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The next day, our first stop was the Mahsuri Masoleum. Langkawi has a legend of a lady named Mahsuri being slandered for adultery and was punished by death - to prove that she was innocent, when she bled to death, her blood was white ( ..I don't know what modern day doctors would say of this!). She cursed the people of Langkawi saying they would not prosper for seven generations. Apparently it has already passed the seventh generation and now the island has begun to prosper - myth or truth..I really don't know!
Her tomb is located in the tiny village of Ulu Melaka - since the island is small it would take you about 10 minutes through very rustic villages - I loved it because you can get to see padi (rice) fields and buffallos wallowing in mud.
The entrance fee into the whole masoleum complex is RM 5. (USD 1.40) I don't know if foreigners pay different rates - to be fair I hope everyone pays the same rates. I feel bad when foreigners have to pay more! The complex is designed based on a small traditiional village - different buildings from a house of the village headman to a geology museum (!). Interestingly, Mahsuri's well is still producing water and they sell the water in bottles, readily purified at a cost of RM 1. (USD 0.28) (as always, I'm suspicious of hygiene levels, so I didn't buy any). There is an aviary and an artist who can sketch your image at a cost of RM 29 (USD 8.
The downside to this place - not enough signs and information in English.
We then headed to the cable car station, at the Oriental Village/Langkawi Geopark, a good 30 minutes away, near Burau Bay..go past the Harbour Park Marina and the Sheraton Hotel towards the Berjaya Resort . The queue for the cable car ride was snaking for a good 500 meters thanks to the school holidays again, so we walked around the Oriental Village - there were many shops selling clothes and souvenir items and we had lunch at the food court, next to the rabbit farm. The food was not bad - a rather tasty fried rice at RM 5.
We wanted to kill time so we left the place and went to the Telaga Harbour Park Marina at the Pantai Kok areae - the plan was to develop this otherwise quiet spot and it has suceeded - there is a new hotel, The Danna under construction, and there are some nice bistros and cafes there.
We then decided to look for a nice place for a drink, and found the ideal spot in Bon Ton Restaurant at Pantai Cenang (Cenang Beach) - I have been to their restaurant in Kuala Lumpur and this one in Langkawi did not disappoint either. The ambience of being in a restaurant smack in the middle of rice fields made it sublime! (READ MY REVIEW).
After a good 2 hours there, at 1800 hours we made our way back to the cable car station at the foot of Gunung Machinchang (Machinchang Mountain).
For me it was a great experience - I overcame my inner fear of heights..but i guess being in a cable car doesn't really count, does it?
The cable car ride is RM 30 (USD 8.50) for foreigners. Its open from 0930 to 1900 and on Wednesdays from 1200 to 1800 hours. The Oriental Village has Japanese, Thai and Malaysian restaurants and a basic Food Court.