For travellers’ purposes there are essentially two Kedahs: the tropical island of Pulau Langkawi and its attached islets; and rural, little-visited mainland Kedah. The paddy field is the eternal horizon of the latter, also known as Malaysia’s ‘rice bowl’. Two blocks of colour constantly kiss at the edge of your eyesight: robin’s-egg blue on top and deep, alive green on the bottom, with strips of bitumen webbing through. If you find inspiration in the rustic, clean-lined aesthetic of Asian agriculture, this state is the field of sunflowers to your inner van Gogh.
The other Kedah is the stuff of tourist brochures that don’t skimp on descriptions such as ‘sun-kissed’ or ‘paradise’. The good news is that Langkawi’s beaches generally live up to the hype, and you'll even find pockets of the mainland's unique green landscape, in addition to an island destination that continues to maintain its Malay roots. If, like most, you’ve only included Pulau Langkawi on your itinerary, you can rest assured in the fact that you’ll get the chance to witness both Kedahs.
Langkawi is synonymous with ‘tropical paradise’ – and with good reason.
Emerging from Dutch, Portuguese and British rule, Malaysia has prospered into a diverse and multicultural country where Chinese, Malay, Indian and Indo-Chinese cultures have combined to give the nation its unique flavour.
Langkawi Sailing and Island Hopping Adventure
During your time in Langkawi, sail off the coast from Kuala Perlis and see Langkawi’s many outlying islands. Enjoy calm water sailing, relaxing on the beach and discovering Langkawi’s diverse wildlife. On board, feast on a delicious barbecue lunch with free flow of beverages! This full day Langkawi cruise is the perfect way to explore the surrounding tropical islands.