A kaleidoscope of different religions and cultures, Malaysia’s extreme contrasts range from teeming rainforests to towering skyscrapers.

"Centuries of trade have resulted in a vibrant mix of tribal cultures, creating an intriguing and veritable melting pot of people, traditions and religions. "

Aside from its cosmopolitan capital, Langkawi and Pangkor Laut are Malaysia’s most popular tourist destinations, where exclusive resorts vie with fishing kampungs for prime spots on rugged coastlines and pristine beaches.

Langkawi is an archipelago made up of around 100 islands and separated from the mainland by the Strait of Malacca. The largest and one of the only two inhabited islands is Pulau Langkawi. A naturally beautiful island, it is flanked with dense vegetation, a variety of wildlife, virgin rainforest, limestone crops and crystal-clear waters, making it the perfect destination for nature lovers. Over on the East Coast, the main attractions are the beautiful beaches and pristine reefs which offer fabulous swimming, snorkeling and diving.

What you need to know

  • Capital City

    Kuala Lumpur

  • Time Difference

    GMT +7

  • Best Time to Visit

    Langkawi – Nov-Mar

  • Currency

    Malaysian Ringgit

Malaysia

Explore

Choose from the cream of Malaysia’s finest hotels and resorts

  • Four Seasons Resort Langkawi LANGKAWI

    Dramatic. Adventurous. Serene. Spectacular. Four Seasons Resort Langkawi lies in 48 acres of beachfront gardens along its own mile-long beach on the stunning Tanjung Rhu peninsula: each of the 91 luxurious villas and pavilions drawing from the diverse beauty of its UNESCO Geopark surrounding – the first in Southeast Asia.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

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  • The Datai LANGKAWI

    Situated on top of the north-western tip of the luxuriant Langkawi Island, this resort cosies up to an infinite stretch of snow-white sandy beach with the calm Andaman Sea seemingly close enough to touch.

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Inside Knowledge

Creating special moments

  1. A Natural Break

    A Natural Break

    Malaysia’s forests and jungles are home to no fewer than 8000 species of plants, as well as rare mammals, reptiles and birds galore. The clear waters around Pulau Tenggol have possibly the greatest marine biodiversity in the world, too.

  2. Spot the Style

    Spot the Style

    Malaysia’s cultural mix also shows up in its architecture, and part of the fun is to spot which styles you can spot where! Influences include Hindu-Indian, Arab-Muslim, Chinese and European, from Portuguese, Dutch and British colonisation.

  3. Peak Pursuits

    Peak Pursuits

    For a different view of Langkawi, take the cable car ride from Pantai Kok to the top of Mount Mat Cincang, the second highest peak on the island. The panoramas are magnificent!