What is it?
dREAMSCAPE’s Research and Development Advisor & Director of Travel Product, Siiri Paas, had the opportunity to visit the gorgeous Langkawi Island in northwest Malaysia. Langkawi is actually an archipelago that consists of 99 islands at high tide and 104 at low tide, and the main island is Langkawi Island, with a population of around 65,000 people.
What to Do?
Being at one with nature is the best thing about Langkawi. The east coast is mainly untouched with its green villages and the Raya Mountain. On the west coast, there are long beaches that are lovely for walks, including Cenang Beach, which is popular with locals as it features a public beach with nice seafood restaurants, and small shops and street-sellers for souvenirs. The north coast is also famous for its beaches, which are situated along small secluded bays, adding more intimacy. You can also visit the UNESCO protected Langkawi Geoparks, the main three being Machincang Cambrian Geoforest Park, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park. You don’t need to worry about your daily needs, because the small central town of Kuah is located on the south coast. You can drive around the whole island in just about an hour and a half, and there are also taxis.
When to Visit?
The best time to visit Langkawi is April to August. Many Europeans come during the Christmas holiday to mid-February period to escape during the winter break, and you might want to avoid local school holidays as well, since the island can be over crowded. Also keep in mind that Langkawi has quite heavy rain, so you may want to miss travelling there during the monsoon season, which is usually September through November.