Langkawi is the largest of a multitude of islands that lie off the coast of Kedah state, in the far northwest of Peninsular Malaysia. The island comprises a jeweled setting of 99 islands. Langkawi is a versatile holiday destination with world-class infrastructure and facilities – a modern international airport, excellent roads, state of the art marinas, budget hotels to award-winning luxurious resorts, superb golf courses and a host of recreational activities.
Visitors arriving by sea will disembark at the jetty in the main town of Kuah. Located southeast of the island, the town houses many hotels and shopping centres. A large prominent statue of an eagle, situated at the popular Eagle Square is visible from afar when approaching the island. According to local folklore, Langkawi derived its name from the eagle or helang.
Langkawi’s idyllic beaches are perfect settings for a fun-filled vacation. Tanjung Rhu Beach, 22 km north of Kuah, is fringed by casuarinas from which the beach gets its name. A perfect place for picnic, this wide sandy beach offers unmatched pristine tranquility. The sunset here at dusk, in a blaze of orange and red is truly a spectacular sight.
On the western coastline of Langkawi, lie the beaches of Datai, Kok, Burau Bay and Tengah. Enjoy a round of golf at the 18-hole course at Datai Bay and tee off against Langkawi’s scenic backdrop. Those who wish to spend their day at Burau Bay can enjoy horseback riding while visitors to Tengah Beach can hire a boat and go island hopping. Kok Beach is the location of Telaga Harbour Park, a marina-cum-resort with ample facilities.
Cenang Beach is only 3 km from the Langkawi International Airport and is the most developed of the beach areas housing several luxury class hotels and dozens of budget chalets and restaurants. There are plenty of water sports available on this popular beach providing fun and excitement for all.
First-class accommodation in modern hotels or comfortable chalets is available around the island. Restaurant outlets in the hotels and outdoors serve a variety of local and international fare with live music and an energetic ambience.
Go snorkeling and diving in the Payar Island Marine Park, 19 nautical miles south of Langkawi. Segantang Island, Kaca Island and Lembu Island are other islands that make up the Marine Park. For those shy of the sea, hop into a glass-bottomed boat and watch the underwater world unfurl below. Speedboats or catamarans shuttle visitors from Langkawi to the Marine Park within an hour.
Langkawi offers a back-to-nature experience for all. From waterfalls to mysterious caves, visitors will discover that Langkawi is more than a beach lovers’ paradise.
There are a host of themed attractions in Langkawi providing excitement for young and old travelers alike. Come and discover the variety of aquatic life at the Underwater World Langkawi. This largest public aquarium in the country features stingrays, sharks, moray eels and green turtles together with exotic fishes and sea plants.
There are also interesting handicraft centres and souvenir shop located around the island offering items such as batik outfits and silverware. Cultural performances and batik workshops can be enjoyed at these centres.
Those who wish to be pampered with a relaxing massage amidst the lush backdrop of the rainforest, can head to the numerous spas on the island.
With an attractive range of duty-free goods to choose from in Langkawi, shopping here is a real treat. From pewter and perfumes to liquor and leather, the attractive prices make shopping irresistible!
Getting There :
Visitors traveling by road will have to drive to Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis, the main jumping-off points by ferry to Langkawi. Regular, air-conditioned buses are also available from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis. The journey to Kuala Kedah takes about six hours while Kuala Perlis is another hour away.
Malaysia Airlines provides direct air services from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to Langkawi. Alternatively, visitors can take the budget carrier AirAsia or Firefly. AirAsia operates from the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang while Firefly operates from the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang.
Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) or Malayan Railway provides economical and comfortable rail services from Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar in Kedah and Arau in Perlis. From these points, take a taxi or bus to Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis for your ferry to Langkawi.
Express ferries provide regular services daily to Langkawi from both Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis. The journey takes about 1 hour 15 minutes and 45 minutes respectively. From Penang to Langkawi the ferry takes 2 hours 30 minutes. The island is also a stopover for Star Cruises, one of the largest luxury cruise lines in the world.
Source : Tourism Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism
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