Our first weekend getaway has come and gone. When we agreed to the move to Singapore, a big motivation for us was the travel that we would be able to do from here. Our goal is to try to travel somewhere once a month. For months, I’ve been enjoying researching where to go and realizing that there are actually too many amazing places to see and too little time. I picked langkawi because it was easy to get to (only a 1:20 flight), looked beautiful and fun. It was all of those things and more!
Our first opportunity was valentine’s weekend. The kids had a half day of school on Friday, so we decided to pull them for the day. With the paranoia about the virus, we were a bit worried about taking the trip and did discuss cancelling. I’m so glad we didn’t!
Our flight was 8:45am on Friday morning. We left the condo at 6:15 with our Purell and face masks. We were through security and eating breakfast by 7:15. Amazing to be so close to the airport and to live near such an efficient airport! Avery and Liam quickly declared they hated the face masks and they’d rather get the virus. So much for masking up! Ryan, Ella and I did wear them on the way to Langkawi. None of us wore them home on Sunday night…
Our flight was delayed for about 30 minutes, but nothing too serious.
That morning after a giant breakfast (buffet with any food option you want. Western, Indian, Malay, Chinese… the kids and I all had Indian, go figure!) we headed to the oriental village, sky car and sky bridge. I’ll write about our excursions in separate posts as this one would be waaayyyy too long… all of our excursions were amazing on Langkawi. Never once did we feel like something was a waste of time or money! We were able to walk to the village and the sky car from our hotel which was great! We spent from 10am until 2pm there. After that we had to do a quick change to get to our afternoon/evening excursion.
We were going on an afternoon/evening sail out of the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club in Kuah. Our concierge was very concerned about “traffic” for us to get there. I guess there was a cycling race going on. We never saw any cyclists and not much traffic other than scooters with lax safety laws. It was interesting seeing the island outside the resort. As with most islands, the locals don’t live like the guests at the resorts. Lots of scooters, simple concrete homes with metal roofs, more monkeys. Also lots of potentially interesting roadside food stands. As we were eating on the boat we didn’t stop, but it would be fun to ride on a scooter and check some out! We also saw schools (the kids were in school on a Sunday, not sure why) and mosques as Malaysia is a Muslim country. The town of Kuah was more “urban” looking with less roadside stands and more restaurants. They even had the ubiquitous American exports, Macdonald’s, Starbucks and 7-11.
I will write about the boat in another blog as well, but it was really a gem. We lucked into being the only passengers on the boat so we had our own cruise on a unique ship. It is a memory for a lifetime. Read about our cruise here: Captain Eva’s cruise on the Damai Indah
Exhausted, we got back to the hotel around 9 pm and went right to bed! The next morning we had to be up and ready for our mangrove tour!
Of course we all “slept in” the next morning and had to make a mad dash to be packed up, checked out and have breakfast before the tour picked us up at 8:50. Besides the sky car and sky bridge, on Langkawi a mangrove tour through the kilim geopark is a must do. Our shuttle was us and another couple from our hotel who kept to themselves (might have been because the kids, specifically Avery were CRAZY in the shuttle bus. We realized she had 6 sodas the night before in the all you can drink boat ride. Oops) Along the way we picked up another couple from an air b&b down a dirt road which was right on the beach. So pretty. I was interested but Ryan’s still not sure. He thinks food procuring would be a challenge (remember the roadside food stands? I don’t think he thought they were as interesting as I do, nor does he relish the Malay breakfast of Nasi Lemak… ). they were a nice couple, they live in Europe (I forget where) he’s European and she’s Jamaican. Once we got to the geopark entrance where the boats were kept, we met our guide and away we went! This will get its own entry as well so stay tuned!
The tour wrapped up around 1:30pm and again was amazing. We headed back to the hotel for more swimming and beaching until our flight at 8pm.
So our first weekend trip was a success. Now all that’s left is to decide if our March trip should be beach or city…. hmmmm.