Langkawi Sunset Cruise – Luxury Travel at Sea

Langkawi Sunset Cruise – Luxury Travel at Sea

Just before boarding the 55 foot yacht outside of the Langkawi Yacht Club, we were encouraged to take photos of the boat before going aboard.  The reason: “when we get back it will be too dark and you will be too drunk.”  Suddenly, I was super excited for our luxury Langkawi sunset cruise. We had met Mark from Naam Adventures a few days before when Eric went parasailing off the coast of Langkawi.  Due to my sciatica and recurring back pain, I had to pass, much to Mark’s disappointment.  I think this was, in part, why he was so eager to please our group during our Langkawi sunset cruise. Find what other travelers have to say about Naam’s luxury sunset cruise at TripAdvisor The yacht was amazing. I had never stepped foot on a boat this big.  The Sea Falcon boasted at least three big bedrooms and amazing massage showers. I got lost on the tour alone.  Mark offered that if anyone wanted to take a nap, to just help ourselves.  A Luxury View on a Langkawi Sunset Cruise But, then we would miss the view.  It was a lovely evening as we sailed just a bit off the coast of Langkawi, where we dropped anchor to await the sunset.  Mark arranged the tender to bring a group of us ashore to a relatively empty beach, where we splashed our feet in the waves.  After, we feasted on a massive display of food while waiting for the sunset, one of the best we have seen in Asia. All the while, Mark and his staff ensured that we had plenty of...
Cute Buffalo Pictures

Cute Buffalo Pictures

This post might not be in line with the types of posts I usually write, and was not one that I planned on writing after our trip to Langkawi, Malaysia.   But, when I looked back on my photos from our trip to Langkawi, I just came up with such adorable animal photos, including photos of cute buffalo! We were greeted by cute buffalo each morning during our stay at Gemalai Village, an agritourism hotel near Pantai Cendang.  Breakfast was delivered, and our view was the adorable buffalo surrounding our bungalow.  In fact, often times when showering in our open air bathroom, I was able to hear the buffalo as they surrounded us, hearing the splash splash of their long legs as they made their way through the rice paddies.  We frequently raced out the door to capture a photo or two as the cute buffalo walked on by. I found myself posting buffalo photos to Facebook and Twitter, talking about how cute they were.  One reader responded “kittens are cute” to counter my assertion that a giant water buffalo could, in fact, be considered cute.  But, look at this water buffalo, a face only a mother could love, right? Now, This is a Cute Buffalo When we visited the Langkawi Buffalo Park, I was mesmerized. We were able to walk around where the cute buffalo were kept for feeding.  We watched them eat, and marveled at the new baby buffalo, including cute buffalo that were only about two days old. I kept snapping photos of the humongous animals, and tried to get them to pose for selfies with...
Malaysian Cooking Class – Cook With Shuk

Malaysian Cooking Class – Cook With Shuk

When the car wound up the steep driveway, into the dense tropical jungle, I thought, where in the world are we having this Malaysian cooking class?  This just doesn’t seem right.  We’ve experienced cooking classes in Michelin star restaurants, in cooking centers, and in someone’s apartment, but this location was unique. Chef Shuk, and his friend Johnny, welcomed us with open arms, and a nice glass of cold, white wine, in the open air seating area underneath their traditional Malay house.  The house was impressive, and traditionally built in the Malay style, with dark elaborately carved wood.  As Langkawi modernizes, fewer and fewer houses remain in this traditional style.  Chef Shuk’s house may have been the last one to be built.  Before we started our Malaysian cooking class, though, we received a history and culture lesson. Johnny provided a tour of the house, showing off the traditional elements, as well as the modern elements, including modern bathrooms and a stunning kitchen.  These are the parts of the house that were, well, non-traditional. That’s not to say the house was not traditionally Malay.  They even had a Bomoh, or medicine man involved in the building to keep with traditions. After our tour, we sat with Chef Shuk and Johnny to discuss the house, history of Langkawi, wedding traditions, and more. They provided a unique perspective on the changing landscape of the island, but I was eager to start our Malaysian cooking class.  As if reading my mind, at one point, Chef Shuk interrupted Johnny and exclaimed “let’s cook satay!”  Find what other travelers have to say about Cook With Shuk...
How to Cook Beef Rendang

How to Cook Beef Rendang

I always wondered how to cook beef rendang, the famous spicy beef that is ubiquitous in Indonesia and Malaysia.  During our cooking class in Langkawi, Cook With Shuk, we were able to learn how to cook beef rendang, even if it was a speedy version of the generally slow cooked dish. Find what other travelers have to say about Cook With Shuk at TripAdvisor How to Cook Beef Rendang, The Speedy Way Chef Shuk offered us a more speedy version of beef rendang, as the traditional version uses a lesser quality cut of beef and requires approximately 8 hours to cook.  We did not have that kind of time during our cooking class with Chef Shuk.  Instead, we used a high quality tenderloin, which would not take as long to cook. And, we sped up the process because Chef Shuk prepared many of the ingredients ahead of time.  Still, even with the prep work partially complete, I was amazed at how much goes into making a beef rendang.  Eric took the lead on mixing onions, garlic, ginger, and galangal, a wild type of ginger that has a more bitter taste than its more well-known ginger.  We were given some freedom in choosing how much of each spice to use, depending on how much we like ginger (a lot) or garlic (a lot) or onion (me, not so much).  To this mixture we added sliced lemongrass, chili sauce, called sambal, along with freshly ground turmeric, a deep orange-colored root, popular in juices in Bali.  We continued to work in garam masala, a curry powder, which is a mixture of several...
Luxury at the Four Seasons Langkawi

Luxury at the Four Seasons Langkawi

Life as a travel blogger is hard work.  Okay, it’s not as hard as a lot of other jobs, but it is not as easy as you might think.  Yes, we get to have really cool experiences because of our blogger status, like our lunch with a wine maker in the Bologna Hills, or going truffle hunting in Emilia Romagna.  But, a lot of work goes into pitching the ideas, arranging social media, editing photos and videos, writing the blog post, and marketing everything.  This is why we needed a little luxury at the Four Seasons at the end of our Langkawi trip. Our five night stay in Langkawi was sponsored by the tourism board, which meant we were kept pretty busy.  There is also an added layer of stress in that I want to do a good job.  I am plagued by a desire to please, it was the same when I was a tax attorney.  Why should my job as a professional travel blogger be any different? After four pretty busy days we had one final day of activities planned.  We were scheduled to spend our last day in Langkawi on a jet ski tour of neighboring islands, followed by some street side eats, and then a night time squid fishing expedition.  That’s a full day for sure. Due to my recent back problems, we had to politely pull out of the jet ski tour.  There was no way my back could handle four hours bopping on top of waves.  Instead, I wanted what everyone wants in a tropical beach vacation.  I wanted to relax.  I wanted...
Top 10 Foods to Eat in Langkawi Malaysia

Top 10 Foods to Eat in Langkawi Malaysia

I like Malaysian food, probably because of the diversity of the cuisine throughout the country.  With influences from India and China, mixed into traditional Malay dishes, it is not difficult to come up with a list of the top 10 foods to eat in Langkawi.  In fact, my original list had 13 items, but 13 is bad luck, right? The most obvious choices for where to eat in Langkawi are of course the large hotel properties, or the beach front restaurants along Pantai Cendang, the main beach area of Langkawi.  But, looking beyond the obvious, we were able to find pretty good foods to eat in Langkawi, all over the island.  The Top 10 Foods to Eat in Langkawi 1. Nasi Campur Nasi Campur is a staple all over Malaysia as well as Indonesia, and we ate a lot of it when living in Bali.  Nasi is rice, and campur is mix in Malay.  The dish is literally a mix of stuff with rice.  In this case, at Seashells Restaurant in Pantai Cendang, it was served on a humongous plate, with chicken, tofu, vegetable soup and more.  It was easily the largest nasi campur I have ever experienced! 2. Sambal Nasi campur would not be complete without sambal, the spicy chili sauce served on the side.  Although there are many different varieties of sambal, the bright red one is my favorite.  This is sambal belecan and is made with a fish paste.  Unlike some of the other types of sambal, this one is actually not too fishy.  It can pack a punch though.  I actually learned how to make...
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