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Langkawi Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Specialists


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Langkawi, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Luxury Travel Specialists.

Overview+

Language Malay
Time Difference 8 hours
Currency Malaysian Ringgit
Voltage 240V

Jewel green jungles, lush paddy fields, sandy shores and striking waterfalls characterise the enchanting isle of Langkawi – officially named ‘the jewel of Kedah’ – the relatively undeveloped main island in the north western Malaysian archipelago of the same name. Discover untrodden blonde sands and soak up the island sunshine, take to the waters of the Malacca Strait, soak up panoramic views from the suspended SkyBridge, or enjoy scenic boat tours along the mangroves of Kilim Geoforest Park. Whether you are seeking pure relaxation or adventure in the rainforest, Langkawi is the perfect addition to your luxury Malaysia holiday.

Highlights+
Langkawi Cable Car and SkyBridge

Offering truly dazzling views over the island’s 450 million-year-old Machinang mountain range and dense rainforest, the Langkawi SkyCab cablecar is located on the north west coast of the island and soars up to 708m above sea level. Here, you can also find the 125 metre-long SkyBridge, suspended by a single pylon between two striking mountain tops. 

Wildlife Encounters

Langkawi’s interiors and coasts are home to a wealth of diverse wildlife. Kilim Geoforest Park, located in the north of the island, is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, characterised by impressive limestone formations, enchanting mangrove forests and tranquil lagoons. Kayak through the rivers or join a boat tour, possibly spotting sea otters, kingfishers, sea eagles, swimming macaques and bats. Our featured luxury hotels here often host wildlife-focused activities – including The Datai Langkawi, home to a dedicated Nature Centre and offering naturalist-led trails through the rainforest. The snorkelling and diving in Langkawi is also exceptional.

Beautiful Beaches

A perfect picture of paradise, the breathtaking beaches of Langkawi flaunt powder-fine sand fringed by swaying coconut palms and lapped by the teal-coloured sea. On the north west of the island, Teluk Datai Beach - overlooked by luxury property The Datai Langkawi - has previously been ranked in National Geographic's 'Top Ten Beaches in the World'. Four Seasons Resort Langkawi nestles on the pristine Tanjung Rhu Beach, while The Ritz Carlton Langkawi flaunts a private stretch of powdery sand on the east coast of the island. Of course, there are plenty more coves and sandy stretches to explore around the island, offering relaxation, watersports and snorkeling.

World-Class Golf

While the natural delights of Langkawi are its greatest allure, the island is also home to the exceptional Els Club Teluk Datai, an 18-hole, par 72 championship course designed by golfing legend Ernie Els. Enjoy world-class golf backed by even more incredible views of the Machincang mountains and the Andaman Sea, as well as the local wildlife (particularly macaques) that often explore the course.

Climate+

Though temperatures remain fairly constant throughout the year, Langkawi is best visited between November and April as there is the least rain and most sunshine. High winds and showers may be experienced in May and June, while between August and October, you can expect heavy downpours.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Langkawi.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January3240
February3338
March3491
April33187
May32291
June31279
July31280
August31305
September31380
October31370
November31222
December3170

Getting There+

British Airways London to Kuala Lumpur. Onwards to Langkawi with Malaysia Airlines.

Flight time: London Heathrow to Langkawi: 14 hours, 25 minutes (excludes touchdown time in Kuala Lumpur).

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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