We booked a direct ferry from Georgetown, Panang Island to Langkawi Island which is approximately three hours. The island is a yachting paradise plus has a great choice of hotels and nature galore. The beautiful island of Langkawi belongs to an archipelago of 99 islands off the west coast of Malaysia. Known for its perfect beaches and relaxed atmosphere, Langkawi is an official UNESCO World Geopark location and houses a diverse range of flora and fauna.
As soon as you land its easy to see how organized the tourist industry is with its many offerings of different day trips. The sunshine is brilliant along with the people living and working on the island. We stayed in an upscale hotel named De Baron Resort with a large discount we received by booking with Booking.com. Check in was fast and the hotel had several swimming pools and a restaurant located on the waterfront.
From our hotel it was easy walking distance to many local Thai Restaurants and I might add the local presentation of fish dishes in green curry and crab rice dishes to die for is worth the trip. From our hotel there is a natural park path all the way to the Eagle Statue and port. Excellent for families, just hanging out or taking photos along the nature park.
We booked the mangrove tour from our hotel and was pleasantly surprised by our tour guide and the tour itself. A brand new Mercedes bus picks you up from the hotel and delivers you to the river boats where you head down river past some of the moored foreign sailboats, stop off to feed the funny an inquisitive monkeys and head straight out into the azure blue ocean speeding along as if you are in a James Bond chase scene.
After traveling some five or ten kilometers the boat pulls into a scenic isolated sand beach and we swim, walk , take photos or just hang out for about an hour. The tour guide points across the water and announces that is Thailand in the distant. We then take lunch which is all included in the tour package at a dockside native restaurant alive with fish tanks, crabs, lobsters and enough good food to write home about.
After lunch we head along the seacoast and dock where we trek into a hidden lake alive with large lizards, komodo dragons and things that slither into the mangroves. Great opportunity to commune with nature and take some interesting photos in this hidden gem of a Malaysian jungle.
From there we headed up river where we came to a very wide point at least ten acres in size and was amazed to look high in the sky and see eagles circling everywhere. Soon the eagles dove near our boat tempting us to zoom our cameras and get that perfect digital travel shot.
Back to reality Langkawi is known as Eagle Island and I am glad to have witnessed over a hundred eagles of which there are two main species one with a white belly and the other more brownish. They will take your breath away with their aerial acrobatics and diving skills.
So there you have it! An island of luxury if you will… plus the entire island is a nature paradise. The thing that impressed me was how well everything was run from the hotel, the restaurants, the tour guides and the local people we had met. I thought to myself this is my kind of island…I could do this and maybe even for a long time, who knows maybe the Eagle will land and I will build my own nest some day.
QUOTE: “Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” –Gustave Flaubert
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: The Legends of Langkawi by Tun Mohamed Zahir. It says that the term ‘Langkawi’ is a combination of two Sanskrit words, Langka (beauty) and Wi (innumerable). As per the book, Langkawi means the place of immense beauty. One more reference states that Langkawi means Eagles’ Island. According to it, the term Langkawi is a combination of two words Lang and Kawi. Where ‘Lang’ is a corrupt form of Malay word ‘helang’ which means eagle, ‘Kawi’ means marble.
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Eagles…They are a thing of beauty plus a symbolism of freedom.
ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Soar like an Eagle…look out grasshopper I’m watching you!
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