A family trip to Malaysia

This time we had to decide a destination for family trip. My parents had a wish to travel out of India, so it was up to me to decide a location which should be beautiful, not a far destination and more importantly also should be suitable for pocket.

The natural beauty of Langkawi was in my mind and had also heard about the architecture marvel Petronas twin towers which were once crowned as the tallest towers in the world after the unfortunate destruction of World Trade Center in US. So i decided to make a travel plan for Malaysia.

I am residing in the city of Pune, which is a quiet big city with an airport, but still don’t have frequent international flights, so i booked a flight from Mumbai (Bombay) to Kuala lampur and from Kuala lumpur to Langkawi. The flight from Mumbai to Kuala lumpur took around 5 hrs. We had a good gap of around 5 hrs for our next flight to Langkawi. Langkawi being an island destination, flight is a convenient option to travel. Flight from Kuala lumpur to Langkawi was just of 1 hrs 15 mins. We had started from Mumbai last night at 11 PM India time and now at 1 PM we were in Langkawi. It took total of around 14hrs from Mumbai to Langkawi including the flight gap.

After exit from Langkawi airport we took a taxi, and Bobby Ravindran was our driver. Had small talks with him and came to know that his forefathers were brought to this island by Britishers in British era. He also told that the weather of Malaysia is similar to that of South Indian states and so suits people from Tamil Nadu and other South Indian states to migrate here. After about 15 mins we reached Cenang town to have our lunch. Bobby informed us that he will wait there till we have our lunch and can drop us at our hotel afterwards with an additional 10 Ringget. So we agreed for the deal at a total of 40 Ringgets and had lunch at an Indian restaurant Maroush. The food was ok, not bad not too good, being vegetarian we didn’t had much options but was good enough to fulfill our hunger. After our lunch we headed towards our hotel Myangkasa akademi & resort langkawi with Bobby and seen him off at the hotel.

The Myngkasa was situated in a village around 7 Km from Cenang town. It was a good, descent hotel by the side of road.  It had a small restaurant with good vegeterian breakfast options as well.

After chek-in in to the hotel we had rest till 6 PM and then went out to Cenang beach. It was a nice beach where we spent couple of hours and around 8 PM moved towards the Cenang town market. It was a small market with many restaurants having Indian,  Arabic, Turkish and various other international cuisine options. We selected India Palace, which was a small restaurant and was busy at the evening time. It took around 45 mins to serve our ordered food. The food was not much impressive. After having dinner we booked Uber to return back to Myngkasa. It was the end of our first day in Langkawi.

The next day we planned for Sky Bridge. The Sky bridge can be accessed through Sky Cab only (Rope way). We took a taxi to reach the Sky cab station, from where Sky cab took around 15mins to reach first station. After spending around 10mins at first station we took Sky cab again for the 2nd station (Sky bridge). After reaching the 2nd station there are two options to reach the Sky bridge, either you can take a walking trail of around 10mins or you can opt for Sky Glide(Lift). The ticket for Sky Bridge is 5 Ringget, and for Sky Glide it is 10 Ringget.

After spending our time at Sky bridge we went for Mangrove boat tour. We went into Kilim River forest in a motor boat. Had an oppurtunity to see the Brahminy kites and White bellied sea eagles and Macaque monkeys along the tour.

After Mangrove tour our next destination was Dataran Langkawi. It was a nice, less crowded place with a big Eagle statue (Langkawi is named after Reddish brown eagle – Brahminy kite). Nearby to the Eagle square we found a restaurant named as Fair cafe which was offering Indian cuisines. It was just about 500 mtrs from the Eagle square near the main road. The food was tasteful along with good masala chai. After the dinner it was the end of our second day in Langkawi.

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On the third day in Langkawi we visited the Underwater world and Island hopping tour.

Our fourth day was the day to transit from Langkawi to Kuala lumpur. We took our flight in the morning at 8:50 AM which arrived to Kuala lumpur airport at around 10AM. From airport we got a bus at 18 Ringget/person to reach to Kula lumpur city. We reached the Kula lumpur by 1:30PM. Had our bookings with Vortex suites apartments which was a walkable distance from KLCC twin towers. The apartment was clean, and beautiful with a nice view from our apartment located at 38th floor.

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View of Kuala lumpur city from our apartment.

In the evening we visited the Suria KLCC and had an amazing view of Petronas twin towers with all its lights on. That was a memorable view which i tried to capture in my camera.

On the fifth day of tour we visited Batu caves located around 15 Kms from Kuala lumpur city. There was a big golden statue of Lord Murugan also known as bhagwan Kartikeya. The temple had around 200 steep steps to reach atop. It took around 45mins to hike the stairs. The caves at the top were good with cold breeze and a beautiful view of Kuala lumpur city.

After visiting Batu caves we came back to KLCC, as we had tickets booked for Petronas tower entry from 4:30PM. The Petronas tower has limited entry tickets of limited roaming time, and its better to book the tickets in advance from internet or from the counter. We spend a good memorable time there and came out to enjoy the Musical fountain show in the KLCC premises.

For our two days of stay in Kuala lumpur, the Sarvanna restaurant in KLCC was our food destination. It had lot of Veg Indian food options at a very reasonable price.

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The sixth day was the day of our return back to India. We spend some time in KL Sentral station. Enjoyed Canai roti and dal along with Teh Tarek as my wife insisted for it and then took a bus back to Kula lumpur airport and took return flight to India.

To summarize, in 2 and half days in Langkawi we visited, Cenang beach, Sky Bridge, 3D-Museum, Mangrove tour, Underwater world and Island hopping tour.

And in Kulalumpur, we visited KLCC tower twice, visited Suria KLCC mall, Batu caves and KL Sentral station.

The interesting thing we found in Kuala lumpur is that they spell english words the way it is spoken similar to Hindi or German. Like for Taxi they use Teksi, instead of central its Sentral and many more.

Some travel tips-

  1. You can opt for Uber for local commute, its will be cheaper than the hotel taxi.
  2. Need not to carry lot of cash, you can use your visa debit/credit cards.
  3. Take care of the hot weather the temperature goes                                                      around 35 degrees in the month of Feb.

You can mail me at deepeshdongre@gmail.com if you need any information.

Leaving you with the video of my Malaysia travel –

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