Assalamualaikum dear fellow readers! 😀
I am super-excited and getting psyched while writing this. Welcome to my very first travel log! Seriously, for me, the word travel only exist when I’m literally go on vacation with my BFFs. There is a lot of differences when you go touring and travelling with your family instead of friends. EXTREMELY DIFFERENT! I don’t want to talk about it since I’m going to tell you my very first getaway from like….100 years ago maybe? Hahaha.
Aini, my bestie since 15 years ago (mind-blown. of course our friendship gonna lasts) had made a plan to go for a weekend getaway in Langkawi, Kedah. My other bestie, Zack (yeah, she’s a girl) is currently carry on her internship in Kangar, Perlis. So, Aini and I decided to go there to meet her up as we have not seen her for like a few years, also enjoying the low-budget holiday package she’s been rave about. Unfortunately, we have to find another plan which is more to money saving yet still worth every pennies. Of course I’m the one who ALWAYS low on cash. Like ALWAYS. Hahaha.
Finally, because of that problem, I’d decided to cancel my trip as I cannot afford the bus ticket but Aini still want to proceed with another plan ; meet Zack and travel alone all the way to Perlis by taking the train. What? Train? Yup. She didn’t mention about train. Lemme tell you something. Here in Malaysia, train is 2 times more cheaper than bus. Yeah, its true. MYR30 for one trip so I need to spend MYR60 just for bus tickets. It is too much for students like us. Luckily, we’d found another cheaper alternative ; a round-trip train ticket for just MYR28. *faint.
It was a very last minute plan and of course I want to join this adventurous trip plus accompanied Aini. Alhamdulillah everything went so well although we almost missed our train. Thousands of thanks for those who’s on duty that night. The tickets were supposed to be at 2:44 a.m sharp and we arrived for like 2:46 I guess. We were lucky bastards. Hahaha 😛
I brag to much? Hehe. Sorry. I go straight to the places we went. I’ll mention the costs also alright guys? Backpackers, pls take note.
SATURDAY, 8 August 2015
- Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Sintok, Kedah
Zack brought us to her extraordinary green campus, UUM. I mean like what is actually there? Is there any special places inside the campus? It is just a normal-boring environment and why she’s being really excited for taking us? Same as me, guys. I never thought that university can be a tourist attraction on the first place BUT I was wrong. It is astonishing! Looking on the surroundings and the atmosphere, I love this place! It makes me calm and refresh. High-level of oxygen alert. Well, it is a green campus. What do you expect? It is a good place to study.
It was amazing! I’m quite surprised and stunned because of these bunch of lovely,friendly animals. It is beyond my expectations when I saw these creatures inside a university. Am I a little lame or what? The ostriches and horses are well trained and they are harmless. That is why we snap quite a lot of pictures. Hahaha. You know what? We did not have to pay anything. Budget saved!
- Muzium Padi / The Paddy Museum, Alor Setar, Kedah
Our journey continued with a visit to the Muzium Padi. For those who may not know, Kedah is a state in Malaysia which is well-known as negeri Jelapang Padi or the granary. This museum explained everything about how the paddy being processed and all sorts of related researches. It is quite a big museum with double floors ; exhibition and real sketch of the scenery around Bukit Keriang.
Poor Aini finally stand a chance to observe in real life and touch the paddy herself. Hahaha. This has to be a big break for her! We arrived when the museum was soon to be closed for like 35 minutes but still we want to spend our time and money in this informative building.
This paddy museum is like a symbolic to Kedah and we had a great time experiencing the Kedahan vibes spreading out. Nature is the best.
Operation hours : 9.00 a.m – 5.00 p.m (Everyday)
Tickets : Adults MYR5.00 , Children MYR2.00
As the museum is very near to Gunung Keriang, without wasting any time, Zack stopped the car besides the road. For what? Taking pictures of course! The weather was really nice and cozy so it was perfect. It is just because of the name signs , Gua Gunung Keriang. That’s precious for us travelers. 😛
- Menara Alor Setar / Alor Setar Tower, Alor Setar, Kedah
KL Tower and KLCC both are too common yet expensive but Menara Alor Setar shows that we can still enjoy, be entertained also gain experiences simultaneously at a very low cost. From the top, we can see the whole city with naked eyes. Not to forget, they also provided a big binoculars without any payment to see the buildings more clearly. There is also a souvenir shop come up with many the tower remarks gifts such as keychains, t-shirts, caps, fridge magnets etc. If you get hungry or need a drink, they also sells food and drinks.
The view is breathtaking and I’m glad that finally I got a chance to go up on a tower and experiencing the beautiful scenery from the way up. Along the lift trip to go up on the tower, we can see the real view and again, it was awesome! The tower is 165.5 m (543 ft) high and it is actually serves as a telecommunication tower besides as one of the tourist destination.
Operation hours : 9.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m.
Tickets : Adults MYR9.00, Children MYR5.00
SUNDAY, 9 August 2015
The last day, Zack decided to take us to a few attractive places in Perlis. I acted normal as I came here very often as it is my kampung but not Aini. She was extremely thrilled to take a journey in Perlis. This time, Wani and Diyana, Zack’s housemates joined us. The more the merrier! Perlis is the smallest state in Malaysia. What do you expect from this tiny, green area? Don’t judge a book by its cover which I really meant of not judging the environment itself. Moving on!
- Gua Kelam / Kelam Cave, Kaki Bukit, Perlis
What? Are we going to meet the caveman? Or maybe a bigfoot? That is absurd. Hahaha. Once again, the nature strikes! I love the environment. Fresh air with the sounds of the river draining. You know what? We actually can washup in the river near the cave. Wow.
I’d recorded a video when we were walking inside the cave but I cannot upload it here. Check out my Instagram for the video okay? One more thing, it is very unlucky of us when on the half way, Diyana saw a snake twined around the holders and of course, we’re freaking out. We had to turn back. Hahaha. Whatever it is, it was a great moment also it is gosh-darn cheap!!!
Operation hours : 8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Tickets : Adults MYR1.00, Children MYR0.50
No pictures taken because it was time for shopping! Yeah. The best part of the vacation. Padang Besar is a border town located in the northern part of Perlis state in Malaysia. It is situated on the border with Songkhla province, Thailand, 35 kilometers northeast of Kangar and about 57 km southwest of Hat Yai. So, it is literally a duo shopping spree of Malaysia and Thailand for us as we can buy anything with a very great deal prices. Once again, I’m fallin’ for buying many inexpensive yet reasonable stuff. Handbags, cosmetics, beauty products and food! There are all suits and still affordable for students budget. Let me google some pictures for you guys.
There you go. 5 places in only 2 days and you still can enjoy a plate of chicken chop on the last day. Alhamdulillah everything went so well I think I’m gonna cry for this overwhelming opportunity and chances. Let me covered up the overall cost for our first trip.
- A round-trip train tickets : MYR28.00
- Muzium Padi ticket : MYR5.00
- Menara Alor Setar ticket : MYR9.00
- Gua Kelam ticket : MYR1.00
FOOD : MYR32.00 for 3 days (yeah, the food is super cheap here)
- Natural Republic 92% Aloe Vera Gel MYR15.00
- Mistine Natural Mud Mask MYR5.00
- A jersey MYR23.00
- A dye t-shirt MYR25.00
- 8 packets of snacks MYR20.00
TOTAL COSTS : MYR163.00
That’s quite a budget as it still below MYR200. You still can spend less than this but I cannot resist to buy all those tasty looking snacks. Hehehe. Aini and I were blessed as we can save our overnight cost by stayed at Zack’s rental home in Kangar.
Alhamdulillah. I’m glad to be the one in this journey. Where on earth can I get a MYR3.00 of fried rice? Here in Kedah and Perlis. Gazillion thanks to my travelling partner, Aini Munirah for being such a generous and happy-go lucky all the time. Also, the best girl, Fatin Nurizzati aka Zack, thanks for having us! Without you we must spend more for hotels and transportation. Don’t forget to Diyana and Wani, we’re just met but it was like we are besties. Thanks again :’)