My wife and I recently had a golden opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the hectic city life in KL for a brief escapade to Langkawi Island, in Northern Malaysia, somewhere close to where Thailand is.
In this post I will list down chronologically what we did and what you could also possibly do in the historic island in 48 hours.
As Langkawi is a rather small island, the best way to move around easily is by driving yourself. Therefore once you got through the customs and immigration at the airport, head straight to any of the car rental booths and grab a ride that suites your style – the prices are reasonable.
ONE: CATCH THE SUNSET BY THE BEACH
Ours was a late afternoon flight so after rushing to check-in into our hotel, we headed straight to Pantai Tengah hoping to have a quick dip in the ocean with the glorious sunset as our backdrop. Our plan backfired as the gigantic waves made the waters looked a little unsafe for anyone to swim in.
While the jet-skiers and banana boat riders looked extra cautious as they navigated themselves on the waters with their respective rides, the perfect wind condition was however kind of suitable for activities like wind surfing and parasailing.
Nevertheless, for everyone else who weren’t engaged in any activities, catching the breathtaking sunset by the beach was absolutely blissful!
TWO: HAVE DINNER IN RED TOMATO RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE
A lot have been said and reviewed about this very famous restaurant. With mouth-watering food and beverages included in their menu topped with excellent service by their very hospitable and warm crew, it is no doubt they are giving some of the major restaurants in KL a good run for their money. This one is definitely a must go to restaurant when you are in the island.
More details: www.redtomatolangkawi.com
THREE: DINE AND CHILL AT BERJAYA LANGKAWI BEACH RESORT
On day two, we were planning to grab Tom Yam for brunch and based on several reliable reviews, The Pahn-Thai Restaurant clearly stood out. After driving for about 10 miles or so, we arrived at Berjaya Langkawi Resort, where the restaurant is located, only to find out that it only opens in the evening.
Our disappointment immediately called for something impromptu so we quickly diverted over to the Beach Restaurant which is also in the hotel’s compound. Much to our surprise, a not too bad sea view was already waiting for us to feast our eyes on and after a constant persuasion by the gentle wind, we decided to dine there.
More details: www.berjayahotel.com/langkawi
FOUR: WALK ON THE SKY BRIDGE
Your visit to Langkawi is not complete if you did not walk on the iconic sky bridge. To get there, you need to catch the Sky Cab. Thankfully for us, the distance to the Sky Cab station is just a stone’s throw away from where we previously were.
For those blessed with eagle’s eyes, you might be able to see one or two beautiful waterfalls from the cable car on your way up to the Sky Bridge. If not, you could still enjoy the stunning panoramic view of the sea as the cable car ascends.
More details: www.panoramalangkawi.com
FIVE: FEAST ON SEAFOOD
When it comes to food, you will never run out of options in Langkawi especially along the stretch of Cenang Beach. In fact, you would be spoilt for too many choices.
For dinner, we opted for seafood in one of the open-air restaurants along the road. The food was so delicious we indulged to the point that we forgot what the venue is called. Apart from being reasonably priced, the food portions served also indicates the generosity of the restauranteur. That is absolutely a winner!
SIX: INDULGE IN A FOOT MASSAGE
After window shopping and a long walk, we decided to pamper ourselves to a 45 minutes soothing reflexology foot massage. The result – superb!
Based on my quick observation, there were easily 7 massage centers around the beach area alone, each with their own specialty. Despite the crazy price wars between the massage operators here, they sure are much cheaper than the ones you would pay in big cities.
SEVEN: TAKE A FINAL STOLL BY THE BEACH
On the third and final day, about an hour plus after breakfast, we maximized the usage of the facility in the hotel we stayed in, Langkawi Lagoon resort, by taking the last dip in their sea view infinity pool.
Thereafter, upon check out, we headed over to Cenang Beach for a leisurely stroll and one last look at the beautiful sandy beach.
EIGHT: SPLURGE ON DUTY FREE STUFF
You don’t go to a duty free state and go home empty handed. In fact, you grab whatever you can and shop ’til you drop if you could afford to and one of the best places to do just that is non other than Coco Valley!
Like typical tourists or overgrown kids, we stocked up on various kinds of imported chocolates and candies. While the chocolates and alcohol are comparatively very cheap, the prices for perfumes and cigars aren’t too much different from the regular ones sold elsewhere.
So that was our very last stop before we headed off to return the car at the airport and finally bid farewell to the beautiful island of Langkawi.