Well its been a relaxing, enjoyable and exciting few days.
Firstly we stayed in Langkawi, which mainly consisted of lying by the pool/beach, swimming around and eating seafood.
Whilst Langkawi as a place was beautiful, it had the feeling of being anywhere in the world, there were so many Aussies and Indians around, it never actually felt like Malaysia. Our highlight must have been sitting on the beach drinking cocktails celebrating bonfire night by watching a couple of fire works, someone drawing a love heart with fire on the beach for us and watching nature produce a wonderful lightning storm a mile out to sea.
After a few days we decided to go to Penang which is another island a couple of hours south of Langkawi. Instantly we realised this was more suited to us as it was less touristy, more scenic and felt more authentic. We stayed in a place called Batu Ferringhi which had a wonderful beach, warm waters and amazing scenery.
Our guest house was right on the beach….The only downside was that it was right next to a mosque which meant chanting at 5.30 every morning which was a little surreal to be woken up to. However on our first breakfast we were lucky enough to see a family of monkeys coming down to the beach a few metres away from us to feed on fresh fruit. Michelle squealed with delight until she realised we had forgotten the camera!
We decided to go to Penang National Park which was an amazing experience. We treked through the humid rainforest for 4 miles to get to a secluded beach. Along the way we saw a family of monkeys crossing our path and down to the beach where they were enjoying playing and relaxing on the rocks, a large lizard lazing around, millions of ants over our path, spiders, birds, butterflies and who knows what was watching us from the trees.
Just as we got to the beach the heavens opened and we ran for cover as an almighty storm erupted leaving us soaked and for the first time since leaving England we had goosebumps! We were soon joined by other hikers including about 30 Muslim school children who insisted on us eating their yummy cup cakes, we couldn’t refuse that offer!
Michelle had insisted every night that she wanted a fish pedicure so I finally gave in and had a truly horrible 30 minutes as these larger than I thought fish ate my feet and seemed determined to tickle me as much as possible. Safe to say I doubt I’ll be doing that ever again!
That night another storm came over producing rain like I have never heard before, looking out the window I could not see more than 5 metres because of it. Then suddenly the whole room lit up and shook as lightning struck a building close by…. such were the vibrations it felt like we were in an earthquake, Michelle just rolled over and carried on snoring!
Next up Kuala Lumpur.