Thursday, July 3, 2008

Adventure in Kilim Geoforest Park, Langkawi

One of the highlights of our holiday in Langkawi was when we visited the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park which is a Unesco World Heritage site.

The Kilim Karst Geoforest Park features magnificently formed landscapes of limestone hills with pinnacles of various shapes and sizes.

We chartered a boat for a half-day tour of the mangrove. It’s comparatively cheaper to charter a boat if you have a large group compared to paying for each person.

A van came to pick us up at 9:00am and brought us to the jetty at Kilim river to board our boat. The boatman expertly steered us through the wetland mangrove where the kids spotted small crabs and monitor lizards.
Our boatman then steered us into the Bat Cave which was quite like a tunnel. The kids were very excited to find hundreds of bats hanging upside down above us.

Further up the river we arrived at a fish farm called Hole in the Wall for lunch. The farms were actually nets that go deep in the water. We were promptly given a tour for a farm staff. The first net we stopped at had stingrays that we were told we could feed. No one volunteered save for my husband. He was given a small fish and told to hold it above the water and all of a sudden, a stingray practically jumped out of the water for the fish! Whoa! I had no idea stingrays could do that! After the tour of the farm, we ordered our seafood from the farm and had them cooked it for us for our lunch.

Feeding a stingray!

After lunch, our boat proceeded up to the river mouth before taking us out to sea. It was beautiful here where we could see the smaller islands that surrounds Langkawi.

On the way back we stopped at a spot to watch brown and white Brahminy eagles circling overhead before gracefully swooping down to feed on the chicken parts thrown by the boatman. These regal birds are a joy to watch.

This tour offered one of the most fascinating and unforgettable sights of Langkawi. The kids especially were thrilled by their adventure!


Kess & Her Mama said...

Hi Sharon, Nice pictures. I'm also an AMB member and love to travel too. Take care.

Sharon said...