Greg & Tracy - 2016 Europe & Asia travel blog

Panoramic view from our patio ... Royal Agate Hotel

Ceneng Beach ... across the street from our hotel ... yahoo ......

At night these boats are out with their green lanterns fishing

Check out these tiger prawns!!!

Calm beach walk at 7:30am. Beach is flat with nice hard sand...

Gassin up ... cost about .60 cents a litre ... day trip...

Rain clouds are just starting to lift! Golf course half way across...

Monkeys 𯐒 monkeys and more monkeys ... they have no fear!

Gotta stop to check the map ... we drove 150km this day...

 

The island has a gondola that goes to the top peak ......

Helemts are mandatory ... this one stunk SO bad

Sometimes in order to take the road less traveled... you have to...

Tanjung Rhu Beach ... north side of the island

In monsoon season its sunny one minute ... and then the next,...

Sunset from our room ...


After a quick 45 min flight from Kuala Lumpur we arrived on the island of Langkawi on the north west coast of Malaysia. When we were in Malaysia 10 years ago, we didn't come here as it was monsoon season ... well this time around, we are just catching the last bit of the rainy season and have sun showing on the forecast in the next few days. No worries though as its still warm (approx 27-30 degrees) and a bit of rain reminds us of home.

Due to the rain, everything is still very green and lush ... with nice long white sandy shell sand beaches. The water is warm and the swimming great.

After a few days here speaking with locals and people we've met ... Langkawi has changed significantly in the past few years. Construction is rampant, many new big hotels going in and what was a quiet, laid back seaside town, is becoming a busy, noisy and active tourist destination. Even big chain stores are coming in... Converse, Adidas, Starbucks, McDonalds and KFC ...

One of the positive things about the increase in development here, is the incredible number of great restaurants, stalls and beach huts for us to eat at. The seafood, Thai, Indian, Malay and Chinese food is SO good! We have had some of our BEST meals in Malaysia ...

Langkawi is a duty free area ... which means some things here are dirt cheap. Several large "duty free malls" have opened where you can get really good deals on liquor. Within a 30 day period (they track this by registering and tracking purchases on your passport) you are allowed to buy 72 beer and 5 litres of wine or booze. A customs officer is stationed in each of the duty free stores and records your info. The limits and tracking are new within the last few months. Some of the small corner stores will sell beer for the same price ... but we've been told that once their current supply is gone, they will either have to pay the new duty and taxes or stop selling it. Long story short ... right now you can get a can of beer for 2 myr ... or 0.63 cents and a bottle of the scotch we drink for $41 myr or $12 bucks cdn. An average meal is (curry, chicken or noodle type dish) is about $3-4.00 cdn. We went to a fancier Indian/Arabic restaurant last night and after stuffing ourselves on garlic naan, chicken butter tikka masala, salad and rice along with two beers ... the dinner was still only$30.

The hotel we are at is across the street from the ocean and with Greg's great negotiation skills, we got the weekly rate down to allow us to stay in a room with an ocean view (Royal Agate Hotel). Its simple, clean, comfy beds with okay bedding and TV with a few english channels ... even a continental breakfast for $55 a night. A good deal considering how much the accommodation prices have gone up in the past few years. No more $20 a night.

We plan to stay her for the next 10 days ... do some island exploring, tours, hikes and day motorbike trips.

Xoxo

Tracy



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