I have been to Langkawi a few times already but I can never seem to get enough of it! If you are in Malaysia, it is definitely worth a stopover.
Langkawi, otherwise known as The Jewel Of Kedah is a set of around 100 islands about 30km off the northwest tip of Malaysia. Pulau Langkawi is the island that is the biggest and most popular. Would you like to see why? Well don’t stop here, just keep reading!
Also don’t forget to watch the video at the bottom.
Ok well the most obvious reason people would want to come here is for the beaches. The main beach most people go to is Pantai Cenang (Cenang Beach). This is the busiest beach of them all and the most fun too. It is quite large and busy but there is still lots of room to throw a frisbee or kick around a ball.
There used to be a lot of budget backpacker accommodation right on the beach but not anymore. Sadly it is quickly starting to be swallowed up by mid to high range resorts and hotels. The cheaper accommodation is found behind the main road near Rainbow Lodge and Huda Inn. There are many more quiet and secluded beaches but this one has the most options as far as nightlife and restaurants go.
The nightlife to be honest, isn’t the greatest here but there are always a couple of bars you can find on the main street or a few reggae bars on the beach.
Below are a few more beach shots to make your mouth water.
Malaysia has some of the tastiest and most diverse food on the planet.
Langkawi’s food is nowhere near as good as Penang’s but hey, you can’t have your moon cake and eat it too. There is a lot of different food to choose from here and it’s not very difficult to find something that you like. The cuisine is a mixture of Chinese, Indian and Thai and is full of wonderful flavours like lemongrass, ginger and lime leaves. How could you go wrong.
For authentic Malaysian street food, I recommend going to a few of the night markets around the island. There is always a different one every night of the week in another area of the island.
Now come on… With a landscape like this, how could you ever say no?
The best way to take in everything is by renting a scooter. Trust me, I rented a car once before and it’s just not the same. Scooters will run you around 30 RM for the day, that’s about 10 bucks. A bit more expensive than neighbouring Thailand but if you split between the two of you, it’s ony 5 bucks each.
Also note that when you get the tourist maps, there are a lot more beautiful places that you can find that aren’t even on the map. You will be the only one there and you can find your own secluded beaches quite easily.
Some places definitely worth checking out is the cable car ride (above), Skybridge was closed for maintenance when I was there but even looking at it from above is breathtaking.
The rice fields near Cenang beach is a nice quiet place to sit with a drink and some local street food. And Seven Wells Waterfalls(Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls) is well on the top of my list. It’s a bit of a hike up but there are several natural water pools that you can swim in and even slide down on!
There are many other attractions but those are just a few. I don’t want to spoil it all for you!
Maybe monkeys are not on the top of everyone’s list, but you can’t help but love these creatures!
Aside from monkeys, there are many other forms of wildlife and if you would like, you can join a trip to feed eagles or visit Underwater World too. Great for the kids.
After spending over 10 years travelling the world, Malays are some of the nicest people I have ever met.
The thing I find funny about when some people travel is that they don’t really interact with the locals so much. It’s honestly the best part about travelling! You don’t understand how many wonderful people you can meet and most of all experiences that you might have by learning a bit of the local language and making a joke.
Malaysians have an excellent sense of humour and they love to joke around.
(Yes I lied, there are 6 reasons, not 5)
All in all, Malaysia is a little expensive when it comes to booze and smokes. But Langkawi is a duty free island so make sure you stock up before you leave. For example, I bought a 1L bottle of Smirnoff vodka for $11 and an entire carton of cigarettes is as little as $5. You won’t find things as cheap as that anywhere else in Malaysia that’s for sure.
And here it is, THE VIDEO!
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