Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Island Hopping, Malaysia to Thailand

You can't go to South East Asia without doing a teensie bit of island hopping. We didn't have much time left (sob sob) so had to be very selective so chose Langkawi in Malaysia and Koh Phi Phi in Thailand. We wanted to make the most of our time so caught a 7am ferry from Penang to Langkawi and arrived at our guesthouse just before 12. We stayed at Soluna Guesthouse which was perfectly located at the top of Pantai Cenang and had the cutest kittens! We had longer in Langkawi than most other places so made the most of relaxing on the stunning white beach and taking a dip in the clear blue sea. If you ever get the chance to go there is also an amazing Indian restaurant called Tomato on the main road in Pantai Cenang - roti (Indian bread), dahl and dips for under 20p? Take me back! 

We had one active day where we hired a car with a girl we met at the hostel and ended up doing a full circle of the 478sq-km island. Highlights included stopping off at the Temuran Waterfall and driving up the tallest mountain in Langkawi, Gunung Raya to watch the sunset (made all the more exciting by the fact that as we were driving down we realised we had little to no breaks). 

After an amazing few days we packed our bags again and headed back to Kuah pier where we got a boat to Satun in Thailand. Because it is low season we weren't able to get a direct boat to Phi Phi but had to get a bus from Satun to Krabi and then another boat to Phi Phi, a journey which is impossible to do in one day. We spent one night in Krabi, at Pak Up Hostel which is a great place to stop over. It's a converted school house and all the rooms are different subjects. We stayed in 'Art' and the beds were named accordingly; Van Gogh, Warhol etc. The next day we took an early boat to Phi Phi and trotted off down the beach to find a good place to stay. 

We came across Dee Dee Guesthouse which has a backpacker hostel attached and honestly must be the cheapest place with A/C on the whole island. We met some really nice people there and headed out for a very messy night on the beach which included me (typically) getting hit in the face with a stick that was on fire and the boys jumping in a Thai boxing ring. 

We also did the mandatory sunset boat trip to Monkey Island, Maya Beach (where the actual Beach was filmed) and Sunset Point with a bit of snorkelling in between. Slightly dramatic trip as one of the guys on our boat slipped and stuck his hand in the engine resulting in him losing a finger poor thing! By the time we reached sunset point we were all feeling a bit queasy so headed back to watch it on the beach.

So sad to leave this amazing island, could have stayed for so much longer! x

1 comment:

  1. Amazing places!! I have decided to go these places. In Thailand I want to watch the most ritual boxing named Muay Thai Boxing.