Monday, November 28, 2011

Langkawi Island (26Nov11)


Flew to Langkawi Island from Kuala Lumpur via Air Asia for RM 45 / pax (return fare)! Yeap Yeap! Got quite a good deal during the promo period :) Time for some cheap booze and CHOCOLATES !!!!!!!!!!!! ^_^

Rented a car from a friend's contact who owned a car rental. Wanted to get a Perodua Kancil but was given Proton Iswara Aeroback instead - with no power steering! UGHH! Cost us RM 160 for two and a half days. Petrol at our own cost. Tried to negotiate for a cheaper rate but was told it's considered peak period as it's the school holiday + Public Holiday for Awal Muharram. So.. supposedly, it's a good deal.. 
A word of advice, if you're planning to rent a budget car wile you're at Langkawi, try getting a Kancil/Viva....leave the Iswara alone.. :p

After paying the deposit of the car, we drove to Pantai Cenang to locate our hotel.
Managed to locate it and since it's only 9.30am, it's still too early to check in. So we decided to drive around & check out the island tourist spots with the help of the Langkawi map provided at the hotel's reception area.

Map for your reference if you're to lazy to search for one ;P

First stop was at the Langkawi  Cable Car (now known as Panaroma Langkawi).
Ticket priced at RM 30 and MyKad holder enjoys 50% discount.

Operating Hours
Mon, Tue, Thu : 10.00am - 7.00pm
Wed               : 12.00pm - 7.00pm
Fri, Sat, Sun , Public Holiday :  9.30am - 7.00pm

Parked the car at Oriental Village and made our way by foot towards the cable car base station. 

Oriental Village entrance.

Part of Mount Mat Chinchang can be seen at the background. Yes..the cable car or sky cab as they call it, takes you all the way to the top of Mount Mat Chinchang :)

On the way to the cable car station, came across the Rabbit Park.
Saw children keep begging their parents to buy them more carrots to feed the rabbits... :p

When we reached the cable car base station, luck wasn't on our side, It's closed !! A notice states that it's closed due to strong wind. But I don't think that's the case, because there's barely any wind at all that morning! So it must be some technical issues. Sigh...
We tried our luck again the next day - called them at (6)04 959 4225, only to be informed that waiting time will be approximately 2 hours as there's a LOOOOONGGGGG QUEUE!! Forget it...I'll come by next trip :)

After that, made a stopover at the Handicraft Cultural Village. 
Entrance is free :) They don't allow photos to be taken inside the building.. Googled and you can see some photos here.
Inside, there are things like handmade batik painting / clothes for sale, souvenirs items like weaved baskets, key chains, paintings, T-shirts & scarfs..

There's also a show gallery showcasing Malaysia's craft and culture. One that caught my attention was the many designs of congkak. Some were made of wood with such intricate wooden designs, very detailed..artistic... A shame that they don't allow photographs to be taken inside the gallery.. sigh..

Done with that, drove over to Faizy Crystal Glass Blowing centre which is located a few metres away from the handicraft centre (still within the vicinity) - It's about 15-20 minutes walking distance .

I haven't come across glass blowing in Malaysia curiosity sense heightened! :p

These are tools used to shape the glass. Uhh..where's the blowing pipe?

Glass colouring used to make the pretty little glasses

To begin with, glass mound would be put into this burning hot furnace

The glass maker guy start shaping the mound of burning hot glass mound... pulling, rolling & pinching...hmm..I still didn't see any glass blowing ...

and then...

Voila.. A SWAN!!  sorry..blurred photo.. was trying to catch a photo before they put it away into the cooling cabinet..

These are a clearer picture of one of the items made there.
Picture courtesy from

Consulting the map, we then drove up to Pantai Pasir Hitam (Black Sand Beach).

The sand is not totally black.. more to a mixture of normal coloured sand and a bit of black.

The massive cement factory can be seen from Black Sand Beach

Now.. how did this formation of stone happen?
Didn't spent too much time at Black Sand beach.. worth to skip if you have other activities planned. :p

We then drove to Air Hangat Village (Hot Spring Village).
16 Jalan Air Hangat, Mukim Air Hangat,
07000 Langkawi. 

Tel                   : +60 4 959 1357

Distance           :   14km from Kuah town
Opening Hours  :   Daily: 9.00am - 6.00pm
Admission         :   Free

It looks modern and quite well kept..and.. hmmm.. it looks different from what I saw prior to my visit at Langkawi Development Authority's website. 

There are a few people already there soaking their feet at the lake when we reached.

Tested the water temperature by dipping my finger into the water.. it's just the normal water temperature if being exposed under the hot sun.

I wonder if I was at the wrong place? hmmmm..Definitely wrong place.. should have explore the area more.. I wasn't so impressed and just walked back to the car.. LOL!

There are many more to visit if you haven't been to Langkawi Island.. Mahsuri Mausoleum (Makam Mahsuri), Padang Mat Sirat, Telaga Tujuh, Underwater World, Taman Buaya and Kilim Geoforest Park

Dropped by at Kuah town for a bit of chocolate and wine shopping :p If you like Hersheys chocolates, get them at any Haji Ismail Group shop as it's by far the cheapest compared to other places. Easily identified with their green theme painted wall/building, tehy have a few outlets spread around Kuah town. As for liquor/ cigarettes.. the price are competitive..I went crazy comparing prices between The Zon and other duty free the end, just TAKE, PAY and GO!! hahaha.. Check out where to shop .


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