This is our first day exploring the large Malaysian holiday island of Langkawi, it has been a tourist destination for many years now so we had high expectations.
First though, breakfast. At a really good restaurant around the corner from our hostel, Fat Cupid, we only went in to check the menu but ended up staying as it looked so good. It was relaxed, with white decor and had a pool, very us!
Guy had nasi lemak, classic Malay dish of rice, curry and bits, bits included peanuts, smoked dried fish and a fermented fish and chilli paste.
I had kaya (Malay coconut jam) on toast with boiled eggs. The kaya was bright green and tasted like a sweet curd.
We then inspected the local beaches, they were as stunning as the brochures claimed, clear blue water and white sands.
A sweaty walk into town and we saw the next beach and checked out that one as well. Pristine.
It is a weird set up here in that the beach is away from the street, encouraging you to shop rather than admire the view, which considering this is a duty-free island, could be the point.
We admired the view of the main street more.
Back at Crowded House hostel, we have a balcony for each section of the hostel, meaning you get to share it with whoever is close by. This means you actually get to meet people and talk to them, something which hasn’t happened much on this trip – in this age of smart phones and kindles.
The balconies look across a field, watching the cows grazing, herons grooming them and our fellow travellers return from their day. We have a beer or two and chat to a Swedish guy, Jonas.
For evening food we walk to Jasmin restaurant, a Syrian food place. The food is western prices and not amazing, but it is nice to have lamb, hummous and fresh nan bread.
It is 10.30 and Jonas has met other Swedes and they have a great time chatting til the early hours, we retire early making the most of some sleep…..
You never know when you will sleep again in Langkawi…..