Formula 588 at Langkawi
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As much as we've enjoyed each and every one of the days we've rented out mopeds we felt that it was time to upgrade and go for a car. Car hire here is ridiculously cheap and you get a little local make vehicle with airconditioning for RM50 a day (GBP7.50) . The moped cost us RM25 and with the car we didn't have to mess up our hair wearing helmets! We basically had two sights on our agenda and headed off towards the highest point on langkawi called Gunung Raya. As with our experience hiring the moped; the free map we were using required quite a bit of abstract interpretation and of course we didn't bother buying a proper one, that would be far to sensible. So as an added bonus to our day we got to drive a very narrow partially paved path with hidden speed bumps that runs beside a chain link fence around the airport.
We pretty much gave up with the map after two roundabouts marked on it failed to materialise and so we just drove along the biggest road we could find until we saw a sign that had a name that appeared on the map in the vicinity of where we were heading. Eventually with some deft directions from Steph we saw a sign for Gunung Raya. At the base of the road up the mountain there is a little booth for you to pay a toll and we both thought we were going to get stung for some serious money. Out came the wallet but the little man in the booth wanted just 50sen, that's just 8p in UK terms. Great value until you see the state of the roads. Lots of rock falls, blind hair pin turns, loose tarmac, gravel etc.
Our plans were sort of thrown out by our speed as it was still early and we'd hoped to hit our second destination, a beach called Tanjung Rhu a bit later in the afternoon. Our driving and navigation skills honed we made it there without any detours and parked up on the most beautiful stretch of beach we've so far encountered. Of course the main section had been taken over by a resort of the four seasons type but there is still a huge area left over for us poor folk. The bay has limestone karsts in it much like the area around Phi Phi, Guilin and Halong bay.
By this time we were turning a very pretty shade of pink, much like most of our locally washed laundry, so we headed off home via more back roads and Kuah town which really doesn't warrant any mention other than that. Oh except there's a Starbucks there for those in dire need!!
We eventually made it home and it was such a hot day that at one point we seriously considered parking the car outside the room and leaving the engine running to take advantage of a nights sleep in air conditioning but thankfully there was a little rainshower which took a bit of temperature out of the air and was our first rain for what seems like ages. We had to go outside and marvel at this strange natural phenomenon.