Known as the the Jewel of Kedah, the 99 islands that make up the Langkawi archipelago are an ideal base for island hopping in Malaysia. With a population of 64,792 Pulau Langkawi is the largest island in the chain, and the only other inhabited island in the area is nearby Pulau Tuba. The former was little more than a backwater until it was granted tax-free status in the mid-1980s. Since that time, tourism has blossomed. There’s plenty to see on the island and in the immediate vicinity, but many savvy travelers opt for a little traveling from Langkawi to Sipadan, Mabul, and other idyllic destinations that beckon.
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