Over the years we have flown to Langkawi, and driven to Kuala Perlis and then caught the ferry to Langkawi. For our fourth trip there we decided to try the bus. I have already blogged about the bus / ferry trip for this holiday, so I will take it from our disembarkation at the ferry terminal in Langkawi.
We arrived around 1.15PM, ignored most of the touts for rental cars and all of them for accommodation, but one tout seemed OK, so we went with him to his nearby office and rented a car from him. This was a small orange Perodua Viva automatic – Mrs Tropical Expat’s requirement. It was RM10 extra for the automatic, so it cost RM60 per day – 24 hours. The car was a bit battered but seemed OK for Langkawi. As usual I took multiple photos to attest to the dents already on the car.
Viv the Perodua Viva – it looked OK, but turned out not to be
We struck out for the roughly half hour drive to Cenang, stopping off firstly to buy petrol as rental cars are always empty, and then stopping on the way again to see the Big Sea Cucumber Oil Bottle, and indeed buy some product.
And we checked in to the NR Motel on the Pantai Tengah Road, actually staying in the same room we did last time.
It seemed a good idea to drive into Cenang and buy the beer supply for the stay, and a few snacks from one of the duty-free stores. At that time of day Cenang was quiet and parking was easy. After the early start we didn’t really bother doing anything more, and just had a nap and read for the afternoon.
the range of beers at a local duty-free shop – prices from RM1.80 up
The car wouldn’t start later, so someone from the rental company came and jiggled one of the fuses under the bonnet to get it to start. Later, when driving, we discovered the horn didn’t work, either. Neither did the cigarette lighter – which meant no GPS. In the evening we ate at the Little Mexican Restaurant in Cenang – see my blog on eating in Langkawi.
I was so full thereafter, and tired, so that was really it for the day.
We decided to swap cars as we didn’t think it was safe not to have a working horn. While the next car was being cleaned we walked into the nearby park and looked at the big eagle.
When we returned to the car rental office we picked up Sam the Nissan Sentra. Again the cigarette lighter didn’t work – no power for the GPS still. Have to rely on an inadequate map.
Sam the Sentra
we drove up to the government agricultural farm. It only took about 10 minutes drive.
Government research fruit farm
They insisted we pay the much higher tourist price to enter rather than the local price. I am not impressed. When we’d been here a couple of years ago we enjoyed the visit.
tour bus that drives around the farm
Last time a guide rode with us on a small bus (pictured) and explained the farm to us.
dragon fruit trees
We stopped a few times and the guide talked about the project and the trees.
Halfway around there was a fruit buffet. And then we continued back with the guide still informing us. At the shop they sold seeds so that you could grow things at home.
view of some of the farm from a tower that only I climbed
This time there was a guide who sat with the driver and only guided us onto and off the bus, but otherwise told us nothing. And back at the entrance the shops no longer sold seeds – perhaps you can buy them at their KL HQ, we were told. This place is such a disappointment now – RM50 for both of us is a lot to pay for some commonly available fruit, and there were no durian or mangosteen although they are in season. Their statue shows a big durian and a big mangosteen, too.
The statue shows durian and mangosteen – but even though they are in season they weren’t served.
We won’t return here.
Tanjung Rhu beach
We continued up the road to Tanjung Rhu beach – about 15 minutes drive from the fruit farm. It turned out that the cloudy sky was an advantage as we didn’t get sunburn. But as there was no sun we also spent most of the time in the water. It was funny watching the tourists from China who’d arrived on a bus – they had no swimming costumes and just paddled in the water a little and took hundreds of photos.
time for fish and chips
After swimming and sunbathing it was time for Scarborough Fish ‘n Chips.
nice setting on the beach
There is a shower, and then we lunched. This is also reviewed here.
From Scarborough Fish ‘n Chips it is about a 10 minute drive to Galeria Perdana, a museum where a previous Prime Minister displays many of the gifts he was given. I believe he was the one who made Langkawi duty-free – and removed this status from Penang.
local price – which they won’t charge you
Again they charged us double the local price – the sign in Bahasa says that adults are RM5, but the sign in English says Adults are RM10. However, I note there is a senior price.
Jake Blues was there?
my favourite were the cars
I enjoyed this museum the first time, but this time it was exactly the same, so a quick visit was enough, and not so exciting.
night market – which starts late afternoon
It was now about 6PM, so we headed over to the night market that is not so far from Cenang and our accommodation. This was about a 30 minute drive, or would have been if we had a better map. We bought durian, mangosteens, bananas and cooked chicken. All delicious.
Well, back to our accommodation to eat. That was enough for the day.
For our last day we headed to the west.
It’s nice to see the animals in Langkawi
Past the airport turnoff is a bridge I like.
I like bridges – this one heading west
We bought some more petrol.
Petronas petrol station – with a mosque-like dome
And then we went into the Berjaya resort.
the road into the Berjaya Resort
Berjaya resort is nice, and the price of a coffee or beer is reasonable, considering.
Today the weather was perfect.
the beach at the resort
river that joins the ocean at the centre of the beach
Next stop was Oriental village – a couple of minutes drive back east.
Entrance to Oriental Village
There is a duty-free shop there – good for a cold beer.
lake at the village
In the evening we went to Pantai Tengah, very near where we were staying, to watch the sunset and paragliding.
quite a few paragliders
you seem to put on a harness, and are accompanied by an expert
one flight around the bay lasts about five minutes
sunset was more or less the end of the paragliding
Before returning the car we thought we’d drive to the top of Mount Raya. It’s only about 15 minutes drive to the turnoff to the mountain road, but it seems to take forever to reach the top. We got to about 6KM from the top, but calculated that we didn’t have the time to get to the top and make it to the ferry in time, so we had to turn back.
We returned the car to their office, they returned our deposit, and they dropped us at the ferry – very close, but we had our luggage.
We made it to the ferry about five minutes before departure, and the ferry departed five minutes late. Even so, we wouldn’t have made the ferry if we’d gone to the summit of Mount Raya.
Our bus was leaving Kuala Perlis at 3PM, so we had about 45 minutes to find somewhere with air-conditioning while waiting. KFC seemed best.