Saturday, 26 August 2017

Langkawi, Malaysia - Day 1 - Mangrove Tour, Kilim Geoforest Park

Langkawi, the jewel of Kedah, It is an archipelago of 104 islands in the Andaman sea. We visited Langkawi on 15th August from Singapore via the scoot airlines. It was quite a small plane and was flying at super low height (was scary a bit ;)). After landing at the Langkawi airport, we faced a fish market. Arrival gate was crowded by rental car operators, all screaming at their best sharing their best offers. We quickly booked our Uber and left for our Hotel - Hotel Bayview. It was approx 30 min drive from the airport. Soaking the scenic beauty , amidst the drizzles, we reached our hotel and rested. In the evening we explored the hotel surrounding on foot, ate and had an early dinner.
Eagle Square - Langkawi

Day 1 -
After a sumptuous breakfast, we boarded our vehicle for the half day Mangrove tour. It was a group tour of approx 15 folks and a 30 minutes drive to the famous Tanjung Rhu beach. We explored the beach while the tour operator waited for the rest of the folks to join. The beauty, the serenity and the calmness is beyond words. It wasn't a high tide day and we relaxed on the beach. One can see the thai border with naked eyes and it just takes 30 minutes via a speed boat to land on Thai beach ;) After some time we all were divided in a group of 14-15 folks and Abu was our tour guide - highly informative, witty and lively. We were thrilled to start out Mangrove tour and below was the itinerary shared for the next 4 hours.
Tanjung Rhu Beach Langkawi
Mangrove Tour -
  • Fish Farm feeding
  • Riverbank/Monkey Feeding
  • Mangrove Tour
  • Eagle Sightseeing
  • Bat Caves
  • Crocodile Caves
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Back to hotel
We boarded our speed boat and off we set in middle of the sea to our first stop - the fish feeding farms. We saw different varieties of fishes and had an experience of feeding them as well. It was quite informative yet a little scary for me. :P The place wasn't that smelly as I was expecting, which was a much relief for me. Further we went exploring the mangroves and reached a place wherein monkeys are fed. The king is fed first with a banana and later the rest of the crew with melons etc. The monkeys are quite friendly at this place and I even saw them swim :D.Later we went deeper inside the mangroves and came across some snakes as well sleeping on the trees. Clicked some pics and moved ahead. Soon we came to a little open area wherein we could spot some 5-6 other speed boats. One of them started feeding the eagles and we saw plenty of them moving above us for the food. It was such a treat to watch. 

Approaching the Fish Feeding Farms
Eagles searching for food

Some more Eagles

Spotting snakes in the Mangroves

Mangroves - CloseUp View

The King Monkey - Loving Banana's

Excited for our next stop, the driver geared us with life jackets and off we went with 60kmph speed onto the other side of the mangroves, straight into the Bat caves. It was quite smelly (as expected). Entry fee was 2RM per person and if you wish to buy a torch light for the visit, an extra of 1RM was to be paid. We were instructed not to scream or make any kind of noise as that would disturb the sleeping bats. We spent approx 30 min there exploring the caves, the jungle and the smelly surrounding. :) But the tour just doesn't end here. We proceed then to the crocodile cave, a cave without crocodile though. During low tide, the cave mouth is left open and the boat can easily enter the cave. After that, the boat was straight into the open sea in the middle of gushing waters, and I clicked the famous sign of Kilim Geoforest Park. We could now clearly spot the Thai waters and the beaches. The tides were medium by now and we had lots of ups and down, no less than a roller coaster ride. We were hungry and were headed to our last stop for buffet lunch. There were both vegetarian and non vegetarian options and we quite loved the food. Later we were transfered to the Tanjung Rhu beach and off to hotel. It was quite an experience and we were amazed with the spectacular views of Langakwi.
View from the SpeedBoat

BatCaves :D

Kilim Geoforest Park - Signboard!!!

Tour Package - 160RM per person (inclusive of buffet lunch, to and fro hotel transfers

  • Remember to carry your umbrella/poncho to protect from rains
  • Choose a low tide day to fully enjoy the tour

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