Firefly Airlines uses Fokker F50 turboprop powered aircraft which looks very cute like this. The propellers are black and white like a zebra and the snout looks as cute as a little dolphin's. I don't understand why they say they're "Malaysia's First Community Airline" though... I thought AirAsia was the first?
"Ready for takeoff!"
Do we look like Firefly air-stewardesses? ^_^
It's quite tight inside a Fokker F50. There are only 50 seats, and Teck Loong commented that it was even tighter than a bus. A bit cheapskate, the air-stewardesses are only wearing T-shirts and PDI khakis, and even the menu is on photostated paper. However I felt the comfort level was still OK, moreover, it only took us 20-25 minutes to touchdown on Langkawi.
Our first stop, was of course, to the cable car station in Oriental Village (remember I pledged to take the ride in my previous post?) Siang Leng told me to go early to beat the crowd. Sure enough, it was a breeze through to the counter and, if you show your MyKad, you only need to pay RM15 for your way up!
Cable car dots in the sky
No towers in between~
Sea or sky? That's the Andaman down there...
So many mountain peaks
There are two cable car stations. From the ground level, a cable car will bring you up to the first station where the first obersavation tower is. Then take another cable car up to the second station where there is a second and third observation tower. Upon reaching there, you can take a small path down the hill to the suspension bridge. It's about 600-700m above sea level and the whole bridge is just suspended from one supporting pillar!
I don't know whether this is Bambee or Sang Kancil
Dirty vs clean... Looks familiar? Hehe ^_^
Reminiscent of Anna & The King
Kelly said she want to touch it
No worries, after making a correct turn back at Pantai Kok (thanks to our navigator Teck Loong) we arrived at Best Star Resort and had our lunch at the Chinese restaurant beside it :) Price was reasonable, about RM10 per pax, albeit everything tasted similar :P
After dumping our bags in the hotel room, we went to Zon beside Underwater World to do some shopping. I MUST remember no matter what, to buy my Hershey's Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate with Almonds Nougats from there next time! Cos it's the ONLY place on the island that sells the Extra Creamy nougats.
Next, we went to Legend Park beside Helang Square to get a summary of all the legends of Langkawi. The Park was officiated by Tun Mahathir. If he were to take a walk in the park, I guess he would be sad to see, like most parks/ structures in Malaysia, the place was not properly maintained. The water in the ponds were stagnant, and the tembelang structure was, literally, tembelang pecah. Talk about first world architecture, third world mentality!
I wouldn't say the Legend Park looked ethereal, in fact, it looked a bit creepy with tombstone-like things at the avenue and gigantic hands suddenly raising out of the ground like some Michael Jackson Thriller MTV; however, it's really a nice place to be if you wanna read about all of the legends of mysterious Langkawi :)
In spite of the HOT weather, the skies actually managed to cloud over and rain in just a matter of seconds!!! Eerie! So we ran to the car and headed to the nearby Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall for some shopping (see Part 1 for our victories). When the rain stopped, we went to Eagle Square for some must-snap photos.
Dinner, we had seafood in a stall alongside the road in Kuah Town. Take the first trafficlight after Langkawi Fair and turn left. The local-recommended one was Wonderland, but since it was closed we ate at the next stall and the bill turned out to be RM50+ for 4 of us. Pretty fair for fish, sotong, oyster omelette and belacan kangkung.
Lastly, more chocolate shopping then we headed back to our resort for a couple of beers.
What a fun-filled holiday! It's truly relaxing when you go on holiday with friends you are comfortable with :)