What was once a safe-haven for pirates is now a paradisiacal retreat for travellers seeking sun, sand and endless adventures. Surrounded by glistening, turquoise seas, a lush, forest interior and sprawling paddy fields, Langkawi is known for its aesthetic appeal as well as the bounty of hidden gems waiting to be discovered in this beautiful treasure trove.
Whether looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or seeking out thrilling adventures like the pirates once did, Langkawi provides the perfect terrain to do so. Located off the southwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Langkawi is an archipelago comprised of 99 idyllic islands (104 when tides are low). Sprinkled with glitzy, luxury resorts, picturesque beaches and rich marine reserves, Langkawi has everything visitors need for a tranquil, relaxing and fun-filled holiday.
Palm-fringed beaches and rainforest-clad hills adorn Langkawi, the largest and busiest of the islands. As the centre of island life, Langkawi boasts incredible resorts, bustling markets and incredible attractions. Despite its popularity as a holiday destination and excellent infrastructure, the island is still largely unspoilt.
Located on the west coast are Pantai Cenang (Centre Beach) and Pantai Kok, the island’s two main beaches. Each of the vast expanses of soft, white sand is lined with resorts, restaurants, bars and various tourist attractions. Not far from Pentai Cenang is the much quieter and more peaceful beach of Pantai Tengah. Pantai Pasir Hitam, is a beautiful black sand beach worth visiting, although not conducive to swimming. Located on the northernmost tip is Tanjung Rhu beach. Flanked by dramatic rocky cliffs, casuarina trees and thick mangroves, it is one of the most secluded and picturesque beaches in Langkawi.
Considered to be 550 million years old, Langkawi is the oldest known land in Malaysia. The unique formation of the 99 isles as well as the rich geodiversity, ecological harmony and cultural value has earned Langkawi the distinction of being Southeast Asia’s only UNESCO Geopark. Although the park encompasses over 90 geo-sites, there are three that are particularly noteworthy – Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park and Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park. Each boasts their own bounty of beautiful rock formations, caves, estuaries, fossil beds and wildlife. Langkawi is also known as island of the red eagle in Malay – ‘helang’ (eagle) and ‘kawi' (reddish brown). The red-brown Brahminy Kite eagle, from which the island receives its name, is native to the area and is one of the many different animals and bird species that can be spotted throughout the region. The Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls are known as the island’s most mystical natural attraction. The series of seven waterfalls lead to different pools in Mount Mat Cincang, and as legend has it that they are the home of fairies.
With such a beautiful and diverse natural playground, Langkawi’s main island and the surrounding islands and islets are a wonderland of adventures and hidden treasures. With rich coral reef and unique species of fish, diving and snorkelling are among the most popular activities. However, the fun isn’t limited to the sea. The precious geopark and dense forests are both incredible to explore and admire from afar. The Langkawi cable car provides visitors with breath-taking views of the seascape while transporting them to the top of a 708m tall peak. The Sky Bridge, located at the end of the cable car is a 125m long, curved suspension bridge that also features incredible views of the mountain tops and surrounding area. However, the island’s wealth isn’t limited to its beautiful flora and fauna. The shopping in the area is superb. Multiple modern commercial complexes and street markets, offer everything from traditional food and island garments to jewellery and artwork.
With some of the oldest rock formations and rainforests on the planet, Langkawi’s historical significance and geological diversity make it a holiday destination unlike any other. From a sky-high bridge overlooking the lush jungle, to the depths of the Andaman Sea filled with stunning caves and a bounty of fish, every inch of Langkawi offers incredible adventures.
With diving and eco-tours at the forefront of Langkawi holidays, it’s clear that Langkawi’s natural playground is the main attraction. Whether trekking through the jungle, observing the breath-taking views, participating in a cultural exchange program or just lounging on the beach, there is so much to see and do.
Things to do in Lankawi
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The weather in Langkawi is almost always hot and humid. Lightweight, casual clothing is ideal, as is a pair of comfortable walking shoes and sandals. A light raincoat or umbrella is great to keep around during the rainy season, although these can also be purchased in town.
With a majority of time spent on the beach, in the water and exploring the diverse terrain, be sure to pack plenty of sunblock, a hat and sunglasses. Small first aid kits are always beneficial. Include anti-diarrhoea medication, pain relief, antibacterial cream, water purification tablets, rehydrating solutions Insect repellent and mosquito nets are highly recommended.
Stunning landscapes and incredibly rich waters make for ideal diving and snorkelling excursions. Therefore, it may be wise to bring snorkel gear. A small torch and pocket knife are also great to have on-hand. Try to take out as much cash as possible beforehand, as there are few ATM’s on the island, and they can run out of money.
Situated near the equator, Langkawi experiences a tropical climate that is consistently hot and humid throughout the year. Due to its location in the Malaccan Straits of the north-western coast of the Peninsular Malaysia, Langkawi does not experience extreme climate changes that other islands in the Andaman Sea are susceptible to.
Langkawi has two distinct seasons, the dry and the rainy. January to April marks the dry season and high tourist season. The temperature averages 30°C during the day and 28°C at night. The pleasant weather and relatively little rainfall provide the perfect conditions for exploring the island and surrounding waters.
The rainy season usually begins in September and can last into early December. During this time, storms are unpredictable, causing some rougher waters and winds. The average daytime temperatures are about 26°C and intermittent showers allow for some sunshine.
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