1st to 2nd September 2018
Langkawi has 99 islands so it made sense to go on a boat trip to explore some of them as well as some of the mangrove waterways.
1st September 2018
There are monkeys living in the mangroves that live off soft shell crabs and have learnt to swim (though these probably make a living off the tourist boats).
Above the river circle eagles the smaller brown one (see Langkawi statue) and a larger sea eagle. They would swoop down for fish stirred up by the boat.
The trip included a visit to a bat cave. I thought the most interesting thing was some of the stalactites which curve toward the sunlight – this is apparently caused by algae.
On the way back to the floating restaurant for lunch we came across a boat crash. These boats travel at very high speed and passengers are told not to move about unless the boat is stopped; in this case someone moved from one side to the other and it flipped over.
Final destination – a beach?
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2nd September 2018
Today was a visit to the Agrotechnology Park where they grow fruit.
We were driven round the park in a truck with stops for photo opportunities. In the middle of the journey there was a stop where visitors could sample the fruit grown at the park.
Overall a moderately interesting visit.
Next – a visit to the memorial for Mahsuri. Legend has it that she is the cause of Langkawi’s poverty stricken past because when she was killed on trumped up charges she cursed the island for seven generations.
The story of Mahsuri is told in tableau form.
Her grave is in the “village”
No wonder I stay so young I must have fallen in.
That evening we ate the fruit (Rambutan) we picked on the farm visit before going out for dinner and a walk around the night market – If we had known before eating that the night market was on we would have bought our food there.