I have a maintained a record in getting a separated INDIVIDUALLY from the group of friends/cousins/parents/relatives/strangers during every trekking trip I have ever been to in my whole life.
I got lost during my recent trip to Malaysia too but this time it wasn’t during a trek. I got wander lost due to the LUST which a certain place gave me. Hence, it’s altogether a different story.
While my dad was having a chat with one of our cab drivers on our first day in Kuala Lumpur he told us to visit a place called ‘Putrajaya’ on our last day there before going to the airport. Apparently, it is a popular destination among tourists.
We went to Langkawi after going to Kuala Lumpur and then headed back home. Since, there’s no direct flight to India from there and we had a stopover at Kuala Lumpur. The length of our stopover was six hours which made us realize that we were left with plenty of time to visit Putrajaya.
I don’t plan on doing a blog post on Langkawi as a lot of other travel bloggers have done a great job in summing up about the place and my experience there was totally smooth.If you would like to know what I did at Langkawi follow, stalk me on Instagram and I promise that I will stalk you back as this is something I do all the time irrespective of how busy I am. If you would like detailed information I have attached the links to blog posts by other travel bloggers at the end of this post which I have read and really liked so do check it out. But I would like to show you a few snaps-:
Our flight from Langkawi reached luckily and no delays or mishaps on the way. I didn’t know what Putrajaya was I thought it would be a park or an island with full of sites. It took us 45 minutes to reach there and the first sight took my breath away. Okay, I have talked too much now and it’s time for you to enjoy the pictures before I tell you how I got lost.
Our initial plan was to do Kuala Lumpur and Penang. We planned to go to Penang by bus or train.But my friend who visited Malaysia just before I did told me wonderful things about Langkawi which prompted some research on both the places and a comparison. After which, I realized that this holiday would be more diverse if we did Langkawi as Penang was also a city just like Kuala Lumpur.
Langkawi is a quiet and tranquil island which is filled with the most beautiful beaches and natural scenery. I know that a lot of you would recommend the ferry route but considering the short duration of our trip we realized that it wouldn’t be feasible(it takes 4-6 hours to get to the ferry points from KL and another one and a half ride by the ferry).Hence, we went for the flight route.
Since we didn’t book everything on the same ticket, we couldn’t get our luggage transferred to the Kuala Lumpur to the Chennai(India) flight hence we had to collect our luggage and do a check in again. Which meant that we had to rent a cab at the airport and someone had to be near the car all the time to take care of our belongings since cab drivers may not necessarily be very trust worthy.
There was lake garden at Putrajaya which took my breath away immediately. After clicking some pictures I walked down the stairway and told my dad that I shall be back there soon. Here are some pictures and without my realization at that time this is where my adventure started-:
I decided to go under this bridge and I knew I would go back up by another stair way from where I thought I would have had to go straight to reach where my dad was waiting but I was totally wrong. Check out these pictures and read on.
When I climbed a stairway and walked straight there was no sign of my dad anywhere and international roaming failed to get activated as I mentioned in my earlier blog post A series of unfortunate events before a fortunate travel.
The Malaysian sim I bought was inserted into a basic phone that we use for emergency which I left behind in the cab. Hence, calling my dad wasn’t an option. The only option I had was to approach the locals for help.
I spotted four teenage girls who I approached for help but they were extremely indifferent. All they did was just laugh at my Indian accent when I first spoke to them. They were completely preoccupied with clicking selfies and posting them on Instagram and Facebook. Even though one girl did seem helpful in the end and ultimately gave me her phone and the call failed when I dialled my father’s number. I shouldn’t have approached them in the first place but despite having a psychology degree my psychological senses wouldn’t work considering the spur of that moment.
I then saw a tourist bus parked and I asked the bus driver for his phone.
When I dialled the number it again failed. I then explained to him about my situation and then he asked me if I went under the bridge.
When I replied ‘yes’ he told me that I have landed on the opposite side of the staircase from which I entered the garden.
I then crossed the road and I could see stair case located a distance and I walked towards it but then my dad wasn’t there . I then asked a lady who was passing by if there was another stair case on the same side of the road and where it was. She pointed towards a direction and the worst part is that the staircases in Putrajaya are very distantly placed.
Finally, I could see the cab from a distance and I heaved a sigh of relief when I saw my dad in the car. Apparently, he had gone searching for me in the garden but he didn’t go under the bridge else we would have spent the entire time searching for each other.
We reached the airport much before time. So much that we had time to repeatedly attempt to get our bags checked in online despite the fact that it failed several times owing to some error in scanning my passport. The KL airport has several sets of check in queues with alphabets A-Z(each for different countries and airlines).We stood in the set V queue for about half an hour and my dad then realized that it was the queue for Vietnam and Cambodia. I then enjoyed a wholesome meal at star bucks after checking in my luggage and did a lot of window shopping too.
I maybe very clumsy and careless sometimes but that’s what gives me stories to narrate.
I have read several blog posts but Langkawi but here are the links to two of my favourite blog posts about Langkawi by two other amazing travel bloggers. Please do read it to know more about the place-:
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next post !