Driven to Paradise

Apparently it only takes about two hours to drive around the island of Langkawi, so it seemed to us that it would be a good idea to hire a car for the day and take a drive.

We had wanted to make our first stop at the Langkawi Cable Car and Oriental Village, but they seem to have chosen today to close shop for maintenance.  We continue to drive in this direction, and take a look at Seven Wells Waterfall.  Its considered the most beautiful waterfall on Langkawi.  It is said that the wells at the top of the waterfalls are where the fairies come to bathe.  Now what we didn’t realise when we started walking, up the steps towards the wells, was that there are a lot of steps.  638 of them in fact.  No sign tells you that, until you get about half way, and by then you don’t want to quit – no matter how hard you are breathing and how much you are sweating.  It was probably not the brightest thing to do while we are both sick, but we take it slowly, stopping frequently on the benches provided along the way.

Somewhere near the bottom of the hill, with no inkling whatsoever about how many steps are to yet to come
Somewhere near the bottom of the hill, with no inkling whatsoever about how many steps are to yet to come

It was a really taxing hike, but I felt exhilarated that I had made it – especially being unwell and not able to breathe properly.  No more steps today I hope.

On the way down FINALLY!
On the way down FINALLY!

The roads around the island are very easy to drive and everything seems to be very well signposted.  It’s a cruizy 60km/hr.  And a beautiful drive to boot.

Along the way, we stop in at the Langkawi Craft Complex.  Lots of souvenirs to buy here – and you can also see batik in process.

Batik in process
Batik in process

Just across the road from the LCC, is the most beautiful roadside area beside the beach.

Look at that view!
Look at that view!
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Stilted homes

The next stop on our island journey, is Mahsuri’s tomb.  Mahsuri was a young woman who was accused of adultery (in either the 14th or 19th centuries) and tied to a tree and stabbed to death as her punishment.  White blood apparently bled from her wounds, signifying her innocence and she cursed the island of langkawi for seven generations to avenge her death.  Many islanders believe the curse to be true as there were periods of failed crops after her death and numerous attacks by Siam were encountered.

Mahsuri's Tomb
Mahsuri’s Tomb

After Mahsuri’s tomb, we tried to find the burnt rice paddy field but despite the signs we just couldn’t find the turn off.

Langkawi views
Langkawi views
Rice paddies
Rice paddies
The weather coming in
The weather coming in

So we just drove to Cenang beach and did some shopping before dropping the hire car back to the jetty.  At RM130 for eight hours, I would definitely recommend this as the best way to see the island!

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