Langkawi – Legend of Mahsuri

Langkawi has been one of the popular tourist attraction island and dubbed as 99 Island in the sun. The island is one of the district in the state of Kedah

It is located just off the coast of North Western Malaysia, about 30 km from Kuala Perlis and 51 km from Kuala Kedah and close to Thailand. The archipelago of Langkawi contains 99 islands during high tide whereas during low tide, the number of islands can be as many as 104. Sanctuary of some of the most ancient rainforests in the world, they are teeming with exotic flora and fauna. Langkawi Island itself is the largest among the archipelago, measuring about 478.5 sq km, is the only one with any real settlement. It fringed by lovely beaches scattered along its coast. The island is still very much a rural landscape with villages and paddy fields.

Langkawi is accessible from Kuala Lumpur by road, air and land. Daily flights is available from KLIA to Langkawi International Airport which is also the venue of LIMA. Both Malaysian Airlines and budget airline Airasia fly to the island.

One can also travel to Langkawi on land transport either drive, on express buses or rail. The last stop before connecting to the Kuala Perlis Jetty by bus or taxi is Arau in Perlis. KTM or Malayan Railway has its Langkawi Express for this purpose. There is also a jetty for ferries to Langkawi at Kuala Kedah. If you travel through Kuala Kedah, you take the express bus to Shahab Perdana in Alor Setar and then by taxi to the Kuala Kedah. Taxi fare is RM 15.00 and the ferry ride is RM 18.00.

If one travel from Thailand by land and enter throughr Bukit Kayu Hitam, you can take a taxi to Kuala Perlis Jetty before boarding the ferry to Kuah town, the main town of Langkawi. Ferry ticket from Kuala Perlis is RM 15.00 and the ride take about an hour.

I travel to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur by express bus. Took the night bus from Puduraya in KL to Kuala Perlis and the fare is RM 36.00. The bus left Puduraya at 11.30 pm and I reach Kuala Perlis at 6.30 am the next morning. From the bus station just walk about a hundred metre away to the jetty.

Arrived Kuah Jetty at about 8.15 am and go straight to Langkasuka Hotel and it is also my second time staying there. The hotel is well kept and the room looks clean and tidy the moment you enter. But take the Superior Room onward because the standard room in on the old block.

I finf it convenient staying at the hotel because there’s a supermarket in the basement, one of the largest shopping mall on Langkawi Island and also a Cineplex. The taxi stand is just outside the hotel entrance and from there you have access to all parts of the island.

What do visitors buy?

Mostly locals from the mainland buy electronic good and kitchen wares which is considered cheap. For non Muslims they usually buy liquor which is duty free. However there is a need that one has to be on the island for at least 72 hours.

Local products includes handicraft and the popular gamat (seacucumber) product.

Presiden MOM

Buat pertama kalinya Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim telah mengambil langkah bijak untuk menarik diri dari bertandingan jawatan Presiden MOM. Sejak nama beliau disebut-sebut dan kemudian dicalinkan ramai peminat sukan tersenyum sinis dan mengelengkan kepala mengapakah perlunya beliau bertanding. Ramai tidak memahami mengapa beliau begitu berminat untuk memegang begitu banyak jawatan dalam sukan disamping tugas utama beliau sebagai Menteri Besar Perlis yang lebih penting dari menjadi Presiden Persatuan sukan.

Tidak pasti mengapakah persatuan yang mencalonkan beliau mengambil langkah berkenaan. Apabila nama beliau dicalonkan untuk jawatan Presiden KOAM dahulu, ramai peminat sukan khususnya dalam bidang olahraga tahu apa motif sebenar dan politik mereka yang mencalonkan beliau lalu memenanginya. Adalah diharapkan persatuan-persatuan sukan tidak jadikan pertandingan jawatan dalam sukan sabagai satu mockery dan menjejaskan mutu sukan negara.

Berita Harian
Utusan Malaysia

Seafood Again – Sandakan

I have written a blog about steamboat some times ago and this blog is again about seafood and steamboat. This time my experience in Sandakan, Sabah. One of the famous seafood restaurant in Sandakan is Ocean King Seafood Restaurant, 7km outside Sandakan on the front overlooking the sea. At the restaurant you can see for yourself the live fish and other sea food items reared in cages and in the water. Its the natural sea water and the free moving water that will give the food a natural taste compares those reared in aquariums or ponds.

The restaurant were built over the shore into the Sandakan Bay and while dining you can feel the fresh breeze from the sea. To go to Ocean King you can take Leila Road and go towards the West.

On another night I was taken to another food feast and this time steamboat at Tropical Garden situated on Trig Hill. As at other steamboat restaurant, diners have the choice to choose what food to boil and eat. I was told that steamboat is available only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The price is RM15 per head but don’t waste food because you will be charged for that according to per gram you wasted.

Dining here gives you a beautiful view overlooking Bandar Leila and Sandakan Bay dotted with lights glittering from ships anchoring on the bay.

6 May 2007- KLIA 2 Sandakan

I am at KLIA on my way to Sandakan. This is my second trip to Sandakan and the last was in December 2006. Arrived at KLIA at 7.50 in the morning and KL is raining. The driver did not take me through the normal tolled highway but a shorter route through Cyberjaya. The road goes towards Dengkil and of course its FREE. It is shorter and travelling time is shorter too. The first time I travel on the road was after seeing my wife fly to Kota Kinabalu last March. I will be flying on MH 2708 at 0900 hrs.

Sandakan is the second largest town in Sabah. When I was serving in Sabah in the 70s, I step on Sandakan soil twice. First it was a cultural troupe visit when I was active in theatre. We represented our district for the Sabah level competition for selection to represent Sabah to National competition. The second was in 1979 as a coach to the Pantai Barat Utara contingent. I was with the track and field team for the Sabah School Sports Council meet.

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