Toilets in Malaysia are - Different is one word without offending anyone.
Be prepared to roll up your trouser legs or skirt,Due to the locals preference to water than toilet paper you may find water everywhere.For this reason alone I recommed not wearing sandals that have a thin low sole or open shoes.
Some bathrooms are better than others of course,one bad one is at the Kuah ferry terminal (womens).Take your wet ones and tissue paper be prepared to squat.
Driving at Night - Open Your Eyes Wide
Well, as the road in Langkawi are being carved thru villages and paddy fields, you may need more concertration if driving at night. Buffalos and cows will just lying on the road at night and this may invite accident to those that are not familiar with the road and those that drive without full concertration. Buffalos being hit by car or motorcycle is not a rare case here in Langkawi, sometimes this accident happens involving fatility to both animal and human. To make it worst, not all road in Langkawi being covered with street light and as for buffalos, they are dark in color alright and you may not notice that they are on the road until you just a few meters away from 'em. So, tips for night driving, drive carefully and concertrate please.
- Road Trip
Careful if you drive!
If you to rent a car and are to drive at night, do be careful of animals eg, cows crossing the roads and also some those young motorcyclists who like to ride on one wheel to show off their superb stunts at their leisure times.
Biting Sea Lice
We were unable to paddle or swim in the waters off Langkawi due to the biting Sea Lice.You cant actually see them but they sting and make swimming or walking in the water very uncomfortable. At low tide you can walk out on the sand flats which is great and we had reef shoes (needed)
However, to paddle in the water to knee depth was annoying and painful.It seemed to be worse at sunset....I forgot to ask the locals about this so maybe you would be advised to when there. People do swim in the ocean but maybe it's a seasonal thing
When you get to Dayabg bunting lake, you should becarefull with the monkey around the area, they are willing grab your stuff if you don't hold it carefully... they took my cookies when was eating the cookies with other friends.... right on this jetty
Water Buffaloes Rein Supreme
Being the laid back island Langkawi is, the water buffaloes seem to have it their way with the roads here, especially those around the paddy fields. We ran into them a couple of them.
So, keep your eyes peeled for them. Though the roads in Langkawi can be rather deserted at times, this doesn't mean you can drive around the island like a F1 driver.
Be careful while you are feeding monkeys (especially the ones on the way from Cenang Beach to Oriental Village - on the curvy road by Petronas Petrol Station). They can be vicious. We tried to give them buiscuit and suddenly from nowhere other monkeys appeared and they started running towards us and making noises - and they did not look friendly!
Mind your Nuts !!
Ok at first I thought this was a bit of a joke. All around the resort at Pelangi Beach hotel there were signs saying Beware of Falling Coconuts. In itally I thought this was just to add a snes of danger to the otherwise passive sport of sunbathing..you know an element of excitement as you sip your pina colada or go for yet another snooze..but then when one crashed straight through the roof of one of small wooden sunshade right beside me I sat up and took notice. Literally ! Coconuts prove that old Newtonian laws of Mass x Acceleration can equal Force !!! So mind your nuts......you have been warned.
- Luxury Travel
Monkeys! Monkeys! Monkeys!
I'm sure that you've heard it before, but this little rascals are quite agressive when it comes to stealing food and drinks. Make sure that you do not leave food or drinks out on your balcony. We had a group of monkeys that did "rounds" every day looking for snacks and drinks... unfortunately, the 1st day we had left things out and before we knew it were being attacked by a group of 11!!
It might be tempting to feed the monkeys, but please do not! It's the first time in thousands of years that brown Macaque monkeys are dying of human diseases such as cancer, high blood pressure and heart disease. All this due to eating/drinking Doritos and Coke instead of food found in their natural habitat.
Tsunami's do happen when you are least expecting
We were there on Dec. 26 when the Tsunami hit. We were finishing brunch at a beach restaurant. The water receded very far and everyone started to stare and wonder what was happening. I asked the owner of the restaurant if this was normal and she said no. One of the waitresses ran in to the water but very soon ran very fast back to the restaurant when the water came up fast and furious. Then the water receded again. We started brining in chairs and tables that were on the sand. Then the water came back and reached the restaurant. Then we took off to our hotel to gather our belongings since we were very close to the beach. I hear the 3rd wave went all the way to the street. It was very scary and we didnt' know what to do for the remainder of the day. They moved us in to the 2nd floor of the hotel since our bungalow came very close to getting water in it . The first bungalow got about 3 feet of water in it and the man did get moved out in time. He was even in a wheelchair. We found out later how very serious the waves were on other islands. Even South of us on Penang there were 65 deaths compared to 12 on our island. And Penang was sheltered by Sumatra also. We were sooo very lucky. We were just 250 miles from the epicenter of the quake but were spared the giant Tsunami waves. We had what were called ghost waves. Alot of villagers lost there homes on Langkawi. Phuket is just north and there were 100's of deaths there. We were on the luckiest island in the world that day. I guess it was fate.
My advice on this...if the water recedes don't even hesitate or ask questions or worry about looking like a fool, run and get to high ground.
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Budget Travel
If you have old people with you, don't walk to the observation deck at the cable car peak station. The observation deck is lower than the cable car station, so to go to observation deck, you are actually walking downward. This could be easy to go, but difficult to walk back to the station. The path becomes too steepy for old folks.. My mum was exhausted and have to take a few breaks before she can reach the station.
- Family Travel
Haunted rooms at Berjaya Resort
Avoid rooms at track 6 specifically room 6117 & 6118. apparantly frens encountered 'spooky' incidents. Unless, you love the thrill, it is best to avoid. Track 5 is nice cos it's much closer to the lobby. Jus my 2 cents worth. :)
Beware of cattle crossing crossing the road
Please drive slowly and carefully in Langkawi island ! There's lots of water buffaloes and cattle over here and most of these creatures don't have any cow sense when it comes to road crossing.
Bpacker's Langkawi Page
Divers Beware! Great White..er Orange Creatures!
More scary than the sharks at Pulau Payar are the noisy orange flotsam at the house reef.
Easily recognisable in the ubiquitous orange vest, these gangly big creatures will not only insist on throwing their lunch packets at the hapless fish but applaud when the sharks go into a feeding frenzy.
Stay away from these creatures if you spot them, you might get a chicken wing thrown in your face if you get too close to them.
Bpacker's Langkawi Page
Credit Card Fraud
I visited Langkawi in May. A group of us were purchasing digital cameras - one person's credit card was swiped successfully but for two people they said the transaction would not go through and they would have to ring for authorisation. For one card they said they would have to go to the shop next door for the authorisation and for the other, whilst waiting for authorisation, we noticed them writing down the name on the card, plus the 3 digit number on the back. We 'thought' we had successfully retrieved the paper it was written on but the person has just been told (in September) by Barclaycard that over £500 worth of goods has been fraudelantly deducted from his card. Please beware when making credit card purchases from any electrical stores...
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