It’s hard to believe I didn’t make any mention of my vacation in Langkawi; it was the main reason I was overseas last July. Not to mention, it was an incredibly memorable trip.
We travelled to Langkawi was because my brother’s host parents were visiting Malaysia. To thank them for their hospitality over the years, he organised an all expensive paid trip for them. Mum and I tagged along to help entertain them.
As far as timing goes, we flew off the day after Mum and I returned from Singapore. As a result, we didn’t have enough time to repack our luggage. It was a pity because the two of us prepared plenty of loose clothing to beat the heat. I must admit, the temperature in Langkawi was probably lower than Melbourne the past week.
A van was rented to move us around during our three day stay. To our dismay, the car was old and filthy. On top of this, there was barely any petrol in the tank. We payed quite a bit too.
Our first stop was The Loaf at Telaga Harbour. I was surprised to learn that The Loaf is owned Dr. Mahathir! I remember when he was Malaysia’s PM, that was quite a long time ago. Regardless, it was such an honour to dine at there. It’s a lovely bistro. The food was enjoyable and the ambience was delightful.
We ordered quite a variety of dishes including the avocado wrap, the pesto pasta and the mushroom soup. I really enjoyed the wrap; there’s something fulfilling about eating something healthy on a hot day. If I visit again, I want to try out their baked goods and as the uhuhu cheescakes.
With full stomachs, we took a short drive to Langkawi Cable Car. The scenery was amazing. Although it was terrifying at times to see how far up we were. It’s a real pity the sky was hazy that day. I’m sure it’ll be even nicer without the smog.
After purchasing a pair of slippers and a swimsuit at Oriental Village, we checked in at Berjaya Resort. Once we settled in, my cousin sister and I went for a quick swim at the private beach followed by a quick dip at the swimming pool. Our first night ended with a buffet at the cafe near the lobby, a few matches of table tennis and a lovely walk back to our chalets.
The next day started early. We had breakfast at the beachside restaurant, which served freshly squeezed juices. Their hash browns were also atypically shaped, which impressed me more than it should’ve. Halfway through breakfast, I realised I forgotten to transfer the photos from Pepper to my laptop. It was overflowing with the shots from Singapore. So, I rushed back to our chalet to sort it out. On the way back, I saw a wild monkey eating a banana.
I wasn’t really surprised. There was a banana tree right outside our front door. One of them even left a nice little souvenir… if you know what I mean. There were also plenty of flying squirrels around. I saw one glide between trees during our walk back the night before. They don’t seem too phased by people.