The accident!, Mt. Raya, Perdana Gallery, Durian Perangin Waterfall, black sand beach, dinner at the family restaurant, The Mosque incident, Cenang street
And that was a real day with real nature stuffed with lots of new encounters in an amazing kind of nature!
This is Langkawi… nature that rocks and revives your soul…
Let’s start the day together by waking up by 9 am. We previously knew that there is no transportation in Langkawi and that the only way we can get around in the island is by taxi (very expensive) or renting a scooter/car. Scooter rental average was RM40 and Cars retal average was RM100.
We went to the renting shop by 10 am and we choose a nice scooter only for RM30 for a full day! And that was a very good price!!! we took the scooter and started our drive:
That’s the map we used as a guide throughout our drive. We also had another small booklet that gave us tips about roads not to miss and important sightseeing. Our place “Pentai Tengah” is located SW of the map! we started by taking the road to the NE. We drove about 30 minutes enjoying nature everywhere:
And suddenly! The rear Tyre boomed!!!
OMG!!! Slow down…
Oooooh!!! Are we going to die here?!
We slipped for at least 50 meters and the bike stopped!
And we discovered that the Tyre is very soft!
Ouh! That son of a ***** who rented us a bad bike that could have resulted to our death here!!!
OMG! What are we gonna do now?!
A resident of the city saw us and guided us to a nearby repairing shop. Thanks God that it was close by! We went the the shop and told him about what happened and he told us that the Tyre is not good for use and needs to be changed. I told him that I rented the bike and he requested that I call the company and give him the phone to talk to them and I did. They agreed to fix it for RM80. I will pay the money and take it back from the company with the receipt. That was fair enough and I did so. We waited around an hour for the bike to be repaired. Then we took the bike back to the renting agency!
Of course, I told him I don’t want any bikes from you, and give me my money back. He refused telling me that he will give me another bike: the one that I choose! I agreed on one condition: I get a bigger one as a compensation from the agency (RM40 rate) plus that he extends the time of rental 2 hours! Undoubtedly, we checked every part of the bike before taking in and it looked perfect.
OMG! That was really near death!
Anyway we didn’t let that mare our day and we decided to head to “Mt. Raya,” which is the tallest peak in Langkawi. You can find it right in the middle of the map.
And in our way we stopped by many amazing nature to take some photos like these:
And that was a really short video taken while riding… it shows beautiful nature:
The trip up to the mt. was very interesting. Really, that’s almost what we enjoyed most in Langkawi. At that time of the day the weather was really hot and moist, but the higher we climbed the cooler the air became! Nature was amazing on both sides along the way. We even met many animals like cows and monkeys! 😀
We kept climbing, until we reached the top and spend some really quality time up there:
And we even videoed some of those wonderful moments:
It’s a bit of a crazy video, but I hope you like it!
On our way down we met some monkeys!
Then we drove enjoying nature everywhere till we reached Perdana Gallery. This is a collection of all the gifts that Mahatir Mohamed (former Prime minister) received. And they are all really beautiful showing different cultures from many places of the world. The Gallery also includes an exhibition of all the achievements of Mahatir Mohamed and his wife and of course it includes the history of the period he ruled in it, and a biography of his life. I remember a word I red for him which I replied to in a loud voice: he said: “I want everyone to respect Malaysia” and I replied to him: “now everyone respects Malaysia Mahatir” 🙂 . The entry fee is RM10 and it’s totally worth it. We didn’t have much time so we couldn’t take photos of everything fantastic there, but here is a bit of it!
Then we ran to the amazing “Durian Perangin Waterfall” which was really a magnificent inter-counter with nature 🙂 The place is really well-maintained and nature cannot be better than that!!!
And we talked about “Durian Perangin Waterfall” here:
Then we had to run to catch the sunset by the “black sand beach”
We stayed by the beach for some time enjoying sunset like never before! Of course we wanted to take more photos and videos but unfortunately the battery was dead. And by coincidence our batteries were also dead :D. We went to look for a place to eat in.
And while driving we came across a really wonderful restaurant. The place was on a highway and it was more of a house offering food rather than a restaurant! It as a house putting some tables in front of it for guests to sit and eat!
And they were like a family. No, it was actually a family (husband, wife, son and daughter). The husband stayed inside and didn’t appear except when we failed to understand each other (me and the woman because she doesn’t speak English or Arabic). The wife was the cook and she was Thai, and of course she made amazing food. Best I ever had there! The daughter was about 16 years old and she acted like a waitress. The little boy was sitting there and eating. 😀
Then we continued driving in the city for a while, and we stumbled by a Masjid (mosque). And is was time for Ishaa prayer. We decided to go and pray. And a really funny situation happened! 😀
We parked the scooter inside the building area and suddenly a young man with underwear appeared for us out of the blue! 😀 He looked like a gangster and started talking Malayo (of course we didn’t understand a word). So he started shouting (seems like he was calling for somebody). And out of the building a whole family in underwears appeared.
OMG! That’s a house and not a mosque. The man (head of the family) understood English. We apologized and went to the mosque (the building right beside it)!
Note: street signs can be misleading!
OMG! That was super embarrassing!
Anyway, we went to pray in masjid. It was empty and we didn’t find except one person (who was very old). He offered us to wear Izar (a piece of cloth that you tie around your waist). In their believes, you should wear that in your prayers, if you were wearing a trousers. But we didn’t take it and prayed without it.
It was really weird that they just prayed after Azan directly. In my country, Egypt, we usually wait for around 15 minutes.
We finished praying and started driving. It was around 9 pm. And we thought it’s really early to go home now! so we starting hitting new streets, but quickly we realized that:
It’s very dark and we cannot see anything around us.
Driving is not enjoyable in the city at night.
Driving at night is really dangerous in Langkawi.
So we went to Cenang street. Stopped by Mac for a driving break. And we got Ice-cream for RM1 only!
It’s now about 11pm. We thought there is not much to enjoy or do, so we went back to the hostel and decided to wake up by 7 am (we have a ferry at 2pm and there are lots of things we still need to enjoy in Langkawi)!
About the third Day in Langkawi, will be my next post… I hope you enjoyed my posts so far… !!!
Hostel description, Masjid Jamek, Central Market, Batu Caves, Sri Mahamariamman (Indian Temple)
The hostel we stayed in at KL was so nice and good value for money. We had a rate of RM28 for a double room per night including breakfast. The place was air-conditioned (the main hall) and there was a fan in each room.
The hostel receptionist was so helpful and friendly. He was Muslim and his name was Hassan, and I believe he was from Kazakhstan. There was another woman that might be his wife. She was taking care of cleaning issues and she also played receptionist while Hassan is having some sleep.
The hostel was not so big: it has two big rooms (6 bed dorms) one mixed and the other for female only. There were also something like 10 other private rooms. Moreover it included two bathrooms, two toilets and a sink outside! The place also is pretty much well-maintained!
Our room was pretty small with two beds above each other and a small table! I liked it so much…
Well, now we woke up at 9 am getting ready for our first day. We had breakfast, surfed the internet for a while. and got out by 12 pm. We went walking in the nearby places taking some photos.
We continued walking and had lots of photos in different places:
After walking around for sometime we went to visit Batu Caves by train:
Before getting into the train, I have a story to tell at the platform… let’s watch instead!!!
At Batu caves, we had an amazing experience with nature! You never feel the feeling we had except if you were in a high deep cave in the middle of nature!
And drinking Coconut 😀
And that’s a video of my first coconut glass! 😀 :
There was a small Indian temple in the very beginning of the Batu Caves area. We had to visit and get to know what is going on inside there! You must take off your shoes before you can get inside.
And of course we took some pictures inside:
We then continued climbing, and in our way we met an amazingly funny monkey, watch the video:
Read about Batu caves from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batu_Caves
And In our way back we had one of the ultimate watching enjoyment watching such creatures playing 🙂 Watch the video:
ِAfter that, we went back to KL Sentral (the main train station in KL)
Then we decided to go to Masjid Jamek. Read More about it from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masjid_Jamek
And we prayed Al Asr there, and we enjoyed it so much 🙂 However, we found there strange things like: Imam was a very young man, although this is supposed to be a very big, old and famous mosque there! Another thing is that they don’t wait some 15 minutes after Azan for Iqama. No, they just have Azan and then Allahu Akbar and pray! That was somehow strange for us!
Anyway, we prayed and enjoyed Al Asr prayer there and we hope Allah would accept our prayers on that spot of the world.
After praying I kept searching for a power-point to recharge my mobile, and I found one, but unfortunately couldn’t recharge it! I couldn’t plug in my re-charger. A man volunteered to help me and put one hand of his glasses into the third opening of the power-point enabling my re-charger to get inside. This man became our friend and we spend around one hours together speaking about lots of things related to Muslims, Malaysia, Arabs, work conditions and life in Malaysia and Egypt. He was very friendly and open with us to the extend that made us feel afraid from him! However he insisted that we go and have lunch together. We refused, but he insisted on that. We helplessly accepted and went to a nearby restaurant that he seemed knowing everyone in it! We are much more afraid now! However we ate what he brought for us! The food wasn’t so good. No it wasn’t good at all! Actually the worst we’ve ever had in Malaysia! And it was the first time to eat local food in Malaysia and we didn’t expect it to be like that! we had rice which was mixed with something that tastes horrible and a piece of chicken which was extremely spicy!!! Then we drank watermelon juice! We ended the meeting and bid our Malaysian friend goodbye after exchanging mobile numbers.
Before the sun sets, we decided to go back to Central Market and grap some snack and it was:
And this is the video:
It’s 7pm now, and we decided to go back to the hostel to get some one hour rest and we did it! But Walid was so tired that he continued sleeping till 9pm. I got off the hostel by 8pm and went for a small trip to a nearby Indian temple called Sri Mahamariamman. Read more about it from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Mahamariamman_Temple,_Kuala_Lumpur
And that’a a witnessed prayer video:
Watch the whole video of this family while praying from here:
I finished my small trip and went back to the hostel to wake Walid up and spend the night together! We left the hostel by 9pm not knowing where exactly are we going. We kept walking around for around 4 hours resting sometimes at a restaurant to get some food. Or a supermarket to get an ice cream or something and check what products are sold in this city. We tried and get inside a night club even to check what’s going on inside there and we found it so normal (some girls dancing, some guys drinking).
While walking by night, we recorded a crazy video:D :
What we noticed about the city at night is that it was very quite except in places which are famous for night life! One more thing is that cockroaches are very active after midnight (you can find them in lots of places in the streets) but I never found any before that time all the day long! And I wonder what is the reason for that?! We also witnessed some cleaning people who were sweeping platforms after putting water on it! Traffic works were also very active at night (road maintenance). I enjoyed my long walk especially that the weather was excellent… but something happened which we didn’t plan for!!!
When we tried to get back home we didn’t find any mean of transportation and that was because the time was around 1 am and all public transportation closes by 12am !!! That was a big problem and we were not so close from home. I remember the GPS gave me 1 hour and 30 minutes walking distance!!! And we had to do it!
We started the walk, but another thing happened which we didn’t imagine would happen…
OMG! The Malaysian food started working in our stomachs! hehehe 😀 And we booth felt terrible stomach-aches and needed the bathroom like never before!!! 😀 😀 😀
And of course we couldn’t find any public one and everything is closed… lets ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun!!! 😀
We reached the hostel by 2:30am…
Next post will be about the second day in KL… stay tuned!