Our taxi picked us up at 7.30am from our hotel in Kuah Langkawi and we headed down to the jetty. When we arrived in Langkawi we purchased two tickets for the ferry to Satun in Thailand that day to ensure we didn’t miss out. They cost 30MYR each.
The customs area does not open until it is nearly time to board the ferry so be patient. When customs opened, people were putting their bags through the xray machine but the customs guy called us forward without having our bags xrayed. We must look honest!
The ferry leaves at 9am and you are given seat numbers although most people just sat where they wanted to sit. The ferry takes about 1.25 hours and the trip is very pretty. The water was beautiful and calm and we passed islands and fishing boats. They played a B grade movie for those that wanted to sit inside the ferry. I sat up on the top of where the air was warm and balmy and the views were unrestricted.
When we got off the ferry we had to fill in our custom entry cards. We had no problems and the whole procedure took 15 minutes. I had an attack of chili revenge so had to find a toilet……fortunately there was a western style toilet (just not confident using the squat type plus really not sure what the arrangement is with the bucket of water and pail!). As it was, there was a basket for toilet paper which means you shouldn’t flush the toilet paper down the toilet as it can block. Really not a very pleasant experience all in all but I was grateful non-the-less! Talking about toilets, I went to one in the Penang airport and had to laugh as there were shoe prints on the toilet seat which explains why they have illustrations in many shopping centre toilets showing you have to sit on a western style toilet not squat over the top!
We now had to find our way to Hat Yai to catch an overnight train to Bangkok.