The Sea and Forests of Langkawi

Langkawi is a beach resort that offers duty free shopping and sunbathing during the winter season. Filled with rainforests and clear sandy beaches, the island attracts tourists with its relaxation, among other things.


The Langkawi archipelago is a tropical destination perfect for relaxing in the sun.

Legends of Langkawi

The Langkawi archipelago of 99 islands is located near the northern border of Malaysia. Pulau Langkawi, Langkawi’s largest island, is nearly 500 square kilometers in size, and often tourists just head there on vacation.

The most famous legend on the island of Langkawi tells the story of a beautiful Mahsuri maiden who married a man she loved 200 years ago. The man had to go to war, when Mahsuri’s mother-in-law, jealous of the beauty of his mini, accused him of fornication and Mahsuri was sentenced to death. Before his death, Mahsuri cursed the island with bad luck.

Many of the island’s attractions are associated with a tragic story, but the island’s tourism is growing and there is no sign of bad luck.

Langkawi is above all a wonderful beach destination with its fine sandy beaches, but it is also suitable for the nature traveler, as the islands have plenty of mangrove forests and tropical nature.

Langkawi is a tax-free area, making it an affordable travel destination. Due to its low cost, it is especially suitable for shopping and food tourism.

The turquoise sea meets a lush rainforest in Langkawi, Malaysia.

Tropical winter destination

The best time to travel to Langkawi is definitely in the winter from November to March, when the islands are driest.

February is the warmest month of the year, and July is the coolest. However, even in the coolest months, average temperatures stay well above 25 degrees, so tropical heat doesn’t leave a tourist out, even in the coolest months.

The wettest months are September-November. Some rainfall is already obtained after April, but often the sun is visible even during the rainy season.

Traveling by ferry should be avoided during monsoon seasons, as hard seas can surprise you from July to September.

Peace of the beaches

Langkawi is especially known for its beaches. The most popular are Pantai Cenang, Pantai Tengah, Pantai Kok, Tanjung Rhu and Datai Bay.

Pantai Kok is a quiet beach with clear water beaches and peace attracting tourists. In the background are limestone hills and a green jungle begins nearby. Datai Bay, on the other hand, is located on the corner of the island with less to see, but there are also some of the finest luxury spots on the island.

Perhaps the most attractive beach for tourists is Pantai Cenang, located right on the side with another beach, Pantai Tengah. Pantai Cenang is a picturesque beach with white sand that seems to go unobtrusive. The soft beach is bordered on one side by the shimmering blue sea and on the other by lush coconut palms.

Tax-free shopping island

In Langkawi, you can shop tax-free, which means you can buy luxury items like perfumes, cosmetics and clothes cheaply.

The best place for tax-free tourism on the islands is in Kuah, where ferries to Pulau Langkawi anchor. Another good shopping spot is located in Pantai Cenang near the Underwater World.

The price level on the islands is cheap anyway, and beer, for example, costs about 50 cents. You can also get to know the local shopping culture at the night markets, where you will also find the best local food stalls.

Langkawi, Malaysia

Safe travel country

Tourism in Malaysia is quite safe. The usual precaution is sufficient for the traveler, ie it is worth taking good care of his or her property and keeping a copy of his or her passport in case the passport is stolen.

Do not use unofficial taxis in Malaysia. Official taxis are clearly marked and have a taxi-specific identification number and a taximeter.

Malaysia has left-hand traffic, which is worth remembering especially when renting a car.

During the rainy season, heavy rains can cause floods and landslides. The monsoon season in Malaysia runs from October to February, when boat travel on the east coast of the peninsula can be dangerous due to a strong wave.

It is also worth remembering that Malaysia is an Islamic country. Local Islamic culture and customs should be respected, especially in the states of Kedah, to which Langhkawi belongs. Homosexuality is a crime in Malaysia.

You should always check the current Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ Travel Bulletin before you go on a trip.