We have spent 4 lovely days here in Singapore. Generally wandering around seeing some sights.
Saturday the first job of the day was to get one bike box, Jerome and Claire already had one for us from another cyclist they have hosted. There were three close by options, the free one had nothing so we ended up paying S$12 for one, this was very mean we though charging for something you would normally throw away. But we now have two boxes ready to be filled with bicycles.
Boxes and our backup scooters and bike
Having read a few reports of the motorscooter madness of rush hour going into Singapore from Johor we delayed leaving until 9:45.
A tree in full bloom
We had a very relaxing day doing nothing, not many pictures at all. It did mean we are actually planned over a week ahead now, which is very unusual for us.
It did rain very heavily around 3:30 pm but we just watched it bounce off the road from the dry of a small restaurant.
Rain from the resturant
Leaving Pantai Remis along the 60 through the middle of town we made a quick stop to pick up some water from the 7/11 then continued on the main road.
Hornbill on Pangkor Island
After three nights in George Town it was time to wave it goodbye. A couple of kilometres through the old town area brought us back to the ferry.
Leaving George Town
We had booked an extra night in the Magpie Residence so decided to cycle out to Penang Bridge.
The bridge is 13.5 kilometres long and was completed in 1985, you cannot cycle across it so we must leave Penang the same way we arrived, by ferry.
Our room included a breakfast, mostly local food with toast and jam, we still managed a good portion and left feeling full, ready for cycling! But first a couple of bird pictures.
A kingfisher’s back
A kingfisher’s front
Toast and jam for breakfast, included in the room cost, the first toast in a while and the jam was even blackcurrant although not all that blackcurranty. Once packed it was a short 2 km cycle to the port building, where tickets to Kuala Perlis cost us 18 MYR each. You push your bicycle right through the shopping mall into the large airconditioned waiting area.
Waiting to go in the ferry terminal Kuah
There is one hour time difference between here and Thailand means it is light at around 7:30 am so we end up leaving around 9:30 am (or 8:30 am Thai time).
Just past the airport
Even though the port is only 20 km away if we cycle the most direct route we decided to circle the island with a more substantial 50 km. The extra traffic on the roads still seems strange, lots of cars on the road still seems strange and no shouts of “hello” seems very strange. Time will tell if this is normal or specific to a tourist island like this.
We cycled past the airport then up one largish hill following the coast. There were several troops of monkeys along the roadside, waiting for any cyclists to expire before pouncing on them, we made it past un-pounced on.
Past the airport
Monkeys on the move
The road then cut across the island and it got a little bit quieter here, until it reached the north coast where there was a lovely empty beach and a complete lack of anything tourist related. We followed the north coast for a while then cut back down to Kuah where we are stopping tonight.
In amongst all the beauty stands a Lafarge cement factory
Off the north coast
More off the north coast
In Kuah we easily found the Milvus Hotel when we have a small but comfortable room. After a shower we walked a couple of kilometres to the port building to double check on taking our bicycles onto the ferry, no problem at all. To get to the port building you walk through Legenda Park, with lovely ocean views, then past Dataran Lang or Eagle Square with it’s massive 12 m high statue of an eagle the island’s emblem. According to folklore Langkawi’s name came from two Malay words – ‘helang’ (eagle) and ‘kawi’ (reddish brown): hence lang-kawi.
Mangroves in Legenda Park
On our way back we stopped for some food, tonight it was roti. The roti is malay for bread in this case a flatbread originating from British colonialism where many people were brought here from Tamil Nadu in India bringing their cuisine with them. The food was lovely, we are going to eat a lot of these!
Half eaten roti
The Strava route today.
This was the second night / day here, spending the morning and lunch just relaxing, sitting around doing some reading and planning the next couple of days.
Strolling down Cenang Beach