Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get around the city. We also used the app called Grab, which is similar to Uber and a great alternative to the local taxis. However, there are a few on the outskirts of the city that are just a taxi ride away. The best way to do this is to hire a taxi for half a day to take you to the market, wait for you while you shop, then take you back. Whenever you see something you like, you simply ask the person in charge of the boat to stop then haggle the best you can!
Have you ever visited Bangkok? Let me know in the comments so I can take a look and maybe add them to my itinerary for next time! Fedora hat — I never leave home without this hat. Not only does it protect my face from the sun, but it also pulls together any outfit and makes even the most mismatching clothes work well every time. Cute cap — As well as my fedora, I also always throw a cute and casual cap into my bag.
Cool sunglasses — These classic aviator shades go with absolutely everything.
Different colors and designs go in and out of fashion all the time, but you can never go wrong with the original aviator sunglasses. Travel scarf — This is the perfect accessory that you can snuggle up with on the plane to keep warm when the air-con is blasting. I love this palm tree print bikini — it makes me feel super summery and tropical every time I wear it. If you decide to buy it, make sure you order a size up because it runs small. Black cover-up with tassels — This beach cover-up is perfect for traveling to and from the beach without exposing your skin to too much sunshine.
Longchamp bag — One of my favorite bags of all-time, this black Longchamp bag is fantastic for every occasion. It goes from being the perfect carry-on for your flight to the ideal beach bag with enough room to hold towels, spare clothes, reading material and snacks. Have you visited Southeast Asia? Let me know in the comments section below so I can check them out! For years and years, I was curious about becoming a health coach.
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I loved working with my clients and helping them achieve their fitness goals, but I knew I could be doing so much more for them if I took that extra step and became a health coach. I yearned to delve deep down and look at the root cause of some of their bad habits and behaviors they wanted to change. Gotta love modern technology! It follows a holistic approach to health and wellness. IIN does not believe in a cookie cutter approach, but in bio-individuality. The curriculum covers nutritional concepts and the science to back it up without getting overly technical. Basically, the content includes everything you need to know plus all the science to support it while still being easy to understand and digest.
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If you want to know more about health coaching with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, drop me a line and say hello. The flight from Singapore to Langkawi was only 1 hour 30 minutes. Langkawi has loads of hotels spread out across luxury, five-star resorts and cheap and cheerful budget accommodation. But since we wanted to splurge on this holiday, we opted for the Westin located on the south-eastern part of the island. When we arrived at the resort, we were welcomed by a smiling host and enjoyed refreshing tropical drinks.
Honestly, it was sooo worth it! I loved spending time on the balcony in the early morning journaling my thoughts, ideas and aspirations. I try to journal wherever and whenever I can, but it was so much easier to do it surrounded by the natural beauty of Langkawi.
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The cool stillness of the morning air, the view of the shimmering aquamarine sea and the gentle sound of birdsong created the perfect environment for me to get everything in my head down on paper. The bedroom was incredibly spacious, with two huge Westin Heavenly Beds which were so soft and comfortable it was like sleeping on a fluffy cloud.
The Westin Langkawi has 4 incredible swimming pools, plus an extra outdoor pool that forms part of the onsite spa. The main pool has a swim-up bar and poolside service, so you can stay hydrated with everything from freshly-prepared coconut water to amazing fruity cocktails while you soak up some rays.
And with 7 dining options plus hour room service this place really is heaven for foodies! But if I had to pick just one favorite, it would definitely be Breeze.
This incredibly romantic lounge has stunning views of the Andaman Sea, comfy couches, and an outdoor terrace. Breeze serves up their signature cocktails, wine, and delectable dishes from all over the world. The Pineapple Ginger Mojito with rum, freshly muddled pineapple, ginger, mint, lime juice, and sugar was one of my favorites.
My other favorite place to eat was Splash. This poolside bar served the best fruit smoothies and mojitos ever and had a great snack menu with loads of little bites perfect for nibbling by the pool.
I really loved how the Westin Langkawi placed a great importance on wellbeing. The onsite spa had one of the most comprehensive treatment menus on the island, with massages, facials and exfoliations from all over the world. Just make sure you arrive at least an hour before your booking, so you can take advantage of the private pool area. This state-of-the-art gym had all my favorite toys — free weights, medicine balls, Swiss balls, and TRX so I could keep up with my workouts while I was away.
The Westin Langkawi is located right by the beach and offers everything from windsurfing and kayaking to sailing and more!
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Doing yoga on the beach while the sun dips into the horizon really is an incredible experience everyone should have. And to keep you healthy inside and out, they include loads of yummy superfoods in their restaurant menus.
Smoothies made with blueberries, salads sprinkled with goji berries and delicious salmon filets are just some of the drool-worthy dishes you get to choose from. As much as we loved hanging out at the resort, eventually we decided it was time to explore a little further afield. One of my favorite things to do in Asia is explore the night markets because you can try delicious local foods for dirt cheap prices. The market was about a minute drive from our hotel and we strolled along the stalls for over an hour, sampling all the tempting local Malay dishes.
Some of my favorite eats were seasonal fruits, fresh mango juice, chicken satay, murtabak, and apam balik. One of my favorite ways to explore a new destination is by scooter. You can feel the wind in your hair and buzz anywhere your heart desires. Even if you hire a scooter for just one day while traveling, I definitely recommend it! Just minutes away from the Westin Langkawi, you can rent scooters for 40 Malaysian Ringgit for the whole day.
There were lots of excited giggles coming out of us while waiting to get our scooters. So matching up a scooter with the right set of keys took a little time. But the amazing experiences we had made it definitely worth the wait. After waiting to be handed the right key, we were all set and headed north. About 45 minutes after we set off, we arrived at the paradise known as Tanjung Beach. It really did feel like I was on a movie set. Rows of comfy beach chairs were set up along the sand, eagerly awaiting travelers keen to soak up the sun and wonderfully colorful umbrellas were ready and waiting to offer shade to anyone who wanted some.
That was our cue!
We rented some chairs, umbrellas, and towels and sipped on icy cold water and fresh coconut water while the Malaysian sun warmed our skin. There was a charming food stall with a casual dining area out front serving local dishes and drinks, plus a watersports kiosk offering parasailing and wave running. I would have loved to try out the watersports, but my mind and body were begging for some relaxation time after my adventures in Singapore , so I stayed put on my plush sun lounger.
This definitely made for an adventure! The Oriental Village is located at the bottom of the site and is brimming with shops selling souvenirs and restaurants offering local dishes. From here, you follow the signs leading you to the ticket kiosk and purchase your ticket to the SkyCab. But if you visit during high season, I imagine the lines will be pretty long, so be prepared! After you get your ticket, you climb into the SkyCab and ride half way up the mountain to the first viewing point known as Middle Station.
This point is m above sea level and gives amazing panoramic views of Langkawi and the surrounding islands. From here you can also see beautiful flowers on the ridges and the forest-covered valley in between leading up to the Top Station. This point is m above sea level and offers 2 viewing platforms from where you can see dramatic mountain views, dominating rock tower peaks and all the amazing natural beauty of Langkawi from one single place.
Oh well, I guess we were wrong! This suspended bridge is built on top of the magnificent Machinchang mountain and is suspended from a single pylon, hanging around m above the ground. Less of a museum and more like a funny art gallery, this place is full of paintings and artwork that look 3D when you stand in front of them. There was a live interactive show, but after a full-on day, we were keen to get back.
So we grabbed some ice cream, met up with our driver and headed back to the Westin Langkawi. Langkawi is a wonderful place to relax with a good book, recharge your batteries, and treat yourself to some chill-out time. I left it feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the world! During our entire stay, we were blessed with amazing weather every day and just one wet afternoon.
So if you decide to visit, make sure to pack plenty of summery clothes, sunscreen and sunglasses for your trip. Singapore really is one of the most organized and efficient cities in the world and the people are more charming than you could ever imagine. And I just had to be a part of that. After a full day of traveling, we arrived at our Airbnb, just a hop skip and jump from Orchard Street in the heart of Singapore. I love using Airbnb for my travels.