Travel Experience with My 8 Month Old in Langkawi
My first trip after delivery was with my hubby and our 8-month old baby, for three days to Langkawi. The packing looked like we were off for three or more weeks. The bags were filled with baby food, baby stroller, baby bottles and favourite toys along with lots of diapers. The only thing left to be packed was our nanny because my husband wanted to keep the trip restricted to family members only. Since my baby was still less than a year in age i had some demands and anticipations ahead of the trip.
Sorting Out Location:
The first thing to be decided was the destination. The locations for the trip would definitely not include ‘off-beaten’ tracks which demanded exertion in any form like trekking, mountain climbing or river rafting among others. The Langkawi Island was decided on a mutual basis and this northern Malaysia Island offered something for all of us. This island was home to some of the beautiful beaches including my favourite, ‘Pantai Pasi Tengkorak’ or the ‘Skeleton Sand Beach’. There are also restaurants both fancy and the simple ones that serve local as well as international delicacies. We had also heard of spas for pampering; the ‘Langkawi bird Paradise’ Wildlife Park and ‘Underwater World’ for kids.
This island is one of the favoured tourist spots which make it offer several choices as far as accommodation is concerned. With some previous research you will surely find a place that will meet your financial requirements and other essentialities- ocean-view, private beach, baby-friendly rooms, five or three-start or a simple lodging on the beach area. You can also opt for the ‘Malibest Resor’t which is located in Pantai Cenang that offers a treetop view by beachside for accommodation. Then there is the ‘D’Coconut Hill Resort’ which is located in Mount Raya (3000ft above the sea level) for mountain top view.
To get maximum convenience you should go for the ‘all-inclusive’ packages that will offer everything- food, accommodation, transport and other activities- to take care of all the necessities from the beginning to the end of the trip. Our choice was obviously based on baby-friendly resort, ‘Pantai Tengah’, situated in south-west of the region, close to ‘Pantai Cenang’, another very ‘happening’ beach. However, this place did not disturb the peace of our resort in any way. We had our very own ‘private beach’ and the place also offered services in baby-sitting that helped us a great deal. We could also manage to have a cot placed inside our room. The greenery around the resort also added to our living experience here.
Wheels for Rent:
Langkawi is one of those places that is filled with car rentals from its entry points (airport or jetty). You can also avail them from your hotels but the prices will vary based on the season. If you have a baby with you ask for a ‘baby car seat’ for rent which is available at a nominal fee on a daily basis.
Car renting helped us to easily explore the other parts of this island like Pantai Kok in which the ‘Telaga Harbour Park Marina’ is situated (you can get amazing sunset view from here); the Pantai Pasi Tengkorak where you can explore the beachside.; the farms including ‘Nyior Chanbang’ village farm which are tourist-friendly and rich in ricotta and mozzarella cheese (made out of buffalo milk).
All in all, it is an unforgettable experience even with a baby as the place provides facilities for entire families who come to visit this island in Malaysia.