The Ferry trip (from Langkawi to Penang), How we met the first street hooker, Clockwise hostel, Food Paradise.
The ferry trip was a really nice one. We expected that it would take around six hours. Surprisingly, it took only around three hours! The ferry was air-conditioned however I liked the idea that they allow you to stay outside on the deck of the ferry. I took advantage of that and spend 90% of the trip out there enjoying the ocean.
I didn’t expect to find that huge number of Arabs in the ferry; nearly 60% of the ferry passengers were Arabs. Most of them were honeymooners.
Once we reached the harbor, we did really find the difference between the atmosphere that Langkawi created. Langkawi is really a quite island for relaxation, while Penang is a busy city just like Kuala Lumpur. I didn’t like how taxi drivers received us with insistence that we should ride with any of them. However we ignored just all of them! Our hostel was just of a 15 minutes walk from the ferry terminal.
We bought a drink from a drink machine near the ferry terminal and started the walk relying on the GPS of my mobile. Unfortunately, the battery died before we could reach there, and we started the guessing!
And after 30 minutes of walk, we decided to stop and search for a place where we can recharge the mobile and go GPS again! And before we sat in Subway, I met the first street hooker in my life! OMG! They are for real!!! There are some girls who dress in a certain kind of cloth wearing excessive make-up making special sexy movements with their body to grab your attention! And, most important, is the whistle they make to make you look at them and notice their existence. I knew that it’s unique because all street-hooker were doing it there!
Although the time was around 6 pm, and it was like 2 hours before sunset, she was standing there in a corner, cornering her body on a scooter and whistling for any passerby. And I was one of them! Anyway, we just passed by her without giving her much attention, but of course we didn’t stop talking about her for a while! 😀
We stayed at Subway for around half an hour until the mobile was quarterly recharged. We started the walk again and on our way we met another guy who volunteered to help through providing us with lots of information about the city which was fairly valuable. Then we went to the clockwise hostel. Where is it?! The GPS says it’s here! But there are no hostels here!!!
We found a pretty young carpenter girl working in the street in some chairs. We asked her: “excuse me, where can I find clockwise hostel?” She smiled to us and said: “Welcome! Do you have a reservation?” We said: “yeaaas!” And… she guided us through a really tiny door without any sign on it that tells it’s a hostel!
We knew that the place was new and that’s why it was offering a lot for a really cheap price! We booked in an AC 8 bed dorm for RM23/night. That’s really cheap! The place was really clean and well-maintained. The WiFi was super-fast. The AC was functioning great and silent. However, they didn’t have drinking water or a proper place to sit at except a small one and it was hot and dark. The main hall/cafe was still under-construction!
We got inside the dorm, had a quick shower and decided to go walk down the streets!
We heard that Penang is a food paradise, and that’s why we tastes so many kinds of food along our way!
And we just toured around the city at night, walking through some bars, passing by street-hookers and resting at different kinds of restaurants 😉
We went back to the hostel around 12 am to find our roommates there in the dorm. It was a high school trip to Penang from Kuala Lumpur. They were really nice guys. We spent some two hours speaking about different topics till we felt asleep!
And Tomorrow is the big day at Penang… Follow me, if you don’t want to miss it!
Cable Car, The Seven Wells Waterfall, The taxi driver, Lunch at the ferry Terminal, Langkawi Eagle
And here we go for the last day at Langkawi…
Waking up a little late by 9am (we were planning to wake up by 7am) made us cancel going to Pentai Tengah Beach!
We rode the scooter and headed to Langkawi’s cable car… on the way nature was really breathtaking:
We decided not to take the cable car, because we were really in a low budget. It’s cost was RM30. We went to a cafe there, to have a drink or something and take a break. Then we headed to
The Seven Wells Waterfall
It happened that we found some locals enjoying their time there. It was Friday (weekend), so I guess that’s why we met lots of locals there…
We continued climbing, but it seemed that the climb doesn’t have a dead-end.
And a snake found us, which Walid tried to catch 😀 :
We reached a certain area after which we thought it would be really dangerous to proceed!
This place could be only for the fit! You really climb a long way up!!!
We were sorry seeing that the time is now 11:30. We must go back now and pack our thing for the ferry at 2 pm.
We arrived at the hostel after returning the bike by 12:30. packed our bags and leaved by 1:00.
We took a taxi to the ferry terminal. The taxi driver was really a very interesting guy. We found in his car coins from almost all countries. I asked him whether he has the Egyptian Pound or not (I could have given it to him,) but he told me that he has it and showed it to me :D.
Then he started talking about the country and differences between Arab tourists and Europeans/Americans. It was common there that Arabs have lots of money and that they stay in the most expensive resorts, while Europeans/Americans are really very careful about spending their money that they almost don’t spend anything. We came across this subject because we saw a European backpacker walking from the ferry terminal to Pentai Cenang (around 40 KM) in a really hot weather and burning sun. He told us: “this guy was bargaining with me about the fare. He only wanted to pay RM15, while the fare is RM30. Most Europeans and Americans here wait at the ferry terminal for others to share the fare. They sometimes wait for long hours, and if they didn’t find any, they either walk or just pay the RM30.” He was really interesting and his English was very good unlike most locals.
We arrived at the ferry terminal by 1:15. We were hungry so we went to the ferry terminal food court to have something to eat:
The place was really nice, and the food was not expensive, We took a good meal with a drink for RM8 each! But the taste was lacking the Asian touch. It was a bit Americanized!
It’s now 1:30. We still have 30 minutes and we didn’t take photos with Langkawi Eagle!!!
Yes, we headed there quickly! We RAN to it, took some photos:
recorded a video:
and left Also RUNNING 😀 to the ferry which headed to Penang island just on time 🙂
And let’s call it a post :D… I will post about my our stay in Penang island/Georgetown in the next post inshaallah (God willing)…
How we went from KL to Langkawi by train and ferry and what happened, Local fruits, Local food, A big night party at the hostel
As you may guess from my previous post, we are going to Langkawi via train and ferry!
Yes, I know it will take so long and yes it took us around 16 hours to reach there, but we did that for two reasons:
We want to enjoy the nature and hit new grounds everywhere in Malaysia.
It was much more cheaper (we found a very cheap air-ticket for RM80 + RM20 for baggage + RM28 extra night at the hostel. That’s a total of RM128). We did for only RM47 (Train ticket RM22 + Ferry ticket RM25 and we slept in the train!).
We enjoyed the trip so much and saved lots of money! That’s why I would recommend it for everyone.
We took the train at 10 pm the previous day. (don’t forget to bring with you some food to eat as we did! It’s an eleven hours shoot)! The seats of the train wasn’t very much comfortable for sleeping, but I cannot complain. The price was really low!
We slept and slept and slept that we missed our station! OMG! Yes, we did miss our station, but that was another adventure to tell:
In order to take the ferry to Langkawi you must get off the train in either Alor setar or Arau stations. Then you take a taxi to either Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis. We made the booking to Alor Setar and also booked the ferry from Kuala Kedah. We missed the train station of Alor Setar and got off on another station after it.
Now, we have the choice of taking a taxi to Kuala Perlis (very expensive) and also book new tickets from the ferry station (as we contacted the ferry call center and they told us that our tickets are non-exchangeable)!
The other risky choice of waiting for train coming back from Bangkok to drop us at Alor Setar. And I say risky because time was too short for that. But we did it:
And that’s a video we did on the Thai train and how we felt about feeling lost!
Once we arrived Alor Setar we took a taxi for only RM15 (which we paid happily). And we reached Kuala Kedah 15 minutes before the departure time of the ferry
Arriving at Langkawi island by 2 pm, we took a taxi (the only way) for RM30 (unified fare) to our hostel:
Our hostel at Langkawi was Zackry Guesthouse, located in Pentai Tengah (10 minutes walk to Pentai Cenang).
upon arrival, we thought the place is a little bit weird and yes it was 😀 As you may notice, the place is not a building it’s rather a very small suburb of itself! It’s a group of small buildings grouped together in a street junction!
One of those is the reception and you can find in it a Big TV screen, bar, some tables and a small office for the receptionist. The receptionist is the weirdest of all on that place! You will find him so funky and… I cannot describe him but to say “weirdo”
Ah! Forgot to tell you about the dogs: there were three dogs at that place who seem to be the owners! They look nice, but sometimes I was afraid to come close to them!!!
We went to get some rest at our rooms. Then we quickly decided to go for a walk around the city. So we went to Cenang street!
While we were going out of the hostel, the weird man told us that they are bringing a reggae musical band to the hostel today and there will be a big night today in the hostel, and asked us to share the fun with them and pay RM10 each! We didn’t agree and thought that it’s better to go around the city we are here just for two days only!
We went out wandering about the streets without having any plan.
We found a fruits shop and decided to go and check what fruits are there in this spot of the world! And you can see most of what we found in the picture!
Then we went on looking for a place to eat at Cenang. We stumbled by a really really very good Indian restaurant there. I am sorry I don’t remember it’s name but it was towards the end of the street on your right hand if you were coming from Pentai Tengah.
That was only for RM1.50.
On our way, we went inside a big mall in the Cenang street. There is nothing much to see in it, however if you need to take some rest from the moist hot weather, sure it will be the right place!!!
Then we wanted to taste some fruits (never tasted before) and it was the dragon fruit!:
That was only for around RM3.20. We asked the guy to buy us a big one and cut it for us!
Then we went and walked a little by the beach at night for a little bit:
Now the time is 8:30 pm and we found out there is nothing much to do in the city, so we decided to go back to the hostel, and share the fun with the other guys!!! 😀
And it was really so much fun!!!
The weird guy appeared to be very much in the right place that night 😀 Yes, there was lots of dancing, and fun! Also we got to know two very nice girls from London, and spent the night together chatting, dancing and having fun! I cannot talk about the party or describe it more the photos and the video says everything!
And you gotta watch this video:
The party ended by 12:30 midnight. Some of the guys went for an after party at the only nightclub in Langkawi Sunba. Some went to bed. Others like me went for a little walk in nature… later for bed!!!
Next post is about too many things done at Langkawi (the second day)… don’t miss it!!!