If you are in need of a bit of rest and relaxation by the sea then heading to Langkawi on the west coast is a very good option. ‘Langkawi’ is actually an archipelago of over a hundred islands in the Andaman Sea, only two of which are inhabited and of which Langkawi Island is the largest and has an indigenous population of over 60,000 inhabitants. Langkawi is a popular spot whatever your budget and as such attracts backpackers and high end honeymooners alike, so there are a huge range of accommodation options available. The island is also popular as it enjoys duty-free status so you can stock up on souvenir items cheaply.
Langkawi Cable Car
One of the main highlights of Langkawi is the Langkawi Cable that leaves from a spot known as ‘oriental village’ at a place called Teluk Burau. From here the cars ascend to the majestic heights of Mount Machingchang where visitors will find the Langkawi Sky Bridge as well as some good hiking trails that lead down to the Telaga Tujuh pools. From here, you can walk part of the way down with a guide and then take the cable car back to Teluk Burau from one of the middle stations. On a clear day you can even see as far as Sumatra in Indonesia from the top of Mount Machingchang so although it’s definitely worth the trip for that alone.
Langkawi is an easy island destination to enjoy with some decent, if not stunning beaches and some interesting attractions like its cable car, mountains, and hill trekking. Certainly, it is worth the trip over from Penang on the ferry if you have some time to spare.