14.01.2012 27 °C
We have an announcement...it's kind of a big deal. Nothing to do with any large ring purchases and don't worry, no one is pregnant either. So maybe it's not that big a deal, but it is going to change our schedule quite a bit. We have to admit that we are tired, exhausted in fact, and don't think it is worth seeing more countries if we aren't ready to enjoy them to the fullest. The whole idea of this trip was to give us some fresh ideas and energy for new work projects and we are definitely ready to get back and get some new things started. So we are going to save New Zealand and Fiji for another trip and call an end to this adventure after a week in Bali.
But first, we have a few days in Malaysia. The island of Langkawi which has been described to us as the Hawaii of Malaysia is a tropical spot for the locals to vacation. We booked a simple hotel not to far from the ferry terminal as we were only staying two nights and we arrived and left by boat. After we arrived we found out that the local yacht club had their annual regatta so we had quite the view from our third floor balcony of the races going on. Day two was very wet so we didn't stray too far from home, we got our ferry tickets booked and arranged our plans for the rest of our trip while sipping on some coffees at a Starbucks. The ferry wasn't until 2:30pm on Saturday so we had a good few hours to enjoy the sunny day and explore the island. We had a good laugh at the guide book as it describes many beaches, but only one is worth visiting because the rest are either plagued with dangerous sharks or waves, are private and inaccessible or are too far away. We grabbed a cab to the town of Chaweng and the only accessible, public and shark-free beach. The roadside scenery along the way wasn't much to see, but off in the distance you could see a lot of rice patties and rubber farms and further some beautiful green mountains. We went for a walk, snapped some photos, grabbed lunch at a little beachside restaurant and headed to the ferry. The ferry was a 3 hour ride that was very smooth, we stopped at a tiny island in the middle of nowhere that I would have liked to scuba, maybe next time.
We arrived in the city of Pinang on mainland Malaysia around 6pm, we had a 9am flight the next day to Bali via Jakarta. The benefit of knowing you only have a week left in your trip and that you dropped a month out of your budget is that you can change your accommodation a little bit. The historic part of Pinang is in the north part of the city and is called Georgetown but the airport is in the south. If you have ever had the pleasure of waking Nat up before the sun comes up, you know that you would rather be closer to the airport than another night market. We booked a great suite in a hotel that had an amazing french restaurant, birthday week has begun!! So we didn't see much of Malaysia, but we did have a good experience none the less. Before the sun came up, we were whisked away to the airport and our time in Malaysia was over. Time for Indonesia and the island of Bali.