5th Port of Call
We had breakfast then went onto the deck to watch the ship dock at Langkawi. Our first impressions of the scenery were good! Once again, as we walked of the ship and onto the dock there were many taxi drivers with maps in hand wanting us to choose them to do a tour of the island, we didn't, instead we asked prices then walked onto a Resort where a taxi driver was waiting for business. We asked if he did tours and he did, what was better the price was cheaper so we didn't bother to barter.
Our driver was lovely, he spoke good English and his favourite saying was "no worries Langkawi" . He was most obliging, making many photo stops for me, and took us everywhere we wanted to go. We finished early, seen all we wanted, and gave him a tip for his excellent service.
Well, Langkawi was beautiful and laid back, at that time you didn't even have to lock your car door, it was quite safe then.
Some of the places he took us to were the Rice Museum. Rice is grown in Australia, so we went into the Museum and found the story on rice to be very interesting. The museum showcases the paddy cultivation process in Malaysia and displays all kinds of tools and equipment which have been used in the trade over the years. Sixty North Korean artists have painted murals covering the history of paddy cultivation in Malaysia.
The Museum shows the history, culture and significance of paddy farming in Kedah and is dedicated to the hardworking paddy farmers. Other attractions include an herbal garden, souvenirs and handicrafts, rice-based food demonstrations, festivals and exhibitions.
After visiting inside the museum, we made our way outside to see the paddy farmers working and harvesting rice in the fields. Visitors can participate in padi planting.
The Oriental Village is a must see, as its here that the Langkawi Cable Car operates from. The cable car takes you up 709 metres, a 2.2km climb @ an incline of 42 degrees. If it is fine, you can walk on the sky bridge which is located 700metres above sea level, spanning 125metres across a chasm, evidently, there are great views from here (we didn't get to see as it was closed)
When we were there, it was fine & sunny, by the time we reached the middle, torrential rain had begun to fall. The gondola to the top had stopped operating for safety reasons, and the sky deck was closed for the same reason. By the time we reached the bottom, they had stopped people from going up. The weather changes very quickly here. Even though we didn't get to see the beautiful views, the trip here was scenic.
Our next stop was a tour our taxi driver recommended and one we were grateful he did.
The tour was by boat through the tranquil water where the mangroves grew, here we stopped briefly at a the "Hole in the wall fish farm."
We visited the fish farm as part of a long tour, but you can come here on your own accord, either to view the farm, or to dine in the Restaurant.
The Hole in the Wall is the only floating restaurant on Langkawi Island and is located inside the fish farm at the Kilim estuary on the northern part of the Island. It was in a pretty spot with striking limestone cliffs, quiet waters and Mangroves.
The specialty of this restaurant is that they serve the freshest seafood cooked in authentic Malay style in Langkawi.
I was allowed to pat and feed a Stingray and large Bat fish, plus other sea creatures.
Heading on, we went by boat through a low cave with quite a few bats
We stopped a little further on for the captain to throw chicken meat into the water, dozens of eagles appeared from no-where, picking up the meat in their claws and flying away to eat it. From here, he took us to the open sea and around an island, then back down the river, and onto another cave where we stopped. Off the boat for a guided walk through the cave, then back into the Boat to return to port. There were heaps of monkeys waiting, one cheeky fella hopped onto the Boat.
We enjoyed this tour very much.
Finally we made it to Eagle Square in Kuah Town. As you most probably guessed, Eagle square is named after the giant
12 metre high red coloured Eagle statue, that looks like he is in mid flight.
The island is named after this magnificent bird, "Lang" meaning bird and "Batu Kawi" meaning brown stone. This area was rather nice and was surrounding by some green parks.
Kuah town is located on the South East of the Island and is the main shopping centre, and has duty free shops.
Next door is "Legends of Langkawi" a 50 acre scenic park with beautifully landscaped gardens. It has 17 monuments depicting local legend and artificial lake.
Unless it has changed since I was here, remember to bring Toilet paper from your accommodation with you. Here, you could buy it for .20c as the sign says, but quite often you can't.
It was back to the ship after a very enjoyable days outing. This was our last port of call, from here we went to Port Klang where some passengers were dropped of and then we made our way back to Singapore for embarkation.
The stops were good, but we didn't enjoy the Superstar Gemini at all - Wouldn't recommend sailing on that ship unless it is your first cruise.