Langkawi, on Northwestern shore of Malaysia is a archipelago of Langkawi Islands. Situated Just where the Indian Ocean narrows down into the Straits of Melaka,it was once a heaven for pirates. Today it serves as a retreat for visitors near and far.
Nestled againts a dramatic backdrop of mountains are ancient lakes and forests,waterfalls and beaches,all of which enhance the wonder that is Langkawi.Blessed with blamy climate that promises warm temperatures throughout the year,it beckons visitors seeking escape from day to day life.
The acrhipelago of Langkawi contains 99 Islands awaiting discovery and that is when the tide is high! At low tide,the Islands can number as many as 104. Sanctuary of some of the most ancient rainforest in the world,they are teeming with the exotic flora and fauna.
The largest island of Langkawi itself,measuring about 478.5 sq km,is the only one with real settelment. Almost as large as the island of Singapore, it is still very much undeveloped. Clad with jungles in the interior, it is fringed by lovely beaches scattered along its coast. The island is still very much a rural landscape with villages and padi fields. The island is steeped in legend, the favourite being the one of Mahsuri.
Most of the development is in the main town of Kuah nad in isolated beach resorts around the coast. The airport is located on this island as well hotel resorts, restaurants and shops.
The two main beaches, Pantai Cenang and Pantai Kok, are on the island`s western coast, with Pantai Cenang being the most popular as the vanue for hotels and restaurants. Dotted along the northern coast are the most luxurious resorts.
Things To Do
Beautifully unspoilt, Langkawi’s rugged beauty and local legends offer an irresistible combination of cultural and natural attractions.
It’s an ideal place to discover the great outdoors. Play golf, go snorkelling, visit the marine park, charter a boat or take a cable car to the top of the mountain..
Carefully developed by the Malaysian government, considerable funds have been spent developing excellent roads, modern shopping centres, new marinas and impressive resort hotels. Langkawi’s Duty Free status has also created some excellent shopping opportunities!
Langkawi also hosts a number of international events including the Tour de Langkawi, an annual cycling competition starting in Langkawi and ending in Kuala Lumpur; The Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Show (LIMA) and the annual Royal Langkawi Regatta which draws boats from all over the world.
The western beaches of Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah and Pantai Kok – are the most popular beaches on Langkawi,with wide choice of accommodation, restaurants and eateries. Datai and Burau bay surrounded by stunning tropical rainforest provide the location for luxury resorts and one of the most stunning golf courses in Asia
Whether it’s an idyllic honeymoon or family holiday, Langkawi offers some unforgettable sights and experiences…
Our Top Tips
• Langkawi Cable Car with 15-minute ride to the observatory deck (top of mount Mat Cincang), the ride offers breath-taking views of Langkawi’s rainforests, islets, and waterfalls.
• Dataran Lang, also known as Eagle Square, is a striking 12 meters-tall sculpture of an eagle poised to take flight just a five-minute walk from Kuah Jetty.
• Gunung Raya with an altitude of 881 meters, Gunung Raya is hailed as the highest peak in Langkawi.
• Tell a local to guide you with his own vehicle – it is cheap and he knows the island very well, it will take you to all great locations.
• Black Sand Beach is located on the road Jalan Teluk Yu on the Northern shoreline of Langkawi. It is about 20kms from Kuah Town.