Pulau Langkawi: 20-23 Dec 2004
This was a pre-Christmas trip staying at The Andaman on Datai Bay which was SOO great that we just stayed there most of the time and didn't really venture out to see the rest of Langkawi... but we did go on the cable car trip up Gunung Mat Chinchang which was nice, and we had dinner at a restaurant in the middle of a mangrove forest... very mysterious and romantic. Please see the rest of my travel tips for details.
Keep Your Shoes / Boots Outside
Went entering a house, the custom here in Langkawi and all over Malaysia is to remove your shoes before entering the house. Entering a house with shoes on will be considered as a rude act and disrespect to the host. :-)
The Golf Club, Datai Bay
The Golf Club Datai Bay is nestle between the mountain and the sea. Set at the foothills of Gunung Mat Chinchang, the 5,994m 18-holes par-72 course is surrounded by a millions of years old rain forest with the Andaman Sea to the east. The fairways are set into between the forest with many variety of trees lining them... It is cool and pleasant round of golf...
The 1st Nine plays to 2,997m from the blue tees... while the 2nd Nine plays to 2,997m as well... For those who cannot settle their betting scores after the regular 18 holes, there is the dead heat hole#19 to settle the score... hole#19 is a par 3 scenic hole by the sea and is the club's signature hole...
The green fees of RM350 per golfer (inclusive of buggy) is rather stiff for a Malaysian course... Senior citizens above 50 years are charged RM200 for a round of 18-holes golf... The same charges are applicable for weekdays and weekends play... The clubhouse is a basic single storey free-standing building that blends into the forest setup... There are both men and ladies changing rooms, a golfers terrance and a pro shop run by Pan West...
Not really off the beaten path, as they are everywhere! The rice paddies and landscape are just beautiful. The day we were there it rained and little and then beautiful sun shine, which made them look even more spectacular.
Duty Free Shopping
In Kuah, the main town on the island, are several 'Duty Free' places. The whole island, in fact, enjoys this status. The shops resemble duty free places at airports with the selection of goods they have on display. I found that the shops selling electronic goods, such as cameras, did not have the latest models available, as can be found in Singapore and KL for instance. Research prices carefully as a non-discounted price without duty on Langkawi may be higher than a discounted price elsewhere with duty.