After two amazing days at Shangri La’s Rasa Sayang’s Rasa Wing, we are now up on the tropical island of Langkawi. Langkawi is a lovely island near the Thailand boarder of Malaysia. Unlike the island of Penang, where the majority of locals were Chinese and Indian, here the locals are Malay Muslims. Most of the tourist here are locals who come over for a few nights to get away from the city. Langkawi is a mere 1-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur.
The majority of local and tourist are more devout Muslims. I have seen more women totally covered in black here than any other location. I would be lying if I did not say that the whole headscarf and black body coving does not bother me, it does. Here we are in 100 degree heat with 90% humidity and it is very uncomfortable seeing these poor women covered from head to toe in black. But, I have to remember that it is not my country, my culture, or my beliefs. This, my Divas, is another reason why traveling is so important, it gives one a chance to see how others live and try (as hard as it might be) to appreciate they cultures and ways of living – no mater how different they are from your own.
Anyway, back to the beautiful island….
Me, right before walking through the bat cave.
Our guide, a fantastic guy named Bulla, took us on a boat ride through the jungle and we got to watch an eagle feeding. I never saw eagles so up close, and it was a wonderful sight seeing these gloriously majestic birds swooping down and soaring back up into the sky. The next stop was a very stinky bat cave that was surrounded by mangrove trees and monkeys. We ended our tour with a delicious dinner at our hotel called the Frangipani.
The Frangipani is an eco-resort that has a plethora of programs to protect the environment. They recycle as much as they can – including water and old bathtub that are now used for growing veggies! Many of the fruits and vegetables they serve are from their own gardens. The resort is on 50 acres and has around 100 cute bungalows on the beach. You can get massages on the beach and they have 2 beautiful pools right next to the bar (yippy!).
Each room has everything you need, including things you don’t – like a TV and phone. The bathrooms include an outdoor rainforest shower. For you eco-divas, this place is heaven!
Another great thing about Langkawi is that it is duty-free. That means that drinks are not over-priced like they are in the rest of Malaysia. A gin and tonic will set you back only a few dollars.
P.O. Box 138. Jalan Teluk Baru Pantai Tengah,
Mukim Kedawang 07100 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia.
T (604) 952 0000 F (604) 952 0001
Kuala Lumpur Sales Office
1st floor, No 39 & 40, Jalan Mamanda 9,
Ampang Point, 68000 Ampang, Selangor.
T (603) 4251 4301 / 7301 / 8301 F (603) 4251 3278