Friday, October 17, 2008

It was the second day of Raya. Most of the shops and restaurants had already opened for business. It was quite hard for us to find places for food on the first day. Of course there are many Chinese restaurants around but this group of friends are mostly Middle Easterners. Remember?

Well, I was so excited that day because we were planning for island hopping!!! The first and second time I visited Langkawi, I didn't get a chance to do the must-do or should-do activities; hence this time round mybf insisted to take me there even though he has been to these islands more than 3 times already. We chartered a boat (RM 280) for the seven of us while the rest who has been there before, looked for their own activities. A round-trip, which takes about four hours, includes Pulau Dayang Bunting, Pulau Beras Basah and Pulau Singa Besar. It was so fun and I took quite a lot of pictures. Therefore, I need to separate this post to a few parts. Two parts, maybe.

First destination - Pulau Dayang Bunting (Island of the Pregnant Maiden).


#1 We took off from Pantai Tengah,


#2 which is near Awana Porto Malai.


#3 A mere fifteen minutes' boat ride from Langkawi main island to the first destination.


#4 Farzam: "Oh my god, the boat is going to hit the strong waves! OMG! *screaming* Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim...."

and non of us wanted to wear life jacket!


#5 I love it when a small amount of water splashed up onto my face and the freezing wind screamed past my face.

A nice day for me is just simply, not hot.


#6 Ralph and Farzam.


#7 Front - Vivi, Abdullah and Senjab.
Back - The boatman and Behzat.


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#9 Pulau Dayang Bunting (Island of the Pregnant Maiden), is situated southwest of Langkawi island, next to Pulau Tuba (Tuba Island). It is the second largest island in the Langkawi archipelago, which is made up of 99 tropical islands.

In the centre of the island lies a large and beautiful lake called Tasik Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden) which is enclosed by forest-covered hills. It is also the largest lake in Langkawi.



#10 The outline of hills and rocky outcrops on one side of the lake resembles the shape of a pregnant maiden lying on her back.

Legend of Tasik Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden):
The favorite bathing pool of a celestial princess named Mambang Sari was said to be Tasik Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden). A prince, Mat Teja, fell madly in love with her and tricked her into marrying him. It did not take her long to reciprocate his love and so could not bear to return to her celestial home. Sadly, their child died from a mysterious illness at the age of seven days. Distraught, the grieving Mambang Sari left the child's body in the lake and returned to her heavenly abode. Today, some believe barren women who bathe in this lake will be endowed with a child. Many have claimed to be successful.


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#12 Gua Langsir (Cave of the Banshee) is believed by the locals to be haunted by a banshee. There are thousands of bats that make their home in the cave and that, according to some, is the reason behind the 'haunting'.


#13 A concrete jetty facilitates boat landings.


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#21 Beware of monkeys sign.


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#23 Shrouded in green tropical forest. To reach the lake, there is some 250 meters of mild hill climbing so please be prepared!


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#27 Farzam and Behzat enjoyed the feeling of the mustachioed catfish nibbling at their toes.


#28 Ralph joined the catfish foot massage.


#29 But there were NO catfish came and nibble my toes!


#30 I guess it's because of the guys were there next to me, if you know what I mean.

The freshwater lake is a great place for swimming and everyone was getting ready to jump in!


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#32 Farzam jumped.


#33 Abdullah jumped.


#34 A girl's getting ready to jump.


#35 Another girl was getting ready to jump too.


#36 Senjab was going to jump.


#37 Ralph jumped.


#38 Vivi jumped.

Me?

The lake is about 10-15 meter deep; 30-50 feet. So it's NOT a great place for people like me who doesn't know how to swim!


#39 But, I jumped..... to the section for children below 12 years old. I just love the freshwater!


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#41 Middle Eastern women.


#42 Senjab and Vivi.


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#44 Ralph and Middle Eastern boys.


#45 oh ya, Behzat doesn't know how to swim too! LOL.


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#47 Senjab and Vivi.

We spent about one hour here. On the way back to our boat, we saw monkeys were playing around, near the jetty.


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#51 Going to another island, so stay tuned.


#52 "Pulau Singa Besar, here I come!"


36 comments

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Mariuca said... @ 17/10/08 2:56 PM

OMG! So many nice pics Monica! Look at that one of the monkey drinking from the bottle lol!!!

Mariuca said... @ 17/10/08 2:57 PM

Eh monkeys oso I'm afraid of u know? Ha ha! :)

Mariuca said... @ 17/10/08 2:57 PM

It all looks so windy and nice, fresh air like dat! I WAN TO GO FOR A VAKASI NOW!!!!!! :):):)

Nick Phillips said... @ 17/10/08 3:05 PM

Cool pictures, the place looks great :D

foongpc said... @ 17/10/08 4:00 PM

Wow, Monica. The photos look great! I think you have made me thinking of going there already. I like the islands and ocean scenery. You didn't know how to swim but didn't wear life jacket? Very brave! but then again, I'm sure the all those who know how to swim can save you, haha! Can't wait for Pulau Singa Besar photos! : )

bonoriau said... @ 17/10/08 5:24 PM

Woowww really beautiful place. I wish one day I'll be there. I heard a lot about Langkawi. One of the best Island in the world.

bonoriau said... @ 17/10/08 5:25 PM

We have thousand Island but the most well kept is BALI.

Monica said... @ 17/10/08 7:46 PM

Same,
Hello! I'll drop by your sites soon ;-) Thanks.

Mariuca,
hahaha...me too; very afraid of monkeys coz I've seen a monkey jumped on a woman's head before...LOL!

Nick,
yeah, look great. Feel great. :-D

Monica said... @ 17/10/08 7:47 PM

Foong,
Treat yourself and go! It's sure a ton of fun!

Bono,
Bali is always a place that I had always wanted to visit. In 2005, we had already planned to go there. unfortunately, we have to cancel the trip due to the bomb attacks. But one day I'll go! ;-)

Oh, I stayed in Riau before; for one month!

molly said... @ 17/10/08 8:41 PM

Adoi, I really feel like going to Langkawi again after seeing all your pictures. I've been there only twice, but have not much memory of it now. It's so long ago.

Custom Blog Designs said... @ 17/10/08 9:41 PM

Love Langkawi! We were there in 2001!

Empty Streets said... @ 17/10/08 11:58 PM

wow it looks like you had a lot of fun and now am so jelly wahhhh hehehehe I cant wait to see the second batch of pictures. That resort you guys went too just looked so inviting :)

lala said... @ 18/10/08 1:48 AM

Very cool pics! I love your commentary with it. Looks like a really neat place to visit.

Life Ramblings said... @ 18/10/08 12:26 PM

interesting pics and a nice place to visit.

bluecrystaldude said... @ 18/10/08 12:36 PM

wah! Lawa nya! Hehe.. Love the picture where your hair blown up by the wind. I love the smell of air ocean too!

You guys seems like having fun while island hopping. I have to give island hopping a miss when I when to Langkawi last year. We decided to just enjoy and have a very relaxing vacation in Langkawi :)

Monica said... @ 18/10/08 4:55 PM

Molly,
when was the last time you went there?

Custom Blog Designs,
I recall the beach was much cleaner a couple of years ago. :-D

Metz,
Stay tuned for the next pictures ;-)

Monica said... @ 18/10/08 5:08 PM

Lala,
Thanks!!!

Life Ramblings,
start planning for the coming school holidays already? ;-)

Bluecrystaldude,
oh that picture...! LOL.
Well, you can give it a try; hop from one island to another and enjoy every major attraction each island has to offer :-)

rizal said... @ 18/10/08 7:12 PM

oh! pak bOno..

i hope one day i ll be able to go to Bali.

Monica, lov all the pics.. feels like i am in vacation.

I always like to go to Langkawi, and though sometimes it was for work, never felt like was it,more for leisure when in langkawi.

:)

happy thursday ya :)

rizal said... @ 18/10/08 7:29 PM

Monica,

janganlah panggil cikgu, panggilah teacher.. ahak ahak..

happy saturday :)

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Pete said... @ 19/10/08 1:18 AM

Nice coverage of Langkawi and the surrounding island. It has been a while since I last visited Langkawi. Nice blog!

Monica said... @ 19/10/08 4:25 AM

Rizal,
ok teacher..LOL! you go there for work? how nice! :-D

Same,
oh sure! I have no problems with that & thank you for your sweet comment ;-)

Pete,
Thanks! I'm glad you like the blog :-)

xin said... @ 19/10/08 12:00 PM

wow i didnt know there are so many nice spots in langkawi. i was there with friends few years back, and all we did was drinking n drinking!

bonoriau said... @ 19/10/08 1:25 PM

I'm now is your Google Follower.

bonoriau said... @ 19/10/08 1:26 PM

Which part of Riau?

bluecrystaldude said... @ 20/10/08 1:46 AM

Dropping my EC here. And also see your wonderful pictures again.. Demm.. I kinda miss Langkawi! Hehe. No matter how far I travel, I certainly think Malaysia did offer the best :)

Rozella said... @ 20/10/08 8:44 AM

So cantik lah the place!

Rozella said... @ 20/10/08 8:44 AM

But haiyoh... dunno when lah in my life will I be berani enough to wear a swimsuit in public! Hahaha

Monica said... @ 20/10/08 10:32 AM

Xin,
hehe...I'm not a boozer. but the rest, they drink every single night! :-D

Bono,
Thanks!!!
I can't remember the name of the place. we stayed in this house which is belongs to Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper coz my dad worked with RAPP. I've been to Pekanbaru, Padang, Bukittinggi, Kerinci and some other places which I can't remember ;-)

Monica said... @ 20/10/08 10:32 AM

Bluecrystaldude,
true, M'sia is ideal for paradise island getaways! :-)

Rozella,
hey dear. Go for it, girl! Small, big, tall, short..just be comfortable and don't worry about what others think!

Life Ramblings said... @ 20/10/08 11:15 AM

monica,
most likely i'll be going to kl and malacca for the upcoming sch hols.

bonoriau said... @ 20/10/08 5:33 PM

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Ori said... @ 20/10/08 8:54 PM

I missed the chance to visit Langkawi when I went to Penang -twice, they're pretty close, right.
I can't swim too :-D and last August I crossed Sunda street to see Krakatau Volcano with traditional jet boat without wearing life jacket too. Sometimes the beauty of nature makes us forget about the danger :))
Great story and photos Monica.

Nightwing said... @ 20/10/08 9:35 PM

Good stuffs.

Was the water cold? Must be huh.

The monkeys not scare of people.

Can;t wait for the next post.

Monica said... @ 20/10/08 11:30 PM

Life Ramblings,
Good to hear that! I hope everything goes well ;-)

Bono,
I haven't had the time to drop by at Emilia's site yet :-D
Okay, I'll go check out twitter.com. Thanks for sharing Bono!

Ori,
yes, Penang is not far from Langkawi. Oh yeah; we are the same! *high five* LOL.

Nightwing,
yeah, the water is cold.
but I'm scared of them..hahaha

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