Langkawi is an Island located in Malaysia. This was my very 1st visit to any Island. I have never been to any Island before. I like the concept of an Island, a small piece of a land between the ocean. White sand beaches, blue water and cold breeze. You can relax on the beach or you can roam around and do shopping, water sports and try some local food. I personally like to spend time by the beach.
How to get there
Malaysian airlines, Air Asia and Silk Air operate daily flights to Langkawi. It will be a 1 hour flight from Kuala Lampur to Langkawi.
If you are taking flight from Singapore then it will me around 1 and half hour. Singapore and Langkawi has the time difference of 1 hour. You can have a beautiful glimpse of sea and land from the flight itself.
The Airport of Langkawi is small, so just get down from the flight and walk to the baggage claim.
Ferry services to Langkawi is available from Penang, Kuala Kedah, Kuala Perlis and Satun(Thailand). There are some cruise from Singapore which provides drop off facility in Langkawi, but make sure before you book the cruise.
Tip to explore Langkawi
- Most important tip you will face humid weather around the year so stay hydrated.
- If you are planning your trip to just get relaxed than choose a beach side hotel.
- If you are vegetarian or vegan than do find out restaurant prior to your visit.
- Get your swim gear to enjoy the swimming and water sports.
- Spar minimum 2-3 days to explore Langkawi.
- Do spare time to walk around and explore local stuffs by yourself. It will be so much fun.
We reached to Langkawi around 5 pm. We check in to hotel and our hotel was beach front. We haven't kept any sightseeing tour on that day as we didn't want to keep our day hectic. So we head to the beach and enjoy swimming. The beach was quite long, so we had walked on the beach with splashing water and drawing art on the wet sand. The beach was just a couple of steps away from our porch, so we enjoyed the sunset and had back to the room. We got fresh and head to the market to explore the life of Langkawi.
|Enjoying sunset at the beach|
The second day we had a half day sightseeing tour and the rest of the day was for us. Our tour guide was at the hotel to pick up us by 9 am and we started our sightseeing with little drive by the ocean front road, 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 and Hindu Temple and the final stop was Kuah Town. Those who doesn't want to go Kuah Town, they will be dropped back to hotel or under water world.
There is a giant Eagle statue in the Dataran Lang. Dataran Lung is Langkawi Eagel square. This eagle is symbolic representation of Langkawi. The Eagle statue located on Kuah Bay gives us a beautiful view of the water with the cold breeze. You can see small ships floating on the water.
Under water world:-
Basically, it is an Aquarium. It considered to be one of the largest marine and fresh water aquarium in South East Asia. It has a 15 meters long walk through a tunnel where you can find different types of fishes surrounded by the unique sea theme.
We came back to the resort in the afternoon, took a rest and get recharged to enjoy the evening. Actually, we haven't got time to explore the resort so in the evening we took a self tour of the resort. They have created a small Malaysian village inside the resort and set up is really nice. After exploring the resort, we went back to beach and enjoyed the sunset.
We still have left to explore a little portion of the local market, so we went out after sunset and explore about different tours on Langkawi Island. We found the Mangrove tour package suitable to our time as we didn't want a whole day tour. We book the tour, they provide pick up and drop facility as well.
I am so glad that we took Mangrove tour. Mangrove tour package includes 8-10 activities. May be different tour agencies offers different packages. Our tour package was included pick up and drop from hotel, lunch and sightseeing. If you are vegetarian then specify while you booking your tour. The sightseeing details are as below:-
- Bat Cave
- Mangrove Sightseeing
- Fish Farm
- Crocodile Cave
- Jumping ride in Open Sea (Andaman Sea)
- Icon Kilim Geoforest Park
- Eagle feeding
- Monkey feeding
- Swimming at the Island beach
1. Bat Cave
Our very 1st stop was Bat Cave. After a small boat ride between the rocks we reach to the Bat Cave point. We get down to this point and took a 20-25 minute tour in the Cave. The tour guide will explain the history about the caves and you can see hundreds of bats sitting around.
When we come out from the cave and heading to the boat, we saw lots of trees. You can see the roots of the tree above the ground, which is called Mangrove. The tour guide also explains about Mangrove.
I had never seen swimming monkeys in my life until I have visited this place. The moment tour guide had taken out food packets, monkeys were jumping into the water and came to our boat to get the food.
This was our lunch destination. The Fish Farm was actually a floating farm on the water. If you have a tour package with lunch, then they set up the lunch table over here. It was all prepared so you just wash your hand, take your place and they will start serving you.
These was a last stop on our tour. We are approximately given one hour to spend on the beach. The water was nice and clean. We enjoyed swimming here and took a small walk around. It was a great place for sun bath and book reading in the sun.
Even you can visit cable car and the sky bridge in Langkawi. The sky bridge gives breathtaking view and must visit if you get a chance. It was under maintenance when we had visited the place.