We arrived in Langkawi after a rather long day of travelling. We left Koh Lanta at 7am and travelled on a minibus for a few hours. We then waited around for an hour and scraped just enough Thai Baht together to buy a decent lunch. Then we were ushered into the back of a songthaew (converted pick-up truck) full of backpackers for an hour (not good for our backs). Next, we hung around at the ferry port for an hour whilst some lady took our passports away to get our visa. After that we got on the ferry which was 1hr long. We turned up in Langkawi ferry port, which was Western style with shops and restaurants, with nowhere to stay but immediately got called over to an information kiosk who rang about ten places to see if they had rooms. None did because it was the weekend and it was quite late in the day. Our travelling days often go like this: sometimes better; sometimes longer and worse, but we always find a bed somewhere. We headed to the main beach, Cenang, via taxi (the best mode of transport of the day) and figured there would be many more places that the tourist kiosk didn't have on their list. By 7pm we were in a room beyond our budget at £20, but we didn't have much choice and we had air-con which was a bonus!
Later that evening we realised that Langkawi, being an island off Malaysia, was an hour ahead of Thailand. We slept well that night and planned a day on the beach the next day.
The beach was rather beautiful, although the sea wasn't as clear as in Thailand. We found the shade of a palm tree and read for a while. After a bit we went for a walk around the headland and plane-spotted (Kate) as the airport was really close - check out the pics Mrs Kemp! It got too hot in the afternoon so we went back for some air-con. Satay chicken was the highlight of our meals and it was seriously good. We stayed one more night and then went back to the ferry port to get to Penang. We ate KFC and bought some Cadbury's Topdeck (made in NZ apparently) yum!