Langkawi is an island part of Malaysia.
I am sure, that it has been a beautiful island at the beginning. Nowadays, unfortunately, it is more like made for tourists. There is not much left of its localness. There is a lot of international cafes, restaurants etc. Full of European and American products in bazaars with some crazy prices…
Maybe all this also depends on the location of the island, but at least where I stayed, it is nowadays made for mass tourism. This sounds like that all island was a bad place. I want to clarify, that is not the case. I will write more about it below.
What comes first in my mind about Langkawi, are those men who are so full of themselves, that they think all women would love to have some romantic night with them.
If you are clever, you take it as a joke. And you can actually have funny conversations with those guys. As I did.
He desperately tried to get to see me later, to get to know my hotel and room number (just in your dreams). He even offered, that I should go with him to one of those jetski trips. He was the owner of the company, which provides those trips. Like yeah, of course, I go with random guy middle of the sea to have some fun. Yeah.
–> He actually even asked if I am scared because I am not interested in him. I started to laugh and told that not all are interested in him. Then I walked away 😀
What to see and do?
First of all, also here I recommend going to see the sunset! It is magnificent!
Then also, I recommend visiting Sky Bridge. I know that is one of those mass tourism attractions, but you can not visit Langkawi without going to Sky Bridge. And if you are brave enough, I recommend you to take glass bottom ride up to the Sky Bridge! With that one, you will able to pass the queue, which can be even hours long, especially if you are traveling during high season.
It is a super beautiful view from up there!
I also recommend swimming, but you should not leave your stuff unattended. Because there are so many people at the beach during your swimming time, that I would not leave personal belongings alone.
Just in case.
I did not go to swim, not because I was too afraid to leave my stuff alone. But because of my sunburned skin from the Koh Lipe trip. It was hurting a kinda bad, so I had to cover my shoulders and back with a scarf to avoid sunlight.
How to get to Langkawi, and how to get around?
To Langkawi, you can travel by plane.
I am not sure if there is any other way, but plane tickets are not that expensive. Especially if you are traveling from the nearby countries, e.g. Singapore or Thailand.
To get around in Langkawi, you can either rent a scooter, car or just simply use the taxi. Which is also ridiculously cheap, at least when compared to European prices.
But of course, if you know how to drive a scooter, then it is probably the easiest way.
The roads are not so crazy as in many parts of Thailand or other Malaysia, for example.
Where to stay?
Again, if you are seeking for budget travel, Langkawi is a great place for that. But there is also luxurious hotels.
There are a lot of backpackers, and if you are staying in a hostel, you will probably find new friends.
Even I talked with other travelers in my hostel, even if I had decided that I will have own relaxing holiday just by myself. Not because I would hate people or something like that 😀 But because I came from Singapore hub, after being there around other people for 5 months. I needed some alone time 🙂
So I stayed in a hostel. I got a recommendation from my friend, and also my physiotherapist in SG recommended that place. And indeed, it was a super nice place. Very creative accommodation options, and excellent location.
Travel time: 2.-4.3.2017