Monday, 20 January 2014

Langkawi Island / Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia

The Magical Langkawi

Why Langkawi Island was on my list?

Langkawi island, Pulau Langkawi in local language, is the place for those who seek for natural splendours and I'm proudly one of those :) Langkawi is renowned for being an stunning tropical heaven. 

People from all over the world visit this place to catch the glimpse of it's natural beauty. It's a little paradise for beach-lovers and rightly crowned Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah. 

Tanjung Rhu Beach

















Langkawi Attractions
There is long list of things to do in Langkawi but I will suggest at least following:
  • Langkawi Cable Car - Best place to see sun set if Langkawi weather is clear. 
  • Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls
  • Langkawi Wildlife Park
  • Dataran Lang
  • Langkawi Sky Bridge
  • Langkawi Oriental Village
  • Kilim Geoforest Park
  • Tanjung Rhu Beach
  • Black Sand Beach (Famous but should you go I think no!)
  • Chenang Beach for water sports
  • Underwater World
The main attraction of Langkawi island is the white sand beaches, if you wish to visit most famous beaches or best beaches in Langkawi then following are on the top of the list:
  • Pantai Kok
  • Pantai Tanjung Rhu
  • Pantai Tengah
  • Pantai Cenang
== Langkawi Pictures ==
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Getting To Langkawi


To reach Langkawi, you can take a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Perlis which will cost you around 35RM for a decent and comfortable night journey. 

On your lucky day you may find flying cheaper or same by AirAsia! 

Once in Kuala Perlis, catch a ferry to Langkawi which will cost you around 20RM and the ferry ride would be of 1 1/2 hour. 

In Langkawi, don't rely much on public transportation!

Although you can find taxi easily most of the time however there are two issues which you need to keep in mind. 
- First, most likely they will over charge you if you don't have pre-booked taxi with you. 
- Second, they call day off bit early in evening so it might be hard to get taxi after 7 PM. 

Suggested way would be either to hire a taxi for all tourist places at the time of entering the Langkawi port or rent a car itself. 

However the option which I liked, if you are not travelling with children, rent a motor bike. Renting a bike is the cheapest option. It should not cost you more than 20RM per day where one full tank of gas given by the renting company itself. 

Stay

We reached Kuala Perlis and found ourselves surrounded by the hotel booking agents at 5 AM! The one which we booked finally was Sunset Beach Resort. The hotel lived upto it's name, the sunset view was Amazing! The Room costed as around RM200.

Food and Drink

Like else where in Malaysia, you will find a Mamak food stall near to all tourist places. Most of them serve south indian style vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. 

But for me having breakfast right on sandy beach was something I never experienced before! At night fall if you wish to have devil's drink well you will fall in love with this place. This paradise becomes more than a paradise when you come to know it's only duty free port in Malaysia! what does it mean? Well in short, you can have 3 beer bottles at the price of 1. WOW! that's amazing isn't it:) So if you are fan of devils' drink and great beaches, Langkawi is the place! 

Don't forget to fill your bag at the harbor itself because that's the place where you will find it cheapest not only on this island but in entire Malaysia:)

If you wish to try Langkawi nightlife then top bars are situated around Kok, Tengah and Cenang beaches. 
Mind you this island tourism is not just about beaches and beers but for shopping also. Since Langkawi shopping is duty free, you can save hell of money on expensive items. 

So what are you waiting for get ready for your own tour de Langkawi!

Happy travelling...

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A cultural melting point - Kuala Lumpur

Why Kuala Lumpur was on my list?

Ever since I saw Malaysian icon of prosperity "Petronas Twin Towers" during 1998 commonwealth game telecast, I was longing to visit them. They are truly amazing and look more beautiful during night time when they illuminate. 


The skywalk, the connecting bridage between both building, gives spectacular view (Yes, you can go there!) of the entire city. 

Initially these towers were the only impression of Malaysia I had but later when I studied more about this country more restless I became to travel there. 

Kuala Lumpur, the pulse of Malaysia, is truly a tourist's paradise! It got everything a tourist could wish from top class food, budget to five star accommodation and so many places to visit. 

If you miss this city from your travelling itinerary, you can safely assume you have missed alot! 

WARNING! Keep your girl friend or wife in check during shopping, this place can drive them crazy :)

Kuala Lumpur


Things to do in Kuala Lumpur: 
There is a big list of things to do in kl or what to do in kl but to cut it short you should at least pay a visit to the following places:
== Photos From My Trip ==
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Transportation

Kuala Lumpur public transportation system is quite efficient and good enough to take you around. 

To reach KL, you got three options from the KLIA (Kuala Lumpur international Airport):
- The cheapest one is airport bus service, it will cost you around 10RM. Buses are neat & clean too.
- The most expensive one is to take a taxi, it will cost you 80RM at least. Don't forget to include night charges if you hire taxi in between 10 PM to 6 AM.
- The best way is to take a super fast train called KLIA express which will cost you around 35RM and will only take around 35 mins to KL. 

From LCT airport also you can catch a bus direct to the kuala lumpur center however until now no train service it provided from the low cost terminal to the city.

Once in KL, transportation should not be your major concern. All major tourist places can be reached using at least one the following public transportation system:
- Monorail service
- Lightrail service (LRT)
- KTM rail service
- Hop on hop off bus 

Hop on hop off is the best option to visit all major tourist places. LRT can be used to go to China town and Little India. 

Monorail covers mainly the central KL. If one wishes to travel to Batu Caves then catch KTM from KL Sentral (near to little India/Brickfields). 

Note: Weather in Kuala Lumpur gets really bit hot, make sure you carry your shade, cap and water with you. 

Stay

Finding a budget hotel in Kuala Lumpur should not be an issue for any one. There are so many hotels available all around. 

We took a room in Bukit Bintang area. If you wish to save more go to the china town. 

If you plan to stay longer then there are condos which can be rented for two weeks or so for around 1000RM. 

Food

Malaysia got food for everyone! No one goes hungry blaming the taste of food. Doesn't matter you are vegetarian or not. 


You will find whatever you wish for.  If you don't want to search around, take a walk in Bukit Bintang area you will find Indian, Arabic, Chinese, Western or whatever your taste is! 

Malaysians are not much of fan of cooking at home, so you don't need to worry for food, they all eat out :) And who won't if you get such a mouth watering menu :)

For the night livers, there is world of night clubs in Kuala Lumpur. If you wish to visit most famous club in Malaysia then it would be beach club kuala lumpur, situated in middle of Raja Chulan and Bukit Nanas monorail stations. I am pretty sure you will like nightlife in kuala lumpur:)

Time to grab a map of kl and hit the road!

Happy travelling...