Exploring Langkawi Island & Kuala Lampur
I could not fathom how a random call with my friend Mrigakshi converted into a tour plan for Bali and Malaysia with the Catterfliers! She introduced me to the Catterfly Clan and here’s how the team helped shape up our family vacation.
We were all set to head to Bali when Mt. Agung in Bali decided to play spoilsport by erupting just a week before our planned departure. Our Bali plan too went for a toss like the outflowing lava, or so it seemed. The remaining enthusiasm was brutally murdered by terms and conditions of Air Asia; the fleet of flights we had our bookings with. So half-heartedly, we had to plan an out of season trip to Langkawi Island in Malaysia to avoid cancellation of the trip and non-refund of ticket money.
Finally, we headed off to Langkawi Island from Mumbai via a change of flight at Kuala Lumpur airport. Barring an insolent immigration officer at this airport, the rest of the journey was smooth. Langkawi airport was small and we could immediately find our Man Friday, Mr. Hussain, waiting for us at the airport with the mini van. For the uninitiated, this mini van is like a mini bus in India and was huge and luxurious for 2.5 of us (hubby, toddler, and I).
The Resort was located at a stone’s throw from the main market area. The cottage booked for us was cosy. It was one of the most eco-friendly resorts we had ever seen and stayed in, and the proximity to beach (and water sports) was icing on the cake. We could have our meals in the restaurant that oversaw the sea on one side and swimming pool on the other. The presence of a spa lent a perfect setting for meditative bearings!
We had a whole day reserved for island hopping the next day and this is highly recommended. The ocean had various hues to offer – green, blue, and silver – all in a day. Majestic sea eagles flying in the sky was a sight to behold.
On our third day, we got a chance to see Langkawi SkyCab, the longest and steepest cable car in the world. It was followed by a short detour to Wildlife Park, Crocodile park and Seven Wells waterfall. Another visit was to the Eagle Square, known as Dataran Lang. We also spotted a restaurant on our way back that served one of the tastiest garlic chicken we had ever had.
Visits to Cenang mall and the local market were always fulfilling, and we visited these almost everyday! We made a move to the quieter and sleepier side of Langkawi Island after three days and were welcomed in a beautiful villa of a boutique hotel. The interiors were tastefully done and we enjoyed our stay there before leaving for Kuala Lumpur. Our little one thoroughly enjoyed all the attention that her working parents were finally directing at her during this trip!
Kuala Lumpur offered a pleasant surprise due to the lovely weather. A visit to Petronas tower, The National Monument, The City Gallery with the famous shooting point of the symbol of ‘I Love KL’, and the complimentary lunch arranged during sight-seeing was finger licking good. Team Catterfly, always just a text or phone call away, was generous to accommodate our last minute requests. Logistics were managed well.
My family and I especially loved two things about our Malaysia trip – the currency notes in varied colors and our improved general knowledge! The colorful 1 Ringgit note absolutely stole my heart and the Hibiscus is the perfect national flower for this vibrant country. In a nutshell, life was on pause mode and we loved soaking in the stillness of it, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Thank you Team for making it happen.
And no, we did not taste Durian in case somebody is wondering if we did!