|The little lane|
I'm directed to another place just behind Gecko, just a few steps away, thankfully. The price is for a room which has accommodation for 3 and costs 80 RM, that's all they have. Up the lane, a few more signs pointing towards guesthouses. A place called 'economic guesthouse' just a few yards up here on the right. Cheapest room is 40 RM, double the price of Penang but double the floor space too (which I don't need). But options for the super-budget traveller around here seem limited and from research 40RM on Langkawi is as good as its going to get. Plenty of dormitory options though for those that like to mix and mingle with about 20 strangers. The room here is clean at least, has a double bed and all importantly, a good fan. The bathroom is shared, but only with 1 other room so, all things considered it'll do for the next 3 nights.
Over the little bridge, through the village and the scene soon changes again. Rural this time, with rice paddies creating the patchwork of greenery, and wetlands with buffaloes splashing in the creeks. Dragon flies, coots and various other wetland birds mingle with the buffalo creating a rich and diverse nature scene at reasonably close quarters.
Something to eat, lots of options catering for tourists from every corner of the world. They are all here, Spanish, French, American, Swedish, Icelandic, New Zealand and loads of Brits, but as in Penang not the alcoholic types. Surprising since Langkawi is renowned for its tax free booze! Food prices along the beach are quite reasonable in the European context, but pricey by South East Asian standards. 70p for coffee, and about £2 for a plate of fried chicken and nasi rice. As always, expensive restaurants are available and anything that smacks of Italian origin triples in price.
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