Langkawi, Malaysia – Island Talk Tuesday

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Photo by Marufish

About Langkawi

Langkawi is an island part of the state of Kedah which belongs to Malaysia. It actually forms an archipelago of 140 islands in the Andaman Sea, adjacent to the Thailand border. It goes by the name of the “Jewel of Kedah”, as the sultan who owned it gave it the name so to impress tourists. More than half of the island is forest covered mountains,  hills, and farms.

How Do I Get Here?

Malaysian Airlines and Air Asia fly to this island from Kuala Lumpur. Connections are available via these airlines from Singapore, London, Taipei and Osaka. The flight from Singapore is under 2 hours.

By ferry, you can depart from Kuala Kedah, Kuala Pertis, Penang and Satun in Thailand.

What is There to Do?

Langkawi mangrove forest photoPhoto by Alex L..

As a beach designation,  there is sailing,  island hopping tours,  snorkeling,  scuba diving, cultural tours, Mangrove Forest tours, the Telaga Tujuh waterfalls, mountains, shopping, and plenty of sand and water.

Climate and When to Come Visit

Langkawi is in the Malaysian time zone, and is 12 hours forward of Eastern Standard Time. There is a distinct dry and wet season to consider.

Dry season – From December to February

Wet season – From March to November

August is supposedly the wettest month,  accumulating about 20 inches of rain.

Have you been to Langkawi?