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The attractive and exotic island of Langkawi

The name Langkawi refers to a group of islands off of the northwest coast of Malaysia, although the main island known locally as Pulau Langkawi is by far the largest and most significant. It has become a popular island with both domestic and international tourists, helped greatly by the decision to make the island tax-free in 1987. Kuah is the main town of the island and is the primary port connecting mainland Malaysia, however the island does also have an international airport with flights to Singapore, Thailand and other internal Malaysian destinations.

Understanding the nature of the island

Nature is the largest draw to Langkawi and the archipelago was in 2007 declared a Geopark by UNESCO. This status has added to the popularity of the island with visitors keen to experience the stunning and diverse scenery. Despite this upturn in tourism, the island still lacks behind much of Malaysia in terms of infrastructure and development and this is evident when exploring the smaller towns and natural highlights. Public transport is limited and so the typical methods of transport are either taxis or renting private transport. Scooter and car rental is very common and easy on the island and provides real flexibility for travellers, particularly those staying in Langkawi Island hotels further away from Kuah. As mentioned, the island’s airport is one of the primary access points, with most accommodation options offering transfers directly from the airport to wherever the resort is situated. Langkawi Island is reasonably small and thus most journeys are less than one hour, even with the lower quality roads.

Kuah, the commercial capital and main port

The principal town and capital of the island has a modest population of around 30,000, but has seen a vast development in the past two decades. Most of Langkawi’s shopping and commercial activity is in Kuah, plus it sees a high number of tourists coming through, including all those arriving by ferry. Although many of the island’s visitors come to stay in resorts close by the various beaches, Kuah does also have a significant number of the hotels on Langkawi Island. These are mostly situated along the waterfront and harbour area, taking advantage of the pleasant sea views. Kuah is home to several large shopping centres as a result of the island’s tax-free status, consequently these are well-frequented particularly by domestic tourists from mainland Malaysia. A trip to Malaysia is never complete without spending a great deal of time in the local eateries; fortunately Kuah possesses several localised restaurants, many with a strong seafood focus given the nature of the destination. The town does also house a few tourist attractions of its own, such as the Al-Hana Mosque and Langkawi Legend Park, however most of Langkawi Island’s appeal lies further afield in its nature.

An assortment of beautiful beaches

A huge draw for the island is its array of beaches around the perimeter and this is where visitors tend to spend most of their time. The beaches vary in size, accessibility and development, with the most frequented being Pantai Cenang. Located in the south-west of Langkawi, the beach is a sandy two kilometre stretch with calm waters containing dozens of jet-skis and banana-boats. The strip behind the beach is home to multiple markets and shops plus an extensive assortment of the hotels in Langkawi Island. Pantai Tengah offers a quieter experience just a few minutes south of Cenang, an area popular with families staying in all-inclusive resorts. For some of the most attractive beach scenery, travellers can explore the more remote beaches, less touched by mass-tourism. Pantai Kok and Pasir Tengkorak are great examples of this, with the latter having some of the clearest ocean water throughout the islands. A final beach of note is the notoriously beautiful Tanjung Rhu, in the very north of Langkawi. Home to a picturesque series of limestone caves and sandy beaches that are simply stunning, plus several high-end resort accommodation options.

Further natural wonders inland

Aside from the beaches, Langkawi also contains a multitude of natural wonders and intense wildlife inland. There are many tours available heading into the dense jungle to observe the range of species native to Langkawi, including a variety of birds and monkeys. Tours are also available to the mangroves and limestone caves in the north, providing a chance to get a closer look and different perspective. The tallest mountain on the island is that of Gunung Raya lying in the centre of the island, accessible by a long and winding road, or indeed by a jungle trek. From here guests can witness spectacular views across Langkawi and out to the ocean, in all directions. Another significant natural feature of the island is the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, home to seven pools which visitors are free to bathe in. From here there are a series of further treks into the jungle and down to remote beaches that present little patches of peace and tranquility. Finally, for a chance to experience everyday life for the locals who have lived on the island for generations, explore the smaller villages and rice paddies in between the larger towns.

Price range

from ‎RM25to ‎RM2,367

Top hotels

    Hotel Lavigo Resort Pantai Cenang

    Located in Jalan Pantai Cenang, Lavigo Resort features an outdoor swimming pool, a sun deck with loungers and hammocks, outdoor spa tubs, and a barbecue area. The famous Cenang Beach is about three kilometres from the resort. All dorms and private rooms have air conditioning or fans and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms offer cable TV, work desks, mini fridges and electric kettles. Most rooms have private bathroom facilities. Lavigo Resort has a convenience shop and a parking area. Motorcycle rental service and tour arrangements are offered at the travel desk. Snacks and beverages are offered at the on-site convenience store. Many restaurants, cafes, and other refreshment options are just a five-minute walk from the property. Suri Café, a three-minute walk away, serves a range of local Malaysian dishes. Laman Padi Langkawi, an open-air rice museum, is under four kilometres from the resort. Underwater World Langkawi and Cenang Mall is six kilometres away. more

    Hotel Pondok Muara Chalet Pantai Cenang

    Pondok Muara Chalet offers budget motel rooms and colourful private chalets at low-rise premises on the scenic Malaysian island of Langkawi, which has UNESCO World Geopark status. The simple, air-conditioned rooms at the property have flat-screen satellite televisions, tiled floors, desks, private bathrooms, and couches. The upgrade units are larger and add a patio area and extra beds. Free parking and complimentary Wi-Fi are on offer at the property, which also has gardens where guests can spend time relaxing or taking in views of neighbouring paddy fields. Daily housekeeping is provided. A light breakfast is available at the property and there are also vending machines. Dining options nearby include the Smiling Buffalo cafe and Restoran Rasa Warisan, which serves Malaysian cuisine and seafood. Pondok Muara Chalet is about a ten-minute walk from beautiful Cenang Beach. Underwater World Langkawi, an aquarium housing more than 200 species, is a little over two kilometres away. more

    Hotel Hotel Cenang Plaza Beach Pantai Cenang

    Located right along the beach, just a five-minute walk from Underwater World Langkawi, Hotel Cenang Plaza Beach offers sea views from select rooms. Each modern room consists of a private bathroom with free amenities and a rain shower, a seating area with flat-screen TV, and a mini fridge. A wardrobe and desk are provided for added convenience. Guests can park for free at Hotel Cenang Plaza Beach, as well as make use of the 24-hour front desk service and complimentary Wi-Fi. This property is fully air conditioned and boasts private balconies throughout. Guests can enjoy local foods and wines at The Cliff restaurant and bar, which is located just five minutes from this hotel on foot. Cenang Mall is located next to this hotel and offers several dining options. This hotel is just 15 minutes from Telaga Harbour Marina by car, and eight kilometres from Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre. Guests can also visit Langkawi Sky Bridge, which is less than 30 minutes away by car. more

    Hotel Vila Thai Pantai Cenang

    Das Kings College war die erste Universität in Aberdeen und die dritte in Schottland. Sie wurde 1495 von William Elphinstone, dem damaligen Bischof von Aberdeen, gegründet. Im Besucherzentrum kann sich der Interessierte über die Geschichte der Universität informieren. Weiterhin gibt es eine interkonfessionelle Kapelle zu besichtigen, deren Bau 1498 begann und die 1509 fertig gestellt wurde. In ihre Kanzeln wurden die Abbilder der späteren Stuart-Könige gemeißelt. -Außerdem ist sie bekannt für ihre Buntglasfenster, die von Douglas Strachan entworfen wurden. Zur Universität gehören sieben Museen: Das Anatomy Museum, die Pathology & Forensic Medicine Collection, das Marischal Museum, das Marischal Virtual Museum, die Geological Collections, die Natural Philosophy Collection, das University Herbarium sowie das Zoology Museum. more

    Hotel Tubotel Pantai Cenang

    The accommodation description lies in the name of one-star Tubotel. Many of the quirky tube and cube-shaped accommodation units have sea or garden views and the beach is a short walk away. There are 30 dormitory and private air-conditioned rooms at Tubotel. Some rooms feature a king-size bed whilst dormitories include a USB charging port and a personal lockable locker. Bathroom facilities are shared and hairdryers and ironing facilities are available. Parking and Wi-Fi are free and optional services also include laundry, luggage storage and cycle hire. There are safe facilities at the front desk which is manned at all times. Breakfast choices, including vegetarian options, are served until late morning. Pizzas are popular later in the day. It is an approximate 200-yard walk to the traditional Malaysian cuisine at Kedai Makan Sedap Eatery. Underwater World and the rice museum of Laman Padi Langkawi are within two miles of the accommodation. Langkawi International Airport is approximately five miles away. more

    Hotel Sandy Beach Resort Langkawi Pantai Cenang

    The 1-star Sandy Beach Resort offers comfort and convenience whether you're on business or holiday in Langkawi. Featuring a complete list of amenities, guests will find their stay at the property a comfortable one. All the necessary facilities, including smoking area, coffee shop, family room, Wi-Fi in public areas, safety deposit boxes, are at hand. Desk, television, television LCD/plasma screen, internet access– wireless (complimentary), shower can be found in each guestroom. To enhance guests' stay, the hotel offers recreational facilities such as water sports (motorized). Sandy Beach Resort combines warm hospitality with a lovely ambiance to make your stay in Langkawi unforgettable. more