Langkawi, also known as the Jewel of Kedah is an archipelago of more than 100 islands and islets. It is adjacent to Thai border. This 478.5 square kilometer island has been a duty-free island since 1987. Imagine all the booze, chocolates and other stuff are tax-free on the island of Langkawi. Pulau Langkawi has not been developed but seafood restaurants, spas, and beach clubs are abundant everywhere.
This vast island is home to Malaysia’s best beach destinations. The impeccable beaches namely Pantai Cenang, Tanjung Rhu, Datai Bay are rated among the best in the world. Because of the size of the island, it is best explored by renting a vehicle. Experiencing the best attractions in Langkawi is one of a kind adventure.
How to Get There (Langkawi)
Let us make it a little bit adventurous this time. Coming from Thailand, I decided not to fly coz I had enough time this season. It was my Christmas break and I had more than a week to enjoy my holiday. So, what I did was, took the train from Bangkok to Trang. It was like a 12-hour ride to reach Trang. It was a not so comfortable kind of journey coz that time was a peak season and I did not get to manage to book the first class train. What available that time was third class but still, I decided to book it and did not regret my journey. I met awesome people on the train and we had a great conversation that 12 hours went by so fast. From Trang train station, I took a bus to Minibus station and from there I took a van to Satun which took me another 3-4 hour journey. I hop on another transportation which they call “songthaew“ for another 20-minute ride to Tammalang Port. When I reached the port, I went straight to the immigration and had my passport stamped so that I could cross the border. After that, I was ready to get on the ferry and traveled for another half an hour. Arriving in Langkawi, I again went to the immigration for my passport. I literally had a day journey including delays, waiting time, to reach my destination.
What to Expect in Langkawi
Langkawi is a big island and public transportation does not exist on the entire island. (It is highly recommended to rent a car or a motorbike to get around the island since they do not have a public transportation to get you around. Renting a car is not so expensive. In fact, it is like 35-60 Malaysian Ringgit or equivalent to 15 US dollars for one day. What I did when I was in Langkawi was hitchhiking. It was a bit hard at first but finally, there was one car who stopped and let me join them. I did hitchhike as well as I met fellow travelers who helped me during my stay on the island.)
The entire island is duty-free. So, expect that everything is sold at a very cheap price. (Apart from the stunning beaches and beautiful surroundings, Langkawi is also a great shopping destination. You can buy chocolates at a 40 percent cheaper than the usual price(Yaaay!!! chocoholics out there, it may be heaven for you here). Alcoholic drinks are also sold at a much cheaper retail price. If you are looking for a place to have unlimited drinks that will not go beyond your budget, Pulau Langkawi is the right place for you.)
If you are looking for a mouthwatering, scrumptious, local food, you are in the right place. ( Everybody knows that Malaysia is a place for delicious foods, a haven for a foodie. If you are a fan of spicy and healthy food, then you can find them anywhere in Langkawi. You can find local restaurants almost everywhere and the food at a cheaper price.)
Of course, the beaches in Langkawi are lovely. (If you are a kind of person who finds comfort or wants to relax on the beach then, you are in the right place. Langkawi has these picturesque beaches with interesting things to see and do. To name some of the beaches; Pantai Cenang, Tanjung Rhu, Black Sand Beach, Pantai Tengah, Shark Bay Beach and many other beaches.)Few of the beaches I got the chance to visit were Pantai Cenang and Tanjung Rhu.
The busiest beach on the island is Pantai Cenang where you can find diverse cafes, restaurants, duty-free shops and souvenir shops everywhere. It features a white sand beach and clear waters. This is one of the most popular destinations in Langkawi. Pantai Cenang is a 2 kilometer long stretch of white sand beach. People come to relax, enjoy the sunset and do other activities.
I went to Pantai Cenang to watch the sunset and to relax. People were enjoying the view. I also enjoyed watching the sunset while dining in a beachfront restaurant. I walked on the long stretch of the beach and was amazed by the view.
Another one of Langkawi’s best shorelines is Tanjung Rhu. Tanjung means a cape and Rhu means casuarina trees. It is a secluded place and more peaceful atmosphere. Tanjung Rhu is simply breathtaking. The waters are so clear and the sand is so fine. A place where you can relax in a quiet area. It is a picture perfect view.
I liked Tanjung Rhu so much because of its serenity. The scenic view is so stunning and not so many people in there.
Legenda Park, Langkawi
It is a beautiful 20 hectares area. Tourists and locals come to enjoy the landscaped garden with beautiful trees and view of the port. It is located in Kuah, near Kuah Jetty and Langkawi Eagle Square. It opens daily from 9 in the morning until 7 in the evening.