Our second and last day in Langkawi started with an amazing Cable Car Tour. Mount Mat Cincang’s height hits almost 800 metres making it Langkawi’s second highest peak. Seeing the natural brilliance of 99 islands scattered into the deep blue sea is best understood when viewed from above. The swift cable car ride to the top is an experience not to be missed!
Your ride starts in the Oriental Village, where souvenir shops and a Japanese, Thai and Malay restaurants are scattered around perfectly manicured gardens. From here you can also take an elephant ride into the forest, or have your picture taken with a python.
We purchased some beautiful hand-woven baskets from the street vendors in Oriental Village after the Cable Car Tour. We also admired the many items that had intricate carvings, weaving and designs.
After the Cable Car Tour ended we headed straight to the Langkawi International Airport for our flight across Malaysia to the eastern state of Sabah. We landed in Sandakan which is Sabah’s second largest city. Right away we started the Turtle Island Escape Tour on the island of Selingan. The Turtle Island’s are north of Sandakan in the Sulu Sea. We had known that this island is home to many endangered green and hawksbill turtles and that this is a safe haven for them and many other types of animals. The islands are protected within marine parks on both sides of the Malaysian and Philippine borders. The Turtle Island Park, also known as Pulau Penyu National Park comprises of three islands, which are Pulau Selingan, Pulau Bakkungan Kecil and Pulau Gulisan. Selingan Island is the parks the largest island so it is only natural that this is the only island to house tourist accommodations and basic facilities, as well as the park’s headquarters and the turtle hatchery. The other two islands are more for conservation activities.
We met the tour operator in the lobby of the Sandakan Airport and from there they transferred us to the jetty for the boat ride to Selingan Turtle Islands Park. The journey to Island only took approximately 45 minutes and upon arrival we checked into the Turtle Island Park Chalet.
By this time it was time for dinner, and luckily all of our meals were included in the tour! After dinner we enjoyed free time swimming and drinking with the other people in the tour, we had the most fun time socializing and swapping stories with other travelers!
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