31.12.2012 - 31.12.2012 30 °C
This morning we decided to get up early, when Liam could be prized out of bed and use the bike before we had to return it. We drove west down to the Pantai Kok area. Here there is a very upmarket area called Perdana Quay full of shops and restaurants which look over a quayside full of big expensive yachts. It was early so there was no one around apart from a few people washing down there boats. We walked around to the lighthouse at the end of the quay and it is really beautiful down there. We were the only people there and the cove is gorgeous. There is a white sand beach with the green hills in the background and loads of boats moored offshore. The lighthouse is empty except for a few monkeys that have taken it up as there home so it was peaceful and quiet standing on the edge looking accross the bay.
The rest of the day was quite lazy. We drove back to our guest house and decided to go for lunch. We tried a new place and had some cheap rice and curry and then walked down the main strip to go run some errands. We have really come to enjoy Langkawi but the worst thing about it is the drains. When you walk down the street every few steps there is a large open drain and the smell wafts up in a warm stagnant stench that sometimes knocks you back it's so strong. It was raining all afternoon so the smell was particularly hot in the warm rain. We walked down to the bank and after a palaver with Liam's bank card no longer working we withdrew our money and looked at some of the prices for ferries to move on. We have decided to go to mainland Thailand next.
We lazed on our patio for the rest of the day as it was raining and chatted to our neighbours who are really nice. We went out late as our budget for new years eve drinks was 50 ringitt (£10 a third of our daily budget). For tea we went to a little cafe in a wall with no chairs or tables and had a chicken tortilla wrap and some chips whilst walking to the pub. We walked to our favourite bar on the beach but they were charging 20 ringitt to get in so we walked further on to a different one who was doing the same. We decided to have our own little party on the beach for free and got the towels from the room, a bag full of beer and some ice from the shop. There were only a few people sat on the beach when we first sat down but by midnight the whole place was packed with hundreds of people celebrating. There were fire breathers, music, candles and a great atmosphere. Just before midnight hundreds of lanterns were lit that floated out over the sea and a huge firework display started that ran the entire length of the beach. All the different bars were having there own display so it was amazing to stand on the beach and watch them all go off along the beach at once. it was beautiful and a great way to end the year. We hope that it will be a good omen for 2013. Happy new year to all our friends and family, we were thinking about you.