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Trip Report Langkawi: The Good, the Bad and the Smelly (and a wee bit of Singapore)

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A few weeks ago my spouse and I unexpectedly found ourselves on the island of Langkawi; the result of a last minute change in venue for a work conference that had originally been scheduled for Phuket.

There was literally no time to do any research. We quickly cancelled and rescheduled our flights and added a weekend in Singapore, which allowed us to bid adieu to my brother, who was visiting us from the United States.

We spent a leisurely ~32 hours in Singapore, eating, visiting the brand new Marina Sands Casino, eating, poking through an art gallery, eating, people watching, eating, walking through Bugis market, and well, eating. After some gazillion trips to Singapore we also finally made it to that most touristy of places for that most touristy of drinks – the infamous Singapore Sling in the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel. Was it good? Absolutely! Was it worth the price of SGD $25 each? Probably not, but I’d wanted to do this for years, so we went for it.

But this report isn’t about Singapore, it’s about Langkawi…

Our Singapore hotel (The Bayview) generously gave us a late check out of 2 pm, and although our flight wasn’t until 6:45 pm we headed to Changi Airport, figuring we could cool our heels in the Star Alliance Gold lounge. Wrong! We discovered while checking in that while Silk Air is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Air, we’d not be earning any frequent flyer miles and there'd be no lounge access for the likes of us. So we hung out in Terminal Three for four hours…we watched (and helped feed) the Koi fish, visited the Butterfly Garden (loved it) and caught up on our reading. If you have to spend time in an airport, Changi is the one. In retrospect, we should have gotten a massage too, but that didn’t occur to us at the time.

Our one hour flight was practically empty and the food was decidedly un-Singapore Air-like (rather scary in fact), but so it goes (who needs food on a one hour flight anyway?).

At the Langkawi Airport we were met by our driver (pre-arranged) and transported to the Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa, where we’d spend the next six nights.

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=283

I’ve posted a detailed review of the Westin Langkawi on Trip Advisor if anyone is interested.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g298283-d301798-r64261397-The_Westin_Langkawi_Resort_and_Spa-Langkawi_Kedah.html

Suffice to say, we were upgraded to the Royal Suite, which was dated, but rather nice…especially the incredible views from our massive balcony, which overlooked the grounds and the rock pool. It was also by far the largest hotel room we’d ever occupied. I suspect the upgrade was a function of my spouse’s role in the conference, as was the complimentary internet service. Our rate included the Westin’s buffet breakfast, which was fantastic.

Let me interject here that we’re not really ‘resort people’…never have been, probably never will be. We’re just not into lounging by the pool, baking in the sun or being held captive. We appreciate the concept; it’s just not our thing. In fact, neither one of us so much as stuck a toe in any of the Westin’s three (or was it four?) swimming pools during our entire stay. We were told by other conference members that the pools were like bath water anyway; apparently none of them had chillers. No worries, we were completely content to gaze over the pools and the lush grounds to the Andaman Sea.

Let me also mention here that we both dislike humidity immensely, and although we’ve suffered through some extremely humid climates in our lifetime, we found Langkawi the most miserably humid place we've ever been.

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