24.08.2011 - 24.08.2011 28 °C
Had a relaxed breakfast, packed and were down in reception by 10.10 am, ready to catch the airport shuttle. It only took 5 minutes to get there from the hotel. That is the beauty of staying at an airport hotel when you are flying out the next day. Checked in without any problems and they checked the bags all the way through to Langkawi. My bag weighs 19.5 kgs and Phil's is 24 kgs. Malaysian Airlines flight took off on time (2 pm) and immediately we put our watches 5 hours ahead to KL time - 7 pm. At 8 pm they served dinner and then a couple of hours later they turned off the cabin lights and expected us to go to sleep, even though our bodies were still on Istanbul time which was 5 pm.
Bye bye Turkey. A most amazing and fascinating country. Can hardly wait to come back.
No one could sleep because we weren't tired so everyone was watching movies. I watched "Water for Elephants", "The Joneses" and "Across the Distance". All good. Only had a small doze and was then served breakfast at 3 am. The plane landed at KL airport at 5.15 am and we then proceeded to our departure gate for our flight to Langkawi. We were the only ones in the airport, which is huge. It was very weird.
The flight left at 8.30 am and after 40 minutes we were landing in Kuah, Langkawi. It's humid and raining - puddles everywhere and it's supposed to be the dry season. Big surprise when we checked into our hotel. We are in the Executive Suite which is two rooms - one very large bed room and bathroom and one room with a toilet and a basin and a huge lounge suite and a coffee table!! We have decided to stay in a hotel in the centre of the town as opposed to one of the resorts which are a long way from civilization. We made contact with Judy and Graeme - our friends from New Zealand who have been travelling in Malaysia and we all decided to meet up in Langkawi for a week on our way home. Their room is next door to ours and we are the only ones on the 13th floor.
Went for a taxi ride to the shops and Phil bought some shorts and found his "Denim" after shave lotion. Langkawi is the only place in the world that has it! We walked to "Kenny Rogers" restaurant and had a nice sandwich and came back to the hotel and had a sleep for a couple of hours. Had happy hour in our suite with Judy and Graeme with nibbles supplied by the hotel. We went for a walk around the block, in the rain and came back to the hotel for a buffet dinner - 58 Malaysian Ringets. Very nice - now into bed and hope we sleep through.
Istanbul - warn and windy - 28 degrees
Langkawi - overcast and raining - 30 degrees