so i’m taking you with me to my tropical island hideaway…
Posted in mini trips, nature, pia's photos June 16th, 2008 by piablog

yes. you heard me. i can’t think of ANY better way to celebrate all your hard work for My Heart Wanders, nor a better way to help me unwind and rejuvenate. So come on, get your sarong on, take your towel and sun hat, grab your favourite book and I’ll order the capirinhias! It’s holiday time!!!


First of all, do you remember this photo above? I posted about it here when I was on deadline, writing an article. I couldn’t tell you about it then but guess what, I can now! The magazine has just been launched, so it’s time to spill all…


This place holds a very special piece of my wandering heart. And yes, French Boy has everything to do with it.


I will save the love story for another time but for now, I just want to take you to this special place. A few of you have already been, since one of our favourite bloggers beat me to it and posted about her recent trip there last Friday. How lucky she is to live so close by to this magical place! So for those of you who know who I’m talking about, let’s just pretend this is your first time to…


With thanks to my dear friend and editor, Vanitha Krishnasamy, it is an honour to be part of this first, awesome issue of Holiday. Here is the rest of my article below. And even though the text is small, I promise you will want to take the time to read every bit, it is packed with my absolute favourite things to do on the island.


French boy and I adore the menu at Bonton Resort. THIS is the place to have your caipirinha poolside, then wander into the pavillon for an incredible feast. heaven, I tell you…



We spent 10 days here, staying at Berjaya and exploring around, looking for the best restaurants and places to visit. The main town is very touristy so we stayed away, and in doing so managed to find the island’s best-kept secrets. One of the most fun we had was taking the scooter out for the day. We designed our own tour, stopping just whenever we felt something looked interesting and then exploring, finding a whole world within it. We saw a wooden sign pointing the way toward a mangrove jungle, and since French boy had never experienced mangroves before (wow, i know! country boy!), we headed in. I was blown away, it is the most incredible mangrove forest I have ever seen…

Can you see the monkey?


We found this restaurant called ‘The Seashell Cafe’ – it is just a little walk along the beach from Berjaya. It was fabulous – a beach hut covered in fairy lights, complete with this giant electric guitar…


I know, hilarious! We thought we had died and gone to heaven. Oh I could go on and on and on about our time there. I found so much inspiration. It was a time in my life when my heart was well lost. And it was this place, and this boy, who found it again…



Holiday magazine can be found in travel agents and on airlines all through Malaysia. For overseas interest, please ask your local travel agent. Holiday magazine is also the proud parent of the Help Keep Our Children Safe campaign, read more about it here by clicking on the campaign logo to the right of the page. And to find out more about the magazine, click here.


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  1. French Boy says

    Ah Langkawi, le Paradis sur terre… Je boirais bien une Capirinhia Ă  BonTon lĂ  tout de suite.

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  2. pia says

    let’s go then! i’ll pack the bags, you book the flights, we could be there by this time tomorrow!!

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  3. tracey says

    wow and wow. beyond beautiful pia.

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  4. Vanitha says

    OMG… great job Pia. Love it & thanks for lovely comments.
    Yes, Langkawi is heaven on earth, especially the Datai, Andaman, The Four Seasons, Bon Ton…oh I can go on….one needs to be there to experience it….simply divine
    xoxoxox vani

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  5. nadia says

    Lovely! Wow beautiful and exactly the way I would do it a moped and camera.

    Pia, I am starting to think you need an assistant!!!I know someone who would love(she means beg) for the Job!!!!

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  6. stacy says

    I want to go there now. It looks fantastic. You always have the most increble photos.

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  7. Design for Mankind says

    Congrats on the article, Pia! 🙂

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  8. sofia says

    wow Pia this is sooooooo beautiful, this is the place I would go if I could go beyond my biggest fear of all….spend more than 3 hours on an airplane 🙂 🙁
    Wonderful article I’m going to look at it more carefully but I’ve already seen the monkey 🙂

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  9. Krissy says

    Gorgeous! I’ll go along 🙂

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  10. cindy k says

    congratulations on the beautiful article, pia! the thought of the love story with french boy gave me chills, so romantic.

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  11. josephine says

    awesome article, pia! what a lovely spot. i can’t wait to go there someday. i think i’ll go there in my head during my afternoon tea break.

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  12. kosenrufu mama says

    have a nice trip!!! i will be there virtually….

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  13. nancy says

    yeah i think you need an assistant too for these “jobs” i could hold the flexfill 🙂

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  14. pia says

    thank you everyone, it truly is a magical place, i hope you do make the time to go one day. i prefer to explore places that are a little less known, or to find the lesser known places of a well-known destination. and I hope to bring you many more stories like this in the future!

    nancy and nadia, i’m afraid French Boy has claimed the job of assistant for the moment. You will have to fight him for the job I think! But if he gets sick of it, I shall give you guys a call!! xx

    Sofia, so there is no chance you will ever visit australia then?! 🙁

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  15. lynne says

    fabulous! i’ve always wanted to visit malaysia, due to the major influence of the malaysian community in cape town! place looks like heaven!

    June 20th, 2008 | #

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