It was up north that I and my family decided to go for a short break (taking advantage of the school holidays, what else). Firstly I have not gone to Langkawi for quite a while (the last being ’94 or ’95 for me, and never for my kids), and secondly we also have not visited Perlis for a couple of years.
On Thursday we made our way up, got at Maksu’s house in Kangar and stayed overnight. And got on the ferry the next morning.
We stayed at Mali Perdana Resort, a nice beach motel located at Pantai Chenang. Affordable, good location, decent facilities. Oh, and it’s managed by a friend of mine, Pn Harliyana Yahaya. So next time you make a booking, just mention my name to her and you might get a discount. Maybe.
Oh yes, the beach. The thing that we have to check out the moment we checked in (um, no pun intended). It’s a nice stretch where you don’t get too many people, so you’d appreciate the quiet and private time with the family.
At this time of the year the waves are quite strong (‘beralun-alun‘ according to our northern friends) so we couldn’t get to play too far from the beach.
The next day (Saturday) in our rented car (RM 100 per day in a new Saga) we set out to explore Langkawi. Or whatever we could anyway. After having breakfast at Pantai Chenang we took the shore road northward, passed the Langkawi airport, and made our way to Gunung Raya. On the way we stopped at a lookout point with a nice hilly view. Well, to get to the ‘nice view’ we have to climb down a series of steep stairs. What with three little kids on tow we thought ‘No thanks, we’ll enjoy it from up here’.
Then we got there. Gunung Raya is the highest point in Langkawi. I know, at 881 m it is not much as a gunung (mountain), but there we were. At least it is higher than the highest point in Singapore. 🙂
There’s an observation tower that we went up to get the best view.
Why was Hannah unhappy? Good question. Because there’s a lot of creeping bugs on top of the tower. Well they are actually moths, quite a lot of them (with different kinds also) which somehow liked it up there.
Afterwards, a must-see for the kids. What else. Animals. So we went to the Langkawi Wildlife Park, located near Kampung Belanga Pechah.
So that was one Saturday in Langkawi. The rest was just eating, strolling and a little shopping.
Sunday was about getting back to mainland. Ferry to Kuala Perlis (should have expected crowds and delays due to the school holidays), dropped by at Mak Tua’s house in Beseri for lunch (and afternoon siesta) before getting down south.