Last month I travelled to Malaysia wth my Mamma. The country hadn’t really been a place high up on my wish list but my mum had spoken about wanting to visit Malaysia for years so when she asked if we could travel there together I trusted her opinion and jumped at the chance of discovering somewhere new. Luckily for me, my Mamma has great taste, Malaysia completely exceeded my expectations!
Our main draw to Malaysia was the possible opportunity to get up close and personal with wild Orang Utans in the famous rehabilitation centre in Borneo but rather than centralising our plans around Sabah, which is the location of the sanctuary, we chose to explore as much of the country as possible in just 10 days.
Malaysia as a country boasts beautiful beaches and hotels, breath taking sunsets and some of Asia’s most unique wildlife experiences, there’s so much to see and do in the Malaysia that prior planning is paramount if you are limited for time on your trip abroad. So if you are thinking about travelling to Malaysia but unsure on how to manage your time, here is where I come in 😉 I have made 2 videos about our 10 day trip, the first of which I will feature at the bottom of this post but I’ll also be writing in more detail here.
First things first, Langkawi.
Langkawi is one of the largest islands within an archipelago of 99 islands on the West Coast of Malaysia. It’s a popular tourist spot because of the inviting turquoise waters, lively beaches and amazing adventure opportunities. We decided to split our time in Langkawi between the calming beaches of Datai Bay and the lively area of Pantai Cenang. I would highly recommend both but we did fall in love with the tranquility and seclusion of Datai Bay. There’s just two hotels on the stretch of sand so very few people on the beach. You can also hire a kayak and venture onwards to neighbouring islands that are completely uninhibited. We kayaked across to two private islands in one afternoon, there’s nothing more special than knowing you have an entire island to yourself!
The Andaman Hotel
Whilst in Datai Bay we stayed at The Andaman, it was a great hotel serving a fantastic breakfast and fabulous Malaysian cuisine in the evenings. There’s a large communal pool and a stunning beach, towels are provided along with waiting service on the beach and there was a number of chargeable water spots available. It’s a little outside of the hustle and bustle but perfect for a relaxing or romantic break.
From Datai Bay we were picked up by a representative of Dev’s adventure Tours. Due to a few recommendations we were keen to take a tour of the famous Malaysian Mangroves. There were a few options but for me the best way to see nature is getting stuck right in so kayaking through them was the only option as far as I could see! We were picked up from our hotel and taken further in to Malaysia before jumping in our Kayaks.
We were on the water for just over two hours meandering through where the ocean meets the river, even crossing over the Thailand border at one point but the most magical thing was the Mangroves themselves, our tour guide, Mandy was amazing at talking us through the history of the tress and we also had the opportunity to plant our very own along the way. From our Kayaks we were also able to spot some cheeky monkeys and the famous Langkawi eagles going about their days. There’s nothing more enthralling than seeing untouched nature within nature!
After Kayaking through the Mangroves we jumped back on the boat and headed to a bat cave, which was in all honesty my favourite part of the day! As most of you will know by now, bats are my favourite animal so I as squealing with delight when we headed in and my mum had to literally drag me out 😉
Langkawi Sky Bridge
One of the most famous sights and things to do in Langkawi is the astonishing sky bridge, for those that dare!! I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t terrifying but it really is an amazing sight to see! The bridge is 660 metres above sea level and 125 meters in length, you have to get two different cable cars and then walk a little to reach the magnificent piece of architecture and then (as in my case) walk swiftly across it gritting your teeth the whole time!
South Island Sea Safari
After kayaking one day and scaring ourselves silly the next we then spent another day at sea. Dev’s adventure tours once again collected us from our hotel and drove us to our marina. This trip was a small group of 6 plus a guide and lasted for a full afternoon, after hitting the waters and taking in the gorgeous scenery of the scattered islands of Langkawi we were driven to a private island about an hour away from the mainland with a stunningly secluded beach.
The views from this very beach were incredible, a true representation of just how picturesque Malaysia can be! Going for a swim in the gorgeous warm waters here was one of the highlights of my whole trip, I’m a sucker for a private beach with a stunning view!
After exploring the beauty of the island and even venturing into the jungle for half an hour to see some of Langkawi’s wildlife we set straight back to the mainland during the wonderful hours of the sun setting on the calming waters of the Andaman Sea.
We also spent two nights in Pantai Cenang staying at the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa. This hotel was a large hotel wonderfully located on the beach and close to the small town for an evening stroll through the shops or a trip to one of affordable massage salons. There’s also a number of restaurants within walking distance. The beach here is more lively but I can’t comment to much on spending days here as we were booked in for trips on both days we stayed. Thew rooms were really spacious and the pool area was large and clean, it looked like the perfect base for families. I also have to mention that the vegetarian pizza via room service was absolutely incredible!
After spending 4 days in Langkawi we headed to Kuala Lumpur and then on to Borneo, as I mentioned I’ll be breaking up this trip for you so stay with me for the full itinerary 😉
Those bat caves… that bridge!! What an adventure!! I have to say Malaysia has been on my wish list for a long time 🙂
It is also home to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
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