A pleasant but hot 10Km walk.
And the sunset!!
Thai food tonight. Good, but too much! Then, outside our door, we saw this little fellow halfway up the tree .
Thursday 9th March
Checking out today. We have to report to immigration as we're leaving Thailand.
First we had to be ferried by long-tailed boat to the 'big boat'. This was tricky because we had to climb from the lower boat and there were no steps!
A bit of a scramble but it wasn't too bad.
Once on the ferry, it took an hour and a half to Langkawi; an Uber to Didi's place, Ocean Lodge and it was open arms, welcome back and another towel origami creation:-
Dinner at the German Restaurant round the corner was not without incident. I had changed for dinner into a long silk skirt. A few minutes after sitting down a sharp pain in my foot made me think something large had stung me and I yelped and looked down only to find the mosquito coil the had been lit under the table had burned the bottom of my skirt! It was small but the damage was clearly visible.
Apologies were made and I was told that if I could get it mended, they would pay the bill. Unfortunately, as we are leaving in the morning this will not be possible and there was nothing else offered. They could have waived our second lot of drinks or not charged us for dessert. It was a shame - I liked that skirt!
Friday 10th March
Said goodbye to Didi and his wife (creator of the towel origami)
Taxi to the airport and plane to Kuala Lumpur. Slight delay taking off but we made it to Elle and Keith's place in time to see them before they left for a school social.
Walked down the hill to the nearest small mall and went for Chinese 'Steam Boat'. This proved to be a very complicated way of eating to the uninitiated I.e us!
A huge pot of boiling liquid sits in the middle of the table. We had to choose from a variety of meats, vegetables, shrimp balls. Then we had to mix our own sauce from a bewildering array of spices, herbs, onions, soy sauce. We had help all along the way with all this but that was half the problem - eating with someone hovering over you the whole time. It wasn't particularly good despite all the awards framed along the walls. And then we walked back up the very steep hill to the apartment.
Saturday 11th March
Late to rise this morning as we didn't want to wake our hosts who hadn't got back till 3.30 am.
After breakfast, Elle kindly offered to try and get my skirt mended at the local tailors but it is a long shot on a Saturday afternoon. We decide to go to the big local Shopping Mall to restock on a few things.
After that, we take a train/subway to the Batu Caves, one of Malaysia's holiest Hindu sites.
Got a bit bored with watching the ritual so explored the cave ......