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Eco Fun Ride D’Langkawi
Planning an island vacation especially during the monsoon season has always taken us into considerations such as the additional items to be arranged as well as the unforeseen circumstances. This time around, cycling tour to the Jewel of Kedah, Pulau Langkawi, an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia needed us to be well prepared due to the rainy period in the mid November.
However, raining had nothing at all to strike our anticipation for cycling. Upon our arrival in the charming island, duty-free stores had already galvanized us into action – shopping time! Plenty of locally made or imported titbits and chocolates are available for visitors who have a sweet tooth. Then we realized, it was time for biking!
House Facade with Overgrown Leaves
The evening bike ride was a unique way to see another side of Langkawi. We assembled at Bohor Tempoyak with our gears ready, without further ado started pedaling to the quiet back roads, small alleyways until a 1. house facade with overgrown leaves caught our attention. Looking closer at the wall, we also noticed some kind of fruit that looked like the unripe rose apple.
Pokok Kapok (Ceiba Pentandra)
A humongous tree adjacent to the fascinating house with berries that bear deep red or blackish smooth-skinned drupes. The locals name it 2. Rempenai with variable colors averaging a moderate red. Interestingly, the red ones are unripe, whereas we were allowed to pick and sample the black (ripe) ones. Ripe rempenai were unexpectedly not too juicy, but their subtle sweetness did refresh our taste buds. Next to it was a plant namely 3. Pokok Kapok (Ceiba Pentandra). Kapok is the most used common name for the tree and may also refer to the cotton-like fluff obtained from its seed pods. The tree is cultivated for the seed fiber, particularly in Southeast Asia, and is also known as Java cotton, silk-cotton or ceiba. In Malaysia, the very light, buoyant, resilient and water-resistant kapok fiber is used as an alternative to down as filling in mattresses, pillows and stuffed toys. Moreover, the flowers are an important source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.
Kaffir Lime Leaves
Speaking of this culturally diverse country, it is unequivocally well known for its cuisines. A bowl of palatable Tom Yam is not complete without an adequate amount of 4. Kaffir Lime Leaves. In Malaysia, Kaffir lime leaf is a key ingredient in cooking Tom Yam (hot and sour soup usually cooked with shrimp). It is certainly one of the most aromatic and flavorful of all herbs and a wonderful addition to many Malaysian cuisines. The thick leaves are dark green and shiny on one side, and pale colored and porous on the other.
Janggus/Gajus Leaves (Cashew Leaves)
Before we proceed to the next destination with our growling stomachs, we learned about 5. Janggus/Gajus Leaves, also known as cashew leaves. Major population of cashew trees can be found in the East Coast of Peninsula Malaysia. Apart from the specialty of cashew nuts that are shaped like kidney, the very young cashew leaves can be eaten raw alongside grilled fishes and belacan (shrimp paste). The leaves are commonly served as a dish - Malaysians call it “ulam” by the villagers. This traditional salad with cashew leaves, cucumber, cabbage, eggplant and long beans can also be served with the renowned nasi kerabu. Locals consume it to help body fight diabetes and high blood pressure.
Kunang Kunang Heritage Villa
At this point, our stomachs began to growl even louder. We attempted to bear with the hunger and continued pedaling to 6. Kunang Kunang Heritage Villa. Situated 2.9k from The Rice Museum, this pleasant villa features a garden, on-site dining area as well as an outdoor salt water pool. What makes it so special is the one true 7. Kutai House on the present site for over 200 years from Kuala Kangsar Perak, then relocated in Langkawi Island, which was belonged to a Pahlawan (hero).
The Kutai house in Perak is the oldest surviving traditional Malay house. Therefore, it is crucial to preserve such delicate and intricate Malay heritage for the next generation in a form of concise historiographical outline. In the meantime, we were impressed by the symbolic realm of expression that embedded within the design of the house and traditional architectural principle of Perak Malay. If you look at its outlook of the house, there are a divergent series of designs. The basic structure is hardwood while the roof is made from rumbia leaves and the clay wall of bamboo or rattan. Tastefully decorated interiors, with original artworks and nautical-themed collectables, the villa provides private rooms for the nature lovers to unwind from your busy lifestyles.
Jeti Nelayan (Fishing Jetty)
Telaga Walk, Chenang
As we left the heritage villa, sunset was starting to approach. We quickly carried on to a fishing village near Kampung Kedawang. The first sight of 8. Jeti Nelayan (Fishing Jetty) did not fail its duty. With the fishing boats parking by the dock and inky sky waving to us, we showed our deepest appreciation. Prior to time, we decided to head straight away to 9. Telaga Walk, Chenang which is an ideal place for recreational activities. This family friendly spot is a brand new tourist attraction situated just next to Chenang Beach. Telaga Walk is a Malaysian cultural village where you can find all sorts of famous and traditional boutiques as well as food stalls.
We ended this 9km flat and smooth ride and indulged in the children’s laughter while riding a push car, teenagers’ pure jubilations while flying a kite, not to forget a bunch of girlfriends’ companionship while having their evening stroll, without realizing that another day had gone.
Cycling Route - Eco Fun Ride D’Langkawi
This cycling tour package is provided by: Honeyzone Travel & Tours
No. 2, Melati Tanjung Walk, Pantai Chenang, 07000, Langkawi, Kedah Malaysia. Tel: +604 955 7732