Does your vacation dreams feature soft sand between your toes, palms swaying in the gentle breeze, an island where it is just you and the people you love, falling asleep to the sound of gentle waves and waking up to enjoy a beautiful, serene morning? Langkawi is the stuff of dreams. An island which can make all your vacation dreams come true.
1. Miles of powder white sand
Langkawi or the jewel of Kedah has the most picturesque beaches in Malaysia. The beaches have beautiful soft white sand with stunning views of the ocean and surrounding mountains and forests. This tropical paradise boasts of quiet, secluded hideaways as well as livelier beaches with water sports and restaurants. There is a favourite beach for every kind of traveller in Langkawi. However, The Cenang Beach, the Tengah Beach, Tanjung Rhu, Burau Bay and Pasir Tengkorak Beach feature in the top Langkawi beaches list of many travellers.
2. Swimmers Paradise
Langkawi is a paradise if you love to swim. The ocean temperatures are between 28–30°C throughout the year making it just perfect for a swim. The Datai and Tanjung Rhu beaches have been a favourite with swimmers because of the calm waters. If you dont mind little bit of crowd, head to the lively Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah beaches. The sunsets are spectacular.
Apart from the beaches, Langkawi has a few waterfalls where the crystal clear cool waters and the verdant green jungles surrounding them wash away all your worries and leaves you totally rejuvenated. The Durian Perangin, The Seven Wells Waterfall and the Air Terjun Temurun Waterfall are all perfect for a great outdoor swim.
3. Lush Rainforests teeming with life
Langkawi‘s tropical rainforests are blessed with numerous species of flora and fauna that are unique to the region. This magical island boasts of many unique habitats like rainforests, mangroves and ancient limestone outcrops. These habitats echo with the chorus of song birds, insects and other wildlife. From majestically towering trees that are hundreds of years old to hiking trails that wind along the banks of picturesque mountain streams and waterfalls, Langkawi generously rewards those willing to explore .
4. Delectable Seafood
Though Langkawi is an expansive island, you’re never too far away from a great meal. From simple, wholesome dishes made from absolutely fresh seafood such as crabs, lobsters, king prawns, mantis prawns, and squids to stars from world cuisine like Wagyu beef and Spanish tapas, you will be spoilt for choice. Langkawi also dishes up some great local delicacies from authentic Malay and Chinese cuisine.
Some lip-smacking dishes to try while you are in Langkawi: Nasi Campur with Sambal, Laksa, Satay, Beef Rendang, Ikan Bakar and Ice Kacang. You can enjoy a great meal in Langkawi without spending a fortune. Bonus: Enjoy stunning sea views and the soothing tropical breeze while gulping down these delicious plates of food. If you are a foodie, Langkawi’s vibrant night markets that offer authentic and reasonably priced Pan-Asian food should be on your must-visit list.
5. Endless options of adventure activities
Looking for adrenaline filled adventure? Langkawi has plenty of activities to delight the adventure-seeker from thrilling water-based adventures such as jet-skiing, parasailing, and banana boating in Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah to snorkelling and diving in Pulau Payar Marine Park. You could also kayak along the tranquil Killim river.
Langkawi also has world-class golf courses with stunning views in Datai Bay where you can enjoy a great session of golf. Travelling with family? Horseback riding along the beaches and jungle trails of Burau Bay is a unique and fun activity the entire family will enjoy. Explore the different corners of this paradise with organized island hopping tours as well as rainforest tours.
6. The gorgeous rural scenery
Though Langkawi is becoming a much sought after travel destination, huge parts of the island have retained its idyllic rural charm. The best way to experience Langkawi’s rural side would be on bicycle. Go back in time across meandering village roads that are flanked by lush paddy fields or rubber plantations. Ease into the day. Stop at a roadside stall for some milk tea and local snacks.
7. A range of vantage points with spectacular views
Breathtaking panoramic views, exhilarating ride to the top, perfect tropical weather – There are very few cable car rides in the world that can claim to combine all these three elements. Your route traverses across rainforests, sandstone formations and waterfalls to reach the summit at 2,323 feet. There are no words adequate enough to describe the marvelous 360 degree view from the top of Langkawi’s peaks, coastline and surrounding islands.
An astounding way to take in or experience this paradise is perched on the engineering wonder that is Langkawi’s sky bridge. This beautifully curved bridged suspended in mid-air between two mountain peaks offers gorgeous views that will be etched in your mind for a long, long time.
Where to stay in Langkawi
Langkawi has some unique and beautiful accomodation options at prices that don’t overwhelm.
Gorgeous villa with amazing views
Looking for that perfect romantic getaway with your partner? You both will love this authentic and beautifully restored traditional Malay wooden house with its beautiful furniture and stained glass windows. Step out into the balcony or take a walk in the gardens for some great views of Langkawi’s paddy fields and mountains.
Beautiful Villa with infinity pool and alfresco dining
Picture yourself sunbathing in the infinity pool, swaying in the hammock with a book in hand or being entertained by bird songs. There is no better place in Langkawi to getaway from it all. Bonus: Breakfast and authentic Malay meals cooked with love by the in-house chef.