the malaysian archipelago
This luscious land off the coast of the Malaysian mainland is still one of the lesser-visited beach idylls of the world. We’re not saying it’s a hidden gem, but how many people do you know who have been to Langkawi? There’s plenty to do here but it’s likely that you’ll twin this trip with a visit to the capital, Kuala Lumpur – worth exploring for a few days on route to this piece of paradise.
From the hustle and bustle of Pantai Cenang or the quiet romance of many of the island’s nestled beaches, there’s something for every type of traveller. Saunter through the paddy fields of the countryside or enjoy a relaxing swim at the Telaga Tujuh waterfalls – the place so magical it’s locally known as “the home of the fairies”. Offering a brilliant blend of nature, adventure and luxury resorts, a stay on Langkawi does not disappoint. Perhaps you’ll choose to split your time between parts of the island, or make a home-away-from-home and take daily adventures; the choice from where you get to experience a truly radiant sunset is yours and our travel experts are here to help.
Facts about Langkawi
Currency – Malaysian Ringgit
(£1 > 5.83MR)
Flights time from
Kuala Lumpur 70 mins
for diving (PADI cert.)
Best to visit between
November & March
Why should you travel to Langkawi with us?
Whether you’re wanting to plan an escape to island paradise, or expand on a Southeast Asia itinerary – already visiting Kuala Lumpur or even Singapore? – then our travel experts are here to help recommend the best places to stay on the island for your preferred travel style and level of luxury (and privacy). From the pristine beaches of Pantai to the hidden rainforest resorts, there is so much to love about Langkawi.
Some of our favourite luxury resorts in Langkawi
Found on the southern tip of the Jewel of Kedah is the St Regis Langkawi; a true picture of seaside paradise. Perched on a peninsula, witness the gorgeous flora and fauna of the rainforest on one side and the sparkling blue of the Andaman Sea on other side. Stay in one of the 85 suites or 4 over-water villas, featuring premier butler service. You can also enjoy the resort’s six restaurants, oasis like spa and proximity to Kuah, a nearby town.
Four Seasons Resort
From the dramatic limestone cliffs and rainforest views that surround the resort to the lush stretch of white sandy beaches meeting crystal blue waters, you’ll soon feel the luxury of the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, offering romantic villas & pavilions for couples as well as family-friendly options for all ages. This resort also boasts in-room plunge pools, an exclusive spa, and a Malaysian restaurant to delight your taste buds.
Hiding in a 10 million year-old rainforest on the northwest coast is The Datai; cocooned in silence, this is the perfect place for a private stay. This is no boutique property though; with 121 rooms, suites and villas, with enchanting views of the lush tropical rainforest and the breathtaking vista of the Andaman Sea. It’s also home to a wealth of flora and fauna; spot Dusky langurs, Tokay geckos and Sunda colugos during your stay.
Things to do in langkawi
The Langkawi cable car starts its journey at the base station located on the foothill of Mount Machincang, rising to 700 meters above sea level as you enjoy a panoramic view. This curved engineering marvel gives an unobstructed view of the horizon, hanging one hundred meters above a dense green valley alongside the Andaman Sea.
Located on the north eastern corner of Langkawi, Tanjung Rhu derives its name from the tall casuarina trees that line its shore. This secluded beach has blue waters of the Andaman Sea, ivory white sand, and a mild, cool breeze. The shallow waters make it easy for swimming, snorkelling or kayaking to explore the marine life of Langkawi.
Known collectively as Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, the mangroves here span around 100 square kilometres with an abundance of native flora and fauna. We recommend hiring a boat or taking a private tour by speedboat - whichever suits your preferred pace. Taxis, vans, rental cars and motorcycles are available to hire to help you get around the island.
Visit the Night Markets
Langkawi Night Market or ‘pasar malam’ (in Malay) are held in a different location each night of the week, usually from 5pm until very late, including Kuah Town (Wednesdays and Saturdays), Pantai Cenang (Thursday) and Padang Matsirat (Sunday). As well as delicious street food starting from as little as 2 MYR, you can also haggle over souvenirs.
The most famous Langkawi waterfall (which you can walk to after taking the Langkawi SkyCab are the Telaga Tujuh waterfalls – the name meaning ‘Seven Wells Waterfalls’, referring to seven natural pools that are fed by seven separate waterfalls in Mount Machincang. Dive into the one of the best free things to do in Langkawi!
Langkawi’s name derives from the Malay for ‘reddish brown eagle’. So this magnificent 12 metre high man-made eagle statue perched on the waterfront in Kuah Town looking out over the harbour, makes total sense. Dataran Lang is an incredibly popular photospot with stunning views all around. Be sure to stop by for your own selfie moment!
Book with us today
Now is always the best time to book your next holiday and we’re here to take all of your stress away. Simply get in touch with our travel experts for an initial consultation and whether you need a little inspiration or know exactly what you want – with a little help from us – you’ll soon be jetting off to your next destination.