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5 Days 4 Nights Langkawi and Penang – Day 3 (November 2016)

Sunrise over Kuah Town

The first thing in the morning was spent admiring the wonderful sunrise scene at our balcony. The harbour was peaceful and calm. Moreover, the changing lights of the harbour scene was picturesque. They were like paintings on canvas, very beautiful to behold.

The skies above the hills in front was equally mesmerizing. The clouds above the hills receiving first light of the day was putting up an awesome light show. Yellowish orange lights were coming up behind those hills. Gradually, a ball of light slowly emerged. As this glowing orange ball continued its ascent, the surrounding brightened up dispersing glorious rays of sunbeams from above the hills.

Kuah in Langkawi had awakened. The city had come to live even though everywhere was still quiet this morning. This short sunrise moments were indeed amazing. This would be the beginning of a great day for our onward journey to Penang.

Breakfast in Adya Hotel

After the awesome sunrise show, we went for breakfast. The restaurant was already quite busy. We were asked whether we would like to sit inside the restaurant or outdoor. We requested to be seated indoor and were ushered to an empty table and coffee was poured for us.

The buffet spread varieties were very good with both western and local items. There was a counter for self-service noodles soup. Of course there were fruits, salads, cereals, bread and pastries. The food quality was pretty good but we couldn’t say the same for the coffee. They seemed to have a very different definition for coffee in Langkawi. Other than Starbucks Coffee at Cenang, we didn’t have a good experience with the local coffee here. However, there was a machine in the restaurant and my wife made herself a cup of soya mild which was excellent.

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5 Days 4 Nights Langkawi and Penang Tour – Day 2 (November 2016)

Getting Ready for Day 2 in Langkawi

We had an island hopping day tour in the morning so we went for breakfast near 7.30 am. The restaurant at the lobby was already busy. We were ushered to an empty table and we went to collect our food. The breakfast spread was sufficient for this 3-star hotel. There were western and local items, fruits and salad, fruit juice, coffee and tea. The coffee was very dilute but the food was fine.

After breakfast we left the hotel and went next door to Cenang Mall. The mall was still closed being so early in the morning. But KFC was opened. We entered KFC and brought two breakfast set meals to take away and then returned to Nadias Hotel.

Back in our room, we washed up, brushed up, changed to suitable attire and then got ready to check out for our day tour. After watching TV for a while, we went back to the lobby to check out at 8.50 am. The tour agent had arranged to pick us from the hotel to head to the jetty at 9 am. After collecting our RM 100 deposit, we left our bags with front desk to keep. The lady staff also loan us two very nice beach towels to bring for our island hopping tour. We then settled down to wait for our tour agent.

There were quite a few hotel guests waiting at the lobby as well. They had arranged their own tours too. Soon, one after another left the hotel when their agents showed up. We waited until 9.15 am when our agent finally showed up in a white van. We followed him and left Nadias Hotel for our day tour.

Langkawi Island Hopping Tour

This white van wasn’t in the best condition. The van headed south along Jalan Pantai Chenang passing the Underwater World towards the jetty. We arrived in about 10 minutes. We alighted and were told to wait with many other tourists at a huge tent shelter. Tour agents were busy assigning tourists to board different boats.

Not long after, we were told to head down to the beach to board a yellow colour boat. When we were about to step down the stairs to the beach, a teenage girl who was holding a camera, took our pictures. She did this to every other tourists and we wondered was this the way they kept track of their passengers.

The beach here wasn’t clean. There were some confusion as we queued to board the yellow boat that was already full with many more passengers trying to board. Apparently, the group that boarded had boarded the wrong boat and they had to climb down before the rest of us could board this boat. Had we been forced to board this horribly overcrowded boat, we would turn back and not take this island hopping tour. There was no need to put ourselves in danger.

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5 Days 4 Nights Langkawi and Penang Tour (November 2016)

Planning a Tour to Langkawi and Penang

We had a week that would be free in November 2017. So in April, we booked flights to Langkawi and fly home from Penang. Cost for both flights was just around $80 per person. This would be about the equivalent cost for taking a coach to Kuala Lumpur and back to Singapore. In addition, flight time is just slightly over an hour which would be much shorter than the 5 hours bus ride to Kuala Lumpur.

Our flight details were as follows:

Singapore to Langkawi 12.50 pm to 2.15 pm by Tigerair
Penang to Singapore 12.50 pm to 2.15 pm by Jetstar

Such flight timings were pretty ideal. We won’t have to wake up very early in the morning to rush to airport and would be in time to check into hotel in Langkawi upon arrival.

Deciding Where to Stay

For hotels in Langkawi, we booked Nadias Hotel at Cenang Beach for the first night and then Adya Hotel at Kuah Town for the second night to facilitate our ferry ride to Penang Island.

We also booked Royale Bintang Hotel in Georgetown, Penang which is near to the ferry terminal. Average hotel cost was around $70 per night from for all these hotels when we booked early.

To save the hassle of having to get to Kuah Jetty early to purchase ferry tickets, we bought our ferry tickets online at Langkawi Ferry. Cost for a ticket from Langkawi to Penang was RM 70 inclusive of tax. We simply printed out the boarding pass and we were good to go.

With all arrangements settled, we were ready to head to Langkawi and Penang for a short break.

Singapore to Langakawi

November came so quickly. We took a leisurely bus ride to Changi Airport with just a piece of hand held luggage in the morning. It was slightly before 10.30 am when we arrived Terminal 3. First stop was our usual fish ball noodles for a quick early lunch.

Next we walked to Terminal 2 via the underground link way and approached Tigerair’s counter to collect our boarding passes even though we had already completed our online check in process. Once done, we entered the secured area, cleared immigration, we were free to roam the airport.

Terminal 2 was already dressed up for Christmas. This shopping mall like terminal was quite busy with many passengers taking pictures at different beautiful spots. Others were shopping or having meals while some were resting at various very relaxing and comfortable zone before their flights. Continue reading 5 Days 4 Nights Langkawi and Penang Tour (November 2016)