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The land of Mahsuri

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! I hope you are having a good long weekend. Sadly, I will be working on Monday. But, I guess it’s okay since I had taken a day off last week to go to Langkawi. It was my second trip so I actually don’t have that much to share here.

We took an AirAsia flight to Langkawi and arrived at around 8p.m. on Friday and collected our booked rental car there. We used MRP LANGKAWI service and it was an awesome experience. Very professional, friendly staff and super efficient. I gave them 5 star for service. We booked a Viva (Manual), which they only charge for RM50 per day. The charge is for 24 hours, so eventhough we were technically in Langkawi for 3 days and 2 nights, we only paid RM100. But of course the price differs during peak season like school holiday.

That night, we checked in at our accommodation at Sri Kilim Guesthouse and Homestay, a bit further from the airport and the main town, Kuah but Langkawi is a very small place. So, it doesn’t really matter where you stay 😂. We booked a house with 2 bedrooms and it was a super cozy place.

Then, we had dinner at a ‘warong’ nearby, head back to our place, played some card games before we went to sleep.

The next morning, we had breakfast and made our way to our main destination: the Langkawi cable car. We arrived super early that the counter to buy the tickets was not even opened. Luckily we did that because people were already queueing up to buy the tickets and by afternoon, we saw that the line was unbelievably long. So yes, make sure you check what time they start operating and be there early. Also don’t forget to check their website for dates that they are open because during my first trip, we went to this place without knowing that they are closed for maintenance 😂.

I have a fear of heights. But, I didn’t really think about it the day before. All I know I was excited to ride on a cable car. After buying the tickets, my heart stands still at the thought of riding the steepest cable car I have ever seen in my life. Long story short, I cried riding it guys. It was freaking embarrassing but I couldn’t help it. It was so scary okay plus it was really windy because it was still early in the morning. For those of you who enjoys things like this, you may try their glass bottom Gondola but the price is slightly more expensive.

We spent some time on the cable car’s stations and took some pictures even though we were freezing and everything just seems like flying away because of the wind.

We bought the basic combo which includes the entrance to few other places like the Sky Dome, Sky Rex and also 3D Art Museum. Sky Dome is a small 3D cinema but it was nothing much really but the Sky Rex was quite fun. A 4D experience in Dinosaur’s world :D. The 3D Art Museum is also a very good place to visit if you enjoy taking pictures and all.

All these places is situated in a place called Oriental Village where you can find many kinds of food and souvenirs.

Another attraction nearby to the cable car area is Telaga Tujuh (Seven Wells) but you would need to climb 900 steps before you can reach the bottom of the waterfall. I went there during my first trip. It was tiring but satisfying as the view is really nice from up there. You can actually see the waterfall from the cable car. It will be on your right side on your way up.

By the time we finish our activities at the Oriental Village, it was almost time for lunch. We have planned to have lunch at a  place called Nasi Dagang Pak Malau. Nasi dagang, which literally means ‘Trading Rice’  is also one of Malay traditional food. It’s basically rice cooked in coconut milk served with fish curry. Nasi Dagang Pak Malau offered other options such as chicken curry and ‘Daging Kerutuk’ which was delicious by the way.

This place is very near to Makam Mahsuri (Mahsuri’s tomb) but we didn’t bother going there because the entrance ticket was like RM12.00 per person and I have been there once so it was okay. You can always read about the history anyway.

After lunch, we went to Haji Ismail Group complex to buy some chocolates. People always associate Langkawi with cheap chocolates because it’s a duty-free island but I believed that it was not that cheap now. Tinod said you can get 3 packets of Daim for RM40.00 before but it was like RM20.00 each now. Some of the chocolate’s prices didn’t even differ that much from other place. So, I didn’t buy so much. Besides, I am not a chocolate lover myself. Wan bought a lot for his family so we ended up spending hours at the shop choosing and choosing.

After the chocolate shopping session, we head back to our accommodation to have some rest and also perform our prayer.

That evening, we went to Pantai Cenang, one of Langkawi’s most visited place I believe. It is where the Underwater World is situated and there are loooooootttsssss of hotels, hostels, motels, you name it. Plus, there are so much variety of foods to choose from making it a very famous location especially among outside travelers. We walked along the beach and it was really packed with people. If you don’t like noisy and crowded place, then this might not be the place for you.

It was almost dinner time when we were done with our evening walk at the beach so we headed straight to Medan Selera Nelayan Bukit Malut, or should I call it seafood heaven? hehe. Luckily, there were not that many people when we first arrived so we got our order quite fast. What do you have to do when you arrived there? Pick your seafood and how would you like it to be cooked, get a number and choose a table.

We ordered Ikan Siakap Masak 3 Rasa, Sotong Goreng Tepung, Udan Butter, Ayam Masak Kunyit and Sayur Kailan Ikan Masin just nice for 4 people to eat and it only costs us RM88.00 muehehehehe.

With a wide smile on our face and full tummy, we headed back to our homestay.

We woke up quite late the next day, maybe because everyone was tired, driving (only for Wan and Halim), talking, walking and all. We had our breakfast at the house and went to Telaga Ayer Hangat. It is a natural salt water hot spring which is rare and can be found only in three other countries in the world. While fresh water hot springs are common and can be seen in several places, but not the salt water hot springs (thanks to the internet for the info). The entrance ticket is only RM5.00 per person but they also extra services like massage and Jacuzzi, which you can get with different price. The entrance ticket only gives you access to the well where you can soak your feet.

For lunch, we went to Kak Yan Nasi Campur. It is not your normal nasi campur guys. Here, there are so many dishes to choose from that you feel like taking everything because everything looks yummy and delicious and on top of that, they served one of the best Milo Ice in town haha 😀 It was rich and cheap at the same time. The food was really not disappointing and the price was also reasonable.

The rest of the journey is just checking out from the hostel, did some last minute shopping and also the flight back home. So, I’m just gonna stop here now and get back to work. This was drafted few days ago hence why you might feel a bit weird reading the first few sentences. I hope you may find this useful if you plan on going to Langkawi in future time. There is no picture that I can share here due to some problems but hope you guys liked it.

Till next time.

Love, Qien 🙂

 

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