Things to do in Langkawi: Top Five

Langkawi, or Langkawi Jewel of Kedah as it is officially known, was my first taste of the exotic East and luxury travel. It is an archipelago in the Andaman Sea off the coast of mainland Malaysia. It consists of approximately 104 islands. However, only two of these islands are inhabited: Pulau Tuba and the main island Pulau Langkawi, which is where I spent most of my time. Here are the top things to do in Langkawi:

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Langkawi is home to some of the best beaches throughout Malaysia. There are a range of beaches to choose from, including everything from trendy developed areas to secluded bays surrounded by forests and limestone caves. What is consistent, however, is stretches of white sand leading to calm seas providing an idyllic setting for sunbathers and water sport enthusiasts alike.

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One of the island’s top attractions, the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls are located on Mount Mat Cincang. The name means ‘seven wells waterfalls’ and refers to seven separate waterfalls that feed seven interconnected natural pools. The beauty of this natural attraction is further enhanced by the lush flora that surrounds it. According to locals it is the home of fairies, but you are more likely to see squirrels and colorful birdlife if you hike the 45 minute trail to the top of the waterfalls.

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Langkawi Cable Car and Sky Bridge For the best views of Langkawi Island, nothing can beat the cable car! This will enable you to ascend to the top of Langkawi’s second highest peak – Mount Mat Cincang. The first leg of the ascent will take you to a height of 600 meters, where you can enjoy the views from the observation deck.

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The second cable car will then take you to Sky Bridge, closer to the summit, from where you can enjoy breath-taking views of the rainforest and hills below. Some staircases lead the way to the very peak of the mountain for the best views of all. If you have a little courage, you can walk along a suspended steel bridge to a neighboring mountain for a completely different experience and perspective.

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An island hopping tour is a must if you want to truly appreciate all that the archipelago has to offer. It provides a unique opportunity to spend time on the shores of uninhabited islands. These unspoiled beaches are the perfect way to appreciate Mother Nature at her very best. For those with an interest in water sports, these calm seas are the ideal spot for fun activities such as snorkeling and jet skis.

Lagenda Langkawi Dalam Taman. This theme park focuses on the local folklore and is well worth a visit. This 50 hectare open air park is referred to as a ‘garden museum’. Seventeen colorful statues depict some of Langkawi’s more interesting legends and myths. Signboards in English provide background and information about these myths. Walking around the skillfully landscaped gardens is just as enjoyable as learning more about the local beliefs of this intriguing island.

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Emma Flemming

As well as being a contributing writer for LuxeInACity, Emma is a teacher, freelance writer and has her own blog. She has four university degrees and qualifications in English, Psychology and Education. Over the years Emma has enjoyed travelling to and experiencing luxury in several countries. Apart from travelling and writing, her interests lie in art, yoga and trying out new dining hotspots. Emma lives in South Africa and when she is not writing, can be found scuba-diving in the Indian Ocean.

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