Without wanting to repeat myself to often: I love driving around with my own means of transportation. Be it a car, mountain bike or scooter, I love the freedom to explore a place at my own pace. To pull over at the side of the road to take a picture of a beautiful view. Or have a break at a cute cafe to have a great coffee. Or chill out at a nice beach to relax and read.
So at Langkawi, a pretty island about 30km of the coast of northwestern Malaysia, it doesn’t take me long to locate a place where we can rent a scooter. Of we go!
Langkawi 2 day scooter itinerary
Day 1: the East side of Langkawi
Highlights day 1
Day 2: the West side of Langkawi
Highlights day 2
Oh the Datai… that was quite a fun experience:-) When exploring an island, I usually have a map. Today however, I forgot my map so we just drive around and see where the road takes us. That is how we end up at the Datai, a five-star resort in the northwest of the island, and literally at the end of the road.
When we ask the surveillance guy if we can have a coffee at the resort, he is very welcoming and tells us to park our scooter. We head down a green lane to a large and fancy looking building. At the entrance we are welcomed by two friendly employees. Once again, we ask if we can have a coffee.
We are then redirected to employee no. 4 who asks us if we want to have a drink in the lounge or at the Beach Bar. A bit confused we look at each other and say: uhm, the Beach Bar please.
But of course, Sir, Miss, one moment please, the friendly lady replies. We settle down on the luxurious sofa, a little uncomfortably because we are the only one in the huge and quiet lobby.
One minute later, the friendly lady calls us and leads us to a golf cart. We hop aboard and yet another employee drives us to the Beach Bar. We are starting to get a little worried about the costs for this yet to be ordered drinks, fortunately we got cash at the ATM this morning…
The golf cart zigzags through the resort grounds and the villas do look very beautiful. When we arrive at the Beach Bar we are welcomed by a whole team of staff and led to a comfortable sofa with a mountain of pillows and a beautiful view of the bay. Hmm, I could get used to this;)
We order coffee and when the coffee arrives it’s not just coffee. No, there is coffee, and cookies, cashew nuts, cold water, a fruit skewer and a cold scented towel. What a service!
We spend a comfortable hour on the sofa so soft it feels like sitting on a cloud. A little reluctant we head back to our scooter (obviously we are driven back to the lobby by golf cart, imagine that you have to walk somewhere;-).
A nice experience that ended up costing only 30MYR (€7,50/$8,50)! If we go back to Langkawi, I wouldn’t mind staying at this resort for a night. Better start saving up because the villas cost a lot more than the coffee?.
Practical information about renting a scooter on Langkawi
I paid 70MYR for the scooter rental (price for 2 days) and 7 MYR for petrol. In general, the longer you rent a scooter, the cheaper the price per day. There are plenty of rental places in Pantai Cenang. I rented ours across the road from Rasa Senang Chalet.
The entrance fee for the Langkawi Cable Car is 35MYR per adult and the Sky Bridge costs 5MYR per adult.
You can download the map of our 2 day Langkawi scooter itinerary below. Check out my other posts you want to read more about my Malaysia travel budget, 2-week itinerary and diving on Tioman or at the Perhentian Islands.