Dev’s Adventure: Nature Cycling in Langkawi, Malaysia

Dev’s Adventure: Nature Cycling in Langkawi, Malaysia

#Cycling through and discovering #natures hidden beauty of the legendary isle of Langkawi in #Malaysia was an unforgettable adventure. We explored into the depths as I learnt more about the #culture and superstitions.


Accorded Geopark status by UNESCO in 2007, Langkawi is comprised of 99 tropical islands off the northwestern coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Known for its stunning landscapes, Langkawi boasts unique rock formations, karsts, caves, sea-arches, stacks, glacial dropstones, and fossils, with a geological history dating back some 500 million years.

with a geological history dating back some 500 million years

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Nature Cycling Trip in Langkawi

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Apart from being a natural paradise, it’s steeped in folklore as well. Shrouded by intriguing myths and legends featuring ogres and gigantic birds, warriors and fairy princesses, battles and romance. Legend has it that Langkawi was once cursed for seven generations, after a maiden was unjustly accused of adultery, bleeding white blood at her execution as proof of her innocence. Seven generations have passed since then, and today, Langkawi is a thriving tourist destination.

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Part I: Nature Cycling Tour

This was a three to four hour guided bike ride through the paddy fields, river banks, and forest. With transfers to and from your hotel, the ride starts at either 8:30 AM or 3:30 PM, and goes for RM120 for adults and RM100 for children ages 10-12.

guided bike ride through the paddy fields, river banks, and forest

There’s Ren all giddy being on a mountain bike for the first time in her life. :)

Biking around
Biking around

If I remember correctly, that’s Gunung Raya in the distance, the highest point in all of Langkawi.

Showing us stuff
Showing us stuff

…kingfisher! You see it? Right there, that small, black, near indiscernible speck perched on the wire. Stupid short lens. 👿

Home to over 230 species, bird watching is another popular activity here in Langkawi.

bird watching is another popular activity here in Langkawi

We made a quick stop at the wet market
We made a quick stop at the wet market
A sea of green, much of the produce sold here apparently comes from neighboring Thailand
A sea of green, much of the produce sold here apparently comes from neighboring Thailand
Lots of fish
Lots of fish

L: A nearly completed bird’s nest R: Tongkat ali, great for warding off mosquitos and enhancing your libido. As a joke, stinking Jerome made me chew on a leaf, just to see how I’d react to its extreme bitterness. I would have done the same. 😆

Green leaves
Green leaves
Muslim cemetery
Muslim cemetery
A traditional Malaysian house
A traditional Malaysian house
My favorite part of the tour, riding through a rubber tree plantation
My favorite part of the tour, riding through a rubber tree plantation
Aren’t they gorgeous? Before today, I had no idea rubber trees were so beautiful
Aren’t they gorgeous? Before today, I had no idea rubber trees were so beautiful
Sap catcher doing its thing, catching sap
Sap catcher doing its thing, catching sap
They look almost mystical to me, like a faerie playground
They look almost mystical to me, like a faerie playground

Though the tour wasn’t over at this point, it was for my camera, because the rain started to come down in big, heaping buckets. Thankfully, Jerome came prepared with emergency ponchos, under which I tucked in my camera bag. 

This was the first in a three-part weather test that I (inadvertently) put my Crumpler and camera through during this trip. More on that later. 😆

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