Unspoilt and Rustic
Located in the sun-drenched Andaman sea in Malaysia's north-east, Pulau Langkawi is the largest and most populous island in an archipelago of over one hundred islands. Officially known as Langkawi, the jewel of Kedah, the island is home to a wide range of accommodation, local and international dining, exciting nightlife, great snorkelling and diving sites, and as a duty-free island, amazing shopping bargains.
The name, Langkawi, comes from colloquial Malay meaning reddish-brown eagle, and you'll find a statue of the island's namesake sitting at the mouth of the harbour in Langkawi's main town, Kuah. As Langkawi's main port, Kuah's charms lie not in its civic beauty, but in the fantastic bargains on offer in the duty-free shops along the waterfront. Be sure to stock up on your perfume!
While on Langkawi, be sure to take the cable car up Gunung Mat Cincang, take a sunset cruise on the Andaman Sea or go island-hopping to enjoy isolated sandy beaches and freshwater lakes on some of the other islands, learn how to cook Malay cuisine, or go snorkelling off Pulau Payar, Malaysia's first marine park.
- Ride the Cable Car: Enjoy spectacular 360-degree views from Gunung Mat Cincang with a ride on the cable car over a distance of 2.2km.
- Snorkel at Pulau Payar: This pristine marine park lies 30km south-east of Langkawi and extends over a number of green islands.
- Kayak the Sungai Kilim River: Marvel at the extensive birdlife, including the White-bellied Fish Eagle, as you glide along the calm waters.
For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Langkawi chapter in our online Malaysia, Singapore & The Philippines brochure. Click here.