Saturday, January 28, 2012

Penang - Langkawi

We took a taxi to Gurney, on the outer rim of George Town, on our last afternoon in Penang. It was a complete change from the ancient melting pot of old George Town; all prosperous high rise apartments and glitzy shopping malls.

We went for a walk along the esplanade and found some great food for an early meal before entering the upmarket Plaza Gurney. We headed straight for Birkenstock and each of us bought another pair of shoes - can't resist those AUS $70 Birkies. It must make the Malaysians wonder - why buy such ugly shoes when we could be spending our money on designer handbags or a Rolex watch studded with gold and diamonds. The shopping malls are full of great food outlets too. The young people are looking pretty solid to us - no wonder, all they do is eat.

We enjoyed a beer in the front courtyard of the Yeng Keng on our last night. We have loved staying at this hotel so much!

The flight over to Langkawi early this afternoon went like clockwork and by around 3.00pm we were already settled into our gorgeous Yellow Orchid villa at the Bon Ton Resort. This is quite a small resort. Guests have their own villas (there are only 8 villas) which are genuine old Malay country houses - very rustic, with outdoor bathrooms and very stylishly decorated. We both love it!

This is the front verandah of our villa.

And this is the view from the veranda towards the swimming pool and wetland/lake beyond.

And this is the view back towards our villa from the swimming pool.

And we have a cat to keep us company during our stay. He's on our verandah snoozing all day. Rob has christened him Big Bob. Bon Ton Resort supports a cat and dog sanctuary which is quite near the resort and a lot of the cats roam freely around the resort. They are fed properly and very well cared for so they are not a nuisance to guests. They provide decorative interest for those of us who quite like their cats. Big Bob even came inside our villa tonight and was a very refined and exemplary guest for the time he was allowed in.

Feeling very hungry by around 5.00pm we took a AUS$3.50 taxi ride into nearby Pentai Cenang (Langkawi's main beach village - only a 15 min walk away from our resort but way too hot to walk at this time of the day!). We quickly found a beach side restaurant (The Beach Garden Restaurant) that was prepared to serve us a delicious meal and drinks at this awkward time of the afternoon.

White clean sand, palm trees, blue clean sea, uncrowded beach, beautiful food, cold beer and fresh fruit drinks - perfect. I even ordered dessert, mango and cashew strudel with coconut icecream.

The tourists here seem to be mainly English and German. The wealthy looking Middle Eastern couples we saw on the plane coming over are probably staying at the really ritzy resorts in the secluded north of the island.

Our first sunset back at the Bon Ton Resort was just perfect. This villa, built over the wetlands, is the games room and library for the resort and a beautiful area to sit and read or play scrabble(?) with an afternoon beer or G&T.

Or stroke a cat or two or three.

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