A huge thunderstorm woke me at about 5am – forked lightning, theatrically rumbling thunder, and the noise of the rain trying to destroy the roof. So when I emerged at 8 it was wet and still cloudy. I thought about renting a bicycle but a good one was RM30/day, and a scooter was RM18.
I went to the Agro Park and it was SHUT. Then I went to the book village and it has SHUT DOWN. Dammit. But the park around it is very nice – seems like a spot favoured by the locals for picnics. The river is clean and has been dammed to provide swimming spots.
I rode on to the craft complex which was open. It has some stalls selling batik art, handcrafts, and souvenirs. Of course there are the usual lacklustre museums. But I did like this in the museum of ethnic wedding dress:
I drove around. Langkawi is actually mostly rural.
Kuah has some Western shops, but is mostly Malaysian-style:
But since it was cloudy at the top (they helpfully have a report at the bottom reporting on visibility) I decided not to go up.
For dinner I went to Tomato, which is about 1km south of the cluster of backpacker hostels, and had the ‘put something on your plate from the bain marie and we’ll decide how much to charge you’ special (RM6)