It’s Always Sunny in Langkawi
Silversea ‘s Silver Shadow sailed into Langkawi, Malaysia this morning, pointing her bow into one of the most beautiful sunrises so far on this trip. It’s a sunrise I couldn’t capture on film: the amazing humidity soaked my camera in condensation the second I stepped out of the forward doors on Deck 10.
Our call today is a short one, lasting from 8am until 3pm. I’m not complaining: as our cruise draws to a close, I’m actually quite eager to spend as much time aboard the gracious Silver Shadow as possible. This voyage is 12 days in length, and yet, her on Day 11, I feel like I could use another 12.
We docked at the Star Cruises Jetty on the southwest side of the island, which itself was barely big enough to accommodate Silver Shadow’s 610-foot length. It also happens to be in the middle of absolutely nowhere, so booking an excursion here is a good idea. However, Silversea does offer a complimentary shuttle bus service from the ship to the Zon Duty Free Shop in Cenang Beach; just a five-minute walk away from Cenang Beach.
To make the most of my time ashore, I booked Silversea’s 5.5-hour Island Panorama & Tropical Safari tour for $169. Departing at 8am sharp, it is one of seven shore excursion options offered here in Langkawi on this voyage. The others are:
- Silver Shore Expedition: Pulau Payar Marine Park by Speedboat ($269 pp)
- Kelim River Safari ($79 pp)
- Langkawi Island Discovery ($69 pp)
- Tradition, Art and Views from Above ($79 pp)
- Dayang Bunting Island & Beach Exploration ($69 pp)
- Mangrove Kayaking ($139 pp)
Our tour started with a visit to the town of Kuah, to see the massive eagle sculpture at Eagle Square. I have no idea why it’s there. My guidebook glosses over it completely; clearly, the Eyewitness Travel folks don’t know either. It sure is impressive, though.
Afterwards, we circumnavigated the island in order to reach The Datai Resort. Situated on the northwest corner of the island at the end of about 10 kilometres of narrow, switchback roads, The Datai is one of Langkawi’s premier resorts. It’s also as close a substitute for Silversea on land as I’ve seen, with a beautiful open-air design, attentive staff, and sumptuous amenities.
We enjoyed tea and a light snack of sandwiches and scones here, under the thatched roof of the lounge that is within sight of the massive pool nestled within the jungle canopy. A tour of some of the rooms and the facilities was on offer, but I was so content with my tea that I elected to stay.
Finally, we went to the Skycab to experience the world’s steepest cable car. Travelling over the ancient forests of Gunung Machinchang, the SkyCab travels 680 metres (2,231 feet) vertically, and covers a distance over the ground of 706 metres, or 2,315 feet. If you’re at all afraid of heights, this isn’t the one for you. I don’t really like cable cars (I’m somewhat afraid of heights), but this one was okay. Still, you’re very cognisant of the fact that you are a long, long, long way up in the air.
The views, however, are absolutely worth it. On the downside: we only had 10 minutes to admire this view before catching the next car back down because of scheduling issues, and crossing the massive Skybridge was completely out of the question.
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