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Monday, January 11, 2016

3D2N at Langgura Baron Resort, Langkawi, Kedah.

with Nehemiah, Angeline, Jack, Carmen and the fiance.
on 1-3 January 2016.

If you follow me close enough, you would know that we actually did not make it for our planned Singapore trip, again! Honestly, I don't even know why we ended up cancelling it. Heh. 


So, since we could not make it for the Singapore trip, I was craving for another short trip. Even few days in KL also I will be so happy. Unfortunately, we had to cancel on our KL trip too. We were both not in the right mind to go anywhere in fact in the month of December. 


However, at the end of November (if I remembered correctly), I managed to convince Koay that we should make a short trip to Langkawi on New Year's day. That's like 3 days of holiday and no need to apply annual leave. He of course said yes. He got choice meh? Hah.


Now all we needed to do was find people to go with. We asked around and not many are interested except for our favorite travel couple: Jack and Carmen! Then, Nehemiah called me and said he also ons to go on this trip with Angeline! So yay! 


On 12th December, I went into AirasiaGo and searched for good deals. I kinda liked the whole idea of getting our flights and hotels booked together on one website and one time payment. No hassle. 


Finding the right hotel was pretty difficult because I was torn between two location: Kuah Town and Cenang Beach. I chose the latter and boy, good thing I listened to Andrew. Heh. It was in the centre of everything. Night life, check. Shopping mall, check. Near to the airport, check. 


I wanted to book a hotel at Kuah Town because it was cheaper and I thought it was more convenient. Wrong! There are so many hotels at Cenang Beach and I just had to have more patience in finding the perfect one. Heh. 


It was late at night when we all decided that it's a go so being such an efficient person, I opened up my laptop and click away into the night. When I finally found the correct package, I immediately whatsapp-ed everyone to get their details to confirm! IT WAS SUCH A LONG NIGHT! Heh. 


Penang - Langkawi // 1 January 2016 // AK 6242 // 1630-1700

Langkawi - Penang // 3 January 2016 // AK 6247 // 0955-1000



The timing not so nice because we left in the evening and came home in the morning so it was a really shortest kind of holiday. Heh. Better than nothing lah okay. If we choose to go in the morning and come back evening, the flight itself will agak-agak cost us RM400. SIAU MEH!


I cannot tell you how much was the flight ticket in this case because it was an inclusive package with the hotel.


Hotel Langgura Baron Resort, Cenang Beach

- Superior Room (NEW WING).
- Breakfast not included.
- Free wireless internet.
- Basic toiletries (shampoo, shower gel and towels) provided.

Total for 6 persons = RM 1948.32


So, per person is only RM 324.72


Initially I thought that this is quite a good deal, but after I came back I calculated again and realized that it's pretty expensive.


You see ah. If you calculate properly, assuming that the flight ticket is RM150 per person, we are paying roughly RM175 per room per night and I feel that the hotel that we stayed at should not cost that much, but then again it was a peak season leh. So okaylah. 


I am not complaining on the money but it's just initially I thought I found such a great deal that I had to book immediately which I did, and actually thankfully I did because it was fully booked the next day. Phew. So this case win.


Hah. 



FIRST OF JANUARY
PENANG-LANGKAWI

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Momzay took us to the airport after a quick New Year's day Korean lunch at Daorae. So the very yums okay. Then, we went to pick Muthu and took an #ootdonlywhenitravel shot nearby. Heh. Feels so good to get away for a while. 

We got to the airport earlier than supposed to because. Hah. Just because lah. I think that 45 minutes that both Koay and I had at airport's McD was pretty lovely. 


I think my butt hasn't even warm the seat up and the pilot already announced that we were going to land soon. It was like what? 20 minutes flight? CRAZY FAST. I like!


Here's one reason why Koay and I makes the perfect travel buddies.


He loves the window seat and I love the aisle seat. No arguments needed here. Perfect or not. It may seem like a small thing but wait till when you go on a long trip and you don't get to have your preferred seat, then it won't be so perfect. Heh. So yes. 


Back to this.


The moment we reached, guess who facetimed me from Seoul? SHAKHOOLYNN! Since I was like distracted with her, I have missed out on the introduction of the man who passed to us the church van for us to use. 


Yes, we didn't have to rent any car because FGA so nice, gave us a van to use throughout our entire time there. Best.


But for those who wants to rent a car, do not rent online! It's more expensive! Rent at the airport when you arrive! It's a lot cheaper. Golden advice okay. 




We dropped the man back to his house and went to dinner straight. It was another headache because so many recommendations from everyone, but in the end we listened to Tyler who is currently living on that island to try on Veena Restaurant Thai Seafood. 


We already had our mind set to have Thai food so Veena it is. 




The set up is by the river side some more and it was near sunset time. Best. 
6 dishes and we ate till we so full not even funny okay. We only paid RM16 per person only! 




Then, it was check-in time. We were not tired but we needed to shower and change before we decide to explore Cenang Beach that night. 


We stayed at Langgura Baron Resort, located at Cenang Beach. 








We stayed at the new wing so most of their things seemed pretty new. The old wing is just opposite the building, chalet style. Very old and run down if you ask me. So I did booked the correct hotel. Heh. 


It's very spacious and the bed is very comfortable. The comforter, my favorite. I will definitely recommend this hotel to people. I will also stay at this hotel the next time if no free accommodation. 





In front of the lobby, there is this tour desk that got our attention because we wanted to do island hopping in the morning but we just wanted like a few hours kind of package. We found one that says Island Hopping (hah) and it costs us RM30 only for 4 hours starting at 9am, to 3 islands: Beras Basah Island, Singa Besar Island (for eagle feeding) and Lake of Pregnant Maiden.

I have always wanted to visit the Lake of Pregnant Maiden but never got the chance till this time. So, yes vote from me on this package!


We went back to the hotel and played One Night Ultimate Werewolf till don't know what time. Heh. Fun times!






SECOND OF JANUARY

Rise and shine! Holiday time can wake up early and be excited because well, no need to work so win ka liau. We skipped breakfast because it was really difficult to leave the comfy bed. Serious. We bought bread to bring to our 3 islands. 




The van picked us at Cenang Beach and transported us to the jetty which was like 5 minutes away. Again, my butt hasn't even warm the seat yet. 






Island number 1: BERAS BASAH ISLAND.






One of the finest sand beach that I have ever been. Water not so great. Actually, the water is not as crystal-clear and clean as Perhentian Beach. Cannot compare at all. But the sand, best! It's so flour-ish and soft. Love the sand.




Koay and I got hungry and ate half of our food-load already. Hah. The Malay-style koay teow is actually not that bad. Better than his burger with what meat? Hah.


We bought these at the jetty and it's so expensive so please have discipline to wake up earlier and go get better food to pack to the islands. Learn from our mistakes please. Heh.








On the way, the boat stopped and showed us this.




I can't explain why but I was very excited after I saw the "pregnant lady". So excited Koay gave me the one-sided-eyebrow-raise. Heh.




Island number 2: SINGA BESAR ISLAND.


This one sorry ah. I was busy looking at eagles feeding on bits and pieces of chicken meat. Our boat was pretty close to them so quite amazing okay. We didn't exactly go down to the island so I have no idea if that was really the Singa Besar Island, but there were a lot of eagles flying over us, so 1 point for them.


Island number 3: LAKE OF PREGNANT MAIDEN a.k.a. Dayang Bunting.


This was most of our first time so I was most looking forward to this. I have always seen photos of people talking about it and stuff so this time, so happy I got to try it. 


This is how it looks like from Google. 




So interesting right? 


One thing though. It's a lake so that means nobody has any clue what's in the water? That was the scary part for me actually. Jumping into something that you don't know of is super scary. Oh myy. 


There were so many other tourists so we actually had to wait for our boat's turn to drop us. Quite fun actually although very packed. 






Be prepared to walk a little to get to the lake. Yes, got up-hill and down-hill but not that bad actually. A lot of stairs. I got a little tired so you may be okay since I have zero stamina whatsoever. Heh. 


Entrance fee is RM3 and no, not included in the package price.




Actually Koay also damn scared with not knowing what's in there, but a boy is always a boy. So, he was the first person to dive in. DIVE IN OKAY! I was like slowly going in because scared don't know what's in there.

At one point of swimming, he even got himself to try touch the deepest base. He has got some guts I tell you. But apparently halfway only he got scared already and quickly came up. Hah. A for efforts, Mut. 


 Some information you may want to know when you are there:


This is a fresh-water lake.


No salt whatsoever so means you cannot float on your own.

Want to float means keep kicking those legs in the water.

For those who don't know how to swim, forget it. Just sit on the deck and sun-bathe.

I'm kidding. They have life-jacket rentals there so no worries.

RM10 per life-jacket so get it if you feel like your leg is not that strong or obviously if you can't swim. (Koay managed to convince me not to rent one because he can support me when my legs got tired). 

I recommend to spend that RM10 on that life jacket.

Then again, it was more fun swimming without the life-jacket and I'm a risk taker so yeah.

If you don't feel like being in the water, they have kayak and swan-paddle for rental as well. 

MUST GO IN WATER LAH ACTUALLY! WATER DAMN SYIOK!


You're welcome :)


So, that was basically the 4 hours trip to the 3 islands. We arrived at Cenang Beach at about 1pm and since the Cenang Beach was just opposite our hotel, we thought why not walk over and have a look. 

Actually Cenang Beach is a very long-stretched beach so if you stay at Cenang Beach, you are already very near to the beach. 


Then, someone suggested that we go for the non-motorized sport: banana boat! 

We paid RM70 for the entire banana boat, which I thought was pretty okaylah. It was just that moment after we paid for it that I realized the sea was really calm. So, what fun will we be expecting?


It was still fun lah because the man brought us really far out to the ocean and intentionally made all of us fall out of the boat at the end. Not bad lah. I won't highly recommend it if the sea was so calm. 




It didn't show in the all the photos, but the sun was doing her job that day. If you see me now, you would noticed that all our skin got burned a little bit more. 


After Cenang Beach, we only had 20 minutes to shower and get ready for the rest of the day. Why 20 minutes ah? Because if its more than 20 minutes, for sure some will fall asleep on the bed while waiting to take turns to shower. Heh. Military style holiday okay. 





 We went to swap vehicles and then to Kuah Town for shopping! No wait, we ate lunch first. Very late lunch at a economy rice kind of restaurant. It was pretty expensive but since we all hungry, just makan lah so we can have more time to shop. Heh. 

I bought RM300 worth of chocolates! It's crazy I tell you. Everything was so cheap I cannot not buy you know. You will understand me if you love chocolate but you are not really willing to spend on them in Penang or wherever you are currently living. 


IT'S SO RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP!




Guilty as charged. Heh.


Come my house and I will feed you with all these! LOVE IT!


After shopping, we wanted to do Langkawi Cable Car during sunset so cable car ride it is. Actually, also because so that Nehemiah can propose to Angeline, overlooking the scenic view and while the sun sets. Romantic pun this Indian. Hah.




Take note that there weren't a lot of people during evening time because all shops at that area was already closed but good thing is no need to line up. So, I prefer to go up in the evening. 


Also, go about 5pm-6pm because the entrance to SkyBridge closes at 630pm. We got there chun-chun at 630pm so we were not allowed to go to the SkyBridge. That was sad but we were okay with it lah. 







Guess who is afraid of heights?

His palms and feet were sweating so badly but the weather was not hot at all. It was cooling and so windy. It's probably because of the wind that he barely looked up and enjoyed the sunset view. 

It is the world's steepest cable car ride. Heh. 


I will not share photos of the proposal here because the lovely couple would like to keep it within themselves. So, if you want to know, just wait till their wedding day. Heh. 




Me: Babe! Our turn! Let's take nice couple shot.
Him: Joms! 
Me:  Oh oh oh! My skirt flying everywhere! NO!
Him: *tries to block/hold my skirt with his leg*

Our conversation while trying to get a decent shot with his red-ahpek-bag. Also lesson to be learnt: don't wear skirt when planning to go up up. 

  
 
 
  

 

Well, that was a fun 2-minutes photoshoot. Heh. 


Welcome to the club, Nehemiah and Angeline :)



Oh oh! One of the things that I got crazy about when I was there is this Nutella-to-go thing! I bought one last year when I was in Malacca for RM9.90! Here it's only RM3.90!

OH MY GOODNESS! I DON'T KNOW WHY I DIDN'T BUY BACK A CARTON!




Oh! I remembered already! Bag no more space. Downs. 


It's okay because I'm going again this year! YEEHAW!


Our last dinner in Langkawi was pretty standard. It's very close to where our hotel is. Actually I don't like that dinner. The ikan bakar is overpriced, overcooked and tasted below normal. So no thanks again. Heh.


We had maggi cup for supper in our room, playing the werewolf game again. Hah.




THIRD OF JANUARY

Time for the temporary goodbye.No photos taken because everything was pretty rushed. Not really also. It was a sad day lah okay. 

My parents told us that they were not going to check the cabin luggage but that day, everyone's bag had to go through the scanner so good thing we didn't buy anything that exceeds the limit. 

You have to stay in the island for like 48 hours then you can bring back all these, per person okay.

1 litre of alcohol (I bought 6 bottles of Somersby which is fine)
1 carton of cigarettes
Chocolates worth RM500 (I read this somewhere but not so sure if its really true)

Something like that. So yeah, shop wisely people :)

That was the shortest getaway but it was a really needed one, especially for Mut. 

Looking forward to our next trip already!


TOTAL MONEY SPENT/per person
For 3 days and 2 nights at Langkawi, Kedah


PENANG-LANGKAWI-PENANG via Airasia + 2 nights stay at Langgura Baron Resort, Cenang Beach : RM 324.72

Transport around the island (van/car) : Sponsored by FGA Langkawi

Petrol : RM 7

Food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) : RM 75
Island Hopping (Beras Basah Island, Singa Besar Island, Lake of Pregnant Maiden) : RM 33
Banana boat ride at Cenang Beach : RM 12
Cable car ride : RM 20
Chocolate/Liquor shopping : RM 425

RM896.72

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