Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tubotel @ Pulau Langkawi

Langkawi is an island that makes you feel like you are in heaven. Not only because of the beautiful sea and attractive water activities, but also some unique hostels and hotels that give you a real retreat to chill your mind and body.
Tubotel in Langkawi is located slightly distance away from the crowded Cenang Beach, but yet it is only 5 minutes ride and you get to enjoy a quiet and peaceful place all for yourself. Like how the hostel was named, Tubotel is a tube concept hotel where all their rooms are built by all the cement tubes that painted in colourful paints. 
Tubotel has been here serving hundreds, and thousands of travellers from all over the world since the past decade. This place attracts foreign and local visitors with their unique concept and beautiful location in Langkawi where you can enjoy lovely sunrise and also sunset view when you are staying in this hotel. 

There are 3 types of rooms available here at Tubotel, either you go for the garden view tube, the sea view tube, or dorms are also available. All the rooms comes with a different ambience and views though you are having the same design. You also get to choose the colour you want if there are any availability.

If you go for the sea-view tube, what you are facing is the infinity seaview that comes right in front of your door. It was really enjoyable especially when you wake up early in the morning you will be welcomed by the chilling sea breeze and also priceless sunrise, you just gotta sit on your bed and open up the door.

Priceless view from the seaview tube.

Every room comes with a large bed, all basic amenities such as towels, water, coffee & tea are all provided. Toilets are on sharing options but that's not a problem because they have plenty of bathrooms available in this hostel. 

Every tube comes with a large bed that can fit 2 adults, the bed was kinda big so I think there shouldn't be any problem to fit another child too. But for your best comfort just stay to 2 adults is pretty good.

Apart from the tube rooms, we were really impressed by the surrounding and the ambience that comes with million dollar sea view. Walking around and chill at the public areas of the hostel is what you must do when you stay at Tubotel!
Not forget to mention that the place was just colourful and picturesque.

They also provided chairs and beds that you can just lay down there staring at the sky just to relax and rejuvenate your mind and body!

If you think that this is all then you are totally wrong!
The most interesting part of this hostel is the breakfast that comes with your package!
They have a very limited choice on the menu but trust me, the breakfast here is something you must not miss!
We stayed there for 3 nights and we enjoyed different dishes available on the menu. They do have different menu every day so you don't get bored even if you are staying for few nights.
The breakfast is available from 7am to 11am daily. All breakfast set comes with toast, butter & jam with a selection of either coffee, tea or juice.

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes (with caramel sauce, cinnamon icing sugar & Cream)

Ham & Mushroom Fritata

Muesli with Fruit & Yoghurt

With a place like this, I can really relax myself from all the busy city life and just chill here all day long. With some beers or champagne? Everything will be perfect.

Don't forget to catch the priceless sunset and sunrise view directly from your room door if you choose and sea-facing tube!

Overall our trip was really lovely and I spent a relaxing 4 nights and 3 days at Tubotel Langkawi.
Though our trip was short but Langkawi is really a place that you can go for a short trip just to enjoy the island with beers, chocolates, beautiful views and many more.

Garden Tube RM128-RM168/night
Partial SeaFront Tube RM148-RM188/night
Seafront Tube RM228-RM268/night
[2017 Promotion Rates are available until 20th November 2017]
(2 weeks advanced booking is advised)
*Price is inclusive of breakfast

Pods (Mixed Dormitory)  RM60 – RM88
Female Dormitory (12 beds) RM45 – RM60

All rooms/pods/dormitory are sharing bathroom.

TUBOTEL Langkawi @ Pantai Cenang 

Address: Kuala Cenang 07000 Pantai Cenang, Malaysia
Contact no: +60 14-240 7022
Email: info@tubotel.com
Website: www.tubotel.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tubotel/
GPS: 6.3040352,99.7178002


Tips For A First Time Traveller

With amazing prices from airlines like Firefly, now everyone can easily hop on a flight and travel around the world or to holiday destinations in Asia. If you have decided to give an airplane ride a shot, here are some tips to help your inaugural flight go as smoothly as possible.

Plan ahead and buy a ticket

It’s advisable to figure out where you want to go at least six weeks in advance so that you can gather the necessary paperwork. For instance, if you are flying locally, typically you only require a national ID. If you are flying out of the country, even to any of the stunning holiday destinations in Asia, you are going to need a valid passport, which may take some time obtain. Besides a passport, you may also need to apply for a visa and get certain medical shots such as yellow fever or flu shots. All countries have information on visa application requirements on its website. Planning ahead also allows you to purchase tickets at a cheaper price and pick the seats you would be comfortable in. Also, be sure to buy extra luggage weight online if you plan on packing heavy because it would be more expensive to pay at the check in counter at the airport. Having said, keep in mind the weight limits for all your bags as you pack.


Pack your bags

There two types of luggage; hand carried luggage that you take with you into the cabin and bigger luggage that you will check-into the plane’s cargo hold. Generally, airlines will allow passengers to board with one carry on bag that contains a few items they may need during the flight like medication. Take note that carry on luggage allows up to 100ml containers ONLY. Any items containing more must go into your check in luggage. It’s best to store all your containers in a clear plastic bag so that it’s easier for security personnel during screening. The most essential items that should be in your hand luggage are your passport, boarding pass, cash or bank cards and your mobile phone.

Before you leave for the airport

Most airlines allow you to check in before the date that you are flying. All you need to do to check in online is to follow the steps in your email confirmation, check your seats and print your boarding pass. You may also have the option to receive a mobile friendly version with a barcode sent to you. If you opt for the mobile route, be sure to know where your phone is before you leave. If you happen to be a first time traveller who is tall, book a seat that has extra legroom so that your flight is as comfortable as possible. It goes without saying that you must also have all the necessary documents but just in case, it’s always wise to leave for the airport early so that you have sufficient time. Double-check the weight of all your bags before leaving so that you don’t have to shell out extra cash if you exceed the limit.

At the airport

If you didn’t check in online, you will need to check in at the counter. It’s easy to find your counter, just look for the airline name or flight information above the counter and join the queue. At this point, you will need to show your ticket and the required form of ID. The attendant will weigh your check in luggage and as long as it is under the weight allowance, it will be checked in. If it happens to be over the limit, you will have to pay the necessary fees. That’s why it’s always a good idea to weigh your bags at home first. Once your bags are checked in, then the check-in officer will hand you a boarding pass and a receipt of luggage. If you have printed your boarding pass at home or have the mobile version and you don’t have check in luggage, then you can skip going to a counter and head straight to security gate.


Here, you will be walking through a security frame that scans for metallic objects so remove items like keys and jewelry, lay it in the trays that are provided along with your hand carry luggage and send it through the screening machine. All electrical items and liquids should be placed in the trays as well. You might be subjected to an additional body search by the security staff so just follow their instructions. If you have any surgical metal plates in your body, just explain to the security staff in case you are incessantly causing beeps during the secondary scan. The security officer will stamp your handbag and boarding pass if you successfully meet the requirements. If you are travelling abroad you will have to pass through immigration checks so have all your documents like your visa, boarding pass and passport ready.


After clearing security, you will be heading to the departure lounge. Wait for the boarding announcement, and then head to the gate. You will need to show your passport and boarding pass again to be checked before you proceed to the plane. At the entrance of the plane, show your boarding pass to the steward greeting you so that they can show you where you seat is. You can also check your boarding pass for your seat number. Then, tuck your documents away safely, ensure your hand luggage is either under your seat or in the overhead storage, switch your electronic devices to Airplane Mode or off completely, put on your seat belt and relax. Once everyone is seated, the cabin crew will close all the doors and proceed with the safety briefing, which will include information on where the exits are and what to do in the case of emergency. It’s highly advisable for you to pay close attention.

During your flight

Keep your eye on the seat belt sign to know when you can leave your seat. Only when it’s turned off can you stand up and walk. If you didn’t pre-purchase a meal, you can buy a meal from the menu. Long haul flights offer in-flight entertainment however, with shorter flights, you may have to find ways to entertain yourself, so make sure books or music are part of your carry on luggage. Staring out your window or taking a quick nap are perfectly acceptable time fillers. Besides food, you can order drinks or shop the in-flight catalogue. If the changes in altitude during take off causes your ears to pop, carry some sweets or mints with you. It helps with the discomfort.


Much like take off, you will be required to switch off all your devices, fasten your seatbelt and brace for the plane to land. Once the plane grinds to a complete halt, you can depart from the plane and make your way to the arrival gate. If you have checked in luggage, then look for the baggage claim area where you should find your luggage on a conveyor belt. If for some reason you don’t find your luggage, immediately notify the airline representative so that they can begin tracing it. After picking up your luggage, you may have to go through another customs check if you haven’t done so before getting your luggage. If you are connecting to another flight, then follow the sign that says ‘flight connections’.

Congratulations! You are no longer a first time traveller. To truly feel at ease about your journey, perhaps research the airports you will be travelling through, get to know its facilities, the information points or maybe taxi stands and more. Besides that, remember to enjoy your maiden voyage and once you’ve done it, you’ll probably wonder what all the fuss was about. If you’re flying to Singapore soon, follow this link to see how I spent my 4 days 3 nights in Singapore during September last year: http://www.jjzai.com/2016/09/how-to-spend-4d-3n-in-singapore.html