Langkawi, Malaysia

Berjaya Langkawi Resort
Berjaya Langkawi Resort
Langkawi is an archipelago of around 100 islands situated in the Andaman Sea and about 30 km off the coast of northwestern Peninsular Malaysia. The islands are part of the state of Kedah with the largest and most populated of the islands being Langkawi Island (Pulau Langkawi). Langkawi Island has a population of about 64,000 and is the most visited of the islands in the Langkawi archipelago. For many visitors to Langkawi, the main attractions are the sandy beaches, clear blue waters and duty-free shopping.
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Langkawi was a sleepy backwater until 1987, when the island was granted tax-free status with the intention of promoting tourism and improving the lives of the islanders. The following boom was spectacular and today Langkawi is a popular travel destination in Malaysia, not only with Malaysians but also with visitors from other parts of Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. Langkawi namely Langkawi Island offers plenty of accommodation ranging from the budget priced hostels to the five-star luxury resorts. The capital and largest town is Kuah, located on the southwestern corner of Langkawi Island.

Beach at Langkawi

Beach at Langkawi

Sheltered by the mountainous backbone of Peninsular Malaysia, Langkawi escapes the northeastern monsoon and enjoys sunny skies throughout the year. Coupled with natural white sandy beaches, lush jungle foliage and craggy mountain peaks, Langkawi at one time was touted as "Malaysia's best-kept secret". The islands of Langkawi has been declared a Geopark by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 2007.

Mt. Machinchang, Langkawi

Overlooking Mt. Machinchang

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