This archipelago is made up of 99 islands and is located of the north-west coast of mainland Malaysia. This beautiful archipelago is known as the Jewel of Kedah and boasts stunning beaches, crystal clear waters and plush tropical jungle. Considered a little taste of paradise, this is the ideal place to relax, unwind and escape the pressures of the modern world. Home to an array of fantastic traditional and seafood restaurants, cocktail bars on the beach and tranquil spas, there’s little wonder that Langkawi is an idyllic retreat. There’s plenty to discover here; outdoorsy types will enjoy exploring the rural landscape, from the amazing waterfalls to wild jungle excursions. Culture vultures will enjoy the fascinating museums and historical attractions.
A hatchback is ideal for navigating the roads in Langkawi and is fuel efficient which will come in handy considering the large distances between fuelling stations.
Driving in Langkawi
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Important things to note
Take care to regularly check you have a sufficient amount of fuel in your tank as fuelling stations are relatively few across the island.
Drive slowly and cautiously as local are known to walk in the road. Animals and livestock are also known to cause obstruction by lying in the road.
Road blocks are commonplace, largely for the authorities to check the licence and vehicle tax. To pass through the road blocks with ease, have your licence with you at all times.
Highlights & Hotspots
Adventurous type will want to visit the extraordinary Kilim Geo Forest. This fantastic protected area is home to forests, blue lagoons and deserted beaches as well as fascinating wildlife. There are a number of hiking trails to take as well as guided tours.
Another popular attraction is Telaga Tujah Waterfalls (Seven Wells). At the top of the waterfall, you’ll find seven freshwater pools where many people bathe. The pools have a slick rut connecting them, which is great fun to slide between the pools. There are excellent hiking trails into the jungle too.
There are numerous beaches to choose from, but Cenang beach is reputed for its pure shore, white sand and excellent beachfront facilities. This are really comes alive at night with excellent bars, restaurants and late night cafes to choose from.
Another popular attraction is the Oriental Village. This open-air mall comprises shops, restaurants bar and cafes as well as an array of entertainment such as snake charmers, traditional live music performances. To get to the Oriental Village, enjoy a ride on the cable car.
Langkawi International Airport is located approximately seven miles from Langkawi‚Äôs main city and is accessible via the Jalan Padang Gaong and Jalan Ulu Melaka.
It offers flights to major destinations throughout South East Asia, many of which being in Malaysia itself. Many of the flights on offer tend to be throughout the year as locals tend to head to the mainland a lot.