This tropical paradise on the border of Malaysia and Thailand offers anabundance of crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches and dive tours.
The archipelago of Langkawi sits in the Andaman Sea, close to theMalaysian-Thai border. Pulau Langkawi is the largest island of the archipelagoand has some of the most beautiful beaches in Malaysia. The island’s famedaquatic life and its idyllic isolated location mean it is a perfect place torelax in the peace and quiet and enjoy life under the Malaysian sun.
Avoid an expensive taxi fare by renting a car ormotorbike from the ferry terminal in Kuah, on the south coast, to exploreLangkawi’s many beautiful tropical beaches. Most of the beaches are situatedalong the northern and western coasts of the island.
Choose between developed and isolated beaches.Pantai Centang offers amenities including restaurants, pubs and beergardens, while Pantai Kok is sheltered by mountains and forests. If you want toexperience the best of both worlds, visit DataiBeach to experience an age-old forest surrounding five-star resorts, spas and of course the white-sand beach. Explore the azure waters with paddleboatsand snorkels, which are available for rent.
Langkawi also offers many magnificent divingopportunities. Join a dive tour and visit underwater coral reefs teeming with wildlifesuch as lobsters, barracudas and black-tip reef sharks. Just an hour away fromLangkawi Island, Pulau Payar Marine Park is one of the more popular dive sites,but many of the beaches are often completely isolated. Rent a sailing boat andexplore one of these untouched beaches at your own pace.
The island is also famous for its duty-freeshopping and fine dining. Langkawi’s ethnic diversity means that there is awide variety of foods to choose from. The main settlement of Kuah offerscuisine from all over Asia, including Indian, Thai and Chinese. You can alsotry a local Malay restaurant or sample some of the delicious local seafood.