~By now you may be tired of my blog posts with the word “Redang”. Believe me this is going to the last. We stayed there a good four days and three nights, and I hope you have appreciated just how beautiful the place is, which explains why I had too many photos I want to share.~
Redang Island’s most popular spot–or rather strip–is Pasir Panjang, where hotels line the immaculately white beachfront for the droves of tourists that come here during the summer. Most of them are Asian (Koreans and Chinese, particularly, but I think I once heard someone talking in Filipino while we were there).
Laguna Redang, a four-star hotel and the biggest in Pasir Panjang, undoubtedly gets the biggest slice of the tourist pie everytime, and for good reason–the sand here is whitest and the waters bluest (no, really, I’m not trying to over-patronize). This is because of an islet halfway through the strip that blocks away sunlight from the other side and showers all the good light on Laguna Redang’s (and neighbors’) side.
|Told you, bluest white and whitest blue.|
The resort was inspired by a movie shot where it stands now (want to know more? please buy our magazine, it’s still out ).
|This is the resort’s souvenir shop, and this was culled from the movie that inspired the hotel owner
to build Laguna Redang in the first place.
Located an hour’s plane ride from Kuala Lumpur, plus a 1.5-hour jetty ride to the island, this is one of the places you go to to de-stress and have fun. For those who want more quiet, the place maintains corners where you can be away from the other tourists and at peace with yourself and with nature (read: it doesn’t get too noisy, and believe me, I’m picky when noise is involved). What can you do here, aside from that which we all love, which is absolutely nothing? Many.
|Snorkel. Or you can always hunt for baby crabs in these waters.
An elderly Chinese guy was actually doing that at 7 in the morning.
He looked like he was having loads of fun jumping up and down
whenever he saw a crab scuttling on the sand.
|Or maybe not wait for your boat to dock and just jump off
into the water? I can completely understand
this guy for his, er, rash decision.
|Go people-watching. That’s always fun.|
|Take a walk. In style. That gorgeous beach is postcard-perfect with you in it.
That’s my co-writer, Jen Balboa, getting in character. Read her feature on Laguna Redang
on AsianTraveler’s Beaches of Southeast Asia 4 issue.
|Sebastian, anyone? That’s steamed chicken with, uh,
a healthy dose of imagination.
|Or see the sun rise and bathe this corner purple and orange|
|Ah, the good life.|
|Tell me if dreams aren’t made of these.|