Malaysia - Getting to know Langkawi

Located in the Andaman Sea just off the north west coastline of the Malay Peninsula, Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands, the largest of which is Langkawi Island. Perhaps Malaysia’s best-known holiday destination, Langkawi is a tropical paradise of long sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, stunning sunsets and a jungle clad interior.

Malaysia Langkawi Travel Guide

What to do on Langkawi

  • Activities other than the obvious R&R include snorkelling, diving, jet ski-ing, parasailing and sailing.
  • There is a cable car in the south-west of the island which has the longest suspension in the world between two stations. It was built without constructing any roads through the jungle, and offers amazing views of the surrounding tropical and the archipelago. Not for the faint-hearted, though!
  • Langkawi is also home to large areas of mangrove forest, which not only offer a natural defence against strong tides and waves, but are teeming with wildlife. It is possible to spend a day on a boat passing through the mangroves and limestone caves spotting anything from eagles to primates and crocodiles - although these are normally only at the crocodile farm in Datai Bay.

Beaches on Langkawi

The longest beach on the island is Pantai Cenang, located in the south and stretching 2km from end to end. Here you will find a large concentration of hotels, and some very good restaurants. The beaches in the north are home to some of Langkawi’s most luxurious resorts, with private beaches that are inaccessible to non-guests - a plus if you're staying there, but don’t worry if not, as you're spoilt for choice elsewhere!

Getting there

Langkawi island is accessible by ferry from either Penang or the mainland as well as by air from Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

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