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Sunset Dinner Cruise
On the itinerary given us for the day’s event, it read Sunset Dinner Cruise. Typically, that would mean an evening on a mid-size ferry, that usually look as if they had seen better days, with hundreds of people making small conversation while lining up for the buffet and bar. This scene was never to our liking.
The Sea Falcon
The tourism board of Langkawi was nice enough to host us, so we needed to oblige. When we arrived at the dock, and we should not have been surprised at this point, due to the fact that our hosts never disappointed, we were shown to a private yacht named, Sea Falcon.
We were joined only by our hosts, who were by that point of the trip, friends, another small party from Australia, a family from Langkawi and a young Chinese lady. From the get-go, we knew that we had the right crowd to spend the evening.
We are city folk from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, we don’t have many opportunities to board luxurious vessels such as these. There were two sundecks, a lounge, dining room, galley and navigation room, plus two gorgeous private suites equipped with large television screens. We were shown the upper deck, at least, I think that’s what it was called, where we were given cool towels and a choice of drinks. Bailey went for a cold glass of ice water, Brenda opted for a rosewater infused drink and I grabbed a cold can of Carlsberg Beer.
“That’s a good choice”, one of the Aussies quipped. This further confirmed that we were with the right crowd.
The Andaman Sea
As the ship pulled out onto the Andaman Sea, I went down to the main deck and introduced myself to the kitchen staff. To my delight, they were Filipino. I practiced my Tagalog with them, as they went over the menu with me. After hearing and seeing what they had planned for dinner, from fresh vegetables, chicken satay, pasta, rice, and locally caught broiled fish, I knew that this was not going to be one of those buffet offerings that I was dreading.
Having heard about the private rooms, Bailey helped herself to one of the rooms and “chilled out”, as she likes to call it. Brenda whipped out her 3 devices and started, what seemed simultaneous, taking photos and video.
“Helang” and “Kawi”
Captain Mark, filled with personality and always a step ahead of everybody else, was passing out drinks just when we were running empty. Before totally pulling out into the open sea, the good captain had the yacht circle around Langkawi’s best known man-made attractions, Dataran Lang (Eagle Square). The large sculpture of an eagle is the symbol of the island, as the name, Langkawi, is based on the Malay words, “helang” (eagle) and “kawi” (brown).
Swimming in the nice blue waters
The next day, also involved the open sea, but was a bit less relaxed, as we went on a Jet Ski, island hopping tour. Again, being from the city, and in my case never being behind the wheel or the handles of anything with a motor, it was a more daunting task than it seemed. Also, as for jet skiing, Brenda and I only did it on the extent of leisurely fun, shoreside. The open sea was a different proposition. With Bailey sitting behind me, and Brenda handling the videotaping part, it was a bit of a rough start, but we started to get into the groove and kept up with the rest of the crew. In lieu of showing you our frightened faces, we decided to share in the below video, a gentler moment with Bailey behind the handlebars.
On this tour, we made eight stops, highlighting 8 beautiful islands. We were given an opportunity to snorkel off one of the deserted islands and swim off the jet skis in a cool water lagoon. We were also taken to an island named, Eagle Island. The eagle, like Langkawi, is one of America’s national symbols, but I have never seen one outside of an opening ceremony in Yankee Stadium. There were hundreds flying overhead. It was a true wonder seeing these magnificent creatures in such abundance.
Kentucky Fried Chicken?
These birds, known to be great hunters, have apparently lost their skill, due to this site being frequented by tourists who spoil them by feeding them Kentucky Fried Chicken. They no longer feel that they have to hunt, but just wait for feeding time instead. It’s apparently gotten to the point that they would rather fly miles into mainland and rummage through garbage cans rather than truly living off the land. Sad, I guess, but pretty funny. I’m sure the fish and the reptiles are quite happy.
Our favorite part of the tour was being able to get close to large rock formations, and slowly gliding through caves. Never in my life have I ever dreamt that I would ever see such natural beauty. Being hit pretty hard by the sun in the middle of the afternoon, the occasional water dripping off the rocks and the shade provided by the cave was a treat Bailey and I enjoyed.
It was nearing lunch time, so we started to head back, Bailey and I were the last ones to reach shore. Relieved and exhilarated, we gave each other a hug.
“How was it?”, our guide asked.
“Awesome, Langkawi is Awesome!”
Plan your trip to Langkawi with your family today.
We traveled to Langkawi on Firefly from Penang. The flight was only $15 one-way.
However, if you have a different budget for accommodation, here’s a fantastic list of places to stay in Langkawi for every budget.
We also had a great time at Oriental Village and Seashells and here is our travel story here: Langkawi, Oriental Village, and Seashells
Thank you to Lada, Naam Cruises and Mega Water Sports in Langkawi, Malaysia for hosting us. All words and thoughts are ours.