Peaceful Langkawi

Relaxing Holidays in Langkawi

No loud bars, visible prostitution or obtrusive vendors.
Not a building higher than the palm trees on the beach.
It is hardly what one might expects of the largest sand and sea destination in Malaysia but it’s true.

Get there: Check our Malaysia Flights & Malaysia Deals guides.
Eating: nasi goreng with a soft drink, £1.50. 33 cl  beer, £1, Main courses at decent restaurant from £3
Get around: Taxi, rental car or moped. Moped hire costs £5 for one day. Local buses with poor frequency. Ferry to Penang and Satun in Thailand (e.g. for flight to Phuket).
When? Malaysia’s west coast in Langkawi can be visited all year round – driest November to March.
East Coast should be avoided from November to February when rainfall is heavy and tourist resorts will be closed.

The feeling after landing on Langkawi is significant: On Langkawi calm reigns and there is a friendly old island charm.
Langkawi, the main island of the northwestern Malaysia islands does not follow the rule book for exploitation. A comparison with Thailand’s largest seaside resorts such as Phuket or Kuta Beach in Bali seems laughable.
It seems just about everything – from shopping to fine roads and luxury hotels – have come under careful consideration. Tourism is highly developed (and more focused on the affluent than the backpack travelers), but it has not gone out of control and become vulgar which means Langkawi lends itself to honeymoons in particular.

Book a holiday to Langkawi

If you are looking for a tailor made holiday to Langkawi for a luxury holiday or honeymoon your best bet is Holidays Please who have a large team of travel experts that will work with you on an individual basis to tailor the perfact holiday for you. If you’re the independent type you can also look for flight + hotel deals at The airport code for Langkawi is LGK.

What’s a holiday in Langkawi like?

Most days on Langkawi are lazy days on the water with good food and drink in the evening or a few beers when the sun has gone down. With a moped rental you can do a tour around the island on the beautiful asphalt roads. Check out the crowds in the town of Kuah with lots of hotels, department stores full of shoppers, fast food restaurants and ferry terminal. Drive inland on low trafficked roads surrounded by jungle-covered mountains. Here, life is rural and traditional with water buffalo and rice paddies.


  1. Here’s a review from a recent trip to Langkawi :

    “I pass prosperous communities with mosques and simple fishing villages where life looks to have scarcely been impacted since tourism took off in the 1990s. Back in Pantai Cenang, the largest tourist resort, I walked along the almost deserted beach and its extension in Tengah. Now I need not wonder where all the tourists are – they are in Kuah enjoying tax free shopping. At a resort a stone’s throw from the sea the Malaysian Christian couple Jenny and Jonathan are getting married. The ceremony is beautiful and atmosphere very good spirited. Rings are exchanged, while thunder rumbles menacingly in the background. Just in time for the buffet a tropical downpour crashes down and the many guests from Kuala Lumpur and Borneo seek shelter indoors. There are rarely larger worries for a tourist in Langkawi.”

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