Life in Langkawi is very much like India. At one side you can see shopping complex, restaurants and luxurious resorts with spa. But on the other, you can notice rice fields (agriculture being their main occupation!) and buffaloes on bare lands. This is the view from our hotel room and We woke up to the sound of the rooster everyday!
After late breakfast, we started Island hopping tour by bum boat at 11 am. At first we alighted at “Pulau Beras Basah”. It’s a blue green beach with powdery white sand. We could see the fishes beneath the water even from the Jetty. Unfortunately, the "Water-Sports" centre was closed. So for the next couple of hours we just relaxed (actually ran around, played swing and even wrestled). Thats me in the swing :P
Next we stopped to feed Eagles at "Pulau Singa Besar". This mangrove filled jungle used to be a national park. Now it’s closed for conservation (well done!). While we sat silently on the boat, the guide threw some chicken flesh into the water. Within seconds we saw number of Eagles(of various sizes) flying around. They flew at a great speed and picked the chicken pieces at one stroke. The bum boat really punctured our bums when the guide drove at great speed over the rough water. After 10 minutes we sat starring at an array of islands (totally clueless!). In a lousy accent guide told us it’s the "Pulau Dayang Bunting", The famous "Isle of the Pregnant Maiden”. After 5 minutes of serious looking/starring/blinking/ camera-clicking and thinking! We pretended to each other that we have seen it and its right there (pointing to the array). Now I have decoded the picture - Here is she, the ever mom-to-be!
The name of the lake comes from the legend of fairy princes. Long ago, a fairy princess married an earthly prince. She became pregnant and her baby died shortly after its birth. She was very depressed and buried the child in this lake before returning to her celestial abode. However she blessed the clear waters of the lake that any childless maiden who bathed in the lake would conceive thereafter.
The notice board at the entrance warned us about the lake's abyss. And we rented the life jacket as advised. This lake seemed spooky to me (like that of lake placid) so I took a dip and was out of water within seconds. After an hour we were back to the "Bum" boat !By late afternoon we were back on land and promptly headed to our food paradise, The “Palace of India” (POL). Then we returned to our rooms for a short nap. By 7 pm we cleaned up and checked out. Enchanted by the good food, we went to POL again. The waiter cum cashier was so happy to see us for the 3rd time. He said the restuarnt gets busy every time we visit(did I tell you about my luck ? :P).
We took the last flight from Langkawi on Monday - 29th Aug at 11 pm. It reached Kuala Lumpur half past mid night. Our flight to Singapore was only at 6 in the morning. So we slept in the airport until then. We were glad to have taken this fun filled trip. However, our manager wasn’t very pleased to see freakishly tanned droopy faces wandering around the coffee machine for every few hours on Tuesday.
THE END ! Thanks for travelling with me :P