Our Langkawi Trip – Part 1
If I have to choose two words to describe our Langkawi trip, they are “exciting” and “tiring”. I’ll elaborate about those 2 words a long the way.
We went to Langkawi on a nice sun shiny Monday from Kuala Perlis. I would like to thank our good Perlis dweller friends, Pidun + Anis and Shini + Zai for all their assistance in making our journey smoother. Pidun has taken a good care of my Proton Waja, helped me picked up the car from a workshop Kangar (some air cond problem – we thought the gas wasn’t enough) and he also helped us get a Proton Wira to be rented (RM60 per day) in Langkawi. Shini + Zai has taken few hours off from work and drove us from Hotel Putra Palace, Kangar to Kuala Perlis jetty in their new Toyota Innova SUV (remember, our Waja was serviced). At the end of our short vacation, Anis fetched us from the Kuala Perlis jetty and got us to our vehicle. We really appreciate their kind assistance and that shows how valuable a friendship is 🙂 .
At the jetty, we opted for the ferry which was just about to leave the jetty. We paid 2 adult and 2 children tickets which cost all together RM62. Alya, my youngest daughter was not charged because she is bellow 3 years old. The ferry left the port at 1 pm sharp and we arrived at the jetty in Kuah, Langkawi roughly at about 2 pm. Handling 4 big luggages alone was quite physically challenging. I carried and dragged the bags into and outside the ferry and then into our rented car. Why were there 4 bags? Because it contained attires for me, my wife and my three kids (+ their drypers!!!) for 2 nights and 3 days. On top of that, my wife always have the tendency of bringing extra clothes in case of emergency. While I was lifting those bags, my wife hold tight of my 3 kids along the journey. It was not easy traveling with small kids (5, 3 and 2 years old) but they’re our life and we do not want to be separated from them. We want to spend all the exciting growing up time with them.
The guy who handed us the Proton Wira key gave us a free useful map of Langkawi complete with various tourist attraction and ads printed on it. It was a very informative piece of colourful paper and it helped us finding the direction to the 3 star Awana Porto Malai Hotel, located at south west of Langkawi island. I recommend anybody who wanted to visit Langkawi to get hold of those information paper+map before coming to the island. You can asked your nearby travel agent for it. (We intended to stay at BayView Hotel at Kuah Town. However the rooms are suddenly fully booked).
The journey to the hotel took us about 45 minutes, 15 minutes longer then the normal duration simply because we entered the wrong road. We’ve to make a u turn and after a while safely arrived at Awana Porto Malai. Checking in was simple and easy because we’ve made a reservation and paid earlier using credit card. They gave us a room at the end of the wing because they don’t want our small kids to be interrupted with their very noisy show at night. I’ll make a special review on Awana Porto Malai Hotel very soon. I’m not going to cover the hotel review in this entry.
My son can now be trusted to snap photos of us… 🙂
The original plan that afternoon after checking in the hotel was to go to Gunung Machincang, the cable car is there; OR to visit Under Water World. However, after consulting with the receptionist, we were informed that those two places are closed at 6.00 pm. So, we changed our plan. Instead, we went to the Bazaar at Kuah Town Center. Various items were up for sell and we feel like buying everything. Luckily, we’re still rational. Who’s going to carry extra luggage later when we are going off from the island??? That will be me. So, we restricted our spending to just few basic items such as chocolates, foods, small souvenirs etc. Then, we had a simple dinner at some nearby restaurant. Finally, we returned to our room at Awana, did some review on what we’ve spent and slept…zzzzz…….
Cash spent on day 2:
1. Car renting: RM 120 (for 2 days)
2. Breakfast+lunch+beverages+dinner: RM19.60
3. Ferry fairs: RM62.00
4. air con repair and service (My Proton Waja): RM 100.00
5. Fuel/petrol: RM20.00
6. Various food/souvenirs: RM215
7. Hotel: RM257.76 (888 offer-paid online 3 days earlier)
Total on Day #2: RM794.36
Total spent (Day#1 + day#2) : RM241 + RM794.36 = RM1035.36.
Please refer to Day # 1 – We’re Presently In Kangar, Perlis for the detail expenditure for day#1 🙂