Langkawi is an archipelago that consists of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea approximately 30 kilometres from the coast of northwest Malaysia just south of Thailand. It is part of the state of Kedah in the nation of Malaysia. The islands of Langkawi are teeming with culture and beautiful natural scenery.  

The weather in Langkawi is quite mild compared to other parts of Malaysia. Daytime temperatures range between 30-35 degrees and the islands are generally shielded from significant winds. Suffering only limited rainfall; the islands of Langkawi are suitable for visiting all year round.  

While most of the Langkawi islands are desolate and uninhabited the few that are occupied have been developed and are well suited for tourists. One of these islands is Pulau Payar, which is famous for its marine park where visitors are regularly wowed by majestic coral reefs and numerous native fish species such as moray eels, black-tip sharks, and clown fish. The clear water is perfect for swimming, diving, or snorkelling. If you prefer to stay above water, glass bottom boat tours are available as well.

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Culture and beautiful natural scenery

Langkawi is an archipelago that consists of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea

Another island accessible to tourists is Pulau Rebak. Privately owned by the Rebak Marina Resort, the island’s natural beauty has been well maintained. The resort offers eco-tours through both marine areas as well local jungles.  

Pulau Dayang Bunting is the second largest island of Langkawi. When translated, its name means “isle of the pregnant maiden”. The name is derived from a legend that a large lake on the island grants women fertility. Magical or not, the lake is a beautiful place for a swim. The island also houses a cave that is home to thousands of bats. While worthy of a visit, there are no hotels on the island so it is best to plan as a day trip.  

Pulau Singa Besar, whose name means “big lion” is a must see for lovers of wildlife. While there are no lions on the island as the name might suggest, it serves as a sanctuary for deer, monkeys, birds, snakes, and lizards. Additionally, the island has many picturesque rock formations and mangroves. Guided tours are both available and recommended. There are no hotel accommodations on the island but camping is permitted as long as permission is granted by the local government.  

Pulau Tuba is a relatively small island that is home to tribal fishermen. Though the island is rural and relatively undeveloped, it is a favourite spot for people to go bird watching and an interesting place for jungle exploration. Shopping at Langkawi is primarily centred on the town of Kuah. A regional centre for duty-free goods, the city’s largest shopping mall is the Langkawi fair building which offers more than 100 retail outlets offering both local and imported wares.  

Langkawi has many diverse dining options. Kuah town offers everything from fast food to fine cuisine. If you are in the mood for something quick and easy, head over to the jetty where vendors with pushcarts offer local favourites or if you want to dine someplace more upscale, Barn Thai is an excellent choice. Aside from the superb Thai food they offer live entertainment most evenings with local jazz bands.  

Langkawi is a beautiful place to visit especially if you wish to escape the daily grind of a busy urban society.

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