Resort Island of Langkawi

Trip Start Jan 20, 2010
Trip End Apr 15, 2010

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Gecko Guesthouse
Green Hill "Resort"

Flag of Malaysia  , Kedah,
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Our desire to get out of Penang won out over other factors, and we set out to get ourselves to Langkawi.  Since we didn't want to wait for a ferry to go straight from Penang to Langkawi, we took the long and painful way there.  From Georgetown, we took a ferry to Butterworth, where we caught a bus to Kuala Perlis.  From the long-distance bus, we took a local bus to the ferry pier.  It was at this pier that we bought our tickets for a ferry to Langkawi.

Things were busy on the island of Langkawi, so much so, that during our commute to the island, all of our phone calls to guesthouses didn't find one that was vacant.  So, at the ferry terminal, we agreed to have an "agent" book a room for us after only seeing the photos.  The room that we got was TERRIBLE! Green Hill "Resort", ugh.  Andrew had to argue for 20 minutes with everyone and their mother before getting another, slightly better, room.  Mission # 2 in the morning would be finding a new guesthouse... mission # 1 was breakfast, of course.

We found a nice place for a better price, it was Gecko Guesthouse.  Daniela found out about a job posting at work from a few colleagues and decided that she needed to apply for it, so she took it easy this day, wandering around the strip and Daniela working on her resume.  It was a pretty relaxing day.

Next day, we rented a motorbike to check out the rest of the island.  First stop, the Beach!  It was really nice and hardly anybody there.  We rented a couple of plastic chairs and an umbrella to enjoy the time a bit better. The peace and quiet made for some good resume-editing time.  Daniela worked on her resume while Andrew did some proof-reading.  We also wanted to check out some waterfalls... but those were a bust.  Since the island hadn't gotten any rain for over a month and a half, the falls were dry and all that was there were some monkeys and a small pool of water.

We heard from the locals that the falls from the Seven Pools were still flowing.  Determined to see some free-flowing water, we headed off to the Seven Pools.  It was quite the climb up at the end of the day.  But we were rewarded when we reached the top with some great views and seven naturally formed pools in the rock that forms the top of the falls.  There was a group of mid-twenty-somethings having a grand time sliding from pool to pool.  They had bottles of water and bottles of beer chilling in one of the pools.  While Andrew was taking a picture of Daniela, one of the bottles of water escaped and started to flow into the pools down stream.  Daniela ran after the bottle and caught it.  They all cheered and she was rewarded with a bottle of beer from the group.  Unfortunately, they had no opener, but Andrew opened it up using the edge of a structure near by... now they would be able to drink their beer too!  They showed us how to slide from one pool to the next.  (Video of this too!). This was really refreshing and really fun!  Still, we had to climb down to actually view the waterfall.  Yes, it was flowing, but really not all that impressive.

On our bike ride back home, we caught a beautiful sunset.  It was all part of the plan from the start of the day. We rode inland to the east to start the day then rode home along the west coast to see the sunset.  The picture was quite good!

Dinner was a fantastic bbq of squid!

Tomorrow, we're going to Thailand!

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