Ride and Camp in Langkawi Island


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Sep 23, 2015
1994 Honda Shadow 2013 KLE 650

Langkawi is a very popular island destination in Malaysia. Located about 55km west of Kedah, the island is made of 99 isles but only 2 are mostly populated. The introduction of two ferry operators that transport vehicles from Kuala Perlis to Tanjung Lembong jetty, Roro Langkawi and Langkawi Auto Express recently has enable visitors to drive their cars easily into the island.

With a lot of beautiful beaches surrounding the island, a ride and camp trip is a must in the riding calendar. Hence I have planned a ride and camp since December last year and invited a few riders to join. The plan only materialized early this year and Mr. Zul Mamat who joined me in two rides last year confirmed his participation.

We met at R&R Rawang on Thursday night around 8.45pm and departed towards Kuala Perlis about 15 minutes later. The weather along north south expressway that evening is lovely with only a short rainfall in Tanjung Malim and clear sky with bright full moon light all the way to Kuala Perlis.

We stopped for fuel in Sungai Perak and later in Gurun for some food and rest before arriving in Kuala Perlis around 2.00am on Friday morning. The initial plan to rest for a few hours before the sunrise in a nearby mosque is hampered when the mosque gate is shut closed. We checked in a motel in-front of the jetty to catch the ferry tomorrow morning.

The ferry counter opened around 8.30am and after a quick checked-in we are onboard the ferry towards Langkawi. The current charges for motorcycle above 500cc is RM190 for a return trip.

The Auto Express ferry is big and spacious with air-conditioned seat is available in the upper deck of the ferry.

The trip took about 2 hours as the large ferry cruise slowly in-between small islands before docking into Kuala Lembong jetty.

We arrived at Kuala Lembong pier around 2pm and our guide Mr. Joe is already waiting for us at a nearby shed.

We then take our lunch before taking a break for Friday prayers.
Around 3.30pm, we went to our first destination, Gunung Raya lookout tower to enjoy magnifiecient 360° views of Langkawi Island.

We stopped by a few spots along the way for a quick photography session.

Around 5.30pm, we began our descend and headed to our first campsite, Pantai Kok.

We also went scouting for our 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] proposed campsite, near Langkawi Geopark but as the island is experiencing a dry season, the small stream flowing down from Telaga Tujuh is too small and most of the water is not flowing.

Pantai Kok is bustling with visitors enjoying the sunset and the beach view with berthed yacht and catamaran in the marina as the background.

We picked a spot in between these crowd as there are not many options left after a half of the beach is closed for a project. I finished setting up my tent around 7pm and started to prepare for dinner.

Campsite 1: Pantai Kok 6.366759, 99.678676

Facility: Petronas Quay Pantai Kok, 1.5km away

Later that night Mr. Joe came with his wife and a friend (Mr. Firdaus) preparing barbeque of chicken, sausage, sliced meat and fish.

Morning view from Pantai Kok

Our second day on the island started very early and with a magnificent view of the marina. I started preparing breakfast and packing up the tent. We had nasi lemak and instant noodle for breakfast.

We departed from the campsite around 9.30am and headed into Kilim Geoforest Park for a boat ride.

Mr. Joe's camera from our escort car

The jetty is filled with visitors and the tour boat are lined up in the river bank.

We boarded a boat and headed to the first destination – bat cave.

The boat ride took about 2 hours.

A profesional wrestler?

Later that day, we went to Pasir Berdengung Beach through inner road to enjoy the scenery.

We met this group of bikers, whom assemble to show solidarity to their Menteri Besar

It is here that thousands of bronok (retak seribu / shell) went ashore prior to the tsunami in 2014.

We also stopped at the end of the runway in Padang Matsirat airport to catch a glimpse of landing aeroplane.

From there we went to Cenang beach for a quick photoshoot and scouting our 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] campsite. The beach is filled with visitors and it is almost impossible to camp here for the night.

Indeed, we are truly happy here : ) Only if we can camp on this beach!

We went on until we stopped at Pantai Tengah and found a spot just in-front of a resort under-construction.
There is no shade and trees available here so we went searching for some shop selling cold water and met our 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] campsite, right in the middle of the crowd.

We have to wait until 7pm before setting tents as it is too hot and the area is filled with visitors.

Campsite 2: Pantai Tengah 6.281043, 99.729848

Facility: fresh water pipe 5m (water sport counter)

I had a good chat with this lad who operate water sports from a counter behind our campsite. He was in the army before he opens the business here.

Nonetheless the view is breathtaking and sunset into Andaman Sea is simply beautiful.

I prepare our dinner quite late that night as I have only finished setting up tent around 7.45pm. Note the mosquito coils.

Mr Joe came with his wife carrying late night snacks and we chatted until midnight. This campsite is a lot noisier than our first campsite as more people came that night to enjoy the night view.

On our last morning on the island, I took morning shower in the sea and the water is warmer than the ambient temperature. I went to a nearby village to get breakfast before preparing coffee back on the campsite. We packed and leave the site around 9.30am.​

We went to Kuah to get some chocolates and souvenirs for our family before having lunch at a very nice seaside eateries. (prompt Mr. Joe for this)

We boarded the ferry at Tanjung Lembung back to Kuala Perlis at 2pm after a swift check through the custom.

We went straight through north south expressway heading south. We stopped at Changloon, Juru and Tapah on the way back and it’s a heavy downpour when we passed through Kuala Kangsar.

At Sg Dua toll plaza

I arrived at home around 10.30pm that Sunday night.

It is sad thinking about beaches in Langkawi Island as more and more public beaches were turned into private resorts and closed to public. In my opinion, local authorities should look seriously into this matter and promote more public areas that is clean and easily accessible. Public toilet and public area is very hard to find along the beach and this is sad considering its status.

We find it’s hard to camp and having facilities nearby now and it may be impossible in the future. However this ride is a successful ride and a good hospitality & service provided by our guide Mr. Joe is a plus and I strongly recommended other riders to have this experience. Resort and chalet accommodation is plenty and available but when you opted into something rare, the reward is truly amazing.

p/s: Mr. Joe can be contacted at 01121471800 or visit his facebook page Homestay Dan Kereta Sewa Langkawi

*****Originally posted on myridinguniverse.blogspot.com*****
Langkawi, officially known as Langkawi the Jewel of Kedah, is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia.

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