I took an unforgettable trip to the ever-so beautiful Malaysia in June, 2015. I was lucky to know people travelling around Asia at the time (and they still are!) so I decided it was a perfect opportunity to visit them. I was able to take some time off work to have my mini holiday, although I really wish I had longer to properly enjoy it. By the time I hit Langkawi I was ready to be the lazy bean that I was born to be. Although I spent a lot of time snoozing, I have some amazing memories, and here are my best ones.
Cyberview Resort & Spa
A lot of people think that I went all the way to Malaysia on my own and asked me how could I be so brave and daring. The answer is, yes I took a trip by myself, but I actually stayed with friends of my dear mother who I’ve always known and loved (and their son who you may recognise as the ‘Boy eating cake’ in ‘What Makes Kids Happy?’ So no I’m not very brave and daring really… only a little bit.
However for the trip over I decided to treat myself to one night of luxury before I made my way to the other said of Malaysia that they were living in. After a lot of searching I finally found the place that I wanted to stay, and it was an absolute paradise. I arrived at Cyberview Resort & Spa late at night and was greeted by the sound of creatures and the overwhelming heat of Malaysia. It was such a great setting, I really felt like I was in paradise.
My room was amazing, mainly due to the fact that it was basically the size of my house and to make things better, I had a huge four poster bed all to myself. There was a big beautiful balcony looking over the gardens and best of all – I did not see a single insect or get bitten while there. The next day I had time to get a beautiful savoury breakfast and read by the pool for hours. I didn’t take many photos, so this one is from their official website and it is 100% a representation of what it looks like and I’m almost certain that is the exact room I stayed in.
The Sunsets of Langkawi
I think anyone who’s been to this side of the world can agree that the sunsets are something special. Every single evening, the clouds their magic in the sky, which never gets old by the way. The fact that it’s still so warm in the evening time, you can sit on the beach with a drink in hand and enjoy the oranges, purples and pinks creeping up around the clouds. It’s pretty fantastic.
The Food in Langkawi and Kuala Lumpur
Somewhere deep inside me, I think there must be some sort of Asian-ness because if it were up to me, I would be eating random things like noodles and dumplings for breakfast. Asian food is the food for me and I was more than excited about eating the real deal made by the professionals. It did not disappoint.
While I was in Malaysia, the Muslims were celebrating Ramadan at the time (which I mentioned in my post ‘Useful Things to Know about Asia’ which you can read here). So for this reason, there were amazing markets and stalls all filled with delicious fresh foods which are for the purpose of breaking the fast at sundown. Luckily for us, we could take advantage of this time of the day and buy some amazing dishes made by locals.
There were two very memorable moments for me there. The first was as I was sitting outside a beautiful beach bar called The Brasserie Langkawi and I ordered this delicious selection of Asian bites. It was one of those holiday moments where you feel extremely lucky to be where you are. The second was a complete contrast, when we went back to Kuala Lumpur and took a trip to China Town. We sat down outside some random restaurant and I ordered some ‘Fish Ball Soup’ along with some rice and vegetables to share. It was possibly one of the busiest streets that I have ever been on, with music playing, people shouting, others enjoying dinner and random dogs and cats passing by to have a look. It was a true Asian experience and of course we were paying a really small price for some really tasty food.
The Nature and Sights that I Saw
I was very lucky to have some cool locals to hang around with and to show us some fun things to do. One of these activities was Eagle Feeding where we were brought out on those cute little boats you normally associate with islands like Koh Phi Phi, Langkawi etc. We went out and threw bait into the ocean and not long after, these massive eagles came swooping down to feed. I’m not sure if I had ever seen an eagle before then, but they were certainly very memorable creatures. Right on que, they came down to grab the meat and gave us a show as they flew all around us. It was a great experience to see them but to also be out on the boat. They took us to little beaches to stop off for drinks and sunbathing which turned out to be such a lovely day.
Another great experience in Langkawi was making our way to this waterfall. Looking back now, I would probably say it took us like 45 minutes or an hour to get to the top – but I’m not sure if I’m being dramatic or not. It was basically the jungle which had very steep steps added in at some stage for people to get to the top. It was probably the most exercise I have ever done and all the while it was painfully hot and the threat of wild monkeys was constantly upon us. Yes, monkeys are considered not-so-nice over in those parts of the world. They are very aggressive and hold all sorts of diseases, so while they look semi-cute, they are also quite scary to see when you have heard so many stories about them stealing people’s snacks (not cool).
Regardless of our hardships, we made it to the top and it was beautiful. You could see for miles over the island and it was so peaceful to be so far away from any sort of civilisation. Over the years, natural rock pools and slides had formed which had very cool water in them but as you can imagine, it was very refreshing after the journey up. It was possible to get right to the edge of the waterfall, which was slightly alarming. It was clear to see that the natural slides could quickly become dangerous as they could bring you straight over the edge if you weren’t careful. I did live to tell the story though, so it wasn’t too bad.
My experience in Langkawi was incredible. It was everything I had expected and more. When you hear a story about someone’s trip to Asia and you see the photos, it’s really easy to imagine why people have such a love and fascination for it. But when you get there and see it for yourself, it really is another life. I was so lucky to get over there and do all the cultural things I had never even thought about doing. It’s not a case of if I will be returning, it’s when.
Although I got so much done in 10 days, it was nowhere near enough time to truly soak in the life of Malaysians. Next time I go back to that country and hopefully all the other intriguing ones around it, I will be definitely be there for at least a month or two. My only regret is the lack of photos that I took (I was enjoying doing nothing too much!) and also the fact that I never seemed to learn that a hangover is magnified by about 3000 in the searing seat of Malaysia.