Never catch a ferry at Langkawi on Buddha’s Birthday - 3rd May 2015

Went down Armenian Street to Ming Xian Tai, Erica’s egg tart bakery to get some dinner. The street was absolutely packed with locals and tourists (all Asian) and was closed off to vehicles. Everyone was having a great time and the line-up for street art pics was enormous as was the queue at the bakery.

We were after their Steam Buns but they were still in the steamers cooking. Went around the back and found the girl in charge of steaming. She was very friendly and helpful and when they were ready took us to the front of the queue and served us 3 super fresh buns. Her suggestion, we try salted egg tarts, was taken up and we got 2 ordinary egg tarts as well. Repaired to the hotel with our bounty and consumed it with great gusto! A great final feast in Penang.

Friendly bun steamer

Friendly bun steamer

Lining up for egg tarts

Lining up for egg tarts

Headed off to Swettenham Pier by taxi to catch the Langkawi Ferry. Got there on time but not Malaysian time as the ferry due to board at 8am and leave at 8.30am had not been informed and we did not board until after 8.30am. Ferry ride took over 3 hours partly due to port congestion at Langkawi holding up our berthing.

Langkawi ferry boarding

Langkawi ferry boarding

Got ashore to a seething mass of humanity covering about a hectare under roof all of whom were crammed in trying to board ferries to the mainland. It was as if the world was ending and everyone was trying to escape! The biggest mass of people in one spot that we had ever witnessed. They were even blocking our exit and eventually we pushed our way through into the arms of a waiting taxi driver. He was unable to drive away with us for some time as other motorists had him trapped in. As we drove away the line-up of cars was over 3km long and stationary. The driver was amazed.  Never catch a ferry at Langkawi on Buddha’s Birthday.

Arrived at Malibest Hotel at 1pm and the staff abruptly told us, “no check in until 3pm!". Now hot and bothered we walked fuming down the street to fill in time and returned at 2.45pm to see them checking people in. Erica saw red and had to be physically restrained! After about 20 minutes we fluked a check in spot but that was not to be the happy ending. Erica (who had taken charge by now as I was fading) was told we had to wait as the room was not ready. She did not take this well at all and eventually grabbed the key from the receptionist with a flurry and told her “we are going to our room anyway”. On arrival at the room it had not been cleaned and after 30 minutes some overworked cleaning staff did the job.

Our room with a view in Langkawi

Our room with a view in Langkawi

Our first bad experience in Malaysia! However the redeeming feature is the room has a king size bed and an ocean view. A hotel on the Beach for 180RM or $64.30Australian. Erica has done it again and found a five star location at a pensioner price!

Off to walk the white sandy beach and inhale the beauty of this magic spot.