Langkawi the Archipelago of 99 Islands



Beaches are the least of my priority in  my bucket list, most probably because I am not a beach bum type of person but rather I enjoy doing a City walking tour and exploring the Cultural Sites. But something dragged me into this trip when I happen read an article online which acclaimed Langkawi as the WORLDS TOP 10 BEACH DESTINATION which is really intriguing as it was lined up against famous beaches in the World like the Hawaii and Maldives Beach. My original plan is just to visit Penang because of my fascination to Heritage Sites and the lovely food that the town has to offer, but with the help of Google Map I was lucky enough to see that Penang is just a ferry ride away from Langkawi which will take around 2 hours.With the less time to do a thorough research about the place I did push through the trip as I wanted to make use of my 2 remaining vacation leaves  wisely. I really hate staying at home doing nothing if I am on leave, well to each is own as others prefer to just make use of the time to spend with family or sleep all day long.

I then decided to do Langkawi-Penang backpacking edition, which is more practical financially and I can make sure that my vacation leave  is use wisely. Backpacking places that are just near to each other is kind of my thing, On which it is like hitting 2 birds with 1 stone.


The Langkawi Island lie in the Andaman sea , just 30 kilometers off the Kedah coast. There are 99 island in the Langkawi group most of which are uninhabited or sparsely populated. The largest and most developed island – known as Langkawi – is the focal point for most visitors. Traditionally the islanders have relied upon the farming and fishing industries for their livelihood, but in 1987 they were awarded Duty Free status, and the subsequent increase in visitors has promoted tourism to the point of being the islands largest industry.


Geologically, Langkawi is made up of three different rocks: sandstone, limestone and marble. The primary focal point of Langkawi Geopark, the 550-million-year-old Mt. Machincang is made up of sandstone. Pulau Dayang Bunting (Pregnant Maiden Island) has a high composition of marble. Limestone found in other parts of Langkawi has contributed to the establishment of a cement factory, the only heavy industry on the island.


Langkawi’s more popular tourist destinations include Panorama Langkawi (previously known as Langkawi Cable Car), Oriental Village, Underwater World Langkawi, Pantai Cenang and the very many duty-free stores around the island. The island is also punctuated with many accommodation options from the budget to the ultra-five star Four Seasons Resort, for example, and many in between. There are also many memorable activities to partake on the island.



Also known as Eagle Square, Dataran Lang is one of Langkawi’s best known manmade attractions, a large sculpture of an eagle poised to take flight. A sight that greets visitors to the island via ferry, the 12 metre-tall statue is one of the island’s most instantly recognizable monuments.

According to local folklore, Langkawi derived its name from- the eagle or “helang”. In old Malay, “kawi” denotes reddish brown – hence, Langkawi means reddish brown eagle!

Langkawi indeed is one of must see places in Malaysia. The island is in contrast  to what Bali and Phuket  has to offer on which the beach are packed with tourist mostly Westerns. If you wanna have very relaxing vacation then this trip is for you then. Although you may think that it is just a small island but HEY!!!, there are various things you can do here depending on preference. Planning a short getaway here can be cheap provided you have outlined a very good plan.

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