Located in 100 km north of the island of Penang, in the Strait of Malacca is an archipelago of 99 islands – Lagnkawi (or “brown eagle”). Rare eagles with brick-colored wings really live here, and in the capital of the island – Kuah – there is a monument to this bird. Only four islands of the entire archipelago are inhabited: Pulau Tuba, Pulau Singa, Pulau Dayang Bunting and Pulau Langkawi itself.
According to Wholevehicles, Langkawi, the main island of the archipelago of the same name, is the most popular resort in Malaysia among Russian tourists. On the island there are mainly four-five-star hotels, there are also a few “three stars”. Langkawi is famous for its soft white sand beaches and clear sea. There is no public transport on the island: only taxis, and mass rental of cars, bicycles and scooters.
The cleanest beaches with white sand due to the large amount of minerals, including magnesium, are recognized as very beneficial for health and are treated for rheumatism, osteochondrosis, bronchitis.
The Tourist Information Office is located at: Langkawi, Kuah City, Jalan Persiaran Putra 07000 Kuah; tel.: 604-966-7789, 604-966 7889.
An additional charm of Langkawi lies in its duty-free status.
How to get to Langkawi
Langkawi International Airport is located in Padang Matsirat, 20 km from the capital Kuah. It receives Malaysian Airlines and Air Asia flights from Kuala Lumpur several times a day (the flight duration is only 55 minutes). In addition, the archipelago is connected by regular flights to almost all major cities in the country, as well as London, Osaka and Taipei (Taiwan). Silk Air planes fly from Singapore to Langkawi four times a week, the flight time is 1 hour 15 minutes.
On a ferryboat
Ferry service is carried out between the islands of Langkawi and Penang, on the way 2.5 hours. In addition, ferries depart from the cities of Kuala Kedah (1.5 hours on the way), Kuala Perlis (45 minutes on the way), Alor Star and Arau (Arau) and the Thai city of Satun (45 minutes on the way).
There are also cruise ships that depart from the main Star Cruises Termial Port Klang and from Singapore.
Brief history of the island
The earliest references to the islands of the Langkawi archipelago are found in nautical charts of the 15th century, in particular, in documents left by the famous Chinese navigator Admiral Zheng Hev (1405). In general, the island of Langkawi, located on the territory of trade sea routes, has always attracted sailors and merchants from near and far lands. In those days, the main products of the archipelago were pepper and rice. It was for the purpose of trading rice in 1621 that the French general Augustin de Beaulieu, who was in the service of Louis XIV, arrived here. With the appearance and development of the ports of Penang, Malacca and Benkulen, which sold spices, the importance of Langkawi began to decline, until in our time the government again turned its attention to a paradise island, which is the best suited for the concept of an excellent beach resort.
Hotels in Langkawi
The island has a wide range of hotels to suit all tastes and pockets: from backpacker budget guesthouses to luxurious world-class five-star resorts. Many hotels are styled after traditional Malay kampung villages, where you can stay in cozy wooden rooms or bungalow chalets.
In total, there are about 30 hotels in Langkawi, of which 17 are five-star hotels. One of the most popular holiday destinations is Pantai Cenang Beach on the southwest coast, where the large seaside resort of Pelangi Beach is located with cottages on the seashore.
The Langkawi Village and Holiday Villa hotels, which are located in the Pantai Tengah beach area in the southwestern part of the island, are famous for their convenient location.
Cuisine and restaurants in Langkawi
The culinary tradition of Langkawi was formed under the influence of a number of national cuisines: Malay, Chinese, Indian and Thai. It is not surprising that local dishes are distinguished by a large number of spices and peppers. However, on the island it will also be easy to find restaurants with both European and excellent sea cuisine, most of which are located in the state capital – the city of Kuah.
Inquisitive tourists should try the local street food, which is sold after dark in Kuah and along the tourist coast of Chenang. Specialties are spicy laksa-kedah (noodles in a spicy curry sauce), sate (small chicken, beef or lamb skewers served with thick ketupat rice pudding, onion, cucumber and delicious chili and peanut sauce), and “ sop-ekor” (“tail soup” in mutton broth with herbs).
The beaches of Langkawi
Langkawi is famous for its magnificent beaches with soft white sand and clear sea. The best are located on the south coast of the island, where most of the hotels are located. Along the southwestern tip of the island stretches the two-kilometer Cenang beach – the most beloved by tourists, noisy and never sleeping. Its continuation is the kilometer-long Tengah, more calm and romantic. Another secluded beach – Kok – is located in the west of Langkawi. The most picturesque beach is northern Tanjong Rhu with picturesque cliffs interspersed with strips of pure sand and mangroves. The highlight of Langkawi is Pasir Hitam beach with white and black (volcanic) grains of sand.
The island has several golf courses of a very high class and at very reasonable prices. For example, Datai Bay Golf Club with luxury hotels The Datai and The Andaman.
Just 8 minutes down the highway from Kuah, at the foot of Gunung Raya Mountain, is the Gunung Raya Golf Resort of the same name. The course here, designed by the world famous American Max Wexler, has 18 excellent holes for athletes of all levels.
Close to Bukit Malut is the Langkawi Island Golf Club.
Events in Langkawi
The island periodically hosts the Tour de Langkawi (Malay’s prototype of the Tour de France), the most significant cycling event in the region. The race takes place on an extremely difficult route, laid in the mountains and over rough terrain, in very harsh conditions.
Every two years, the International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) is held, where manufacturers from all over the world showcase the latest products in the field of aviation and shipbuilding technologies. The culmination of the show is an exciting performance by masters from the most famous acrobatic teams.
The Langkawi International Regatta, which is organized by the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, is becoming increasingly popular.
The International AIRONMAN Triathlon is also noteworthy. The competition includes a 3.8 km swim, a 120.2 km bike race and a 42.2 km marathon.
Weather in Langkawi
The best time to travel to Langkawi is from December to June. The greatest amount of precipitation falls in September and October. And it is best to dedicate a vacation to diving or fishing hunting from March to May and from September to October. At this time, in the waters around the island there are especially many barracudas, snappers, garudas, jac-fish, lobsters, sea anemones, huge sea turtles.