,, Langkawi is excellent, we loved it, as the beach vacation part of our Malaysia-tour. Yes, Penang has more cultural attraction, more city life, but Langkawi offered more for a holiday, and natural beauties. (aji, 2017)
“The big deal about Langkawi is apparently the beach, and it’s true that it isn’t bad, but to me Phuket is still unbeatable for sands. What’s more, Langkawi is overrun with tiny crabs, which swarm the shore in sizes ranging from pea to walnut. We chased a few of them into their holes, then stuck a twig in and wrested with them. In quieter parts of the beach our every step displaced dozens of little scissor-snapping, sideways-scuttling soup-fillers, while every wave washed up shellfish with immediately dug themselves back into the wet sand. These were comparatively entertaining, but the same can’t be said for the stinging-jellyfish carcasses which are regularly washed up. The guide book claimed that they were merely unpleasant, rather than dangerously poisonous, but whatever the truth, at the sight of them we lost our enthusiasm for a swim in the sea.”
“Langkawi is gorgeous, but the turquoise water isn’t especially good for snorkeling. On the other hand, there are also many wonderful beaches, waterfalls, monkeys and monitor lizards running along the road. 🤩 Highly recommended! (k.a., 2019)
Likes: the mangrove forest at Langkawi + bats + the many types and huge number of fish which we saw during our boat cruise, which we thoroughly enjoyed (skate feeding, piranha feeding, crab spotting etc.). We took another boat trip on a freshwater lake, called the Lake of Pregnant Women, and I was enthralled by the tall mountains which encircled it, as well as by the little monkeys which leapt about on the winding road which led to it… 😊 (nono, 2019)
“Travelling between Penang and Langkawi on a fast but slightly uncomfortable boat took 3 hours, and cost about $15 one-way. The trip by Air Asia took just 35 minutes, and cost about the same (ok, you have to go through check-in etc., but I’d still take a short flight over a crowded boat with no real windows).
The island itself is a very attractive holiday destination, with rainforests, lots of hotels, shops and shopping malls. It is also a duty-free zone, so you can get chocolate, beer, cigarettes etc. at great prices. There are many, many tiny islets around Langkawi, which give added beauty to the scene. The beaches are beautiful too, with lots of greenery, and holidaymakers will have no shortage of things to see and do: the cable car, Skybridge, the mangrove forest, waterfalls, a 3D exhibition, and plenty of other things popular in Asia.
In addition to humans, there are plenty of close animal relatives: macaques and grey langurs live here. It’s worth watching out for the former – they steal – but the latter seemed shy.
Langkawi is an excellent holiday destination, whether for an active holiday or a relaxing break, as it has beautiful beaches, lush, tropical vegetation, and friendly locals. The island is clean, and the traffic situation is not as chaotic as elsewhere. It’s easy to find the right accommodation for you, whether it’s a cute guest house or luxury villas and hotels. (b.k., 2018)