Our time in Langkawi was equally split between eating delicious food, lazing on the beach and shopping our butts off. We woke up on our first full day on the island and were disappointed that it was kind of cloudy out. No matter, we had an island hopping tour booked at 2pm and decided to head to the beach anyways – as it promptly started raining. Poop. We took shelter at what would become our favorite beachy place, outside the fancy Casa Del Mar resort, and watched the rain. It let up in time for us to grab some lunch and snacks and be herded onto a bus to the jetty to catch our boat. it was us, four girls from Syria and a whole lotta Malaysian Muslims! Our first stop was to the lake of the Pregnant Maiden, a freshwater lake on an island nearby that was gorgeous! It reminded Micheline and I of our cottages back home and we laughed as some of the other tourists took what looked like their first swim, life jackets and all!
The second stop was cool but not to my taste, since eagle-feeding sounds all majestic and awesome but is actually taming these gorgeous animals and making them dependent on the food we give them. It was interesting to see such a large eagle colony and of course to see them swooping down to grab the food, but made me sad since this is not a responsible thing to do. The garbage at the tourist sites in Malaysia disappoint me quite a bit as well – if you have been given the gift of Paradise, do you seriously want to ruin it with pop cans and candy wrappers! Smarten up, Malaysia!!
We stopped at a third island as well, for more beachy fun. We wanted to snorkel but our conversation with the water sports guys went like this: “Is there anything for us to see” Snorkel guy: “um, no. really clear water.” us: “ok. pass.” We laid on the beach and befriended some other girls who turned out to be from Canada as well (french side) and I got to hear a bit about their travels in Australia, my next destination. The weather ended up being great for the rest of the day and we loved just boating around the various small islands. Not bad for 25 ringgits! about 9 dollars. After chilling at the hostel for a bit, we shopped in the evening, I picked up some souvenirs for friends and family and bought cheap beers to drink on the beach since there was, once again, NO party to speak of on the beach or otherwise. We snuck through an amazing resort on our way home, the Frangipani, and were amazed by how the other half lives – winding pools, private water park, and gorgeous villas. Someday!!