World class shopping is a given on any Malaysia holiday, but if your vacation destination here is Langkawi, rest assured that you will get a glimpse of some of the world’s most spectacular beaches as well. Located off the Kedah coast, Langkawi is a cluster of 99 islands with a mysterious legend making it all the more attractive to tourists. The locals believe that Mahsuri, a young woman who was executed based on a false accusation of adultery, cursed the islands to seven generations of bad luck. The seven generations have passed but Makham Mahsuri, the tomb of Mahsuri, continues to attract visitors who are drawn to it by the tragic tale.
There is much to do here in Langkawi but the beaches draw the most attention from holiday makers. The best beach to visit is Tanjung Rhu, which is at the northern tip of the island. For nature lovers this is a must-see with its old limesone cases, crags and waterways offering some exciting spots to explore.
Surrounded as it is by water, seafood is available in plenty in Langkawi and the locals have some incredible recipes that you can taste nowhere else. Enjoy Malay, Chinese and Thai cuisine here and experience fresh seafood with lobsters, crabs, mantis prawns, squids, king prawns and more at the many hotels dotting the more popular tourist centers of Pantai Tengah, Pantai Kok, Pantai Cenang and Kuah.
Activities on Langkawi
Langkawi, like every other Malaysian location, is a shopper’s dream come true thanks to its duty free status. Find what you need and more in the many shopping malls and retail outlets that you will find here. Expect to see international brands here whether you are browsing through perfumes, chocolates, liquor, luggage, fashion or mundane objects like utensils. Pay a visit to the quaint shops selling batik and songket prints if you are looking for unique gifts that reflect the island’s traditional roots.