Langkawi: A 3D2N Tropical Paradise Getaway!
Sand in your toes, sea breeze in your hair,
Looks like you’ve been daydreaming of a tropical getaway!
In light of COVID-19, most of us had to cancel travel plans that we were excited for – be it a weekend getaway or the trip of a lifetime. Although we do not know when we can travel again, one thing’s for sure, we can still dream about our future travel excursions and plan them well! #planitwell
Langkawi – The Jewel of Kedah
An archipelago comprising of 99 islands situated in the Straits of Malacca, it is a popular holiday destination whose name is derived from the reddish-brown eagle. The Malay word for eagle is ‘helang’ (shortened to lang) and kawi is a red stone used as a chalk.
Langkawi may be a small island surrounded by azure waters and picturesque hills; but you will find that there is so much to do and something for everyone in Langkawi!
So if you are looking for a relaxing vacation or an adventurous trip;
read on for a much-needed Vitamin Sea boost!
Day 1: Hello Langkawi!
Touchdown in Langkawi and you’re ready to soak up the sun!
But first, kickstart your journey by filling up your tummy with some yummy local food!
Paddy Field Scenic Lunch
Fancy having lunch in the middle of a rice paddy field? Head on to Seashells Laman Padi in Pantai Cenang for some scrumptious ‘Nasi Talam’. True to its Malay Kampung ambience, you can choose to sit cross-legged on the floor seat in a small hut (Pondok Atap) or enjoy your meal at a table seat. Take in the lush greenery as you savour a feast of Nasi Kukus (steamed rice) served with a choice of chicken, beef, fish or lamb. The ‘Nasi Talam’ platter is served in a tray laden with banana leaves and are perfect for sharing if you are dining with your family or your friends.
Cost: Approximately RM25/person
Hang out with the Cool Cats
If you love cats, then Bon Ton Temple Tree is a feline heaven. Walk in and you will not only find a boutique hotel consisting of traditionally styled bungalows, but it is also home to cats that have been mistreated or have troubled pasts. Narelle McMurtie, the owner of the resort; loves animals and founded LASSie (Langkawi Animal Shelter & Sanctuary) to care and shelter stray animals. These friendly cats are always lazing by the pool, stretched out on deck chairs and they may even charm their way into your lap! What better way to spend a lazy afternoon spreading some love with these furry friends and destress at the same time!
Chasing Sunsets at Pantai Cenang
As the sun sets in Langkawi, watch the burst of colours paint the evening sky at Pantai Cenang among the backdrop of the islands. With coconut trees lined up in white sands and crystal-clear waters, you can find tourists and locals alike sunbathing, playing a game of volleyball on the beach or participating in some water sports. There are also plenty of beachfront lounges offering snacks and mocktails accompanied with live bands and cultural performances. So, pack a picnic mat and bring your camera because you definitely do not want to miss this stunning sunset spot!
Seafood Galore Dinner at Orkid Ria
One of the more popular seafood restaurants on the island, Orkid Ria Seafood Restaurant serves the freshest seafood delicacies in Langkawi. It isn’t hard to miss this open-air eatery as it is decorated with Chinese lanterns and filament lightbulbs while various aquariums filled with live seafood greet you at the entrance. This seafood wonderland welcomes you to a tantalizing feast of catch from the sea as it whips out mouthwatering home cooked style dishes. Get ready to be pampered to an amazing assortment of seafood selection at Orkid Ria where you can also customise the cooking style of the dishes to your preference.
Cost: Approximately RM50/person
Day 2: A New Adventure!
It’s Day Two in Langkawi and it’s time to get a good dose of adrenaline rush and set your sights on higher ground!
Reach New Heights in a Sky Cab
Located just north of Telaga Harbour, taking the Sky Cab will make you feel like being on top of the world! Featuring the longest free span mono-cable car in Malaysia, the gondola ride can reach 680 meters above sea level and takes about 15 minutes to reach the top of the mountain of Mat Cincang. Legend has it that Mat Cincang used to be a giant that turned himself into a mountain as an act of atonement for quarrelling with his best friend, Mat Raya. Immerse yourself in nature as you take in unique views of flora and fauna in the dense jungles as you ascend the mountain. So, if you are like me – with a mild case of acrophobia; all your goosebumps will fade away at the sight of the most breathtaking landscape of Langkawi.
Cost: RM20 for adults, FREE for children below 12 years of age
Walk Among Mountains at Sky Bridge
As you reach the Top Station on the summit of Mount Mat Cincang and alight from the gondola, the first thing that hits you is the cool mountain air. Breathe in and the fresh air and clear your weary mind. There are two viewing platforms with a panoramic 360-degree scenery of Langkawi on the Sky Bridge; which also happens to be the longest free span and curved bridge in the world. You will be treated to a bird’s-eye view of the dominant rugged peaks of Mount Mat Cincang intertwined with tiny islands spreading across the Andaman Sea. Now, that’s a spectacular sight to behold!
Cost: RM6 for Adults, RM4 for children below 12 years of age
Al Fresco Lunch at Scarborough Fish & Chips
A quaint little blue-hued restaurant along the less populated and idyllic Tanjung Rhu beach, Scarborough Fish & Chips serves up the best British styled fish & chips in the island. It is the perfect spot to have lunch after spending the whole morning exploring new summits. The variety of fish in this restaurant is aplenty as you can choose your type of fish ranging from snow fish, mackerel, barracuda, red snapper, salmon and halibut. Once you are done with lunch, unwind by the beach and enjoy a peaceful afternoon on the beach with your fellow travel companions with a cool tall glass of iced lemon tea!
Cost: Approximately RM35/person
Ride the Waves with Sea Splash Langkawi
End your day on a perfect note with Sea Splash Langkawi, the first and only non-alcoholic cruise in the island. Depart from the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club marina for some eagle watching and feeding session at Singa Besar island. Watch the majestic sights of the eagles soaring high in the sky and then diving into the sea for chicken bits that were thrown by the cruise operators. You can even pay a visit to the captain’s bridge to play captain and pretend to steer the ship under the watchful eye of the captain. As the boat glides into the Andaman waters, take a dip in the sea waters for a “Sea Jacuzzi” session, where you gently float into a wide net that is suspended into the ocean. The sailing cruise motion helps the waves to lap gently against your body as you lay back; creating the unique sensation of being in a jacuzzi. After a good soak in the Andaman Sea, climb back up onto the boat and enjoy a good hearty barbeque dinner with an enticing array of grilled lamb, roasted chicken, chicken satays and mixed grilled skewers prepared by the crew as you enjoy the evening twilight skies.
Cost: RM195 for adults, RM100 for children below 12 years of age
Day 3: Memories for Keeps
It’s your last day on this island and you’re packing your bags for your journey home…
But before we say adieu to Langkawi there are still some places to explore and some souvenir shopping to be done; so let’s make the most out of it!
Whimsical Wonderland at Dash Langkawi
Hop on to the hippest beachfront hotel, Dash Resort Langkawi for some really cool Instagrammable spots! The hotel’s contemporary vibe and quirky decorations with a gigantic rabbit statue as its mascot seems to be inspired by the classic novel of Alice in Wonderland. The resort also boasts an infinity pool; where it seems as if the sky meets the sea with turquoise pool waters reflecting the skies. Take a look through the looking glass and you will discover many hidden Instagram-worthy spots that are just perfect for your feed. So come on down to the Rabbit Hole and experience a mad-hatter good time exploring every corner of this boutique hotel. After all, who wouldn’t love a good opportunity to #doitforthegram !
Cost: FREE to explore
Discover an Underwater Universe
Home to a multitude of sea creatures, Underwater World Langkawi is one of the largest marine and freshwater aquarium in South East Asia that also have penguins and seals! Observe how penguins, seals and fishes frolick with one another in their natural habitat as you walk through the 8-meter long tunnel in this marine exhibit. Easily distinguished by the yellow and black feathers on their heads, the Rockhopper Penguins are the star attraction of the aquaria and got their name from their love of jumping from rock to rock. Enter this underwater realm and be awed with child-like wonder, leaving you with a marine life experience you won’t forget!
Cost: RM36 for adults, RM26 for children below 12 years of age
Duty Free Bonanza!
After visiting all the sandy beaches, nature trails and delicious food that the island has to offer, the next best reason to be in Langkawi is of course it’s duty-free shopping scene! Don’t forget to visit the Zon Shopping Paradise Duty Free Zone before you bid farewell to the island. It is conveniently located right beside the Underwater World and sells a wide range of international and premium brands of chocolates, perfumes, kitchenware, tobacco products and liquor among other items. For sweet tooth lovers, get your cravings fixed with some chocolate goodies like the Hawaiian Host and assorted Ritter Sport flavours at a much cheaper price here and share some confectionery joy with your loved ones. Your colleagues, friends and family will thank you for thinking of them!
Cost: Approximately RM10-RM20
So, there you have it; an ideal 3D2N itinerary for an exhilarating travel experience in the beautiful island of Langkawi! Since Covid is still here to stay for a little while longer, we will just need to be content staying at home and staying safe.
Till then, keep those wandering dreams alive and plan them well!