Faces of
Malaysia
Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

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Langkawi, Malaysia

Gunung Raya

Gunung Raya, highest peak on Langkawi (881m) with spectacular views over the island and even to Thailand when it is clear
highest peak on Langkawi (881m) with spectacular views over the island and even to Thailand when it is clear

A 23km long winding scenic road leads up to the mountain. Access can sometimes be restricted by the government. Then the gate will be lowered. When I was there in january 2008, the facilities where closed due to construction but it seemed they were pretty much finished with it.

map and location of Gunung Raya



Hotels in in Langkawi
HOSTELS
in Langkawi
Malibest Resort
nice Budget Resort on Cenang Beach, RM 100 - RM 230 (Chalets). They also have really lovely treetop chalets (RM180, RM230) but you need to book in advance to get them, on-site indian restaurant
Langkawi Dormitorio
Backpacker accommodation at Pantai Cenang
Things to do & see
Kuah
The main town on Langkawi and the place you arrive per boat from Penang, Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis or from Thailand. ... more
Pantai Cenang (Cenang Beach)
This wide and long beach is the most popular beach on the island and the center of Langkawi's tourism infrastructure. It is a lively place also at night with various bars and restaurants. ... more
Things to do & see
Old Railway Station, Kuala Lumpur
The old railway station is a moorish-style structure that was built in 1910. Long-distance train don't stop here anymore but at the nearby KL Sentral station. ... more

Sepang F1 International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur
The Sepang F1 International Circuit right next to KLIA airport and used for the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix, A1 Grand Prix as well as the MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix. ... more