Langkawi Island, or Pulau Langkawi is the perfect antidote to the stressful and chaotic lives that most people lead every day. When your mind and body shout “enough” head for this little bit of paradise in the Andaman Sea, about 30km off the coast of Malaysia. Pulau Langkawi is the largest of an archipelago of 99 islands which belong to the state of Kedah, and is just the perfect place to go to get away from it all. Yes, there are tourists and some places are quite busy and noisy but there is still plenty of place for solitude in a most beautiful setting. The hotel we stayed at (Berjaya Beach Resort) had a small private beach with plenty of peace and quiet; some of the chalets were built on stilts over the water, while others were hidden in the jungle of the hillside and although the resort was quite full, we were never really aware of other people intruding into our space … blissful!
Langkawi Island Activities
What to do in Langkawi will depend on how burnt-out you are! There are plenty of Langkawi Island activities waiting for you! If all you want to do is just grab a sun lounger and relax on the beach there are plenty of beaches to choose from. When you are a little more energetic, you can swim in the crystal-clear water, snorkel or kayak from island to island.
When you are ready to venture further afield there are several options: You can go hiking through the acres of virgin rainforest that still cover most of the island, take a boat tour around a few of the islands or to visit some of the caves which are all associated with mysticism and legend. Hire a car and drive along the coastal road that runs around the island to see how the locals live and make their living as farmers and fishermen.
Other Langkawi Island activities include outings include a ride up the new cable car to the top of Mount Mat Cincang to get the best view of the whole island and beyond, a round of golf or a visit to the excellent aquarium. If you would like to get even closer to the sea creatures that you see in the aquarium, take a day trip to the Pulau Payar Marine Park to snorkel in the magnificent coral gardens. This was definitely the highlight of our trip and one of the best places I have been for snorkelling.