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Langkawi Island

Island in Malaysia

Travel Tips

Take the cable car for stunning views of the island. 1

Introduction

Geography

  • πŸ—ΊοΈ Archipelago: Langkawi consists of 99 islands, with only four inhabited: Langkawi, Tuba, Rebak, and Dayang Bunting.
  • 🌍 Location: Situated in the Andaman Sea, 30 km off the coast of northwestern Malaysia.
  • 🏞️ Terrain: The main island features flat alluvial plains, limestone ridges, and forest-covered mountains.
  • 🌊 Coastal Areas: The coastal areas are known for their beautiful beaches and clear waters.
  • πŸ“ Size: The main island is approximately 25 km from north to south and slightly more from east to west.

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Climate

  • 🌑️ Temperature: Average daily temperatures range from 27Β°C to 32Β°C.
  • 🌧️ Rainfall: Langkawi receives over 2,400 mm of rain annually, with September being the wettest month.
  • β˜€οΈ Dry Season: The dry season lasts from December to February.
  • 🌦️ Rainy Season: The rainy season extends from March to November.
  • πŸ’§ Humidity: The average relative humidity is around 80%.

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History

  • πŸ“œ Early History: Langkawi has been associated with the Kedah Sultanate and was known to various travelers and traders.
  • πŸ§™β€β™€οΈ Legend: The island is famous for the legend of Mahsuri, who cursed the island for seven generations.
  • βš”οΈ Invasions: Langkawi was invaded by the Siamese in 1821, leading to significant population decline.
  • πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ British Rule: The islands came under British rule in 1909 following the Anglo-Siamese Treaty.
  • 🏝️ Modern Development: Langkawi was transformed into a major tourist destination in 1986 by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

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Tourist Attractions

  • πŸ¦… Eagle Square: A landmark featuring a large eagle sculpture in Kuah.
  • 🚑 Langkawi Sky Bridge: Offers panoramic views and is accessible via the Langkawi Cable Car.
  • 🌳 Geoforest Parks: Includes Machincang Cambrian Geoforest Park and Kilim Karst Geoforest Park.
  • πŸ–οΈ Pantai Cenang: The most popular beach with vibrant nightlife and water sports.
  • 🏞️ Durian Perangin Waterfall: A cascading waterfall located on the northeastern side of the island.

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Activities

  • πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ Hiking: Explore the trails in Machincang Cambrian Geoforest Park.
  • πŸ›Ά Kayaking: Available in the mangrove forests of Kilim Karst Geoforest Park.
  • πŸ’ Wildlife Tours: Junglewalla Tours offer opportunities to see local wildlife.
  • πŸŒ… Sunset Cruises: Enjoy a relaxing cruise around the islands.
  • πŸ„β€β™‚οΈ Water Sports: Activities like jet skiing, parasailing, and snorkeling are popular at Pantai Cenang.

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Transportation

  • ✈️ Airport: Langkawi International Airport connects the island to major cities like Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
  • ⛴️ Ferry: Services connect Langkawi to Kuala Perlis, Kuala Kedah, Penang, and Thailand.
  • πŸš— Car Rentals: Available at the airport and in major towns.
  • 🚌 Public Transport: Limited, so renting a car or scooter is recommended.
  • 🚀 Boat Tours: Popular for exploring the smaller islands and mangrove forests.

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Accommodation

  • 🏨 Luxury Resorts: Options include Rebak Island Resort and Holiday Villa Resort & Beachclub.
  • 🏝️ Beachfront Hotels: Many located along Pantai Cenang.
  • 🏑 Homestays: Available for a more local experience.
  • πŸ›οΈ Budget Hotels: Numerous options in Kuah and other towns.
  • 🌿 Eco-Lodges: For those looking to stay close to nature.

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