We arrived in Langkawi after spending a night in Kuala Lumpur airport, so sleep deprived was an understatement. We arrived on the island at about 8am and got to our hotel right on the tip of the island at 9am. Due to our severe lack of sleep we were hoping we could pull a few strings, work our charm and get in to our room earlier than the 2pm check in time, we thought wrong… waiting in the lobby until 1.30pm when we were finally taken to our room.
Our room had a sea view and to be fair this view and the fact we had a fully working shower really helped our opinion of the hotel, as this hotel was nice but strange in so many ways. Imagine you go to a hotel and it has three restaurants, a bar and nightly entertainment, but if you enter any of them, you are the only two people there. It was like a hotel meant for Chernobyl, there was no-one around, it was really weird! Gotta say the infinity pool was good during the day as it had an amazing view of nearby islands, but also in walking distance to the bar. When we arrived we thought we’d have to battle for sunloungers, what we actually found is that most of the time we were the only two people there, which was great as it was peaceful, but also very eery.
Langkawi is famous for the Skybridge and Cable Car on the island. The cable car is the steepest cable car in the world and it was so busy when we decided to go as due to the Chinese New Year, a lot of people were off work and schools were shut. We opted for the ‘Fast Track’ lane as we wanted to experience the Cable Car, instead of melting in the sun waiting for our time slot for it. The journey up on the Cable Car was scary, you’re in a glass gondola, however, if you are really crazy you can go in a glass bottom one, where you’re basically in a glass-bottom cage. From up the top you get amazing views of the hills and island as a whole.
Cenang beach is the most popular beach on the island as it also has the biggest mall on the island nearby. We went here a couple of nights as our hotel was too dead to stay in. It’s a great place to watch the sunset and fire breathers and jugglers in the evening. Our favourite beach is a beach that was almost deserted called Pantai Tanjung Rhu. It was about 30 mins from our hotel but it was incredible. White sands with shells everywhere, clear blue sea where you can see pools of fish everywhere you turn, and only 10 other people across the whole stretch, it was incredible and if you do visit Langkawi, we really recommend to go to this beach above any other.
Our time in Langkawi was capped off by visiting a night market in the main downtown. This was a different experience to the Thai ones we visited before, a lot more cramped, and just seemed a bit dodgy in comparison. Whilst we waited for our Grab back to the hotel we walked into a duty free shop, this place surprised us as it sold Cadbury’s, but it surprised us even more by selling Cadbury’s Dream and Turkish Delight bars! These have been discontinued in the UK for years and we nearly screamed of joy when we found them. They also sold Freddo bubbles, which we had never seen before. Luckily our Grab arrived before we bought too many.
Langkawi was a nice relaxing trip after a few city breaks. Next up is a city on the beach, Penang.