Our Little Adventure : Langkawi Getaway

by - 2/03/2017 08:52:00 PM

I'd always enjoyed our little trips together, conquering one destination at a time. The both of us hadn't set foot in Langkawi since we were kids. So, when we were planning our next getaway, it seemed like the most obvious choice.

After doing some research, we decided against renting a car in Langkawi and opted for a 'RoRo' (Roll on Roll Off Ferry) service by Langkawi Auto Express instead. Honestly, if you don't mind the drive (the ferry departs from Kuala Perlis), I would recommend it. For those that are familiar with the ferry service from Penang Island to Butterworth, I'd say it's pretty much the same thing except that it takes longer, of course.

Day 1 - 30th January 2017

We set off from Penang in the morning and took the 1-hour drive to Kuala Perlis Jetty. We had to check in an hour early before the departure time (very much like a flight, yes), so we ended up having brunch at a Malay restaurant nearby and joined the queue of cars waiting.
The 'RoRo' Ferry that would take us to Langkawi
We noticed that there were some passengers who opted to stay in their vehicles, but it was a 2-hour ride, so we decided to explore the vessel since it was our first experience. The middle decks were meant for passengers - both air-conditioned with ample seats and movie screenings along with refreshment booths and of course, washrooms. I didn't really like the enclosed space as it made me feel rather seasick, so we spent most of our time on the upper deck, enjoying the breeze and the view as we slowly made our way towards Langkawi.
Land Ahoy! :p

We were meant to stay at D'coconut Hill Resort on Gunung Raya, but after reading some reviews that it was haunted etc, we decided against it (better safe than sorry, guys). Instead, I booked us in at Dayang Bay Serviced Apartments , as it was really hard to find a place that wasn't full as it was still peak season(CNY) and we only decided on this trip weeks before. Still, the room was spacious and we had no complaints.

We decided to unwind and enjoyed a couple's massage at Danai Spa before heading to Pantai Cenang.  After wandering around, we decided on Putumayo for dinner as the other places were pretty full, and we managed to get a table after a short 10-minute wait. Prices were a little dear by local standards, but we enjoyed our butter garlic lobster and mango chicken. YUMM.

We wandered along the beach town, soaking in the sights & sounds, exploring the local shops & stores until we got tired and left for the hotel.

Day 2 - 1st Feb 2017

Determined to make the most of our day, we got up early to catch the sunrise and headed downstairs for free breakfast.

We were going to visit the Langkawi SkyBridge and as there were a number of things to do, we decided that getting there early would ensure that we would have plenty of time to explore. We opted for a glass bottom gondola(RM105 per pax) so we could enjoy the view.

The ride up was segmented into three parts, so we spent some time wandering around & of course, taking photos.

Gorgeous view of the Andaman sea.
We also took the chance to partake in some cheesy couple-ly activities -Spot our lock :p
The ride down
Imagine our smug smiles when we saw the crowd queuing up for tickets! Guess getting up early wasn't so bad after all. We did have a quick walk through in the 3D museum, and it was pretty interesting, but we didn't bother with the rest of the attractions as the wait times were too long and left to visit Tanjung Rhu Beach instead.

I was surprised at how clear the water was. This trip really changed my perspective of Malaysian islands.
Mike was really craving for some good local fare, so I searched foursquare and found Kak Yan Nasi Campur in Kuah, and we made our way there. There was quite a crowd, but we still got there early before a busload of tourists arrived. Guess we got lucky(again!).

After bumming out at the hotel spa for some R&R, we headed back to Pantai Cenang to meet up with Mike's friend at Nest Rooftop Bar.

We ordered a couple dishes and drinks to share and watched the sunset.
Eventually, we got bored and decided to walk along the beach and went bar hopping. One worth mentioning was thirstday. The kitchen was still open, which was a plesant surprise, so we ordered a couple beers and pizzas to share to end the night.

Day 3 - 2nd Feb 2017

It was the day of our departure, but we knew that we had to visit the famous Yellow Cafe before leaving.
I ordered a steak with french butter, while Mike had (what looks like) lamb skewers.
After lunch, we headed to the Tanjung Lembing port where we boarded the ferry and left for Penang.
Ah, yes. I felt like my 'atas' meal with a view deserved some screen time. 

We had such a wonderful time, even though it seemed like we didn't do much; but sometimes, when you're in a long distance relationship, the mere presence of your other half is more than enough. Still, I hope to return again as there is so much we have yet to explore.

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  1. Where do I even begin? It looks like you guys had a great time- gorgeous views of the Andaman sea, activities and delicious food! This is definitely a getaway I'll need to consider.

  2. I hope you made some good memories there!

  3. Traveling with your other half is part of the great experience. The views really look refreshing. How early were you to see the sunrise?

  4. Looks like a great trips. I can't believe people just sat in their cars though while on the Ferry. I mean if it was only like 15 minutes I'd get it. But 2 hours? Get out, stretch, enjoy the view!

  5. Looks like an amazing getaway! it's always so nice to go somewhere for a short period of time! I am going to Edinburgh next weekend for 3 days and to France for 5 at the end of august! xx corinne

  6. What a beautiful trip! It looks like you had a great time. I love those sunrise photos, they're my favourite!

    Jasmine / www.jasminekeclipse.com

  7. Oh geez this Langkawi is gorgeous! After reading your post story, I am sold!

  8. wow what a place. you seem to holiday a lot. lucky girl. here is to wishing you many more such trips!

  9. I have heard so much about Malaysia and Langkawi island hopping tour. I am almost itching to go there! South East asia is marked with clear water and that is why tourists love going there. I have not yet seen better quality of sea water than in Andaman and Nicobar so i can totally relate! Thanks for sharing a well written post!

  10. Gorgeous photos, really. I haven't been to this part of the world at all, but it's on our list to see in the near future.

  11. What a wonderful place to be. I like to visit places like this with rich natural features like islands and beaches and the unique mountains and hills.

  12. Looks Beautiful! I especially love the lock idea. Looks like a fun adventure!

  13. Among the 5 original ASEAN countries, I have not been to Malaysia at all. Based on your pictures, this looks like a very nice place to visit as well aside from KL.

  14. That was a great weekend getaway. Loved the couple-ly activity too . That heart of locks is quite impressive. Langkawi beaches are so pretty. I have it on my list of places to see.

  15. Looks like a great place to explore and love the beach! I wish I can visit there some day!

  16. I absolutely loved Langkawi when I visited at the beginning of last year. Such a beautiful place and I agree the water is just lovely. Your post just makes me want to go back again sooner. Great photos.

  17. Wow Langkawi looks so inviting. I always dream to live near the beach with a gorgeous sunset/sunrise.

    I do agree with you on spending time (specially if you are in a long distance relationship) even if it is just a short time, but spending it with the one you love, it very rewarding.

  18. I went langkawi once and I totally have no mood for nothing! It's gorgeous and I simply just want to chill all day!

  19. I could sense how tedious are your trips then for such several segmented travels. I know you have enjoyed much of this long-dreamed trip of you. I like the heart which is full of locked hearts. I remember one of the songs line of the Beatles, "Please lock me away."

  20. When I visited Malaysia I didn't have a chance to visit Langkawi as well, only the Perhentian Islands, on the other side of the country. I would have loved to see Langkawi, the water indeed looks so clear and inviting to take a dip. What a gorgeous place to spend your holiday.

  21. Stunning beaches, quaint islands and yummy food! When I plan to visit Langkawi, I'll definitely refer your post!

  22. Langkawi was one of the places I wanted to go when we were in Malaysia. But due to time constraints, it didn't push thru. I would also like to bring my GF here the next time we visit :)

  23. Wow, you have just me miss Langkawi after reading your blog post. I once have been staying in Langkawi for 2 months when I was still 5 years old and I can truly say that there are so much changes and exciting things to do now. I'll surely go back here If I get the chance. By the way, I like how you were able to transmit your experience on this blog post of yours. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  24. Hey I just got back from one of the best vacations ever I was in Langkawi last week(July 9,10) and I really miss it.I loved the Mangrove river cruise ,Cenang beach at sunset was the best ever and Tanjhung Rhu beach.The cable car ride was okayish but I loved the views along the stops.We did KL and Langkawi on our trip.We had a bit of an issue finding vegetarian in KL and had to stick to indian food but Langkawi there was no problem at all in finding delicious veg food with a wide variety.I wish I go back there instead of attending college :(

  25. The first and last photos at day 2 are beautiful. I love how the sunrise and sunset were captured. The rooftop bar seems like a nice place to relax and appreciate the beautiful views.

    ❀ Grace ❀

  26. You guys seem to had an awesome time. I loved your pictures especially that of sunrise. Langkawi is on our list. The pristine beaches, the amazing sky and delicious food all are really inviting.

  27. Looks like a great place to chill and relax while enjoying the majestic panorama and cool fresh air. There are so many things to see in Malaysia and I think I will put this on my list.