Monday, 30 June 2014

Cable cart in Langkawi

Today I decided, despite the rain, I'd try to see some of Langkawi before I made a quick escape. I ended up hiring a moped for 35 MYR (7 pounds), and did a 50 miles round trip to the cable cart. It was much further than I imagined but the views were stunning!

Although the rain was painful to ride through as it hit you so hard and fast, I was having the time of my life on my moped, zoooominggggg along. I've found that I talk to myself a lot more now I'm travelling alone... Since I don't have anyone to turn to to tell them how beautiful it is, I just say it out loud to myself. I also sing along to myself... I typically chose 'LIFE IS A HIGHWAAYYYYY, GOTTA RIDE IT ALL NIGHT LONG', whilst I ride haha. I must look like a total nutter. I love riding mopeds though, and it all felt so surreal, driving through rural malaysia on a moped singing to myself...

To get up to the cable carts it was 35 MYR (another 7 pounds), but it was worth it. View was beautiful!

By the time I got back I was drenched then the hotel owners drove me to the ferry where I caught the 5pm boat to Penang. It took 3 hours and it was the coldest I have ever been I'm sure! It cost 65 MYR (13 pounds). The air conditioning was on ridiculously high I had to dig out my leggings and hoody and hold a scarf around my head to keep me warm. I ended up reading a whole book on my kindle on the ferry... It was really good!

Getting to Georgetown, Penang I let out a huge sigh of relief. I found out that Langkawi was not like the rest of Malaysia at all... Langkawi was very rural and the people were really poor, definite third world island. It was really sad to see and hard knowing you couldn't help all of them. Penang, on the other hand, is a pumping city full of life, traffic and hostels with westerners.

When I got to the ferry port I had no idea where I was going to stay, I remember reading 'Love Lane' somewhere on Hostelbookers so asked to go there in hope of finding a hostel. Luckily I strolled across this absolute gem of a hostel called '80s hostel'. It mixes the old with the new so nicely! I'm currently using their free to rent MacBook in the lobby which is great.

I decided to go for a stroll to see the area and ended up at Reggae Bar getting a pizza and garlic bread then meeting some girls from my hostel by coincidence. There were free drinks for girls till 10pm so we had some of them and then just continued drinking until midnight when I decided to head back to the hostel as I realised not a lot was going to happen and I was wasting my money on alcohol as it's a lot more expensive here than Thailand as the country is Muslims so have high taxes on it.

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