Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sights and Eats: Langkawi day 4

We  woke up at the sound of leaves rustling, branches shaking , some distant chirping and screeching . Having a hotel  at the edge of a forest, it is not surprising to get curious visitors peeking through your bedroom window. We went out to the balcony and was greeted by the sights of cute furry and big beaked creatures. What a nice way to start a day!

Breakfast was delicious. We bought some excellent pastries  at The Loaf bakery and Bistro   at the Tegala Marina. Their pastries are as good as what I  can get from  local patisseries in France! Thumbs up!

Not really knowing where to go, FF and I decided to visit The Underwater Worlds. Although it's smallish compared to some water parks we've been to,  it is well maintained and clean. The animals seem to be well kept and  looking well fed.

Lunch was at The Loaf Bakery and Restaurant again, this time , inside Cenang mall. 
FF enjoyed Ayam Percik, top left, which is actually braised chicken. I had  Malaysian Laksa which tasted strongly of belikan and is quite tangy and too hot for my liking .  It was good nevertheless. Dessert was again, a basket of  excellent pasties. 

Din pick us up back in the hotel later that afternoon for another island adventure.

We went to Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. Took a boat tour and saw rich mangrove forest, fantastic sceneries with towering limestone cliffs draped with lush vegetation.  For 200 ringgits, we have a boat to ourselves. Our boat captain and tour guide has a boyish grin and well- gelled  ,spiky hair .  He looks too young to be legally driving anything  and seems to be in a hurry. He oddly reminds me of Astro Boy. But then being small and Asian, it could be deceiving. I remember my favourite waiter in Bali looks 15 but is actually 21! Anyway, We were zooming from one spot to there other so fast, my hair got all frizzled, it could put Michael Jackson in the 80s to shame. If you enjoy fast ride and deep waters, this is for you. If not, hold on to your life vests!

First stop. A bat cave.  It's  humid, smells  like my breath in the morning and so dark  you need a torch not to tip over and fall face down at any stalagmite. Well, what do ya know? Torch at the entrance is available for few ringgits. Tse hee!

 Mangrove trees are abundant everywhere. Keep your eyes peeled, you might see something that might interest you, looking back and slathering among the branchessssss.

 Next stop was a man made fish farm. We spent 15 minutes stressing sea creatures in their murky and unnatural habitat.  On the picture, the young caretaker instructed FF how to efficiently shove one's fist into  a stingray's maw. Only to prove the fisted fish doesn't have sharp teeth. Why would somebody do that? I honestly don't know. After a short stint of animal harassment which could send PETA to frenzy,  Astro Boy took us for another hair raising ride. 

We were at a lagoon. The sound of the roaring pump boat attracts the eagle. Astro Boy toss something greenish and gelatinous into the water. ''What's that? '', I asked. ''Chicken skin!'', he said as more and more aviators  came, swiping calcium-less , free meals off the water. '' Ok, but what do they usually eat? , me being nosy and annoying. ''Chicken skin!'', Astro Boy replied with all the conviction in the world .Apparently,  eagles in Langkawi  unlike other eagles that I know don't like  proteins. I sigh and ask no more.

Astro boy shoots off again and took us  to  Andaman sea. Once in a while, he points out certain rock formation or islet and mumbles nouns such as '' Shoes', ''Hat'' etc but don't give any further explanation ,  leaving me more confused than enlightened.  Sight was pretty good, despite the bumpy ride. The entire tour lasted more than an hour. Tours vary, some will take way further and could last 4 hours or even half a day.

Although the mangrove tour was pretty interesting, I was quite happy to be on dry land. Din took us to Tanjung Rhu at my request. It is famous for its beaches, said to be one of the best in Langkawi. Sunset is also spectacular in this,  I've heard.

 It certainly was!

 The sand however, was not. It was not white or as fine as I expected it. 

There are numerous sandbars in the area. FF pretend he's Jesus and tried to walk on waters. 

 I asked Din  to drive us to ''Black sand beach'' written on my tourist map . Biggest disappointment of the day. There's nothing special about the place and it certainly not a black sanded beach.

Small patches of dark sand which looks more like oil spills spread across the shore. Only local folklore  says otherwise.  Place is deserted except of few misinformed tourist like us , who  search for the black sanded beach and left just as soon as they realised they're being  duped.

We stopped by Tegala Marina for some dinner before calling it a day.

We sat at the Italo- Mediterranean restaurant and bar, facing the harbour. We shared some crispy calamaris with remoulade sauce.

I had some paper thin pizza with sardine, which was delicious and light. I could eat two of these.

FF is missing some good steak so he ordered one. Cooked medium, it did not blow him away but it was good enough and quite filling. One thing I've noticed though, they make pretty good fries in Langkawi.

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