaking to Thailand!

Exploring the caves

The plan was to relax the first couple of days on our trip in order to get ready for the next 7, action packed weeks but we were too excited when we arrived so we undertook a guided nature trail, went on a kayak trip and explored some caves, partook in a Malay cooking class and ate loooots of good food!

Datai Bay, Langkawi

Local girl making roti (traditional bread)

Traditional dessert: Glutinous coconut rice ball, deep-fried with sesame seeds ontop of shredded coconut. The other is a coconut pudding with fresh mango puree. Yum!

Spider Lily

View of Datai Bay

Local Caterpillar

Datai Bay