Langkawi is a paradise in Malaysia and is famous for winter getaways. I was super excited for this trip as Langkawi was my very 1st Island getaway. The white-sand beaches, blue water, and cold breeze make you fall in love with this place. This island has a lot to offer, whether you love to soak in the sun at the beach or want to try some adventures. I wanted to have a mix of both, so I made my Ultimate island escape in Langkawi, Malaysia.
How to reach Langkawi?
Langkawi is well connected through flight and ferry. It will be a 1-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur and one and half hours from Singapore runs daily. The top view of the island from the flight was mesmerizing. The Airport of Langkawi is small and not that crowded. They will attach stairs, so get down from the flight and walk to the baggage claim.
You can take it from Penang, Kuala Kedah, Kuala Perlis, and Satun by ferry.
Tips to keep in mind during a visit to Langkawi
- The most important thing to keep in mind is, It will be humid around the year, so stay hydrated.
- As Langkawi is an island, you will get fresh seafood, but if you are vegetarian or vegan, find a restaurant before your visit.
- Don’t forget to pack your swim gear.
- Spare a minimum of 4-5 days to explore the island.
- Most importantly, don’t forget your Sunscreen.
Ultimate island escape in Langkawi, Malaysia
Our flight was in the afternoon from Kuala Lumpur, so we reached Langkawi around 5 pm. Within 20 minutes of the short ride, we went to “Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort & Spa.”
As it was already evening, we kept our day free to relax. It is a trip for relaxation, so I decided to get fresh and spend the rest of the day on a beach and enjoy the sunset. The beach was quite long, and the resort’s property so not much crowded. Hence, we walked on the beach, splashing water and drawing art on the wet sand. We got fresh and headed to the market to explore the life of Langkawi.
Half-day sightseeing tour
We had already booked a half-day sightseeing tour and the rest of the day was for us. Pick-up and drop-off were included in the tour package. Our tour guide was at the hotel to pick us up at 9 am. We started our sightseeing with a bit of drive by the ocean side road; the view from the car was stunning.
Sightseeing includes various places of natural attractions:-
- history & legends of Langkawi – Tomb of Mahsuri,
- Batik and Art Village, Galeria Perdana,
- Dataran Lang or Eagle’s Square,
- Rubber estates
- Hindu Temple and
- The final stop was Kuah Town.
I was amazed by the vast Eagle statue on Kuah bay. Dataran Lung is Langkawi Eagle square. This eagle is a symbolic representation of Langkawi. Even the view from Kuah Bay was simply stunning. You can see small ships floating on the water.
We didn’t want to go to Kuah Town, so they gave us two options. They can drop us either “Underwater world” or back to the hotel. Instead of going to Kuah Town, we decided to go underwater world and its walking distance from our hotel to go back by ourselves.
The underwater world is a massive Aquarium with lots of fish and other marine creatures. It is considered one of Southeast Asia’s largest marine and freshwater aquariums. It has a 15 meters long walk through a tunnel where you can find different types of fish surrounded by the unique sea theme.
Malaysian Village and sunset
Finally, we returned to the resort, took a rest, and got recharged to enjoy the evening. Due to the sightseeing tour, we haven’t got time to explore the resort. Hence, in the evening, we took a self-tour of the resort. One of the best things about the resort is the small Malaysian Village. They have set up a Malaysian-style house as well. I am a crazy lover of sunset and sunrise, and I didn’t want to miss them. Hence, after exploring the resort, we went back to the beach and enjoyed the evening.
After sunset, I was so hungry because it was already dinner time. We also have left to explore a small portion of the local market. Hence we went to the market after sunset. As we were hunting for a vegetarian meal, I saw a board of Mangrove tours. I went to the booth and asked for details about the tour. They offer different packages, and you can choose whichever is suitable for you. For us, it’s a relaxing trip, so we didn’t want a whole day tour. Finally, We ended up booking a half-day tour, and they provide a pickup and drop-off facility as well.
I highly recommend this tour, it wasn’t on our itinerary, but I am glad we did it. The mangrove tour package includes four to ten activities. Each tour package has different activities, and the number of hours varies according to the tour you choose. Our tour package was included pick up and drop from the hotel, lunch, and sightseeing. Mention your preferred meal, mainly vegetarian, then specify while booking your tour.
The sightseeing details are as below:-
- Bat Cave (Gua Kelawar)
- Mangrove Sightseeing
- Crocodile Cave (Gua Buaya)
- Eagle feeding
- Monkey feeding
- Lunch at Fish Farm
- Jumping ride in Open Sea (Andaman Sea)
- Swimming at the Island beach
- Icon Kilim Geoforest Park
Our tour started with the boat ride between the high rocks. After a short boat ride, we hope off to our very 1st destination. It took around 20-30 minutes to explore the Bat Cave. Our tour guide explained the history behind the caves and saw us hundreds of bats sitting in the caves. I have little fear of bats, so I followed him closely during the bat cave tour.
The Mangrove sightseeing is right outside the cave. When you come out of the cave and head towards the boat, you can see the whole walkway covered with many trees. You will get to see the roots of the tree. The tour guide also explains about Mangrove.
Finally, we hopped into the boat again and started riding to the crocodile cave. Our boat ride through the cave and the picture itself will explain why it is called a Crocodile Cave?
We saw the dense forest and the open area covered with water during the boat ride. Besides the boat ride, the other two exciting things we were about to do were Eagle and Monkey Feeding. First time in my life, I saw a swimming monkey. I guess they knew whenever boats arrived, they would get the food. The moment the boat stopped for monkey feeding, all monkeys gathered near shore. When they saw the food was not arriving on the coast, but the water, they started jumping and catching it. One of the monkeys even came to the boat and snatched the food packet. Even the Eagle Feeding was fun. We got some great views of the Eagles and so much fun too.
After all this fun, it was time to check out Floating Fish Farm and have lunch. The lunch was included in the package, so this was the place to get food. As you hop off, you will get to see different fishes and the chance to touch them. After that, you get fresh, head to your lunch table, and enjoy.
How about if you get a chance to lay down on the beach after lunch? It sounds fun. In this tour, you name it; you get it. Island beach was the last but most fun stop. Don’t forget your swim gear and beach towel if you plan to swim. We got around one hour at this beach. The water was nice and clean, and I couldn’t wait to jump in. We enjoyed swimming here and took a short walk on the beach. It was an excellent place for sunbath and book reading on the beachside.
We ended our trip with a Jumping ride in the open sea and saw the Icon Kilim Geoforest Park while heading back. It was a fantastic tour, and I would suggest you don’t miss it if you plan to visit Langkawi.
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