|Wait for me!|
The Northern most Island on the Malaysian Western seaboard, about a hours boat ride from Phuket, further north into Thailand. Its a place I was in two minds about going to, but then came along the Air Asia seat sale with a bargain £10 seat and my mind was made up!
Flight is at 1.15 pm, and it's the 401E bus that stops at the airport terminal. Last meal at Jaya then, and off to pack, although I didn't really unpack that much. The 401E is not as frequent as the other buses it's a good idea to leave an hour buffer zone, just incase it all go's pear-shaped. I can either hike to the dock, or to KOMTAR to get the bus, it's equal distance from Banana. KOMTAR it is then, and here I am on the move once again - 2 heavy backpacks in 32 deg c heat, but looking forward to a new destination.
In the baggage hall, waiting. A host of tourist information is available to read whilst those bags are en-route to the belt, hopefully! First thing of note, no public transport. Anyone going anywhere has to take a taxi, and looking at the free map, could cost plenty if all the attractions are to be visited. Thankfully, most people are heading for the beach at the village of Cenang and sharing a taxi is surprisingly easy - 9 RM each to the village then, about £1.85. The main town is some distance away, so without public transport it's going to be the beach for the next 3 days.
A tip from a Dutch tourist - head for the Gecko Guesthouse as a starting point, the taxi driver knows where that is, about 10 minutes South. Research beforehand suggests Langkawi can be an expensive place to stay so with Gecko being the only decent budget place on the island, it's very likely to be full - and it is!