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Tg Rhu Mangrove Tour, Langkawi, Malaysia – part 1 of 2

By on August 22, 2015 in Malaysia

The Tg Rhu Mangrove Tour on Langkawi appeared to be expensive but was in fact really worth the money. The cost of the tour was RM240 (£48; US$70), which I got for RM180 by paying cash direct to the tour rep at the hotel (and thus avoiding the hotel mark-up). The cost included a 40 min transfer to and from the boat, the guide (who was also our bus mini-driver), and nearly three hours out in the boat.

Our guide, Fendi (business card at the end of the post – email: hello@junglewalla.com; http://junglewalla.com) was excellent with lots of local knowledge about history, geology, trees and plants, and the local wildlife.

Tg Rhu Mangrove Tour

Below is “Gorilla Mountain” – note the grin!

Tg Rhu Mangrove Tour

Heading out towards the mangroves….

Tg Rhu Mangrove Tour

Tg Rhu Mangrove Tour

Tg Rhu Mangrove Tour

The photos below shows a White Belly Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster). This was a big, and very impressive bird.

Tg Rhu Mangrove Tour

Tg Rhu Mangrove Tour

We were not the only boats out…

Tg Rhu Mangrove Tour

And I just love the jaunty pose of the man on the jet ski….

Tg Rhu Mangrove Tour

The views of the water, the mangrove swamp, and the mountains shrouded in clouds were stunning.

Tg Rhu Mangrove Tour

Deeper in to the mangroves….

Tg Rhu Mangrove Tour

The photos below are of a Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus).

Tg Rhu Mangrove Tour

Brahminy Kite in flight.

Tg Rhu Mangrove Tour

Brahminy Kite sitting in a tree.

Tg Rhu Mangrove Tour

One trick the boats have to attract the Brahminy Kite is to raise their propellers and rev their engines. This makes a terrific noise, sends up a big plume of spray, but also pulls (and presumably stuns) a lot of fish to the surface of the water. The kites then swoop in for a free meal.

Tg Rhu Mangrove Tour

Below is the business card of our guide for the trip.

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