Monday, March 28, 2011

Relaxed Langkawi

For a quick beach weekend gateway from Singapore, there is quite a few places you can go to: Bali, Phuket, or Bintang. But all of them present a major inconvenient: they all packed with tourists and all the annoyance that come with massive sightseeing. On the other hand Malaysia has been quiet for a very long time with its beauty and its richness on the international scene, but very loud with its regional clientele. This actually, might pay off in the long run.

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands (104 at low tide), on the north east side of main Malaysia, next to the Thai Border. If Krabi, Phuket and others Koh Phi Phi are not to be presented anymore to the international scene, Langkawi has yet to be. Just few kilometers south of the major Thai gateway, the group of islands has an international airport with direct access to fantastic 5 stars resorts and cheap rental with view on the beach. Jungle and rice pady on the back door and warm sea on the front, the 2 km long of Pantai Cenang street is a delight for the tourist on search for relaxing time.

Cheap food, drinks and accommodations since Langkawi is duty free, the islands are a paradise for budget conscious traveler who do not want to compromise with quality or activities in their vacations. It is then normal to see some backpackers who wanted to expand their island hoping experience up to the south side of the marvelous Thai jewelries.

Of course, one can always complain about the slowness of the islanders and the lack of services that one can find in the area, but in reality, Langkawi is a descent compromise for those in search of relaxing relaxed time on the low side of the wallet with some sun and good food. And what is Langkawi could be the next hot spot to discover on the Asian side of the planet?