Langkawi - The Paradise Island

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April 23rd 2012
Published: April 23rd 2012
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After the exhilarating experience of Genting, we caught the Air Asia flight to a entirely contrasting locale – Langkawi, a laidback island with white sand beach fronting calm lagoons, where you can buy really cheap, really good ‘Duty-Free’ items to enjoy them on it’s beaches itself. The first sight of Langkawi from the aircraft was breathtaking, and we knew that we have chosen the right place as our last destination. The Holiday Villa Resort which was our home for next 2 days, was a 4-star beachfront resort with deckchairs under the palm trees perfect for stretching and snoozing on. After settling down in a well-equipped room with beautiful ocean views, we hit the beach just in time for the sunset. The orange sun sprinkled silver on the punchy ocean before slipping behind a tree island in the distance. The beaches here are long, lovely stretches of white sand, and a sea that comes warmly to your ankles and thanks you for coming to meet it. Walking is the best way to soak up the island-town atmosphere, with beachwear shops, small supermarkets, seafood restaurants/shacks and souvenir shops.

The next morning we took an ‘Island Hopping Tour’ (one of many tours to choose from) which took us in a super-speed boat to a number of islands, where we could see the rainforests and fabulous caves, take a dip in fresh water lake, experience the ‘Eagle-feeding’ up, close and in person, and not to forget getting left on an uninhabited island for a look at the kind of beauty the absence of man helps preserve. Water that’s crystal clear and unbelievably blue, where you don’t need to go for snorkeling to observe corals and underwater life. With memories to cherish for life, we returned to our resort to plunge in its pool with a bar within the pool.

Langkawi is a duty-free island, so shopping comes next to lying on the beach on the priority list. We also made the most of it and indulged in two of our favourite things – Shopping and Eating. This place has got some of the best seafood cuisine (like Lonely Planet recommended Lighthouse Restaurant) to offer, which one should not miss. A romantic dinner on one of many beach-front restaurants is a must on your itinerary. With heavy hearts (of not able to stay more), we boarded our Air Asia flight next morning from theLangkawiAirport, one of the most hassle-free airports I have seen.

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