The archipelago of Langkawi consists of 99 islands and is located in the Andaman Sea 30 kilometers off the west coast of Malaysia. In the year 2008, Langkawi received the official title of “Jewel of Kedah”, which was most probably inspired by the clear waters, pristine beaches and intact jungle that the island boasts of. Langkawi is home to a population of 64,792 people and is only one of four islands that are inhabited out of all 99. The largest town in Langkawi is Kuah.
The dry season in Langkawi lasts from December to February and has a very long rainy season that lasts from March until November. The island receives over 2,400 mm of rain every year with September being the wettest month. In 2007 UNESCO awarded Langkawi the status of World Geopark and the island now has three main conservation areas, Machincang Cambrian Geoforest Park, Kilim Karst Geoforest Park and Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park. To enter the island tourists have to take a ferry from either Kuala Kedah, Kuala Perlis or Penang. If you are fling in to the island then you have to take a domestic flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Langkawi is surrounded by a beautiful turquoise sea and the interior is made up of a mix of paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. It is a place that is a nature lover’s paradise. Since there is no public transportation on the island, the only way to get around is by rented car, motorbike, bicycle or scooter. Some exciting holiday opportunities on the island include the Underwater World Langkawi and the Cable car in Pantai Kok. Langkawi has many spas, restaurants and beach bars, but this has not changed the fact that the locals go about their daily lives as they have for generations.
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