3.3.2017 Langkawi Hangover Part 1

Soooo, long story short. Curry for breakfast.

Walk down the beach with blazing sun on us.

Met Abba and had a tower on beach. 

Repeated this action more times than we care to admit.

Lots of funny stories were told, of which none are suitable for the blog, but may appear in a pub, near us, after a few light ales.

Dogge, Guy and Jonas acted out a vanilla sandwich.

We ate food.

Went back to Crowded House, drank more than we did last night…..signed leaving t shirts, because that is normal!

Decide we can’t leave the next day, however it is past 10pm. I try and ring the travel agency to change our ticket, no answer, I try other numbers, no answer. Probably just as well as I am sure I would have been incoherant.

Got to bed, very late.

If that (Swedish!!) beer carlsberg did Fridays……

2.3.2017 Langkawi is like the 60’s……

….if you remember it, you weren’t there….

Have to admit that writing up yesterday, today and tomorrow has been a challenge. Photos were required to jog memories whilst we desperately tried to remember what exactly did go on in Langkawi!

Suffice to say we made some wonderful friends at Crowded House, and, as is usual with our friends most of them drank, some a lot, so we were happy to have a few days of hedonistic fun and let our hair down…. apologies Guy.

Today was BBQ day, our hosts, Tommy and Lisa, with help from Kevin, had promised a Crowded House BBQ, starting at 8pm. We only needed to provide booze which isn’t a problem on a duty free island.

It was really exciting to have that expectation of a night out (even if it was technically a night in), we get so used to having no plans at all that knowing you have a night with friends ahead of you is a feeling I have missed.

Breakfast was Nasi Landor, curry and rice. We chose as many different dishes as we could to fit on our plates. They were all delicious. I have lost the memory of what they were individually.

Then onto duty free, we wanted to do cocktails, so decided on Bacardi, pineapple juice and mango with Sprite (bought coconut milk but it curdled unattractively). Guy carried the beer home and got a few looks…..!

We needed to get back to the hostel to get maximum time for chilling the beer after warming it up to 35 degrees. Also fridge space was at a premium so we needed to fill it before the Swedish did 😁.

We saw a token toucan on the way home. They do not look real. We wanted a Guinness.

So we had time before the party and decided to go to the pool in the next hotel which we had free use of. Already in the sun loungers and with a beer/cider/coke zero in hand are our new Swedish friends Dogge, Cecelia, Jonas and Helen. We named them Abba, it was easier.

The next few hours were spent relaxing by the pool, maybe having a beer, and watching 2 people have their Padi diving lesson in the pool. 

As today was my Dad’s birthday we were booked in for a birthday call, so had to make sure we hadn’t drunk too much before we were due to call at 5.30. We managed to pull it off, we thought, although when he reads this he will know!!!

The rest of the night was a haze of beer, cocktails, wonderful foods – fish, kebabs, prawns, chips, dips and sauces which Lisa and Tommy had spent ages preparing, and brought out one after the other. 

Before long the table was strewn with empty bottles, cans and skewers. It was a fabulous, entertaining evening that went well into the night.

Music was provided, which we all sang along to enthusiastically. Many stories were told, most forgotten.

If any of our new friends are reading, it is the best night out we have had in the past 6 months of travelling, we love you all!!!!

1.3.2017 Langkawi – Meet the Swedes

After last night’s expensive meal we needed to save some money so had a laksa and mee from a street stall, this is one of the few times I haven’t really liked the food but as it cost less than 80p for the soup I wasn’t too upset. The laksa was really fishy, too much for me. 

Luckily round the corner was an Indian place selling fried snacks which were delicious.

We just finish them before we spotted a French cake shop so stopped there as well. 3 meals and barely a vegetable to be seen!!!!! They were exceedingly good almandine and mine was a liqueur soaked mocha cake. Best ever.

Not much got done today, heat and humidity are tiring, we chatted to more people at the hostel and polished up our conversational skills.

Dinner was at another street stall, our German hostel neighbours sat at the next table……What a coincidence! It was cheap and cheerful food, noodles and vegetables (at last).

We completed our tour of an Irish bar in each country we have visited by visiting Debbie’s Place (John, is Debbie moonlighting???). Can of tiger isn’t quite the same as a Guinness from the tap, but we coped.

Got back to ours and the party was in full swing, we met the Swedish contingent, along with the French owners. Other nations arrived later. We sat down and carried on practising our conversational skills, mine ran out much earlier than Guys!

28.2.2017 Langkawi

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…..