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Watching the rain at Langkawi

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Apartment on the duty free paradise or Langkawi, where there are miles of perfect sand beaches and cheap drinks. What more could you ask? Well, some sun would be nice actually.

Our Finnish delegation arrived to the Langkawi airport late at night. The delegation consisting of me, my parents, my sister, two other Finnish girls who had been studying in Kuala Lumpur and the boyfriend of one of the girls. We had rented an apartment from the town of Kuah where we then proceeded to set up our base of operations. This meant basically buying some food, and plenty of ridicilously cheap beer, and some even more cheaper vodka.

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We acquired ourselves a car and were ready to explore the island. But then it started raining, so we changed our plan and stayed inside watching CSI from TV. Seriously there must be about a dozen versions of CSI going on TV here, SCI New York, CSI Miami Vice, CSI Las Vegas, and the very much advertised CSI Paranormal, whatever the hell that is. And they all are on TV constantly, oh and there was of course Master Chef Australia.

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Anyway, as the rain finally did give us a few breaks, we ventured out to explore the island itself. Lankgawi is actually the biggest of about a hundred islands that together create the archipelago known as Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah. Seriously, that is the official name. The archipelago is situated close to the coast of Thailand, about an hours flight from Kuala Lumpur.

Our land lord had recommended visiting the local organic fruit farm, which we then did one morning. We had a tour of the farm and ate fruits straight from the trees with our guide telling us about the different fruits and trees as we drove around. Then we had a buffet breakfast of fruits at the end, which was awesome. The dragon fruits were just amazing, so juicy and sweet. I had quite a few of them. Probably the most healthy breakfast I’ve had for a while.

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We also climbed up to two waterfalls on the island, namely the Seven Wells waterfall and the Durian waterfall. Near the Seven Wells waterfall you also have a cable car that allows you to get on top of Gunung Machinchang, from where you have nice views for that part of the island.

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From top of Gunung Machinchang you can then walk over the Langkawi sky bridge to an another peak, where you can, well, do absolutely nothing. I mean seriously. There is a bridge that goes over to the other peak, but there is nothing there. I mean not even a restaurant. If there was just a café then it would make perfect sense, but there is nothing. It literally is a bridge to nowhere, but at least the views are nice.

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One thing about Langkawi thou, it is tax free, and while beer and alcohol is very expensive in Kuala Lumpur, it is ridicilously cheap on Langkawi. But it is definitely one of those places where you need a car to be able to explore the whole island, thankfully renting a car is quite cheap and relaxed.

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P.S: You can find more photos from Langkawi at Tiia’s blog post about Langkawi (one of the girls who’d lived in Kuala Lumpur) at langkawi easy living, sorry Finnish only

2 Comments

  1. It was certainly a romantic place to visit. I didn’t go to the waterfalls, though. Went for the island tour with the wild eagles feeding by the sea, and the lake of the pregnant maiden, and a chopper ride. My group went for the sky bridge and cable car. I went higher. :-)
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    • It is a pretty cool place to visit. A chopper ride? wow, that must’ve given nice views of the island!