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Sitting beside the Malaysia-Thailand border off northeast Malaysia, tropical archipelago Langkawi serves as a tranquil escape from the metropolitan thrum of Penang and Kuala Lumpur. Get acquainted with ‘the Jewel of Kedah’ on boat or Jet Ski tours, which reveal mangrove forests, eagles, and the area’s 100-plus islands—few of which are inhabited. Don’t miss out on the SkyBridge, reachable by a cable car ride that glides thousands of feet over jungle and ocean. Sunset cocktails on Chenang Beach are the perfect way to end a day in paradise.
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head to the beach. I like Cenang Beach, with its many restaurants and bars. Book lunch at Putumayo and have a cocktail at Thirstday.
is spent on a boat sailing along the mangroves in the Kilim river. If you’re not afraid of bats, don’t miss the Bat Cave.
snorkeling in Pulau Payar Marine Park. There's corals and unbelievable wildlife even in the shallows near the beach. Oh, and tons of friendly sharks.
go for a walk further away from the beaches. The island is still very rural with villages and paddy fields, where farmers work with their water buffaloes.
head to the Sky Bridge to get fantastic views of the whole island. Time your visit with sunset but beware of the monkeys—they’re not very friendly.
is thinking that Langkawi is not an active destination. There's lot of things to do, from island hopping, snorkeling, and scuba diving to kayaking and golf.
Malaysia’s favorite vacation island, Langkawi is known for beaches, jungle, waterfalls, island-hopping, and duty-free shopping. Beaches include bustling Cenang Beach, Tanjung Rhu, with white sand and limestone cliffs, and Datai Bay Beach, which is reserved for the resorts that occupy it. Mt. Machinchang is a popular rain-forest destination....More
Langkawi island is in Malaysia. The main island of the Langkawi archipelago, a cluster of 100-or-so isles and islets, it sits in the Straits of Malacca in peninsular Malaysia’s far north. However, Langkawi is so close to the Thai border that Koh Tarutao, just 6 miles (10 kilometers) further north, is in Thailand....More
The Langkawi Cable Car and Langkawi Sky Bridge offer dramatic rain-forest views. Watersports include Jet Ski, kayaking, snorkeling, banana boats, wakeboarding, and stand-up paddleboarding. Jungle options run from all-terrain vehicle (ATV) adventures through to waterfall hikes and mangrove cruises. Island-hopping around the archipelago is also popular....More
No: Langkawi is not much more expensive than Kuala Lumpur or Penang. You can spend big bucks on super-luxe resorts or a few dollars on a hostel, although limited public transport adds costs. Alcohol is cheaper than elsewhere in Malaysia but tours and tourist attractions are generally priced higher....More
Langkawi’s main attractions are natural and take time to explore, while the beaches invite lounging: it’s better to take a week and enjoy the pace of island life than race through a packed schedule. Besides the cable car, Sky Bridge, and beaches, popular attractions include off-shore islands and the Seven Wells Waterfall....More
Yes. It is rare for travelers to experience violent crime in Malaysia and Langkawi is no exception. Macaques can be aggressive and seize both food and valuables: do not feed wildlife and keep room doors and baggage tightly closed. As elsewhere in Malaysia, LGBTQ travelers should avoid public displays of affection....More
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