Cruising to Phuket and Langkawi

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15th Dec 2013

It's even better at night.

Photo of Cruising to Phuket and Langkawi by Syakira

Reaching ultimate relaxation

Photo of Cruising to Phuket and Langkawi by Syakira

Sipping on a coconut @ Pantai Cenang, Langkaw

Photo of Cruising to Phuket and Langkawi by Syakira

Morning sunrise on our way to Phuket

Photo of Cruising to Phuket and Langkawi by Syakira

Bustling Phuket

Photo of Cruising to Phuket and Langkawi by Syakira

Guess who's jetting this way? - Pantai Cenang

Photo of Cruising to Phuket and Langkawi by Syakira

Bustling Phuket

Photo of Cruising to Phuket and Langkawi by Syakira

Chillaxing and admiring the oceniac skies.

Photo of Cruising to Phuket and Langkawi by Syakira

Parasailing (woot woot) @ Pantai Cenang, Lang

Photo of Cruising to Phuket and Langkawi by Syakira

Here's to the good times in Langkawi. Imprint

Photo of Cruising to Phuket and Langkawi by Syakira

Traveling in a 75,000-tonne cruise liner may be a slow mode to travel, but it was definitely a unique way to discover Asia.

It was a 4 days, 3 nights trip to Phuket and Langkawi with my family. En-route to Phuket and Langkawi, along the Seas of Thailand, we discovered more than we had imagined -- unforgettable sunrises, blue skies, and unique friends from over the worlds (and, of course, ourselves). Being on the cruise ship for the whole day was the opposite of B-O-R-I-N-G. With the amenities around you (like swimming pools, gyms, spa, etc.), we did not feel like we were at sea.

On the second night, we reached the island of Phuket. The ship docked close to shore, and we needed to travel to Phuket via ferry. Seven hours of pure shopping, food and entertainment. It was a night to remember as we haggled for fake merchandise (It was worth it!).

On the third day, we reached our next port of call -- Langkawi. Langkawi indeed lived up to its name as the "Jewel of Malaysia" -- with its stunning white beaches and palm trees. If you're into water sports (like I do), you can bargain for a good price. There were also special tours for coffee and chocolate lovers. Guided by a local expert, you can have the opportunity to visit a coffee/cocoa plantation and even taste the local delights. P.S. Try their chili chocolates. It definitely gives you a kick.

The last day was the gala night where we had the chance to don our best dresses and, even, dine in with the captain of the ship.

Our 4 days, 3 nights not only takes us to Phuket and Langkawi - the jewels of Asia, it also rejuvenates us in body and spirit...and ultimately achieving pure relaxation.

Our trip began at Harbor Front Cruise Center in Singapore. We had to clear custom and security before boarding the cruise liner.
Photo of Harbour Front Centre Singapore by Syakira
Our first stop was at the island of Phuket. As the cruise ship docked at night, we were not able to enjoy the beach activities. However, there's always a woman's next best thing - shopping. For guys, there's always the cabaret shows and food to look forward to. In Phuket, be ready to "let go" of all formalities and just haggle. The merchandise may be fake, but it's all worth it.
Photo of Phuket Thailand by Syakira
On the third day we reached our port of call, Langkawi. The first thing you should do here is go for hardcore water sports - from jet skiing to parasailing. For kids, there's the banana boat ride (you don't want to miss that). After the long dip in the sea, relax under the hot sun and a freshly cut coconut juice. Remember to apply sunscreen.
Photo of Pantai Cenang Langkawi Kedah Malaysia by Syakira
Photo of Pantai Cenang Langkawi Kedah Malaysia by Syakira
For coffee and chocolate lovers, this guided tour to Chocoffee open doors to the world of homemade coffee and chocolates. Try their Durian-flavoured coffee and Chilli Chocolates. They definitely give you a boost of energy.
Photo of Langkawi Kedah Malaysia by Syakira
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