You don’t earn the moniker of ‘the Jewel of Kedah’ without the inherent beauty that characterizes Langkawi. An archipelago of 99 islands northwest of Malaysia, this once unknown collection of natural gems has truly become ‘the land of one’s wishes’. Its location in the Andaman Sea offers comfortable breezes and calm waters, but easily accessible by plane or boat. If its natural riches aren’t enticing enough, Langkawi’s tax-free stature is a huge draw for tourists seeking budget luxury.
Langkawi’s main draw of course, is the powdery beaches and lush tropics. Deep waters around each island provide treasure troves of corals and aquatic life, pushing snorkeling and scuba diving to the top of must-do activities. Thick, forested mountains home to diverse wildlife and fauna step in for those who prefer solid ground, with hiking trails that lead to stunning views across the isles. Immerse in the paddy fields, smooth bays and fresh air for a complete break away from city-induced stress.
The main Langkawi Island compromises modern comforts and natural attractions. Whether it is sipping cocktails at a coastal resort or slogging through the Mangrove Forest, you’ll find something for you. Take the cable car for sweeping views in enclosed transport, and disembark topside for some Skytrail Jungle Trekking. Learn more about the history of rice farming at Laman Padi’s outdoor museum, or hustle down to Pantai Cenang beach for the best of seaside entertainment.
While Langkawi’s tropical topography implies humid weather, monsoon season is typically between September to October, leaving a relatively dry and stable climate the rest of the year. Expect temperatures to average between low twenties and thirties, and strong suns throughout February to July.