Langkawi, Paradise On Earth

A week ago I started my solo trip to Malaysia. It took me 28 hours to get to the small island Langkawi which is located near the main coast of northwestern Malaysia.
Pulau Langkawi is the main island of an archipelago of around 100 small islands.

I arrived at the island in the evening and directly went to my hostel „Langkawi dormitorio“. I can highly recommend considering to stay there if you ever come to Langkawi, since the people are very nice, the rooms are clean, there is much space for your stuff and the location is great. There is even a rooftop bar on the house which you can visit and meet other travelers and locals.
That evening I already met really nice people, travelers from Perth Australia, South Africa and Ireland.

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The people I met have rented scooters and we went out for breakfast and had nice food at a small restaurant called „Smiling Buffalo“. This restaurant was great, they had different smoothies, Toast, Pancakes (the Mango Pancakes with coconut milk are amazing!) and fruit salads. I am very careful with fruit and only order fruit that you have to peel.
Always remember: Peel it, cook it or forget it!

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The view at the restaurant was stunning! 

After the girl and the boy from Perth left to Borneo in the morning, Anna (Ireland), Bianca (South Africa) and I went on our scooters and drove to a very very very nice beach at the top of the island, called „Tanjung Rhu Beach“. In the following two photos you can see our first stop, but we decided to drive a little further.

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Five minutes later we arrived at a little market where we saw a big a** lizard that was over a meter long. We also saw many monkeys on our way, they just stared at us and did not even move!
Well, we arrived at the market and I can highly recommend buying a coconut there, since they are delicious! We walked about two hundred meters at the beach and discovered this lonely beach:

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There were just some people who cleaned everything for a couple of minutes but when they left, we were alone and very happy! I cannot even describe how happy I was. The weather was really nice, which was a real surprise, since September is obviously not the best time to visit the east coast of Malaysia.

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So we just sat at the beach on our sarongs and enjoyed the loneliness, the sound of the waves and the sun.

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Unfortunately, Anna had to return her scooter in the afternoon, since she had to leave the following day. So she went back to the other side of the island and Bianca and I went to the Sky Cab and the Sky Bridge of Langkawi.

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As you can probably see, the weather was not as good as in the morning in the afternoon, but fortunately it was not raining. At the west coast of Langkawi, you will find something like an adventure park where you can buy a ticket for the Sky Cab, I think it was 55RM. You will find yourself in a glass gondola, driving up to a high mountain over the huge forest.

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There is a nice platform where you can look over the whole island, the view is stunning.
By the way, I took these photos with my mobile and none of these are edited!

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I really wish I had some pictures taken with my reflex camera, but I don’t feel comfortable taking my Nikon with me to the beach. But I made some nice videos with my GoPro which I still have to edit, hopefully I can upload some videos soon!

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At the top of the mountain there was the famous Sky Bridge. It was very windy but again, the view was amazing. It felt like I was almost able to touch the clouds which was apparently the case, since the mountain is really high.

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I love the green color of the forest
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The ocean. View from the Sky Bridge
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The cable car

After we went to these famous attractions of Langkawi, we went to a nice spot near Smiling Buffalo where we could see the sunset. If it is less cloudy, the sunsets in Langkawi will be very nice and colorful. You will probably be able to see amazing sunsets when the weather is nice and when it is not rain season.
The hostel we stayed in is located next to „Underwater World Langkawi“. Not far from the hostel, there is a restaurant which is open 24/7 where we had dinner twice. They offer really nice dishes and you can have diner there for only 12RM, which is very cheap to my mind.

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The next day, there was a monsoon. Nevertheless, Bianca and I went on a Jet Ski tour for 350RM for each of us. The waves were high but it was not very dangerous. It was kind of a private tour, since it was only us and two Malaysian boys who guided us. We were able to see amazing islands, jumped on the waves, enjoyed the speed of the Jet Skies and even went to a big lake in the middle of an island. After four and a half hours we came back, that was probably the biggest adrenalin rush I ever had. I caught many moments on my GoPro, hopefully I will soon be able to edit the videos and publish them here.

Make sure you always try to negotiate with Taxi Drivers, Water Sports people and of course on the market. Never exaggerate it but you should know that you are always paying more than the locals, which is fine for me.
I am really happy that I got to know Anna and Bianca, they are so nice and I really enjoyed my two days on Langkawi with these lovely people.

I hope you liked my little Langkawi tour post, let me know in the comments if you would like to stay on this beautiful island for a couple of days!

xx, Sophie

 

PS: 25RM equals ca. 5 EUR/ 6 USD/ 4.4 GBP

Solo Travel – My fears, my thoughts, my expectations

As you may know, I will be going on my South East Asia- and Australia- trip in September. The first country I will be going to will be Malaysia.
This first part will probably be the most exciting one, since I will do Solo Travelling. I have never travelled to another country alone before, therefore I thought I could share my thoughts with you!

Maybe you have already read my Malaysia Blogpost, if yes, you already know something about my expectations etc.
But I cannot deny that I am VERY excited about this time!

There are certain reasons why I chose to travel alone and today I will be talking about these reasons, my fears and my expectations.

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Why do I feel like travelling solo will be good for me?

As I already told you, I recently graduated from High School in Germany.
After thirteen years of school, I feel that I have to do something different, to do something for me, on my own.
I guess it is because going to school and being surrounded by the same people everyday is no longer giving me the inspiration I need- which, to my mind, is completely normal.

Consequently, I think that it will be quite helpful not to see my friends and family for a while (This is not meant to be rude!), since I will have to learn to be very independent, without the constant feeling of security my friends and family give and gave me. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m very grateful for that!)

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You are your own boss!

I always used to be very interested in exploring and in adventures as well, but if you are travelling with a friend, you will probably have different interests, therefore you will have to compromise.
When you are travelling solo, you are your own boss and you can decide where you want to go, how long you want to stay and what you want to do.

But stay alert, traveling too solo and taking risks is definitely too dangerous when you are in a foreign country on your own.
You should never arrive at a new destination after dark, or go home alone in the dark. This means, do not make yourself a target for „criminals“ or pickpockets. I would also highly recommend to hide brand names, or even better, not bring high-fashion items, or expensive equipment when you cannot protect it from thieves in a certain way (f.e. in a Travel Safe or in a locker).

There will always be people around you

One of my biggest fears is that I will feel alone on my trip.
However, I think that this fear is unjustified, since there will always be someone around you. When you are checking in in a hostel, you will meet so many people from different countries who will love to talk to you or to go on a trip with you. And do not forget – you are not the only solo traveler in the world!
On my last trips I also recognized, that I would have also appreciated the opportunity to go on certain trips alone, since you are usually a little bit limited when you are travelling with friends, because you are often staying in your group, instead of taking the advantage to talk to other people.
Sometimes I really regret that I have not talked enough to other people when I traveled. I mean, you will see your friends at home, but you only have the chance to connect with people from foreign countries when you are traveling.

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Push yourself out of the comfort zone

This is one of the best advantages you will have from Solo Travel!
The human being is a creature of habit, which means that we love to have habits and we want things to be comfortable.
However, it may be hard for us to adapt to an uncomfy situation and this is exactly what you have to do when you are traveling alone!
Additionally, this will probably be one of the best experiences of your whole trip!
 

Don’t be afraid of traveling solo! I will also try to not be!
I am taking the opportunity and I am sure this experience will enrich my life!

Have a wonderful week!

Sophie

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Malaysia – Expectations and planning

Malaysia liegt in Südostasien und besteht aus der Malaiiischen Halbinsel und Teilen der Insel Borneo. Beide Landesteile sind durch das Südchinesische Meer getrennt. Im Norden Malaysias liegt Thailand, im Süden Singapur und Borneo liegt an der Grenze Indonesiens. Zwar macht es mehr Sinn von Thailand aus nach unten Richtung Indonesien über Malaysia zu reisen, jedoch haben wir uns eher nach den Regenzeiten gerichtet und werden nun voraussichtlich etwas quer reisen.

Die Hauptstadt Malaysias ist Kuala Lumpur, eine Stadt welche die enorme Entwicklung des Landes seit der 1957 erreichten Unabhängigkeit von der britischen Kolonialmacht.

Symbolisch für KL sind die Petronas Twin Towers, die zweithöchsten Zwillingstürme der Welt. Dieses Ziel darf natürlich nicht auf meiner Bucket List fehlen.

Laut Google 15 Kilometer nördlich von Kuala Lumpur liegen die Batu Caves. Diese sind Kalksteinhöhlen, in welchen sich Hindu-Tempel befinden. Der Höhlenkomplex besteht aus drei größeren Höhlen und weiteren kleineren, welche meistens mit Schreinen gefüllt sind. Auch klettern soll man an den Kalksteinfelsen können, für die Sportlichen unter uns.

Da mein Malaysia Aufenthalt sich nicht nur in der Megametropole KL abspielen soll, möchte ich gerne den Penang Nationalpark besuchen, um Wandern zu gehen und das erste Mal in meinem Leben Regenwaldluft zu schnuppern.

Der Nationalpark liegt, wie der Name schon sagt, im Bundesstaat Penang. Dieser liegt an der Westküste der malaiischen Halbinsel an der Straße von Malakka. Hauptstadt von Penang ist George Town, welche zahlreiche Moscheen  hinduistische- und chinesisch-buddhistische Tempel zu bieten hat. Gerade dies finde ich von der Kultur sehr interessant, da man verschiedene Religionen so an einem Ort erleben kann.

Rantau Abang ist ein kleines Dorf in Terengganu, welches berühmt für sein Lederrückenschildkröten Vorkommen ist. Vor Jahren war meine Mutter dort und hat diese majestätischen Tiere bestaunen dürfen. Deshalb überlege auch ich, ob ich Rantau Abang nicht auch einen Besuch abstatten soll.

Last but not least, die heute umstrittenen Perhentian Islands. Von meiner Mutter noch als Traum Inseln bezeichent, genießen die  zwei Inseln heute nicht mehr den perfekten Ruf. Sie sollen wohl zu einem bekannten und beliebten Touristenpflaster geworden sein, was das ganze natürlich etwas uninteressant für junge Backpacker macht. Zumindest für die, die sich lieber wie die „Locals“ bewegen und verhalten wollen. Meiner Meinung nach sollte man es ausprobieren, sich selbst ein Bild machen. Nichtsdestotrotz denke ich nicht, dass ich viel Zeit dort verbringen werde.

Ich werde demnächst einen weiteren Post zum Thema Malaysia schreiben, in welchem ich Euch alte Dia Fotos zeigen und über weitere Planungen sprechen möchte.

 

Stay tuned!

Sophie