Since it stepped onto the Malaysian tourism scene in the 1990s, Langkawi has grown into one of the nation's leading resort destinations. With outstanding facilities, a rugged interior and some of the best beaches in the region, it's clear why tourists continue to come in greater numbers.
Langkawi has everything diners expect from an island resort. Fresh-caught seafood abounds, and culinary styles from all corners of the globe are likely to have today's fresh catch in common.
Despite enthusiastic resort development, Langkawi is overflowing with natural beauty. Tourists can spend the day relaxing on the beach, or they can join tours to visit outlying islands, hidden streams and waterfalls.
Langkawi is a streamlined tourist destination that knows how to take care of its guests. Visitors can dive into the local culture or retire to the beaches in seclusion. Facilities around Pentai Cenang are thorough, with everything to meet tourists' banking and shopping needs. Meanwhile, the remote backcountry is a short drive away by rental car.
The main entertainment options on Langkawi are activity based, and most of them capitalize on the region's natural beauty. The resorts offer full facilities and will happily book any activity you like, but there are just as many outlets for independent travelers.
In recent years, Langkawi eclipsed Penang as Malaysia's duty-free capital. Today, the entire island overflows with grand-scale duty-free malls offering some of the best prices Malaysia has to offer on alcohol, chocolates, tobacco, perfumes and designer fashion.