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Century Langkasuka Langkawi

A layer of concrete, pool water, white sand, azure sea and blue skies greeted us as we went across Century Langkasuka Resort’s inner courtyard. Coming from Century Langkawi Beach Resort, their sister hotel at Langkawi, we really didn’t intend to swim and didn’t bring any clothes to change to. What we really came here for was their spa. But that quickly changed when we saw their infinity pool.

Century Langkasuka Langkawi Pool
CENTURY LANGKASUKA’S LOVELY INFINITY POOL

The pool, framed right by the beach, made me strip off down to my boxers as we waited our turn for the massage. I dived, warm water enveloping me, and held my breath as I swam to the edge of the pool. Letting out a big heave, I burst above the water and enjoyed the view of the Tengah beach.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Monday, June 27, 2016

We rose before the sun. From our airy veranda, we sipped our morning coffee as we watched the morning get lit from the east; the leaves were painted with gold and the sea, excitedly sparkled with the incoming day. We took a walk, passing off the breakfast buffet waiting for us at the restaurant for the moment, and strolled out to the elevated wooden deck lining the shoreline of the resort, savoring the fresh Langkawian morning as went along.

THE RESORT’S PLUSH LOBBY

SWANKY BAR TOO!

Century Langkawi Beach Resort (formerly Four Points by Sheraton) became our second home in Langkawi. After experiencing the not-so-busy city life in Kuah by staying at Hotel Bahagia, we wanted a more rustic setting for the second half of our stay on the island. This place was just what we were looking for.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Sunday, June 26, 2016

Langkawi Eagle Square

The problem with Langkawi Island is public mass transportation. It absolutely does not exist, except for taxis, which is an expensive way of getting around, especially if you’re traveling solo. So on our last day at Hotel Bahagia, transferring to Century Langkawi Beach Resort, which is located some 16 kilometers farther west of the island, we decided to merge our half-day sightseeing tour with Ekomegah Holidays with our hotel transfer.

Langkawi Eagle Square
LANGKAWI’S EAGLE SQUARE STRETCHES OUT INTO THE SEA

The first location on our itinerary is predictably, the most famous spot in Langkawi, the Eagle Square [GPS COORDINATES MAP 6.308824, 99.851454] or Dataran Lang in Malay. It is located near the Langkawi Royal Yacht Club, where a big duty free shop is located too. We saw this iconic landmark during our Langkawi Sunset Cruise from the waters of Kuah Bay and now we get to see it up close.

Langkawi Eagle Square
ONE OF THE BUILDINGS SELLING SOUVENIR ITEMS AT THE SQUARE

The said bird, a bhraminy kite, is said to be where the island got its name; helang, meaning eagle and kawi, describing its reddish brown color. There’s a big population of the said species, especially at Langkawi’s UNESCO Global Geopark area.

Langkawi’s eagle stands 12-meter high, painted and made of concrete. It is one of the most visited places on the island, however, once you’ve taken a photo of or with the eagle (for selfie addicts), there’s not much else to do in the area.

Langkawi Eagle Square Store
MADE FOR TOURISTS

Langkawi Eagle Square Store
SOUVENIRS, ANYONE?

Well, actually, there are a few restaurants you can dine in and two adjacent structures with stalls selling mostly souvenir and touristy stuff you can bring back home; t-shirts, ref magnets, mugs and what-nots.

Langkawi Kuah Bay
BOATS ALONG KUAH BAY

Back in the car, we debated if we’re gonna visit the Seven Wells Waterfalls, which would require a bit of a hike or the SkyCab cable car, which would require ringgits, MYR45.00 each to be exact. After a quick discussion, we decided to pass off those two spots and simply asked our driver to us to Pantai Cenang [GPS COORDINATES MAP 6.291823, 99.725466], Langkawi’s famous beach. It doesn’t require hiking and we didn’t have to shell out a single ringgit. Perfect.

The drive took about an hour and the sun was scorching hot by the time we went out of the car again.

Langkawi Pantai Cenang
PANTAI CENANG IN LANGKAWI

Bringing a carton of Tiger beer and a few other ones we wanted to try from a nearby mall plus a bucket of KFC chicken (sans the gravy, Malaysian KFC doesn’t offer gravy with their chicken, booo!), we stormed the beach of Cenang (pantai, by the way, means beach in Malay).

Langkawi Pantai Cenang
TANNING PARTY

Pantai Cenang stretches out for more than two kilometers along the town of Temoyong. This beach is the main draw of the town and numerous shops line its sidewalks catering to nothing but tourists going to the beach. It sort of reminded me of Phuket’s Patong Beach.

Langkawi Pantai Cenang
NOT TOO MANY TOURISTS

The sand is very, very fine, though quite dry. It does sting when the wind blows hard and it hits your skin. It’s the tail end of Langkawi’s high season during our visit so the beach was a bit devoid of tourists, tourist season being set on the cooler months of November to April.

Langkawi Pantai Cenang
A SWIM, PERHAPS?

It was freakin’ hot that day. While we were definitely tempted to swim, one look at the water and we went back to the shore, it was blue-green in color alright, but it just wasn’t as clear as those we swam on at Pulau Payar. Filipinos are quite picky when it comes to good beaches.

There are numerous parasols available for rent along the shore, but yes, you have to rent it out for a few ringgits. So what we did, we sought a shaded portion of the beach, laid out a blanket, and walah, instant base camp.


With sand on our bare feet, the sounds of popping beer soon followed plus the aroma of freshly fried chicken. Our next resort at Pantai Kok can definitely wait, we have a carton of beer to finish.

~ THIS TRIP WAS MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE ASSISTANCE AND EFFORTS FROM HOTEL BAHAGIA


Langkawi Daytour via Ekomegah Holidays
Address: Persiaran Bunga Raya, Langkawi Mall, Phase II,
              Kuah, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Contact Number: (604) 969-5989
Email: ekolgk@gmail.com
Tour Fee: Packaged with Hotel Bahagia stay

 

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Saturday, June 25, 2016

Pulau Payar Marine Park Langkawi

Shark! One of the tourists we were walking with at the jetty shrieked and pointed to the water several feet below us. We all bent over the wooden railings, searching the clear waters of Pulau Payar for the said creature. And indeed, there it was, or were, there were more than one! But they weren’t the kind of sharks everyone fears for, it was a small one, a baby blacktip shark to be exact, and more than anything, it looked really cute!

Pulau Payar Marine Park Langkawi Ferry
FERRY RIDE TO PULAU PAYAR

Our day started early. From Hotel Bahagia, we booked our island tour to Pulau Payar via their Ekomegah Holidays. Included are the roundtrip van transfers from the hotel to the Langkawi Royal Yacht Club, the ferry ride to Pulau Payar, packed lunch and snorkeling gear. That last one, we brought our own; the thought of biting on to a snorkel previously used by hundreds of other people really didn’t appeal to us that much, lol.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Friday, June 24, 2016

Langkawi Sunset Cruise

Coming from the Philippines where the end of each day is blessed with fiery skies, sunsets in Malaysia are a bit of a letdown. It was a different case, however, when we sailed across Kuah Bay, along the Andaman Sea, one lazy afternoon in Langkawi. The sun was quite feisty that day. We watched, enthralled, as that ball of fire went down, painting the sky and sea in orange hues while we sipped wine and guzzled Tiger beers aboard a 55-foot luxury yacht.

Langkawi Sunset Cruise
NAAM SUNSET CRUISE AT LANGKAWI

The morning’s Tanjung Rhu parasailing activity left us on a literal high and after resting a bit at Hotel Bahagia, we were again fetched by a van to cap the day with a sunset cruise. Arriving at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, where the boat was docked, we waited at their comfy lounge as other guests trickled in.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Thursday, June 23, 2016

Parasailing Tanjung Rhu Langkawi

No! No! No! My friend M shrieked in terror as not-too-slowly, we were elevated, hundreds of feet into nothing but air. Strapped tightly on a parasail with a don’t-worry-be-happy smiley splashed on its bright yellow surface, he was more concerned about the lack of solid ground, or in this case, watery surface, beneath him rather than the breathtaking landscapes opening up right before his very eyes.

Parasailing Tanjung Rhu Langkawi
LANGKAWI’S TANJUNG RHU BEACH

It was our first full day in Langkawi, and after a quick breakfast at Hotel Bahagia, we were scooted away by van to Pantai Tanjung Rhu, a creamy beach located at the northern end of the peninsula. Would it be that we were here to swim, but no, what we came here for was parasailing; however, unwilling we were (or me), lol.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Hotel Bahagia Langkawi

I can’t believe we have a massage chair! I exclaimed, as I dropped my heavy backpack and sat down on this weird sofa set on one side of our room. I twiddled with the controls a bit, and after a few seconds, reclined with a sigh. After several hours of traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi, this was simply the perfect way to start this leg of our trip.

Hotel Bahagia Langkawi
HOTEL BAHAGIA’S SNAZZY LOBBY

Langkawi is an archipelago of 104 island at the state of Kedah famous for its beaches and Hotel Bahagia was to be our home for the first half of our stay here. It’s located at the center of the town, where numerous restaurants line the road, and it’s near the pier area where the island hopping tours set off from. We discovered the hotel via the hotel booking site, Traveloka Philippines, and found its price to be quite irresistible.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Siquijor Travel Guide

Siquijor is an island province located at the Central Visayas Region of the Philippines. It is composed of six towns; Enrique Villanueva, Larena, Lazi, Maria, San Juan and Siquijor. The island is bordered on the northwest by Cebu and Negros islands, on the northeast by Bohol, and on the south by the northern Mindanao provinces of Misamis Occidental (Dapitan) and Zamboanga del Norte (Dipolog).

Often dubbed as, the Isla del Fuego (the island of fire) due to the glow it gives off during sundown as multitude of fireflies gather on the molave trees off the island, it is a place of mystery and mysticism especially for older generations who believes in witchcraft and sorcery. And indeed, the said practice is still being observed in Siquijor, albeit on a less prevalent scale as it was before. I find that most people would look strangely on you if you mention that you’re traveling to Siquijor, the island having its reputation with the black arts, but once you get pass that—and it is really not a problem when on the island itself—the place would reward you with amazing tourist spots such as pristine beaches, amazing waterfalls, lush hiking trails, centuries old stone churches, and yes, even the sweetest people.

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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Monday, June 20, 2016