LIMA Exhibition (Langkawi International Maritim and Aerospace) is one
of the premier expo in this region. My last visit was on 2001 during
my university semester break. It is one of my ‘must go’ event,
especially for it air show and sea show. LIMA is host every bi-annual
and this is 10th edition in 2009.
Due to last minute booking, all hotels were full. Someone even told me
that during LIMA period most hotel and restaurant in Langkawi Island
will double their price. But I can’t wait for it another two years. I
decide to do a day trip. Sounds crazy when you only spend a short time
in such beautiful island.
The maritime expo is hosted at Porto Malai. The taxi fare is Rm22 from
airport. The Awana resort is very beautiful and sort like European
rest house. The KD Razak warship is park at the nearby jetty.
Malaysian submarine KD Abdul Rahman was on display too. Huge crowd is
queuing to visit KD Razak. As usual the queue line become blur and
crowd was lost control and pushing each other. I only stay a while on
board before decide to abort the visit since it is over crowded until
no room to walk. I saw our ex-PM Tun Mahathir too!
The maritime demonstration is good. The marine police run a live
demonstrate of hijacked boat rescue mission, just like in movie. There
are superfast and surround the target boat within 20 seconds and take
control of the situation. Bravo!
The airshow and aerospace expo is hosted at Mahsuri International
Exhibition Centre, just next to airport. It was cloudy and the
aircraft look too grayish in air. Some photographers setup step-up
ladder and shoot from the defensive gate outside runway. So they can
catch the take off and landing action up close. The indoor expo hall
is open for public on its last day and entrance fee is RM10. Most of
the exhibition booths were closed. Beside commercial transport vendor,
there are many weapons exhibitor too. Many aircraft and missile models
are on display.
I should plan a 4 days trip to catch more airshow actions. Let’s meet
again in 2011.