Enoshima (江の島) is a little island in the Kanagawa Prefecture (神奈川県), 40 minutes by train from Tokyo, and just 24 minutes away from Kamakura. You will see that there are dragon statues on the island because legend has it that Kamakura was once tormented by a 5-headed dragon. Continue reading
Pangkor Island, a tranquil little island that I have not visited in the longest time, almost forgetting how it really is. It ‘s still a little old-fashioned, basic; but I like it because it has not been taken over by commercialization. Continue reading
Whale & dolphin watching had always been on my list of to-do things. I went on whale/dolphin tour with a few friends in Auckland previously but was unsuccessful so I decided to try again in Hualien. After seeing beautiful pictures from other blogs (see end of posts), I was even more excited.
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Before going to Taroko Gorge, we detoured to Chishingtan, which is also spelt as Qixingtan (七星潭). The name Chishingtan literally means “Seven Stars Lake”, but it really is a crescent-shaped bay (星月型海灣). Chishingtan is also an excellent place to view the big dipper, which is an asterism of the 7 stars, and hence the name “Seven Stars Lake”.
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We reached Ivy Bridal at 8am in the morning. We needed an early start as we had 6 locations to go, each with dresses and hair styles to change in between. There are so many beautiful places in Taiwan I want to go for the photo shoot but I could only limit myself to 6 locations.
The first location we went for the shoot was Bopiliao Old Street (剝皮寮老街) in Wanhua District.
One of our “missions” of going to Taiwan was getting our pre-wedding photography done with Ivy Bridal in Taipei.
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The Kilim Geoforest Park received its Unesco World Heritage status in 2007. When you are in Langkawi, the only way reach the park would be taking the boat tour (if yo have a helicopter, that would be different story…)
We took the 2 hour boat tour which included visits to: Bat Cave, Fish Farm, Eagle Feeding, Mangrove Sightseeing, Crocodile Cave, Open Sea (Andaman Sea) and Kilim Geoforest Park. The package was by the boat, 2 hours for RM180 so if you are backpacking, this tour can be pricey.
First Stop : Bat Cave
We walked through the limestone cave that had bats hanging off the ceiling. It’s actually not as scary as I thought it would be. The bats were pretty docile and just stayed where they were although there were a lot of tourists walking beneath them. Would be a good idea to rent torches at the entrance of the cave for you to see better in the cave.
Second Stop: Fish Farm with Mangrove sightseeing along the way.
Reaching the fish farm:
The fish farm tour is perhaps the most educational part of my Langkawi trip and my favourite part in the Kilim Geoforest Package.
Did you know that the blood of horse shoe crab is being researched as anti-cancer drug? And it costs RM 10,000 per crab!The fish farm dude as a way to illustrate to us that the crab is totally harmless, put the crab on his head and told us that the crab is a good head massager! Lol!
Did you know that the spitting fish can aim precisely and spit few meters high, with the force strong enough to shoot down insects from the tress? You can view the spitting fish video here. The fish farm dude also asked us to place one finger at the edge of the floor plank, the fish actually aimed at our fingers and spat on our fingers!
Another fun bit in the fish farm would be stingray feeding (with the poisonous barb removed of course…). They can actually turn over on their backs so you can rub their white bellies, kinda similar to rubbing a dog’s belly. The fish farm dude told us that the sting ray had no teeth and can’t bite, so we could put our hands into the stingrays’ mouth to feed it (which gave me a funny tingling sensation).
Next Stop: Eagle Feeding
To say eagle feeding, would be a marketing gimmick used by the tour company because really there was no feeding but just watching the eagles fly. But honestly, it would be pretty scary to have wild eagles charging at you trying to eat food off your hand…. nonetheless, we enjoyed our close encounters with the eagles ! We sighted up to 4 eagles at one time flying around.
Next Stop: Crocodile Cave
Crocodile cave really meant cave that used to have crocodiles. The boatman took us in and out of the cave.
Next Stop: Kilim Geopark and Andaman Sea.
The boat took us around the geopark, where we could see beautiful limestone landscape and geological formation on Andaman Sea. If you are from Malaysia and have travelled the North-South highway between Kuala Kangsar and Kuala Lumpur, the landscape on the highway is quite similar to the limestone landscape in the geopark, except one is on land, and one is on sea.
The Geoforest Park tour marked the end of our journey in Langkawi. The tour was seemingly short but it was surprisingly eventful.
We went back to the hotel, picked up our over-weight luggage (yep, too much duty-free shopping) and adios, till next time !
Websites which you may find useful:
Langkawi Kilim Geopark http://www.langkawi-geopark.com/
Mangrove Tour and Geopark Package http://www.langkawimangrovetours.com/