Langkawi, Malaysia

Drink Beer While Sitting In A Fishing Net On The Side Of A Boat. Huh?

Langkawi is part of an archipelago of 99 islands off the Northwestern shores of Malaysia. It has jungles, paddy fields and the most picturesque beaches in all of South East Asia. There are countless activities from snorkeling and diving in Pulau Payar Marine Park to riding the steepest cable car in the world up Mt. Machinchang, to hiking alongside waterfalls.

Unfortunately, the rain got in the way for part of my trip, but when the sun shone I was either at the beach or on an adventure where I experience many firsts – boating through mangroves, wandering inside a bat cave, feeding stingrays, watching hundreds of eagles feed, and trying to avoid being bitten by monkeys.




Huh? Sounds crazy, doesn’t it! But it is one of the coolest things I have ever done – in regards to drinking. I boarded an old sailing boat for a casual day cruise and chatted with the other guests as the ship set sail out into the open sea. Thirty-minutes passed when the Captain left his wheel to ask us if we were keen on having a drink on the side of the boat. Sure, why not. Thinking he meant a cocktail on board. Well, all of sudden he threw a heavy, massive fishing net overboard, secured it to the railings and told us to hop in. 

Only four of us attempted this crazy new ‘drinking game’. Getting into the net proved a little difficult and at moments wearing a bikini was not the best idea. But when I finally sat on the net, I was given a beer and off we cruised. I could have spent my whole trip hanging out in the ‘ocean jacuzzi’, but I did have to disembark when we stopped at a few islands to explore. However, after a late buffet lunch, I jump back onto the net (I was a pro now) for the leisurely sunset cruise home.  


  • What: Langkawi boat day Cruise 
  • Company: Crystal Yacht
  • Note: I did not use Crystal Yacht, however it comes highly recommended. I do not know the name of my company. It was an older sailboat and I booked it through a travel agent.





Sunset Beach Resort is one of nicest island hotels I have ever stayed. I am usually holed up in a hostel so this was pure luxury. The Sunset Beach Resort is nestled in a mini lush tropical oasis, with a boardwalk path that is lined with cabanas and vibrant green palm trees. In the mornings, I ate breakfast on the lanai and enjoyed the cool ocean breeze. In the evenings, I walked along Pantai Cenang Beach where I saw kids build sand castles, parasailers glide through the sky and couples hold hands under the last of the sun’s rays. The ladies that worked there were kind and funny and they made a single gal like me feel very special. 


  • What: Langkawi Island
  • Where: Northwest Malaysia
  • Stay: Sunset Beach Resort
  • Transportation: Ferry– first departure leaves Kuala Kedah at 7.00 am, the last ferry to Langkawi is at 19.00 every day. There are ferries approximately every 75 minutes. There are also ferry services from the mainland port of Kuala Perlis and the Thai port of Satun. Both are 45 minutes from Langkawi. One Way Adult Ticket – RM 23 ($6), One Way Child Ticket – RM 17 ($4). Air – Both Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia have daily flights to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur which land at Langkawi International Airport. There are also direct flights from Penang and Singapore.