Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Langkawi - my favourite place

Langkawi is my favourite place. I love the beaches, even though I don't swim. I like to take the photographs of the sunset. I enjoy looking at where the beach meet the sea and the sea meet the sky. It can be a very soothing view when the water is calm, the sky is blue (can be even better if there is a rainbow). But what I enjoy most is to watch the sunset. Here's one of my shots of sunset near the airport at Padang Mat Sirat, Langkawi.

In September 2005 I went with about 25 of my office sports club members to Langkawi. We took a train from Kuala Lumpur to Arau. It was a night train with berth. You can sleep comfortably in your own compartment. Though it was only covered with curtain, but it was nice and comfortable to me. Except that it was quite noisy - the sound of the train moving on its rail. Somehow, you can forget about the noise if you put on some nice songs from your walkman. Soon you could fall asleep...

The train departed from Kuala Lumpur Sentral around 9:15 pm if I'm not mistaken. It was a very long journey, we only arrived the next morning at around 9:00 pm. From Kuala Lumpur we passed by Selangor, Perak, Seberang Perai (Pulau Pinang), Kedah and finally reached Perlis. There was a delay due to some technical problem along the way. For many of the group members, that was the first time for them to ride a train. It's good that we took the berth - because it was a long journey.

If you're tired of resting in your berth, you could go the buffet coach for a hot drink and food. It's an aircond coach. You could rest there for a while before you go back to your berth.

When we arrived at Arau railway station in the morning, there's a bus waiting to take us to Kuala Perlis Jetty. From there, we took the boat to Langkawi Island. Though it was quite tiring due to the long journey, but every body was excited that we finally going to be in Langkawi soon.

In Langkawi, we stayed at Best Star Resort at Pantai Cenang. The room rate was very reasonable and the room was quite spacious for that rate. And the resort is right on the beach!
We visited the Underwater World which is just within a walking distance from Best Star Resort. Some of the members went for islands hopping while some others just laid back and relax at the beach with their family members. The next day we all went to Oriental Village and also took a ride on the cable car. We also went for a shopping at Kuah town.

On the last day before we left Langkawi, we stopped at the Dataran Helang, the landmark of Langkawi. Every body enjoyed the trip and everyone bought something for their loved ones from Langkawi.

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