Langkawi is a magical archipelago consisting of 99 islands, only one of which, Pulau Langkawi, is populated to any significant degree. Miraculously for a rural idyll that pretty much defines the phrase ‘tropical paradise’, development of the area has been kept to a minimum, and so it’s a favourite with couples and families looking for a soothing getaway from the hustle and bustle of modern life. And whilst Langkawi is also a duty free zone, making alcohol much more affordable than other parts of Malaysia, its respectful, largely Muslim populace ensure a calm, restful and family-friendly atmosphere prevails. A truly restful place to escape to.
Areas & Neighborhoods in Langkawi
Pantai Cenang — Langkawi’s most popular beach, and perhaps closest to what one might expect of a tourist beach, Pantai Cenang offers a range of watersports and activities that include jet-skis, banana boats, and water-skiing. Of course with all that activity you’re likely to work up an appetite, so the plentiful bars and restaurants along this strip will provide welcome relief.
Pantai Tengah — With its nearby all inclusive resorts this beach is particularly popular with families. Somewhat more chilled out than the busier neighbouring beach of Pantai Cenang, its proximity to that stretch means families can still benefit from the activities available there, but can also retreat to the relative calm nearer home.
Pantai Kok — If you’re looking for a more isolated stretch of beach to throw down your towel and while away the hours in sun-struck bliss, then Pantai Kok is the ideal location. What’s more, you’ll also discover the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls here, as well as cable-car access to the peak of Mat Cincang Mountain.
Tanjung Rhu — This magical stretch of coastline has lots to explore and captivate the imagination. Sandy beaches, limestone caves, mangroves and waterways, not to mention a fine selection of restaurants: truly life in paradise.
Things to See in Langkawi
Declared a Geopark by UNESCO in 2007, it should come as no surprise that the 99 islands that make up Langkawi are truly something special. Legend tells that the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls (aka Seven Wells) were a favourite playground for frolicing fairies, with its seven beautiful pools that can be swum, and even slid between. The island’s tallest mountain, Gunung Raya, meanwhile boasts a resort hotel and lookout tower at its summit and affords spectacular views out over the sparkling archipelago. Or, perhaps, the Oriental Village is more your thing? Snake charmers and jugglers, kite flying and fine dining - even the tough choice between a ride on an elephant or a Segway - it’s all almost beyond imagination.
Things to Do in Langkawi
Choosing what to do in Langkawi tends really to boil down to two choices: something, or nothing. The assortment of treks, dives, watersports available is practically limitless for those of you keen to get active. And if not? Then what better place than this island paradise, where kicking back and doing absolutely nothing other than soaking up the sun, sea, and wondrous scenery is practically an artform.