To continue our relaxation, we decided we needed more beach before returning to Germany. So, we headed to Langkawi, an island nestled between Penang and Thailand. I had the sensation of sitting in a fridge in the air con of the speedboat that took us there. Unfortunately I was not well prepared for this and froze terribly for three hours. When we arrived at our accommodation I already felt the cold develop in my body. So, the first few days I spent most of my time in bed waiting for the damn fever and body ache to stop. When I finally crawled outside, I was able to appreciate the resorts proximity to nature. Eagles circled right above our heads on the beach and our regular visitors were a couple of horn bills that sat in a tree next to our chalet. At our stretch of sand fortunately only paragliding activities were promoted. A few hundred meters further on one felt a bit like at an amusement park with all the water sports on offer. A typical tourist spot, the roads behind the beaches were lined with restaurants, food stalls and souvenir shops. Interestingly it was here, on this vacation island that we saw the most women clad in the black of full burka.

Tropical Resort Langkawi

Hornbill Langkawi

Cenang Beach Langkawi

Cenang Beach Langkawi

Cenang Beach Langkawi

Cenang Beach Langkawi

One day we rented a scooter and went on this trip’s last ride on two wheels. It was fabulous! Suddenly there were no longer vacationing tourists, but locals busy with their daily dealings. We were in the middle of nature. No matter where we drove, we were surrounded by lush jungle and animal sounds. On the roads and sometimes even on cables along the streets monkeys sat, watching us curiously.

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Jungle Langkawi

Rice paddies Langkawi

Dusky Leaf Monkey Langkawi

Dusky Leaf Monkey Langkawi

After a few days, we moved on to our next and last beach destination: the Perhentian Islands. To get there we had to make a stop in Kota Bharu, a town in which according to the friendly young lady at the tourism office “there is no entertainment”. So, instead of going to the movies as planned, we had a look around the colorful local market and went to the food night market for dinner where TVs were displaying awful local shows, but unfortunately no world cup matches. We had encountered rats before during our trip. But never before had we seen that many in one place and met that much insouciance towards their existence as between the food stalls. Even the cats didn’t seem to mind and ignored them. I didn’t feel that comfortable among the rodents though.

Kota Bharu

Market Kota Bharu

Market Kota Bharu

Market Kota Bharu

Market Kota Bharu

Food Night Market Kota Bharu

Food Night Market Kota Bharu

Food Night Market Kota Bharu

Food Night Market Kota Bharu

Food Night Market Kota Bharu

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When we arrived on our island, paradise felt almost tangible. The beaches on Perhentian were amazing! Fine, white sand and water so clear that you could see the fish while standing. The reason for this is also that the fish come so close to the shore that you meet the first ones after having walked barely three meters into the shallow sea. And when you put on your snorkeling gear and lower your head below the waves, you see the most colorful, interesting marine life and lovely corals right before the beach. We continued our tradition of roti canai with tea and kopi tarik at a cute beach side coffee shack owned by friendly Nia and her family.

Perhentian Island Besar

Perhentian Island Besar

Nia Café Perhentian Island Besar

Roti Canai and Kopi Tarik

Nia Café Perhentian Island Besar

Nia Café Perhentian Island Besar

We agreed to make a last, small hike through the island’s jungle interior one day. As soon as we started walking we saw our first dusky leaf monkeys. This time not so shy and curious, but more protective of their orange coloured babies and therefore a bit aggressive. I cannot remember the last time I perspired that much. We were both soaked in sweat within no time. And even though the trek was shortish, the surroundings were stunning!

Perhentian Island Besar

Dusky Leaf Monkey Perhentian

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Jungle Trekking Perhentian

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Apart from that, all we did on Perhentian was enjoy unadventurous days lazing at paradisiacal beaches, imagining we could stay there forever.

Ayumni House Perhentian Islands

Ayumni House Perhentian Islands

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