22 July 2013
Escape to a fantastic chain of 99 tropical islands, where you can relax and rejuvenate with the soft white sand between your toes.
A romantic tropical hotspot, Lankawi is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Malaysia. A group of 99 islands drifting off the coast of Malaysia in the Andaman Sea, it is accessible by boat from Georgetown, Kuala Kedah, and Kuala Perlis. It’s an ideal place to unwind in peace and enjoy the unique Malaysian culture.
Palau Langkawi: The Main Island
This is the largest island in the group, and the only one with any real settlement. This stunning tropical paradise has long sandy beaches fringed with swaying palm trees, lush green jungles, and miles and miles of rice paddy fields. Many Malaysians escape here to this quiet retreat for their holidays, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a tranquil place with a slow rhythm of its own and no shortage of natural beauty.
Langkawi has been declared a duty-free zone since the 1980s, which has drawn even more tourists to its shores looking for great bargains on alcohol and other luxuries. Many tourist facilities have sprung up since then, such as a marina at Telaga Harbour Park and a few high end luxury resorts tucked into isolated coves around the islands.
Natural Beauty and Thriving Culture
While exploring the islands of Langkawi, there will be moments where you will feel like you have stepped back in time. Away from the major tourist areas, Langkawi is a rugged and rural Malay island where you will see life being lived as it was many hundreds of years ago. Small villages with simple architecture glean their food from traditional ride paddies, where you might spot a water buffalo in the morning mist.
However, although Langkawi has a tranquil and timeless simplicity, the islands also look towards the innovation of the future. The main island of Palau Langkawi is host to many major cultural events throughout the year, such as the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition. There is also the Langkawi International Festival of the Arts which brings fascinating pieces together by artists from around the world.
Tips for Visiting Langkawi
Here are a few other things to keep in mind when exploring these beautiful islands:
• The beaches will be less crowded if you avoid the local school holidays. These are in March, May, and August and from November to December. This is when the islands will be at their busiest.
• Mosquito repellent is recommended for visiting Langkawi.
• Langkawi is very warm and humid, so wear lightweight cotton clothing. Swimming suits are acceptable, but sunbathing or swimming topless is not. When you are visiting places of worship, always dress appropriately by covering your arms and legs.
• One of the cheapest ways to get around the island is to rent a bicycle or a car. They are available to rent at the beach resorts.
Enjoy unwinding on the tranquil paradise islands of Langkawi!