After two busy weeks, we were back at our starting point. Knowing that packing was on the agenda later, we decided to have an easy day, so we didn’t book a last- minute trip.
Walking along the Quayside, we were faced with the throng of local taxi drivers fighting for our business and offering all types of island tours. Passing through these we made our way to the car park, where we picked up a licenced taxi to take us into the beach resort of Pantal Chenang.
Walking along the main street, we looked in several of the shops but having already purchased our requisite souvenirs there was nothing of interest for us. Cutting through to the beach area there was a long sandy beach, with the typical layout of sunbeds, which were rented out by locals.
Sitting under the shade, we relaxed and ate our lunch, watching the people sunbathing or enjoying the sea. By now the heat was getting quite intense so we found a cool bar to have a drink before getting a taxi back to the ship.
Langkawi is a beautiful island and they are working hard to improve the facilities, as well as providing lots of activities for tourists to enjoy. If you can stand the heat and are looking for a Winter holiday, it is well worth a visit.
Summing up the last fourteen days is difficult. We really enjoyed the experience and are glad we came. It has been more hectic than other cruises, we have been on, with some of the towns being so far from the ports.
Singapore is stunning and worth a longer stay whereas Cambodia, at this moment in time, is a third world country, with all that entails. I’m not sure we will be returning to this area, because of the flight time and there are several other countries we would still like to see. Thailand was interesting and Langkawi was beautiful. Having looked now at the Facebook page, something we wish we had known about before the cruise, we realise how much more there is to see in the ports. Several people on the site also write that they have already booked the trip again for next year.
Now, after getting over the flight back, made worse by the extra delay because we couldn’t fly over Pakistan’s air space, I’ve had time to write up these notes and look at my sketches. I realise that since this was one of the busiest cruises that I’ve been on, I haven’t done as many as I would have liked!
Never mind, we can now look forward to planning our next adventure.