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Monday, July 21, 2014

Langkawi 2014

We had a holiday in Langkawi from 5-7 July 2014. Our last trip here was in 2011. Aileen and Aunty CL joined us on this trip. We left Penang just after lunch via Firefly. This was Jianna's first time on an airplane. We asked Jianna before the trip, "What are we going to do in Langkawi?" to which Jianna answered, "Buy potato chips!"

Accommodation was at the Federal Villa Beach Resort at Pantai Tengah.

[Jianna in the Firefly cabin]

[Jianna's first flight: We landed in Langkawi!]

[We ALL landed in Langkawi!]

Day 1
After settling in, we went to the beach.

[The kids in the sea and sand]

[Jianna in a spot]

[They boys in water-fight]

We had dinner at the Cactus Restaurant, just across the road from the resort.

Day 2
At about 9.45am, we went on a 2-hour mangrove tour (we paid RM270). The itenerary included the Bat Cave, fish farm (highlights include the spitting trigger fish and the sting ray), Crocodile Cave, eagle feeding, and a ride past the Kilim Geoforest Park "icon" (which is actually just a signage). At one point, when we explained to Justin that we were in the open sea, he asked, "Are they opening it now?"

[Jianna and Julian on the mangrove tour]

[Bats in the Bat Cave]

[Julian gingerly holding a large shellfish]

[Entering the Crocodile Cave]


Lunch at Kuah town. After lunch at about 2.00pm, we took the cable car at the Oriental Village up to Gunung Mat Cincang. Julian was a bit nervous during the ride but Justin loved it. The weather was generally misty but had its clear moments. At the top station, we took photos with Mickey Mouse. We also bought postcards for the kids to post home (there's a post box at the top station...).

[View from the top]

[Jianna posting her postcard]

At about 3.30pm, we boarded the Duck Tour on a 40-minute ride from the Oriental Village, into the sea at the Telaga Habour Resort area, and onto the road again back to the Oriental Village. It was basically just a ride, no commentary unlike the one we experience in Malacca. Justin was a bit scared of the sea water splash and Jianna dozed off during the ride.

[The Langkawi Duck Tour]

Dinner was at the popular Rootian Seafood Restaurant at Kuah town with the intention of attending mass at 8.00pm. However, the wait for dinner was so long that we missed mass that weekend.

Day 3
On the last day, we made a visit to the Buffalo Farm at about 10.00am. On hindsight, we should have arrived a little later because the pens were being washed when were arrived and the smell from the manure was quite strong. On this visit, we saw a new born calf, probably born the day earlier. But sadly it was smothered in manure.

[Julian feeding a buffalo]

We were hoping to visit the Friendly Farms to check out their cheese produce but they were closed for renovations. So we headed back the Pantai Cenang area for retail therapy.

[The kids and an M&M's]

After checking out, we made quick stops at the Air Hangat hot springs and Pantai Pasir Hitam (Black Sand Beach) before making our way to the airport to catch our return Air Asia flight.

[Ahhh! Nice...]

[Is this sand really black?!]

On the whole, we did more than our previous visit, and it was an enjoyable holiday overall. By the way, the postcards arrived after about one month.

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