We had a great day in Langkawi on December 25th 2019. It wasn’t your traditional Christmas, but it was the best one yet!
Neither of us are religious, so we don’t really celebrate Christmas. But still, we enjoy the atmosphere of the day.
Breakfast: Chicken Rendang Curry and Ice Lemon Tea
We started our day with a delicious ayam rendang (chicken rendang) from a local friend we made. This lovely lady took us into her home and showed us the night before how to make chicken rendang curry. Her name is Maslin.
Maslin sits outside her home each day with a little stall selling nasi lemak (a traditional malay dish) and chicken rendang for 2 MYR per serving. That’s less than $1. She told us that her husband is very sick and in a lot of pain. He needs medication daily. She also has arthritis, but she has to keep making and selling the food to make a little bit for them each day.
As a thank you for teaching us, we gave her a donation to contribute towards the cost of the ingredients for that day. We calculated that she needs at least 15 customers a day just to make back what it costs her to prepare the meal.
We then headed to one of our favourite little cafes, the Armani Food Garden, for an ice lemon tea. Chod, the owner there, is a really sweet man who has hand made all the wooden decorations around and inside his restaurant, as well as a lot of the tables and chairs himself. He’s currently away due to his mother being ill, but the cafe is still serving drinks. So, we took our chicken there and enjoyed our breakfast with an ice lemon tea.
We really enjoy just sitting there and admiring all the woodwork and dreaming about how we might be half as skilled as Chod one day.
All up (not including the 20 MYR gift), we spent 4 MYR on breakfast.
Lunch: Korma Curry and Ice Tea Tarik
We got recommended to try a korma curry for lunch, so we headed there and were overwhelmed with curry selections. We quickly called our local friend and asked him what we should try. He told us the grey colored korma curry and the pineapple curry, which we tried and it was deeeelicious!
Lunch cost us 6.50 MYR for a drink and the curries.
Seven Wells Waterfall
It was a really hot day, so we decided to take a dip. But we didn’t want just any dip. We wanted fresh cold water with a view. So, we rode to the Seven Wells Waterfall and made the climb up to the top.
It was a sweaty walk up many, many stairs. But we got there, and it was SO worth it. The water flow was quite gentle, so we spent a few hours there climbing over rocks, sliding down water falls, and lying down and letting the cold water flow over us. We even met some other Aussies there and wished each other Merry Christmas.
On the way back down, we came across some exhausted families who asked us how far it was to the top. They looked so defeated, so we took out our phone and showed them photos of the water at the top to motivate them. They thanked us and continued up. I almost wanted to go back, but we still had more we wanted to fit into our day!
Afternoon Snack: Chapati and Thosai
We stopped at another restaurant on our way home and got some chapati and thosai, which came with dahl (lentils), coconut sauce, and some other curry that we weren’t sure what it was, but tasted delicious.
Chocolate And Beer With The Sunset
Next, we dropped our moped home and walked to our local duty free mall where we grabbed a beer and some chocolate. Unfortunately for Morgan, the only chocolate on sale was the rum and raisin, but he actually really enjoyed it. You could definitely taste more rum than raisin, and it did taste like Christmas.
Then we enjoyed watching children and adults blowing bubbles while the sun went down.
Langkawi has the best sunsets we’ve ever seen. They’re a little bit different every day. But on Christmas day, the sun was huge and round like a big red ball sitting on top of the ocean.
Dinner: Pad Thai
Maria, (the lady we regularly get our ice lemon tea from in the morning at Armani Food Garden) told us she’s opening up her own little night stall selling Thai food. So, we promised to attend her opening night and were excited to try Pad Thai again.
It was delicious and took us back to our days in Thailand. Total cost was 8 MYR for a pad thai and an ice lemon tea to finish our day.
Finally, our night walk along the beach took us to visit a snowman, of all things.
Hope you had a lovely day on December 25th, whether you celebrate Christmas or not!