Langkawi is an island paradise famous for it’s stunning sands, bright green-blue waters and thick mangrove jungles. It’s a great place to unwind after you’ve explored Malaysia’s other sites.
You’ll find Langkawi, or Pulau Langkawi as it’s known, 30 km off the coast. It’s not too far south from the Thai border. It’s a huge archipelago, and most of the islands are uninhabited. This makes for a slightly castaway feel; however, Robinson Crusoe might have welcomed the luxury resorts and seaside activities that have sprung up here over the past few years!
There are plenty of opportunities to make this holiday a unique experience for you and your travelling companion(s); you just need to decide where to start. We’d suggest spending a few days lounging on your local beach. After that, you could perhaps indulge in a spot of beach-hopping to see if you can find an even better one. Our favourites are Pantai Cenang and Tanjung Rhu.
You’ll also get to see more of the islands by going for a mangrove cruise in the Geo park. The park is home to the largest number of mangrove species found anywhere in the world. You might even spot a sea eagle or two.
If you’re into marine life, head to the Pulau Payar Marine Park. It’s a great place for snorkelling and scuba diving and you’ll see a wide range of animals, such as pythons wrapping themselves around the trees while macaques sit above them.
For the best view of the archipelago, head up the Langkawi Cable Car over the forest to the top of Gunung Mat Cincang. The scenery here is unbelievable. If you’re feeling adventurous, trek through the trees to see what you can find. The Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls should certainly be on your itinerary.
Langkawi was once a haven for pirates but is now a hotspot for Arab tourists and Europeans. But this doesn’t mean it comes with an exclusive price tag; it’s quite easy to visit on a smaller budget. In fact, it’s cheaper than the likes of Phuket and it has duty-free status so things should be a little more affordable.
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