Langkawi

Remote Langkawi 07000 Kedah Malaysia Published on: 13-11-2015

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Langkawi, on Northwestern shore of Malaysia is a archipelago of Langkawi Islands. It is once a heaven for pirates. Today it serves as a retreat for visitors near and far.

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Why Langkawi is special ?

Langkawi is synonymous with ‘tropical paradise’ – and with good reason. Since 2008 the archipelago’s official title has been Langkawi Permata Kedah (Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah), no doubt inspired by the island’s clear waters, relatively pristine beaches and intact jungle. The district’s been duty free since 1986 and roping in tourists well before that. Yet despite their immense drawing power, these 99 islands, dominated by 478.5-sq-km Pulau Langkawi, have not been overdeveloped beyond recognition. Get just a little way off the main beaches and this is idyllic rural Malaysia, all kampungs (villages) and oil lamps. It’s the kind of tropical island where there’s no lack of spas, seafood restaurants and beach bars, but where the locals continue to go about their ways just as they have for generations

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What to explore at Langkawi?

Off the coast of Kedah is a cluster of 99 islands offering the best of many worlds: beautiful beaches, world- class infrastructure, mangroves rich in flora and fauna, ultra- cheap duty-free shopping and fascinating legends.

Langkawi has a lingering legend woven into its history. Ask anyone on the island about the tragic story of a beautiful young lady named Mahsuri, and you'll hear a tale of love, jealousy and a curse that was placed upon the island by her for seven generations.

Many of the islanders are actually farmers, fishermen and entrepreneurs. Experience the beautiful countryside and peaceful landscape of paddy fields by renting a car and taking a leisurely drive around the island. Some of Langkawi's most rustic and memorable views are along the road that circles the island.

You'll pass small villages with wooden houses framed by palm trees, and children pedalling their old bicycles on errands. Aside from experiencing the local lifestyle, there is no shortage of things to do in Langkawi. Head up the thrilling new cable car to the summit of Mount Mat Cincang - Langkawi's second highest mountain - for an unrivalled view of the entire main island and beyond.

Other popular destinations are the Field of Burnt Rice, Hot Springs, Telaga Tujuh (The Seven Wells) and the Beach of Black Sand. Boat tours are organised to Tasik Dayang Bunting (Lake of the Pregnant Maiden), Gua Cerita (Cave of Stories) and Gua Langsir (Curtain Cave).

For a more intimate time with nature, go trekking through the pristine rainforest that covers most of Langkawi, or go on a boat tour of the mangroves. There are also opportunities to go for a dive, or play a round of golf at some of the 5-star resorts. Langkawi also has an underwater world, with an underground tunnel that runs through a giant aquarium, that has received rave reviews.

Source: http://www.tourism.gov.my/

How to get to Langkawi?

By Ferry

Ferries usually leave the port of Kuala Kedah on the mainland on the hour from 7am to 6pm. The ride lasts 1.5 hours. There are also ferry services from the mainland port of Kuala Perlis and the Thai port of Satun, both 45 minutes from Langkawi.

By Air

Both Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia have twice daily flights to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur which land at Langkawi International Airport. There are also direct flights from Penang and Singapore.

Source: http://www.tourism.gov.my/

Selling points

  • Beautiful island
  • Tropical paradise
  • Amazing sceneries
  • Culture and life style
  • Great four outdoor activities
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Duration
5.0 days
Estimated
134.90 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Langkawi 07000 Kedah Malaysia

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Tips for you

  • ATMs and Money Exchange booths are available at the Langkawi Airport, at Langkawi Parade Shopping Complex and next to Underwater World at Pantai Cenang.
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  • Langkawi is a duty-free island, and alcohol is significantly cheaper here than in the rest of Malaysia.
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  • Be careful driving around Langkawi at night.
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  • Drive slow and watch out for erratically piloted motorbikes, families of monkeys crossing the road, pedestrians and livestock.
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  • Jellyfish (including the dangerous Box Jellyfish) can be present in the waters during certain times of the year. Stay alert.
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  • You can rent bicycles from many hotels. Expect to pay between RM10-30 per day.
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