Kek Lok Si Temple, Lunch at an Indian restaurant, Penang Hill, The Floating Mosque and Dinner at The Red Garden
That was a real beautiful day..
We spent that day with three Indonesian friends (Fitri, Fera and Yuyun) and two S.Korean friends (Ajull Lim and Si-Jull Lim). And actually their companion was what’s making this day unique!
We started by visiting the amazing Kek Lok Si Temple. The time we spent there was really very nice. It’s a huge temple and there are lots of nice places to take photos in. First of all, on our way there, we stumbled by turtles lake: 😀 YES 😀
And those are some other photos by the entrance of the temple:
Then we went for climbing to the farthest part of the temple. We booked a one way ticket for the elevator (otherwise we would have to walk so long,) but we climbed down walking!
Then we moved to have lunch in a nearby Indian restaurant:
After that, we separated we had different plans! 😦 But we kept company with Fera and Fitri 🙂
So we went to Penang Hill. However, me and Walid were on a low budget and couldn’t afford to pay the RM30 for climbing the Hill. So, we waited downstairs until Fera, and Fitri finished their trip up their! However, we didn’t sit still, we were looking for water to buy 😀
Later on, we went to The Floating Mosque.It was a bit far, but was definitely worth it! Never ever think of missing it!
We toured in the Masjid, prayed, enjoyed and took many photos!
We also videoed it, have a look at this video:
Then we went for dinner at The Red Garden:
There is a funny story to tell here! The Cook had a really very long hair (as you can see in the picture) and I told Fitri about it that I really like her hair. She went to her immediately telling her that I like her hair. She became very shy and refused to take a photo of me and her alone, but we managed to take a photo with her all! 😀
And that’s the last video we had before we had to run for the bus to Melacca…
Thanks for reading… next post is about Melacca, inshaAlah (God willing)
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)…
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… !!!