Friday, October 21, 2011
Langkawi, Malaysia: Day 1
My father in law wanted to take a side trip to somewhere tropical with a beach, so after a fair amount of finagling with flight times (as B couldn't take any more time off), we chose Langkawi Island in Malaysia.
There are several direct flights from Singapore to Langkawi daily, but it really is a world away. It is a group of tropical islands (supposedly used to be 99, but with land reclamation is now 101 or so) with white sand beaches, jungles and coral reefs off the west coast of Malaysia. Although tourism is a major industry, the island is still quite unspoiled and not at all built up. It is a world geopark, meaning that they are committed to keeping it that way.
We stayed at an extremely nice hotel, the Danna, which is brand new (less than a year old, important in poorer countries as generally they never know how to maintain stuff). Our room and view were very nice (and not that expensive, considering the size/quality). We arrived there at night, so dined in the hotel restaurant which was pretty good.
While dining, I was introduced to a new custom, in which the restaurant staff takes your baby away and provides free babysitting while you eat. This was to happen everywhere in Malaysia and Indonesia. I was a little nervous at first, but once I got used to it, it was awesome. Little R was extremely popular and seemed to enjoy all the attention for the most part.