Sunday, February 24, 2013

Cheap Beer in Langkawi

There were no detours for sightseeing in Langkawi because we couldn’t find the time. Well, except for a brief stopover at the Pantai Pasir Hitam (literally means black sand beach in the Malay language) – only because it was along the route to the Lafarge plant, i.e. Teluk Ewa in Mukim Air Hangat.

Tourist brochures have described this short stretch of beach as “spectacular” but I was there and I can tell you I was really disappointed.

Folklore abounds in this place. One fable narrates that a fisherman earned the wrath of a mermaid when he stole her ring. The mermaid's curse charred the land and the black sands became the sign of the man's offense. There is another story that the black sand beach is the result of burnt soil from the rice fields which were burnt during the Siamese War. The burnt soil, probably, flowed to the sea and then got washed up at this beach. Yet another narration is depicted in this display panel on the beach itself:

Whatever it is, I couldn’t imagine why anybody would want to come to see a partially blackened beach.

Perhaps the one and only thing to look forward to in Langkawi is the cheap beer! Emil and I had bottles and bottles of Hoegaarden and Stella Artois. The imported Belgian beer is really inexpensive – the 330ml bottles cost RM4.90 and RM4.20 each respectively.

BTW, we stayed the two nights at the Perdana Beach Resort, which is located less than 7 minutes drive from the Langkawi International Airport – a cozy place actually:

We left early Saturday morning but I was in a way glad to leave. In fact, come to think of it – I didn’t think much of Langkawi anyway!

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