Langkawi, Malaysia

Relax At The Beach, Drink Beer In A Fishing Net & Watch Beautiful Sunsets.

I was working in Melbourne and looking for a place to vacation outside of Australia. I had a wicked time backpacking through Thailand and Cambodia, so when my dad recommended the island of Langkawi in Malaysia – he had an incredible holiday there with his sister – I didn’t hesitate to head back to SE Asia. I broke up my 12 days with 2 nights in Singapore, 8 on Langkawi, ending my trip in Kuala Lumpur.  Although Singapore and Kuala Lumpur were fantastic bookends to my trip (I got in trouble by the police for eating an apple on the train in Singapore and I was almost attacked by a monkey in Kuala Lumpur) I will focus this story on the Island of Langkawi.

Langkawi is part of an archipelago of 99 islands off the Northwestern shores of Malaysia. It has jungles, paddy fields and the most picturesque beaches in all of South East Asia. There are countless activities from snorkeling and diving in Pulau Payar Marine Park to riding the steepest cable car in the world up Mt. Machinchang, to hiking alongside waterfalls. Unfortunately, the rain got in the way for part of my trip, but when the sun shone I was either at the beach or on an adventure where I experience many firsts – boating through mangroves, wandering inside a bat cave, feeding stingrays, watching hundreds of eagles feed, and trying to avoid being bitten by monkeys. My favorite tour was when I hopped aboard an old sailing ship and set sail for the many islands.

Most people sat on the boat while it sailed, nope not I. I chose to sit alongside it. How is that possible you might ask? Well, the Captain threw a massive fishing net overboard, secured it to the railings and off I hopped in. Getting into the net proved a little difficult and at moments wearing a bikini was not the best idea. But when I finally sat on the net, I was given a beer and off we went. We stopped at a few islands, had lunch on board and cruised home at sunset. I could have spent my whole trip hanging out in the ‘ocean jacuzzi’.

When I was not out exploring the Island, I walked the beach or read in the hammocks at my hotel, which is one of the nicest island hotels I have ever stayed. The Sunset Beach Resort is nestled in a mini lush tropical oasis, with a boardwalk path that is lined with cabanas and vibrant green palm trees. In the mornings, I ate breakfast on the lanai and enjoyed the cool ocean breeze. In the evenings, I walked along Pantai Cenang Beach where I saw kids build sand castles, parasailers glide through the sky and couples hold hands under the last of the sun’s rays.


  • What: Langkawi Island
  • Where: Northwest Malaysia
  • Stay: Sunset Beach Resort
  • Transportation: Ferry– first departure leaves Kuala Kedah at 7.00 am, the last ferry to Langkawi is at 19.00 every day. There are ferries approximately every 75 minutes. There are also ferry services from the mainland port of Kuala Perlis and the Thai port of Satun. Both are 45 minutes from Langkawi. One Way Adult Ticket – RM 23 ($6), One Way Child Ticket – RM 17 ($4). Air – Both Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia have daily flights to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur which land at Langkawi International Airport. There are also direct flights from Penang and Singapore.


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