Lazy Days in Langkawi

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Pantai Cenang beach

We've settled into life on Langkawi nicely. The white sandy beaches are beautiful although there seems to be a problem with stings in the water; which we are now informed are some sort of small jellyfish!! They are an annoyance but not much more and they tend to be worse in the afternoon so we have a long swim in the mornings and a dip in the afternoon. The road behind the beach is lined with bars and restaurants some are very pricey and some are really cheap. Our favourite is an Indian restaurant called Tomato which serves up delicious food at rock bottom prices. We'd totally recommend the Tosei Massala, the Aloo Gobi Massala and their Spicy Tomato Rice. We only ate there twenty minutes ago and despite my bulging belly full of goodness just writing about it makes me want to run straight back for more.

Adam lazing on the beach
I say run but the fastest it's possible to move in the heat here is snail pace and that leaves you dripping wet and on the verge of collapse.

Believe it or not there was an 'Iron Man' competition here today. We're not 100% sure of the exact details but apparantly it involves idiots running, swimming and cycling around, a bit like a triathlon but over mountain peaks and stuff to make it even worse. We've seen a few of these crazies running around over the past few days and they obviously need the attention of mental health services. The only training people should be doing in this heat is the lifting of glasses of beer, spoonfuls of curry and the stretching of applying suncream to those hard to reach bits on your back. In a normal race the person who finishes first is called the winner but I guess with this bunch the title is biggest loser.

Steph and the sweetest mango juice at Lazy Lyla's on the beach
Anyway it's another example of the failure of 'care in the community' programs!

We on the other hand have been following a strict program of doing as little as possible, exactly as it should be. In fact I think we could write the manual on lazing the day away. Even a gallon of coffee in the morning doesn't get us racing around and with diligent practice we've managed to increase the walk to the beach from the original three minutes to almost ten now. We have strolled along the beach a few times but in our defence that was in an effort to find the best sun bed on which to lay down and fall asleep. We inadvertantly wandered into a huge posh resort complex called 'Meritus' which was not only vast but catered for every whim of the rich people staying there.

Adam sampling the free delights during Happy Hour at Putamayo
The complex was so big it actually took us half an hour to find our way out. The starched khaki uniformed staff obviously recognised that we were invading riff raff but were too polite to chuck us out.

We may have mentioned that the whole of Langkawi is a duty free zone which for a pair such as ourselves means that the temptation of a RM10 (GBP 1.30) jug of beer at 4 o'clock in the afternoon is impossible to resist as was the litre bottle of Bacardi Gold for RM37 (GBP 4.75). Not that we're bona fide alcoholics just yet, it's just that a cold beer in the heat is just about the best thing in the world.

We had a trip to a night market the other evening' which apart from the stench of all the cooking flesh from the various carcasses of animals being eaten by people; was actually a really lively scene.

Our local night market
We managed to pick up a few veggie treats such as freshly steamed sweetcorn and some fantastic spring rolls and that was on top of our huge dinner. Lucky that Adams only pair of swimming trunks have an elasticated waistband! We'd better not do any lounging around on the beach after our morning swim or Greenpeace will be showing up trying to roll us back into the water to join the other whales in pods out at sea.

The Rainbow Guesthouse, where we're staying; just gets better and better. In the evenings they tend to tune their radio into 'Golden Oldies' and 'Sounds of the 80's' etc which is a laugh and much better than the rubbish the backpacker places usually play. Addy the owner is the perfect host, he lets us use his fridge for our cold drinks, gives us ice for our sundown rum and cokes and is always happy to give us advice on where we plan t go next. Not that we have a clue on that front. I think we could be lazing around in Langkawi for quite a while yet.  

Virginiagoodings says:
Wow! Now THIS sounds like my kind of holiday!!!
Love the photos too! David is upstairs saving them.
Much love,
Mum/Virginia
xxoo
Posted on: Feb 24, 2008
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Pantai Cenang beach
Pantai Cenang beach
Adam lazing on the beach
Adam lazing on the beach
Steph and the sweetest mango juice…
Steph and the sweetest mango juic…
Adam sampling the free delights du…
Adam sampling the free delights d…
Our local night market
Our local night market
Rainbow Lodge bar/dining area
Rainbow Lodge bar/dining area
Stephs refreshing Happy Hour beer…
Steph's refreshing Happy Hour bee…
Our local night market
Our local night market
Steph munching on some night marke…
Steph munching on some night mark…
Sunrise view from our porch
Sunrise view from our porch
Sunrise view from our porch
Sunrise view from our porch
Sunrise view from our porch
Sunrise view from our porch
Sunrise view from our porch
Sunrise view from our porch
Putamayo, our favourite place for …
Putamayo, our favourite place for…
Cows and calves who live in the fi…
Cows and calves who live in the f…
Adam and Rainbow Lodges cat
Adam and Rainbow Lodge's cat
Sunset view from the field opposit…
Sunset view from the field opposi…
Pantai Cenang beach
Pantai Cenang beach
Adam at our Rainbow bar, post-Happ…
Adam at our Rainbow bar, post-Hap…
The main drag of Pantai Cenang
The main drag of Pantai Cenang
Our favourite Happy Hour spot
Our favourite Happy Hour spot
Our favourite restaurant
Our favourite restaurant
Eagle on the Langkawi jetty
Eagle on the Langkawi jetty
Pantai Cenang
photo by: iramalama