Breathtaking Island Retreat: Langkawi Malaysia

Shereen Shabnam

During University, one of my favourite weekend adventures was to explore the different states in Malaysia and Langkawi by far was my favourite due to the laid-back vibe that reminded me a lot of Fiji. There is a breathtaking view or delectable dishes at every corner to keep tourists, food lovers, water sports enthusiasts and spa aficionados smiling all day.

Langkawi’s unique selling point is that it offers everything one looks for in a holiday in one setting. Combine this with a hospitable service from the friendly people of Langkawi and you have a winner in a destination.

Beach side holidays are always relaxing and selecting accommodation in Langkawi is a breeze with so much choice available in a setting that reiterates the sheer beauty of Langkawi.  There are luxury hotels and resorts in the Northwestern tip of Langkawi and affordable chalets along Chenang beach which for me was just the perfect therapy after exams.

Langkawi boasts pristine beaches, secluded islands, tall mountains and running waterfalls, Langkawi and is truly an island paradise.  It has a nature sanctuary known for exotic wildlife, tropical plants and rock formations as old as the Earth. These nature attributes position Langkawi as Naturally Langkawi.

Located on the West coast of Peninsular Malaysia on the Andaman Sea, Langkawi is the perfect choice for an island getaway any time of the year due to its climate and its focus on tourism.

Tourists can enjoy a multitude of attractions that can expose them to the breadth of Langkawi’s natural bounty. Popular nature attractions include touring Kilim’s mangrove forest, bird watching on Gunung Raya or hiking on Gunung Machinchang.

Personally, I preferred strolling along the long sandy beach and recently enjoyed a ride on the Panorama Langkawi Sky Cab which gives visitors an eagle’s eye view of the island’s jungle, waterfalls and the turquoise sea.

After an array of outdoor activities, my personal favourite activity is retail therapy in the night markets – the sights and smells are nostalgic of my time in KL. Most tourists can also enjoy shopping experiences in malls, from the Kompleks Kraftangan to the duty-free shopping in Kuah town.

The island also has authentic attractions that will definitely tempt visitors to extend their stay with a tinge of its culture such as the museums at LamanPadi, Beras Terbakar and Makam Mahsuri.

If you travel with children, attractions such as the Underwater World and exciting water activities would certainly be worth a visit as well.

Food is a definite must when in Langkawi so be adventurous when trying out the local cuisine. Be it local, Western, Italian, Indian, Japanese or even Russian cuisine, tourists can explore the sights of Chenang Beach and Perdana Quay for their desired meal option. The island paradise of Langkawi offers countless restaurants and cafes to suit every traveller.

Langkawi is one destination I want to keep going back to again and again and for good reason. It is a place that gives you culture, food, retail therapy, water sports, adventure and spa indulgence that are perfect ingredients for a memorable holiday.

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