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5 Reasons Why Langkawi is an Ultimate Island Escape

shweta-yadav   By Shweta Yadav - House of Travel Content Marketing Manager

Nestled in the Andaman Sea, Langkawi, a pristine archipelago in Malaysia, is a paradise waiting to be explored. With its lush rainforests, stunning beaches, and a vibrant local culture, Langkawi offers an ultimate island escape for travelers seeking both relaxation and adventure.

Here are five compelling reasons why Langkawi should be at the top of your travel list.

HANGING BRIDGE CABLE CAR 4 © Tourism MalaysiaImage credit: Tourism Malaysia

1. Because you can ride a cable car in untamed natural beauty

Langkawi boasts an unspoiled natural landscape that is a feast for the senses. With dense rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and dramatic mountain ranges, the island is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Take a cable car ride to the top of Gunung Mat Cincang and witness breathtaking panoramic views of the Andaman Sea. The Langkawi Sky Bridge, a marvel of engineering, offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience as it spans across the lush rainforest canopy.

Hot Tip: Visit early in the morning to catch the sunrise from the Sky Bridge - the view is truly spectacular!    


Char Kway TeowImage credit: Tourism Malaysia

2. Because it has some of the best beaches in the world

Langkawi is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Southeast Asia. Pantai Cenang, with its pristine white sand and azure waters, is perfect for sunbathing and water sports.  For something different go north and explore Pasir Tengkorak beach. There’s a stunning 200m and three-tiered waterfall just 15 minutes from the beach. For a quieter atmosphere, head to Tanjung Rhu, known for its serenity and stunning sunset views. Adventure seekers can explore the mangrove forests on a kayak tour or embark on a thrilling jet-skiing adventure around the island's coastline.

Hot Tip: Book a sunset cruise for a magical evening, complete with a mesmerizing view of the sun setting over the Andaman Sea.  

W7 - Laman PadiImage credit: Tourism Malaysia

3. Because of the rich culture & cuisine 

Beyond its natural wonders, Langkawi is steeped in a rich cultural heritage. Visit the Langkawi Craft Complex to witness traditional crafts in action and pick up unique souvenirs. Explore the vibrant markets and taste local delicacies like Nasi Lemak and Roti Canai. Don't miss the chance to interact with the friendly locals, who are more than happy to share their traditions and stories.

Hot Tip: Head to Kuah Night Market for an authentic taste of Langkawian street food and to shop for handmade crafts. 

W1- Dangli IslandImage credit: Tourism Malaysia

4. Because you can go island hopping and explore marine life

Langkawi's strategic location offers easy access to nearby islands, each with its own distinct charm. Join an island-hopping tour to explore the Pulau Payar Marine Park, where vibrant coral reefs teem with marine life. Snorkelling or scuba diving here is an unforgettable experience, as you'll have the chance to swim alongside colourful fish and graceful sea turtles.

Hot Tip: Dangli Island is one of the best snorkelling spots in Langkawi. Opt for a guided snorkelling tour for insider tips on the best spots to see marine life up close. 

Berjaya Langkawi ResortImage credit: Tourism Malaysia

5. Because you get luxurious stays where Jungle meets Beach

Langkawi offers a range of world-class resorts and boutique hotels, ensuring a comfortable and indulgent stay. Many of these accommodations boast private beaches, infinity pools, and spa facilities that will rejuvenate your body and mind. Treat yourself to a traditional Malay massage or indulge in a spa treatment using indigenous ingredients sourced from the island.

Hot Tip: Consider staying in traditional Malay style chalets for the ultimate in luxury and relaxation.


Langkawi, with its unparalleled natural beauty, diverse activities, and warm hospitality, is the epitome of an ultimate island escape. Whether you're seeking adventure or simply a place to unwind, Langkawi has it all. So pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable journey in this Malaysian gem!


Better yet, come in-store and chat with one of our friendly travel experts. We love pairing Kiwis with their perfect holidays!



I am an avid traveller with roots in India! When I am not on the mat perfecting that downward dog, I love to go out and explore the new and exciting destinations around the world. From hiking the Himalayan trails in Bhutan to having sunrise yoga sessions on the serene beaches of Samoa to journeying the underground town of Coober Pedy in Australia, I have a never-ending thirst for adventure and a desire to experience everything the world has to offer. With a passport always ready, travel is like meditation for me and wanderlust is my constant companion!.



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