Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysias west coast. Surrounded by turquoise sea, the interior of the main island is a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. If youre intent on carting off duty-free alcohol, cigarettes and chocolate, then this is the place to be. Still, Nature-lovers will find the island just as agreeable as the shoreline is fringed by powder-fine sand and swaying coconut trees. The island is especially recognised for its excellent diving opportunities and this tropical gem hides a treasure trove of other exciting holiday opportunities. From the expansive Underwater World Langkawi along Pantai Cenang to the soaring Cable Car in Pantai Kok, Langkawi is an electrifying locale that keeps visitors coming back for more.
Where the beautiful Andaman Sea meets the Straits of Malacca, Langkawi Island positions itself as one of the region's best island paradise destinations.
Langkawi is popular year-round, and there are two distinct seasons. The monsoon season rolls in from May to October, during which time rain falls consistently, but rarely enough to ruin a day's activities. The weather generally dries up for a month or so during July or August.
Come November, the skies have cleared over Langkawi and the Malaysian resorts on Borneo have succumbed to a much soggier rainy season that doesn't affect this side of the country. Langkawi is one of few island resorts enjoying warm, dry weather this season, and its hotels and resorts fill up accordingly. Room prices are highest during December and January.
Best time to go:
Visitors can enjoy visiting Langkawi during anytime of the year. During the day, expect sunshine lasting till the afternoon and overcast skies toward the evenings. Between April till August, the island enjoys a balance of sunshine and light rainfall, making it the best time to visit.
Four Seasons Resort Langkawi http://www.fourseasons.com/langkawi/
- This five-star property offers 91 rooms of the utmost quality and luxury, making it one of the prime accommodations in Malaysia. Langkawi is a popular retreat due to its thick jungle and untouched scenery. The Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is set on Tanjung Rhu, one of the most stunning beaches in the area.
- Luxury five star hotel
- 20 minutes to the airport
- Beachfront resort
- Best for family(With kids club and kids pool)
The Danna Langkawi Hotel http://www.thedanna.com/
- Resting peacefully on the west coast of Langkawi Island, this property is surrounded by 2.8 acres of greenery. Capturing a breathtaking view of the green mountains and the marina, The Danna Langkawi Hotel is a few steps away from the white sandy beach. A fun and exciting place to stay, it is simply suitable for families, friends and couples.
- 8 minutes to the airport
- Top class luxury hotel
- Outdoor pool with kids club and kids pool
Tanjung Rhu Resort http://www.tanjungrhu.com.my/
- Nestled amidst 1100 acres of rainforest, this eco-friendly resort captures a spectacular view of the Andaman Sea. Tanjung Rhu Resort boasts 136 tastefully designed rooms and suites that incorporate all five star amenities to ensure utmost comfort. For a fun-filled holiday, guests can try challenging activities like hydrobike, sea kayaks, windsurfing and sailing. A charming resort, Tanjung Rhu Resort is perfect for a romantic getaway.
- 12 minutes to the airport
- Five star hotel
- Good for family with kids club and kids pool
Malaysia is no stranger to international visitors, especially on a resort island like Langkawi. Tourists will find that the atmosphere is exceptionally laid-back. In many ways, the resorts are cut off from the mainland, and international customs prevail.
With this in mind, it is still important to mind local taboos when venturing off the resort, especially when it comes to public displays of affection. Nude sunbathing is also unacceptable.
Generally speaking, Malaysians don't tip, but the international currents of Langkawi have to be taken into account. Larger, upscale restaurants are likely to add a 10 percent service charge to the bill. Smaller establishments won't do this, but there is still a good chance their wait staff has been told to pocket the change more than a few times.