Pulau Langkawi Off The Beaten Path

  • koh Tarutao Beyond from Tanjung Rhu
    koh Tarutao Beyond from Tanjung Rhu
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  • koh tarutao as seen in Kilim Geopark
    koh tarutao as seen in Kilim Geopark
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    Bird Watching

    by machomikemd Written Jun 16, 2014
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    Langkawi is rich in natural flora and fauna, and you can find many kinds of bird species lying along trees and even going at the beaches to search for food and they are quite tame. some will even go near you if you throw some food pieces at them while you are just hanging out at the beach and eat them and there are various species of birds near here like sparrows, swiftlets, mynah and more.

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    Kayaking at Kilim River in Kilim Geoforest Park

    by machomikemd Written Jun 11, 2014
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    if you booked a Mangrove Tour with the Kayaking option, you be in a large speed boat loaded with kayaks and beside the various tours around Kilim Geoforest Park, you will be given 30 minutes to 1 hour kayaking along the Kilim River and this option will cost RM 250 (including the 5 hour tour and lunch).

    The half day tours usually lasts 4 to 5 hours (depending if on a fish farm restaurant lunch and optional swimming at Tanjung Rhu, and if going to the hidden lake and more caves, or without these extras) and tour costs vary from 100 RM for just the mangrove tour w/o fish farm restaurant lunch and swimming at tanjung rhu and up to 175 RM to 200 RM per person if those extras I mentioned above are included. and there are two starting points for the tours, Most start at the Kilim Jetty (on the back road beside the Galleria Perdana) or along the jetty in Tanjung Rhu.

    Travel time from Pantai Cenang Hotels to Kilim Jetty is about 35 minutes.

    tours start at 9:00 am and 2:00 pm daily

    you can book your tour fo cheap rates at the travel agenciy we had, the Legend Admire Tours and their number is 017-587-8511 or 019-543-5441 and look for Dean or Melissa.

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    Koh Tarutao

    by machomikemd Written Jun 11, 2014
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    Pulau Langkawi is the Northern Most Island Group of Peninsular Malaysia at the Andaman Sea and Koh Tarutao is the Southernmost Island of Thailand in the Andaman Sea and both these Islands are only separated by 5 kilometers of sea. you can even see Koh Tarutao at a distance from the Viewpoint of Langkawi Sky Cab or the beaches of Tanjung Rhu and the sea above Kilim Geopark (really closed up if using an optical ultra zoom camera).

    but it is hard to go to and back both these Islands are they are in different countries!

    you need to ride a ferry from kuah jetty point to Satun in Southern Thailand Mainland and bring your passport and then get another boat ride to Koh Tarutao and it takes about a day to travel! (ferries to and from Satun to Langkawi and Satun to Koh Tarutao have fixed sailing times!)

    they also have different time zones! sunrise is 7:20 am in Langkawi and 6:20 am in Koh Tarutao as Thailand is 1 hour behind Malaysia.

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    Hang Around The Jacuzzi

    by machomikemd Written Jun 7, 2014
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    some hotels in Langkawi, besides having swimming pools, also have jacuzzis and who would not want to hang around the jacuzzi to have a hydromassage your sore back muscles and even your body? the jacuzzi of the holiday villa resort sit just next to the sunken pool bar so that you can even order drinks and bring it to the jacuzzi if you want.

    the jacuzzis are usually open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday

    Our Hotel is at the Holiday Villa at Lot 1698 Pantai Tengah Mukim, Pulau Langkawi, Kedah, 07000, Malaysia

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    Swim at The Pool of Your Hotel

    by machomikemd Written Jun 7, 2014
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    if your hotel has a wonderful and big pool. why not have a dip in the cool and refreshing waters after a day sunbathing or swimming at the beach. if on staycation mode, this activity is a must and you can order food or drinks if you want while lounging and chilling out at the pool.

    out hotel had a big pool and a jacuzzi beside it and also an infinity pool (but you have to pay RM 25 extra to have a dip at the infinity pool).

    most swimming pools of hotels in langkawi opens at 7:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday

    Our Hotel is at the Holiday Villa at Lot 1698 Pantai Tengah Mukim, Pulau Langkawi, Kedah, 07000, Malaysia

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    Bats at a Cove in Pulau Dayang Bunting

    by machomikemd Written Jun 7, 2014
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    If you did not book the Mangrove tour where you go inside limestone caves filled with bats and guano, don't despair! you can still view bats in coves/caves in the Island Hopping tour!

    5 minutes before the jetty to pulau dayang bunting, there is a small cove where bats converge and your speed boat would take you there to see the bats for an additional 2 ringgit per person and you will stop there for about 2 minutes so that you can take pictures and videos of the bats before proceeding to the jett to the main island and to tasik dayang bunting.

    Address: Pulau Dayang Bunting, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

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    Pulau Singa Besar

    by machomikemd Written Jun 6, 2014
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    the island is famous for nature tripping so that many backpackers have overnight camping trips to the island to go bird watching of various species of birds and sea eagles and also try the various small white beach coves scattered around the island and there are wooden foothpaths that goes to and from one part to the other in the island, be aware that they don't have the bare necessities like potable water, bathrooms and kitchens here. so be ready with all the basic necessities and creature comforts you need in spending time here in the island.

    the Island Hopping tours also stop in front of the Island to put scraps of chicken meat in the water to entice the differentr species of Sea Eagle to feed as for tourist like us to take picures and videos.

    Address: Pulau Singa Besar, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia

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    Eat Al Fresco Lunch at Tanjung Rhu

    by machomikemd Written Jun 6, 2014
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    Tanjung Rhu, a long stretch of fine white sand beach in Northern Langkawi and with views of the Northern Langkawi Islands and Ko Tarutao in Thailand, is a favorite among locals to do swimming and sports activities and even to eat out al fresco style at the beach as there are hardly any tourists going here. And Since we were on a Private Tour, we requested our guide dean that we eat al fresco lunch at the beach of which our tour guide bought us packed meals at Pantai Cenang of which we brought to Tanjung Rhu. there are a few food stalls at the public beach that sells local snacks and beverages and also young coconut juice (kelapa) of which we brought at RM 4 per piece and softdrinks at RM 2 a can.

    there are hardly any people when we were here and only a few locals who bought cars and tents.

    after lunch we proceeded to Pantai Tengah for the Island Hopping tour, which is a good 35 minute drive away.

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    Public Beach Changing and Shower Rooms

    by machomikemd Written Jun 5, 2014
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    you might be staying at the more upscale beach resorts in Pantai Tengah or further walk away from Pantai Cenang or even at Tanjung Rhu or Pantai Kok, but still, all beaches are public properties and even if your at the beachfront of a luxury hotel resort, they cannot force you to go away.

    and also you will see two story life guard tower concrete buildings that are also public beach changing, restroom and shower rooms of which you only pay a nominal fee of RM 1 for changing clothes or relieving yourself and extra RM 1 to take a shower. they have separate changing and shower and toilet rooms for men and women and are open from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm everyday

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    Go bird watching - alone or in tours

    by akkipaa Written Jan 11, 2013

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    Take your camera and start hunting. There are a lot of birds in your hotel and beach area, it's easy to start and you get some practice for worse circumstances. As you can see, I am not pro and this trip was my first with this camera and all setups were not familiar to me. The last picture tells the truth, start from birds in trees or yard, flying objects make it more difficult. In the last one, all setups failed, focus did not succeed, panorama wrong only the bird was beautiful, unfortunately seem to be more airplane than a bird.

    There are more birds and species in the nature, but the circumstances get even worse. But it's always worth of trying, some day you can get a picture of the year.

    The second picture is my favourite bird, it's Black-naped Oriole, common in Malaysia and in Finland we have Eurasian Golden Oriole called Kuhankeittäjä (wild translation: Pike-perch cooker, name is coming from sound, were can here when it sing: Pike-perch is boiling :)

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    Chocoffee

    by snuggie Written May 15, 2011
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    Chocoffee, a must place to visit if you love chocolates. There are lots of favoured chocolates, durian, mango, Kiwi and even chilli chocolates.
    Do try their tiramisu chocolates too. Free samples are available in the shop.

    They also offered their famous white coffee made of finest coffee with special blend which gave a pleasant smooth taste.

    Address: 734, Tasek Anak, Pantai Tengah, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.

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    the cable car

    by call_me_rhia Updated Apr 4, 2011
    cable car top station

    Of the beaten path... only because it's off the main road... not because it's devoid of tourists. I'm talking about the cable car going up (and across) to Mount Gunung Macincang (708 metres high). The vertical part of the trip is quite interesting - and definitely not suited for people afriad of heights. Views from the top are spectacular, but it's only worth going there on a very clear day.

    The cable car starts inside the very tacky Oriental Village, and it runs from 10/11 in the morning until 7 PM (I think). The price should be about 15 RM for adults and 5 RM for children.

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    Take the ferry to Coral Island

    by preadhead Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Transport to the island is by huge ferry.
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    There are several tour operators who organise trips to Coral Island (Pulau Payar Marine Park). The experience will take most of the day but is a must see and do adventure for everyone. The Coral Island is the closest place to Langkawi to participate in excellent snorkeling and scuba diving.

    Part of the snorkeling experience is the shark feeding which is done in waist deep water. You will also be able to swim with the sharks and some of them are quite large reef sharks. You also swim among groper, barracuda and gar fish and thousands of neon flashing shapes. It's a bit like swimming in an aqarium. Even total novices don masks and life jackets and can enjoy the experience of seeing marine life up close. The tour we took was inexpensive at 220 rm for two people. This includes snorkeling equipment hire, a modest lunch and transfers to and from the hotel to the Kuah jetty. This tour uses a large ferry and travels at about 30 knots taking around 50 minutes to reach the island. Transfers to the Island jetty are done on a dinghy. From there you are free to get your mask and snorkel and swim out among the fish. The day is relatively unstructured and you can swim in the lagoon water and clamber on to the floating pontoons or lie around on the beach. There is shade but don't forget to bring your sunscreen and drinking water. With this particular crew there was no instruction given about safety or even any indication of what we might see.

    My best advice
    Other outfits do offer the same trip at different prices. This trip was a great experience and all trips end up on the same Island. The differences between operators are with the quality of the instruction, the speed and comfort of the access boat and the quality of the lunch provided. So you be the judge of how much you want to spend. Children can participate in this activity. An underwater camera would be great here.
    You can also climb to the top of the jungle covered Island . Another great photo opportunity, but be aware that the mosquitos are hungry up there !

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    Tanjung Rhu Beach

    by yipsufen Updated Jan 26, 2010

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    One of Langkawi's best beaches is Tanjung Rhu which is located 22km from Kuah town. A scenic area with limestone outcrops.

    On the way to the beach, you can see a stretch of road with monkeys roaming freely and some tourist or photography enthusiasts even stopped by to snapped some photos of the monkeys.

    I like the serenity & cleanliness of this beach. Wave is gentle for swimming. A good spot to view sunset too with limestone outcrops as backdrop.

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    Long cycle to cooling waterfall

    by hugo501 Written Nov 19, 2007

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    Dive in!

    If you staying at the Tanjung Rhu you must go on the cycle to the waterfall with the hotel guide.. Its a bit long but goes thru this cool swamp like area.. There's a bit of a hill to go up towards the waterfall and then there's a small trek.. But on a hot day its all worth it cos the water is amazing.. Very refreshing!

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