Ok, so I learnt a pretty large lesson today. My lovely boyfriend really does not appreciate me shouting “Monkeys!! There’s some monkeys!” in a rather scouse accent (apparently) down his ear whilst he’s driving. Apparently it ain’t cool. I was only showing him the monkeys on the side of the road – everyone likes to see monkeys playing on the sides of roads. Especially when you’re only used to seeing them attacking wing mirrors in Knowsley Safari Park…
So we’re in Langkawi, it’s really pretty. Much quieter than Penang, but also much hotter! We arrived a couple of days ago by ‘ferry’. When somebody tells you that you’re going somewhere by ferry, you immediately have a pretty large ship in your mind. Well I do anyway…I’m used to the ferries in Liverpool, and the ones we got when we were island hopping in Greece (massive). I would even think of the kind of small ferry that me and girls used to get to go to the beach in Portugal. What we got wasn’t a ferry! All we could see was this speedboat shaped boat rocking madly really low down in the sea, making our stomachs churn at the mere thought of spending 3 hours aboard…! The resulting journey was actually alright, despite the fact that they loved playing cheesy music from the 80s/90s! Our guesthouse (Langkawi Cottage) was really lovely, very friendly, a real backpacker place, it just had one major downside…no air con. You may be thinking (in a very sarcastic, mocking tone) “oh NO, Jenny doesn’t have air con?! In her lovely tropical country? Where the sun is always shining and she isn’t coming home any time soon?! Oh NO, I feel so sorry for Jenny!” (for those who did say/think this….you’re off the present list!) It did actually prove to be annoying! You’d come back from crazy crazy heat, and your room was just as hot as it was outside! Awful! Thank goodness for the lovely resort we’re staying in now, which has air con, and a fan, and a joining bathroom etc etc…! We also have a view of the sea, from our room, and it’s pretty. And there are hammocks and sun loungers outside. Perfect.
So, to stop gloating about where we’re staying, we haven’t really done much the past few days, apart from explore, stop for a drink, and eat amazing food! Apart from today. Today we decided to rent a car for a couple of days, so that we can see the whole island. We had so much fun in our little ‘Dream Machine’. We drove up a mountain (c. 900 m we think) and the views of the island were insane! It was so beautiful, we loved it! That was when we saw the monkeys too, lots of monkeys! And the odd wild dog and some cows. We drove past some ridiculously expensive looking resorts too, as soon as we get wifi we’re going to look at prices! We even saw in the distance the skybridge, which makes me feel sick just thinking about it (and we’re doing it tomorrow…). The skybridge is a suspension bridge between 2 mountain tops, that you access via a 42o angle cable car. Oh, is that all is it?! Thankfully this time I’ll have no bags to throw in as well as myself, and I’ll the sensible boyfriend to tell me not to jump out at the half way station (unlike in the Alps…). Wish me luck! Sorry I can’t stick around, I have to go and read my book outside on a hammock, the things you gotta do hey?!