26.12.2012 - 26.12.2012 33 °C
We had to wake up really early today to catch an 8.30am ferry to Langkawi. We had packed last night so we just had to check out of of our guesthouse and make our way to the port. We were told to head to a clock tower and we would see the ferry to Langkawi. Turns put there are two clock towers and we were stood next to wrong one looking around gormlessly for around twenty minutes until someone pointed us in the right direction.
Once we found it the ferry was straight froward. We got on ok and found two seats near the front where we both fell asleep pretty much straight away. We didn't sleep very long though as we were cramed in the ferry like cows at a cattle market. The entertainment for our two and half hour ferry trip was the film Hellboy, in Malay, so we read for most of the journey.
On arrival we had to get a taxi the opposite side of the island where we are staying. We had read in our guide book that there are no ATMs near our guesthouse so we decided to get all the money we would need whilst in the main town of Langkawi, Kuah. We had an issue at te first ATM we used where it did not give us our money but completed the transaction, we will find out in a couple of days whether we have lost the £100 we tried to take out. Luckily a second ATM worked fine.
We then caught a taxi to where we are staying, Rainbow Lodge at Pantai Cenang. The island is very different to where we have been so far, most of it is rural where animas graze and people live in very quiet areas. All that changed though when we pulled into Pantai Cenang. It is tourist trap, full of westerners, it is one straight road full of restaurants, shops, and hotels. There is no local culture to be found and we are not overly fond of the area.
Luckily our guesthouse is set off the main drag, in a more quiet and rural area, bit still in walking distance of the gorgeous white sand beach, surronded by palm trees. Our guesthouse is good, we have room that opens onto the outside, with a private bathroom, which is cooled by a ceiling fan. There is a bar across from us and free Wifi so we are happy.
By the time we got here we just had enough time to go for a walk but we were so tired we came back and fell asleep on the bed for a good hour. When we finally came round we got showered and went out for tea. By this time the sun was setting and we walked along the beach, went for a paddle and found a relaxing little bar situated on the beach where we shared several beers and watched the sun set over the sea. It was amazing just to relax and enjoy the view.
After the beer we were hungry and once it was dark we set off in the search for food. There are loads of restaurants here but as it is a holiday resort a lot serves western food and a lot is out of our budget. We tried to find some where that sold good Malay food for cheap and had to walk along way. We were disappointed however as we had to wait an age for our food and it was very average.
On first impressions I think we are both disappointed with Pantai Cenang, we probably will spend most of our time on Langkawi exploring the rest of the island, but there is no public transport so we have to be careful to stay in budget. By far the best thing about where we are staying is the beach, one of the best we have ever seen, so we can kill a few days hopefully relaxing on that.