It had been decided that the holiday would be broken down in to a little city sight seeing for the first few days (in KL), followed by an island retreat for the remaining week. The first 'full day' we had in KL was actually Annette's birthday (Kate's mum). Whilst they slept off a little jet lag with a casual lie in, I ventured over to the Petronas Towers - nice and early- to purchase tickets for the tower tour. After a lovely breakfast at the hotel, we ventured out into the midday heat to explore the city a little.
|The view from Skybar|
For our second day in Kuala Lumpur, Kate and I decided to go and see the elephant sanctuary at Kuala Gandah. The hotel had a package that we were able to book ourselves on to at short notice. We had a lovely Indian fella chauffeur us around all day in his Mercedes E class... Really wasn't expecting that! We went via 'Deerland' which was actually quite a laugh.
|Feeding the deer|
|Amazing rainforest plants|
|We are not having a bunny rabbit!|
From here, we went to the elephant sanctuary for a quick bite to eat, before meeting the elephants. We spent the afternoon stroking, feeding and riding the elephants - a good time was had by all.
Rich an Annette also had a good day exploring the history of Kuala Lumpur, with various walking tours. We shared stories over a lovely dinner at Gobo chit-chat, Traders hotel.
Before we knew it, it was time to check out of the lovely hotel (it was so nice to have a few hot baths, after months of cold showers!) and board a plane to Langkawi - a small tropical island at the north-west of peninsula Malaysia. It was a short flight, followed by a taxi ride to our hotel for the week.
|Heaven is a place on earth|
|The view from our dinner table|
After a day of sun bathing, it was dinner time again! Me and Kate took a stroll and found a lush restaurant that we had all to ourselves. The food was amazing and the scenery was really pretty - perfectly lit under a canopy of Longan trees.
The next day, we decided that we would hire a car and go exploring! We went to see waterfalls, beaches and the highlight of the day for me was the Skybridge and cable car. We also had a really nice tapas style lunch at the marina.
|Panoramic view of the island|
Once we got back to Kuala Lumpur, we had an evening to kill so I showed the guys around Villa Flora and took them to my favourite Indian eatery - which I think went down a treat. After this it was time to say goodbye. This is always the hardest thing and a few tears were shed. The only upside is that this would be the last goodbye of our year apart.
It was such a good 10 days, and there are many memories that we will be able to cherish forever.
Thank you Kate, I Love You x