When I first hit the road, I had a he amount of options in front of me as to where I would start. I already had it in my head that I should start in Asia, it seemed after all to be the place where backpackers go to cut their teeth. After much deliberation then, I decided that I would start the trip with a little bit of familiarity and go to visit an old friend of mine who was now living in Langkawi, Malaysia.
I honesty had no idea what this trip would be like and I was already a touch apprehensive given that this would be me going it alone for the first time. Thankfully, I absolutely fell in love with Langkawi and to this day, it is still one of my favorite spots that I’ve ever been to. I often joke to my friends that I left my heart in Langkawi, and here are just a few reasons why.
I will start with the obvious, the beaches, miles and miles and miles of them, all appearing like they have been ripped straight from a postcard. The liveliest beach in Langkawi is Pantai Cenang and whist it is a pretty cool beach spot, I’d recommend that you go to the Black Sand beach or the Tenkorak Beach for a quiet slice of paradise.
I knew that this place had beaches and some nice natural settings but I had no idea that it offered soon of the coolest waterfalls around. If you re visiting Langkawi then I recommend that you go to the Seven Wells Waterfall in Telaga Tujuh where you can jump right in and swim to the bottom of the waterfall itself. Here you will not only find an immense waterfall but also lots of little pools which make for the perfect place to relax in the midday sun.
Th food and fresh produce that you can find in Langkawi is the best in Malaysia in my experience and if you want to try some really traditional Malay-style cooking, the night markets is where you will find it.
Whether you decide to take the sightly treacherous scooter ride up to Guning Raya or jump in the cable car in the heart of Langkawi, you can see some o fetch most impressive views from up high, just another reason to love this place.
The locals here are super laid back and nothing happens in a hurry, frustrating I imagine if you have something to do, but assuming that you don’t it is a really nice way to live your life. I didn’t just come to Langkawi to explore, I also came to see a a new culture and relax a little, as it happened, the locals showed me that their way of life, is all about relaxing and enjoying the good things.
I could go on and on about this beautiful Malaysian island but the best thing that you can do is to go and see it for yourself, perhaps you’ll leave your heart there as well.