We went on a family holiday on Thursday and returned home yesterday afternoon. The Ong family, comprising Eugene's parents, brother and sister and their families, and us, spent our first family holiday together in Langkawi for 3 days and 2 nights. The kids, and adults, had lots of fun on the beach, in the sea and pool. Lots of energy was released those 3 days and gave us, especially the kids, time together to bond. We stayed at the Mutiara Burau Bay Resort. Their accommodation was chalet-style. The chalets were cosy but rather small and cramped and old. Needs refurbishment.
We rented a van for those 3 days and went out for meals and some shopping (duty free alcohol, snacks and drinks, ikan bilis and cashew nuts). The weather was good i.e. top-grade sunshine and occasional soothing sea breeze.
The highlight of our beach experience was the discovery of a sizeable area of sea bed near the shore during low tide that was concentrated with hundreds (or maybe thousands) of hermit crabs. Kids and adults alike spent over an hour scooping them up, marvelling at the beautiful patterns on the shells and the crabs peeking out of them. We even managed to catch a few small crabs, one of which gave me a shockingly painful pinch with both its pincers.
We had lunch one afternoon at Palmville Seafood Restaurant in the Pantai Cenang stretch of shoplots. The food was quite tasty and reasonably priced. Too bad we didn't manage to take pics of the food. We were all so hungry that the dishes were polished off rather quickly!
On our second and last night there, we went to Perdana Quay for dinner. We decided to check out Pulau Pulau Seafood and Steamboat Restaurant. They have steamboat at RM38++ per adult (half price for kids) but we opted to order dishes. We decided never to go back there again if we go to Langkawi in future. Service was terribly lousy and so was the food. We made up for the lousy dinner with dessert at The Loaf, the much-publicised bakery cum cafe of which our former prime minister is a shareholder. They have a branch in Kuala Lumpur at Pavilion mall.
Will post some pics of our holiday later.