Monday, June 16, 2014

Langkawi (Malyasia)

During the Easter/Anzac Day break this year Dave and I jetted off to spend six nights on Langkawi, a small island in Malaysia.

 

Unlike other places I've visited in South East Asia Langkawi was SO laid back. There's a notable absence of touts trying to sell you everything and anything as you headed out for a walk. This made window shopping for fabric (and other goodies) an absolute pleasure!. During an entire stay we only had "taxi" shouted at us twice (and one lot of taxi drivers told us they couldn't take us right now as they were eating...love it. It's always makan {eating} time in Malaysia)! 


We stayed in a quiet area on Langkawi, Pantai Tengah, that is a short walk from the main beach (and most developed area of the island, Pantai Cenang). We stayed in a lovely, and very small villa which means we had to head out for lunch each day (breakfast was provided and they had two restaurants for dinner...but at lunch you're on your own). Sounds simple right? Wrong! On our first day we walked for 1km in the stifling heat and humidity and hardly anywhere was open. It was so bizarre and so unlike anywhere else we'd been to in South East Asia! I think many visitors stay in large resorts here, which they never leave hence they have no issue getting themselves fed.

Never fear...we didn't starve. We did find a nice, open-air, place for some "proper Malaysian food" (at tourist prices) not far from our digs...



Speaking of breakfast, our villa offered a selection of cooked Western Style or Malaysian style fuel to get you going for the day. Any guesses what I went with each day?


Our villa was home to about 6 kitty cats and it was always a highlight if they came to visit us during breakfast!



Malaysia is pretty famous (to me anyway) for it's Ayam Goreng (fried chicken)...and we made quick work of sampling every piece of it we came across.  Newsflash: in Langkawi your KFC is served on a PLATE! Mind. Blown.



Whilst we're on the "junk food" side of things shall we have a look at what's on offer in the local 7-11s (yes I like chips...a lot)!



We found a very good restaurant one night that was in a villa not far from where we were staying. The restaurant, Fat Cupid, served a small collection of super delish Nonya-style Malaysian food. I think the highlight of the meal though was watching a herd of water buffalo stampede through the field not too far from our table!



Isn't it always the way that you discover the best thing on your last night. For us it was this great bar right on the beach...just 500m from our villa! We headed down to the beach for a sunset walk and saw this place buzzing. We sat, had some nibbles (Ikan Bilis for me and and satay for Dave) and a drink whilst we watched the sunset along with a myriad of parasailers take off and land on the beach.



Oh, and here's a tip for young players. That coconut you buy to drink on the beach whilst admiring the view. It's probably warm!


Langkawi has an excellent night market which I'm going to write about in a separate post...so stayed tuned! I think we've all had enough to eat for now.

4 comments:

  1. Mel...it would be reasonable to say I know nothing about Malaysia so this is really interesting. Looks like a beautiful place with delicious food. The buffalo herd is amazing, not what you often see in Sydney or Broken Hill while you are dining.


    Was there a particular reason you chose this island? I love your travels! x

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  2. Helen (grabyourfork)June 19, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Ha I love stalking grocery aisles when overseas. The different chip flavours are always a highlight!

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  3. Malaysia is great - I loved the combination of Indian / Chinese flavours in their cuisine. Bags trying the seaweed popcorn!

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  4. It looks like a lovely holiday break! I'd love to go to Langkawi one day - my fiance's half-Malaysian and I've been to KL once to meet his family. Hopefully we can spend more time next time in other parts of Malaysia!

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