Langkawi is a beautiful island near the north end of Malaysia. It’s filled with tropical forests, stunning views, incredible beaches and luxurious hotels. For a relaxing vacation in Malaysia there’s nowhere better than Langkawi!
WHERE TO STAY
- Temple Tree at Bon Ton is a beautiful resort in the perfect location. The rooms are beautiful, the restaurant is great and guests have access to the facilities at their sister property, Bon Ton, which is located right next to the hotel.
- Another property I can recommend is Tanjung Rhu Resort. This hotel has a stunning beach and modern rooms, but it’s a 30 minute drive from the main tourist area in Langkawi.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
- Drive all the way up Gunung Raya mountain for sweeping views of the island. On a clear day you can even see Thailand!
- Tanjung Rhu public beach is the most beautiful beach on the island, and you can actually view Thailand across the water. Access to this beach closes at 5pm.
- Langkawi Geopark is home to the cable car and sky bridge. Be sure to arrive early to avoid horrendous line ups!
WHERE TO EAT
- Red Tomato is the most popular restaurant on the island. It’s expat-owned with a great selection of healthy dishes.
- Yasmin’s is a great spot for Arabic food. This Syrian restaurant does a great fattoush salad and hummus. Don’t miss their fresh fruit juices either!
- Located at the top of Gunung Raya is a Vietnamese restaurant with stunning views of the entire island. The restaurant is called Vietlang and they make a fantastic pineapple fried rice.
- Located at Tanjung Rhu public beach is a small restaurant called Seafood Anis. This is some of the cheapest restaurant food I’ve ever had in Malaysia, and the food was fresh and tasty! (Open for lunch only)
- Restoran Padang Pasir Nasi Kandar makes the most incredibly fresh naan bread! I haven’t tried their tandoori chicken, but after trying their naan bread I’d love to.
WHERE TO DRINK
- I can’t recommend any bars on the island, but I can tell you that the duty free shops on the island have amazing selections of wine and spirits at incredibly low prices. We bought a bottle of red wine from France for less than $10 CAD (which is unheard of in Southeast Asia!) and drank it on our hotel balcony.