Going to Langkawi Island by car!

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The ferry going across to Langkawi

This was a first time for us to go to Langkawi Island by car. Langkawi is an archipelago of islands way up in the north of Malaysia and shares the same vegetation and mountain range as Southern Thailand. On previous trips we had flown, but this time decided to drive the 6 hour journey up because we had to stop by in Kuala Kangsar, a small town in Perak State  for a wedding.

We left KL at 9.00 and the traffic was horrid! What would have normally taken us  2 hours to Kuala Kangsar ended up taking us 31/2 hours instead - the whole of Malaysia was on the move that day! After a geat lunch at the wedding which included deep fried catfish in sambal (hey its delicious!) we made the journey up north - we passed the exit to Penang and still had a long way to go! We arrived in Malaysia's tiniest state of Perlis and headed for Kuala Perlis - the jetty where we would catch the ferry. I couldn't believe the journey was 9 hours end to end! So much for the 6 hours it was supposed to be! We parked at the most secure looking parking lot - where they charged a fee of RM 10 a day and bought tickets for the 1900 hours ferry.

The ferry ride cost us RM 18 ( USD 5) one way for a journey that would last an hour - the jetty was choc a bloc full of people and as normal, there was a mix up in the ticket! We rushed to one ferry which was berthed way at the last pier and found that our seats 205 to 209 did not exist..hahaha ! We were then told to go to another ferry where seats numbers didn't matter - it was free seating...another laugh for the day! The plus point was that the ride was smooth and we reached the town of Kuah (which incidentally means gravy! ) on Langkawi safely. We then proceeded to rent a Toyota Vios for RM 100 (USD 29) a day - you can take yor pick of cars, from Peugeout cabriolets going for RM 300 (USD 85) per day to motorbikes going for RM 30 (USD 8.50) per day..(great for couples i say!)

Fortunately for us, a friend offered us his guest house/apartment so that saved us a good RM 250 per night in hotel room rates!

A lesson for those travelling by ferry - try to avoid school holidays! The ferry terminal was full of people and the toilets deplorable! I think there are 2 or 3 ferry companies competing hard for business and its not fun being told to run here and there, and not knowing which moron to listen to! I really cannot imagine how it would be for non Malaysians who don't understand the Malay language...

Note - you can come in to Langkawi by air on Malaysia Airlines or Air Asia. Otherwise you can take a ferry from Penang, Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis in Malaysia or Satun, Thailand.

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The ferry going across to Langkawi
The ferry going across to Langkawi