Langkawi, Perinthians and Singapore
09.02.2013 - 24.02.2013 30 °C
There are a few sore heads this morning after an amazing weekend in Singapore with Sammy and Kat. We arrived on Friday after a 14 hour overnight train down from the Perinthians, and it was pretty clear from the outset we would need to write this weekend out of the budget. Sipping champagne at beach clubs, beer towers, Raffles Singapore slings and lobster brunch at the Fullerton followed and Rob has decided he quite likes this backpacking lark! We loved Singapore and can easily see why so many friends have decided to move here.
Before this blowout weekend we have enjoyed two back to back beach holidays after spending a week in Langkawi and a week in the Perinthians. Its pretty hard to decide which is the more beautiful! We stayed in a great place in Langkawi called Pondok Keladi which was on the outskirts of Pantai Tengah. Owned by the hilarious Di, it was one of our favourite guest houses; even though it was a 15 minute walk to the beach Di would often drive us and tell us random stories about how he is best friends with a Malaysian princess and an Indonisian rock star! The beaches were absolutely stunning and we got to see quite a bit of the island by hiring a moped. We went up the cable car and ventured to a night market, but most of the week was spent on the beach or in our favourite beach bar. We were there over Chinese New Year, but not a lot was really going on on the island, but we did have a token Chinese meal and saw a lion dance.
It was then onto the Perinthians and another long overnight journey. We happened to be travelling with a guy that lived on the Perinthians but worked in Langkawi and he was able to fill us in on the best places to stay as we were so early in the season. The monsoons hit the east coast of Malaysia and it was a bit hit and miss at to whether it would be raining all week! We had to stay in Coral Bay as the main area Long Beach wasn't open yet. We walked through the jungle to check it out when we first arrived and it did look post apocalyptic with winds, rough sea, no one in sight but piles of burning rubbish and half built buildings! However Coral Bay was a lot calmer, and after a few stints of heavy rain on the first couple of days, the skies cleared and we were back to the beach life we are now accustomed to! The water there is really clear and we snorkelled most days, and took boat trips/ hired a kayak to other smaller deserted beaches which were beautiful.
We also got to stay in a beach bungalow about 3 meters from the sea as there was 30% off rates due it being so early in the season - happy days!
The food in both islands was a million miles away from the amazing hawker stalls in KL and Penang, but the Perinthian restaurants (there were just 3 to chose from!) did some pretty good BBQ fish, even if they did serve it with melon and banana bread.
So now its time to say goodbye Malaysia and take on our next two countries. Today we fly to Cambodia for 3 nights to see Ankor Wat, and then onto Ho Chi Minh for our Vietnamese adventure!
Tan; its official, after a mere 7 weeks of sunshine I actually have one!
Food; random on the Islands, but pretty sweet in Singapore
Books; just finished the wasp factory, very strange
Bites; not one on either of us - whoop!